Hello dear Little Birdie Crafts fans!! It’s Tracey here to share a new project with you. I simply adore creating in the steampunk style and The Classic Gentleman collection is absolutely perfect for this industrial steampunk card I have made for your inspiration today. This full project video tutorial includes instructions on adding weathered patina to your shiny metal embellishments.
In this DIY steampunk card tutorial learn how to: ~ Create a patina effect on metal objects with paints and waxes ~ Accentuate background colors ~ Diecut and shade gears from patterned paper ~ Learn my creative process for arranging embellishments ~ Add texture with metal microbeads and prills
Tips and Techniques
I’ve layered paper and metal embellishments to create industrial steampunk clusters. The shiny metal objects are altered with gesso, waxes, and metallic paints to create a weathered patina effect.
Additional texture is added with microbeads and prills adhered with soft gel medium.
This clock I fussy cut from the Classic Gentleman image sheet fit perfectly into this optical lens from my stash. Again you can see the mix of metal, paper, glass and microbead elements.
More gears at the edge of the card. I trimmed the paper a little along the edges to add this black border.
I added a couple dimensional clocks atop paper gears I cut from the image sheet around the fantastic images printed on the background paper.
A close up of the patina effect created with Little Birdie paints and waxes. The cotter pin came from my husband’s work bench and I added a little industrial looking piece to the top.
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Other Supplies: Tim Holtz with Idea-ology: Optical Lens; Foundry; Date Dials; Hardware Heads; Mini Gears; Philosophy Tags Miscellaneous: gears; clock; cotter pin; and other found items Prills Copper Microbeads Distress Ink: Black Soot; Hickory Smoke; Peacock Feathers Tombow – Mono MULTI Liquid Glue Silicone Glue Lined Double Sided Tape Bone Folder Tweezers
Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to view the video. I hope you’ve been inspired to experiment with the patina technique and try out The Classic Gentleman for a steampunk project.
Hello dear Little Birdie Crafts fans! It’s Tracey back to share an upcycled project with you today. I altered an old book with steampunk and poppies – a perfect pairing. The gorgeous flowers and clock are fussy cut from the Poppies & Roses collection. In my video I also share techniques using more amazing Little Birdie supplies: Crackle Paste; Tinted Metallic Paints; Primed Chipboard; and Metallic Waxes.
Tips and Techniques
Be sure to view the video for a detailed tutorial.
Gorgeous Little Birdie Flowers are dry brushed with black gesso for a grungy steampunk look with flowers from the Roses of the Sea collection: Charlie; Micro Roses; and Bonita.
These gorgeous poppies and clock are fussy cut from the Poppies & Roses 12×12″ paper set. The edges are inked for a more distressed look. I used black gesso and metallic paints to create a grungy patina effect on the steampunk mechanical background piece.
This intricate molded beetle is painted with Little Birdie Black Gesso, then rubbed with Metallic Waxes to color.
Primed Chipboard cogs are painted with black gesso then metallic paints for a rustic patina effect. Check out the video to see how I colored these Mini Craft Pellets with metallic paints. The book cover is textured with Crackle Paste and colored with Tinted Metallic Paints in steampunk colors.
Other Supplies Zuri Designs ~ Silicone Mold – Lovable Bugs Vintage Book Tim Holtz Metallic 2 Kraft Stock Tim Holtz Quote Chips Tim Holtz 3-D Texture Fades – Mechanics Ranger – Pumice Stone Distress Ink Amazing Casting Resin – White
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I hope you’ve been inspired to grab your Little Birdie Crafts supplies to create an upcycled project!