Saturday, September 22, 2012

Leslie-Rahye's Very Fall Steampunk Blog Hop

Happy Fall everyone, and welcome back to another blog hop hosted by the lovely Leslie-Rahye.  I am so excited to be participating in this hop with so very many talented artists.  Just like the falling leaves of the season, creativity and inspiration is abundant here.  

My project piece for today's theme is an altered cigar box using Graphic 45's Steampunk Debutante papers, as well as  a variety of other embellishments added to complete the look.  

Below is a picture of the top of the box.  

The hinges were made using Tim Holtz's grunge paper that I hammered with a textured hammer to give that "hammered" look.  Copper and patina colors were then added.  

A Tim Holtz acrylic fragment was glued to a print from the paper, trimmed, then adhered to the box top.  You can also see pictured the steampunk style metal leaves I made.  If you would like to see how I made them, I will show you here next Thursday, the 27th of September, for my Tips and Techniques Thursday post.  

I fussy cut the image of the Victorian woman, layered her on top of a pair of wings, and used Rock Candy crackle paint to age her.  A tiny bit of ball chain was added as a necklace.  

I added a butterfly, some Prima flowers and leaves,   and made a large aqua flower using the Donna Salazar scrunched flower method.  Believe it or not, that flower is made from a piece of brown paper bag, spritzed with various ink sprays that I scrunched up and left to dry.  They make beautiful flowers, as you can see.  I added the steampunk charm to the center of the blue flower, and a patina'd bolt and washer to two other flower centers.  A Tim Holtz curio know was attached to the lid.

Around the sides, I added brown lace and metal chain, as well as other various elements to complete the look.  To me, steampunk is a combination of lace, metal, and  a lot of industrial type science fiction.  What is steampunk to you?  

The inside is finished, but I did not embellished it any further.  You could do so, of course, but I did not want any embellishments on the inside that could get hung up on whatever I decide to keep in the box. I covered pieces of chipboard with a faux suede cloth and glued them to the bottom and sides of the box.  This could be used to keep your most special trinkets safe.  This makes a very elegant interior.  

I hope you enjoyed my fall steampunk-style altered cigar box.  I would love for you to follow my blog and to also hear your thoughts and comments. Therefore, if you would leave a comment and follow my blog, I have a nice giveaway for some lucky follower that I will choose at random and announce on Wednesday, 26 September.    

Now, be sure to click on the links below to visit the other wonderful artists and hop along with them. Some of them will have giveaways, too. So be sure to leave comments for everyone.  And a big thanks to our blog hostess, Leslie Rahye, for putting this all together.  

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Once again, have a very happy Fall.  



  1. This is FABULOUS Barbara!! I love all the steampunk details you added to the box! This is full of great tips and ideas! it's beautiful! Thank you for hopping along with me for my very fall steampunk blog hop!

  2. What an amazing creation, some much thought went into it, lovely ! xoxo

  3. a very beautiful box you have made..I love it!!

  4. Wow Barbara this is so amazing, love all of the details of the mixed pieces of lace, metal and flowers. Will have to pop back in on Thursday. Again, great project. TFS

  5. What an awesome transformation to your cigar box Barbara, love Graphic 45 papers and I really love the beautiful way you have embellished the top of this project with the gorgeous butterfly and flowers along with your steam punk elements. xx

  6. WOW - you did a lovely job bringing all the elements together for this box. I'm sure you will get alot of use out of it, great job.

  7. Love all your details & layering.

  8. Barbara, this is so you. It's gorgeous as everything you create is!I think Steampunk was made with you in mind.

  9. This is so you, floral, intricately made and detail-oriented. I love it. Anyone visiting your blog is in for a treat.

  10. Beautiful details and love put into it..its beautiful.