Industrial Steampunk Card with DIY Video Tutorial

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.

Little Birdie Crafts Supplies:

Little Birdie Crafts Supplies:
The Classic Gentleman 12×12″ Paper Pack
The Classic Gentleman 12×12″ Paper Pack
Premium Card Stock A4 – Bright White
Premium Card Stock A4 – Ebony Black
Thincut Dies ~ Cogs and Wheels
Acrylic Soft Gel Medium Matte
Acrylic Gesso ~ Black
Tinted Metallic Paint ~ Caribbean Teal
Tinted Metallic Paint ~ Fired Brick
Metallic Wax ~ Aqua Sheen
Metal Microbeads – Ebony Black

Little Birdie Crafts can be purchased at the online store:

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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
Copper Microbeads
Distress Ink: Black Soot; Hickory Smoke; Peacock Feathers
Tombow – Mono MULTI Liquid Glue
Silicone Glue
Lined Double Sided Tape
Bone Folder

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.

~ Blessings ~

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Layout ” Sweet Memories”

Hello everyone, It’s Sarah here

I am very happy to present my first inspiration to you. I chose to use the amazing papers and flowers collection ” Birds And Berries Card Stock “. I really liked the details and the colors.

More details

I invite you to watch the video tutorial. You will see how I created the layout step by step . I’m hoping to inspire you and to give you an idea for your version !

Little Birdie Crafts Supplies:

Thank you! Have a lovely day!

Aqua Medley Double Gatefold Card Folio Tutorial

Summertime Blues Double Gatefold Card Tutorial

Hello, Friends! Summertime is here! Gardens are bursting with beautiful flowers while birds sing merrily and butterflies flit lazily from blossom to blossom. This Aqua Medley Double Gatefold Card captures the beauty of my favorite summertime bloom: the hydrangea.

The last time I was here, I shared this same fancy fold card style made with Boho Dreams. Just as I promised, I’m back to share the tutorial.

This 6″ x 6″ card folio makes a wonderful gift, and you won’t believe how easy it is to make!

I’ll show you how to create lots of layers to add beautiful depth, dimension and texture to your finished creation.

A Peek Inside

We will create little tuck spots for decorative tags.

Little Birdie Crafts Dream Cut Machine and Oval Tags Dies make quick and easy shabby chic tags.

We will also create a hidden pocket panel with a pull out photo folio.

I’ll even show you how to put your product packaging to good use!

This hidden tuck spot is a great place to add a gift card.

And a bookmark topped with ribbon and charms.

Are you ready to get your craft on? This video tutorial will guide you step by step as we create this lovely double gatefold card folio together.

I hope you have as much fun creating this project as I had designing it. Any day that I get to play with Little Birdie Crafts is a good day!

Thanks for stopping by!



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