Sunday, September 22, 2013

9/22 leslierahye's Very Fall Steampunk Blog Hop

Hey there, steampunk fans!  So glad you stopped by, because today we are going to combine steampunk with a bit of Fall, and I know you are going to enjoy all the fun and inspiration from the participants.  Our hostess, LeslieRahye  is where you can begin and end the hop.  

There will be prizes given away as well.  All you need to do is visit each blog and leave some love in the form of a comment.  And we all would love for you to follow our blogs, as well, but it is not necessary to win.  A complete list of the participants is shown below.  I also have some blog candy, but you will have to scroll down to see what it is.

So, let's get started.   I will try to keep this shorter than usual because I know you want to hop through to everyone's blogs.

Today I want to share my Autumn Steam Hot House project.  I started out with a blank CD and an empty Altoid tin.  I didn't know exactly where I was going with this, but as I worked on it, I started seeing the beginnings of a steamy hot house for my fall foliage.  I even added a relief valve in case the pressure builds up.

I covered a blank CD, front and back, with Draftsman paper.  After sanding the edges, I distressed the front with Scattered Straw, and the back with Peeled Paint distress ink.
Next, you want to get the box covered and ready to become the base stand for the CD.  After adding Xyron adhesive to the Architect scrap, emboss with Gears embossing folder.
 Ink high spots with Rusty Hinge Distress Ink, glue to top of lid and trim excess.
 Ink lid sides with Gold Encore ink and heat emboss with Rust Tapestry embossing powder.  Use CAUTION when heating the embossing powder on metal.  
The metal gets very hot.  USE CAUTION WHEN HEATING THE METAL.   I used these gripper clips from the hardware store to hold the lid while I heated the metal.

Before embossing the bottom sides, trim and insert a piece of Architect paper into the bottom.  Ink sides with Encore Gold ink and heat emboss with Rust Tapestry, allowing the embossing powder to cover the inside sides as well.  Ink and heat emboss the sides of the lid with Rust Tapestry, as well.  USE CAUTION WHEN HEATING THE METAL.  Use tweezers or these gripper clips to hold the tin while heat embossing it.  
Here is what the tin looks like at this point.
To make the tin stand up and hold the CD in place, add one layer of foam tape to the inside bottom, and a couple of strips, three layers deep, to the inside of the lid.  Insert the CD into the tin and press against the sides and top to make good contact with the foam tape.
Here is what it looks like on the front.
Here is the back side.
Decorate with whatever embellishments you have.

I did remove the adhesive backing from the chipboard stickers and brushed baby powder on the back to remove the stickiness.  Since the stickers extended beyond my piece, I wanted to place my adhesive where it would do the most good.  I also edged them with the brown pen.
The three night lights were colored with a blend of caramel and slate alcohol inks, with a bit of blending solution.  I wanted a more amber look for the autumn colors.
I also did the same to the Prima clock.  It was white, and very stark against the rest of the colors.
I embossed metal foil with the gear embossing folder, inked with Alcohol inks, punched and die cut leaf shapes,  and formed to fit into the inside of the box.  I love how I can manipulate the metal shapes.  Added Prima flowers between the leaves.

Here is a picture looking down into the box.  You can see how the bulbs were added with these huge wire beads as holders.

Supplies used:

Prima Craftsman Collection:  Draftsman, Architect printed papers, flowers, alphabet stickers,  chipboard stickers
Prima Junkyard Findings:  light bulb, metal gears, clock faces, clock hands
Prima Wooden Buttons:  wooden gears
Prima Vintage Trinkets:
Distress Ink:  Scattered Straw, Peeled Paint, Rusty Hinge
Adirondack Alcohol Inks:  Caramel, Slate, Red Pepper, Meadow, Butterscotch, Copper Mixative
Adirondack Alcohol Blending Solution
Bead Landing beads and charms
Three 4-watt night light bulbs
Sizzix Die:  Tattered Leaves (Tim Holtz)
Embossing Folder:  Blueprint and Gears (Tim Holtz)
Embossing Powder:  Rust Tapestry (PSX)
Encore Gold Metallic (Tsukineko)
Versamark Ink Pad (Tsukineko)
Brown Pitt Artist Pen (Faber-Castell)
Square metal stickers (Michaels)
38 gauge brass metal foil (Walnut Hollow)
Leaf punch (Stampin' Up)

If you leave me a comment and like my facebook page, you can be entered to win my blog candy.  Here is what you could win.  I would really love for you to follow me, too, but it is not necessary to win.  I will announce my winner right here and on my facebook page on Thursday, 26 September.  So be sure to check back then.
I hope you enjoyed my Autumn steampunk hot house project today.  Thanks so much for stopping by, and please be sure to visit each of the blog participants listed below and leave each one of us some love (a comment).  Then return to LeslieRahye's blog and let her know you entered to win.

Happy Autumn, and enjoy the rest of the hop!



  1. Amazin' creation Barbara ! Love it ! xoxo

  2. This is fantastic Barbara! I love all the details!! Thank you for being a part of my very fall Steampunk Blog hop!!

  3. Wow...Barbara, First thank you for inviting me to this fun Steampunk Hop. What an awesome project...I love all the special embellishments and details you put into this Keepsake. Thank you for sharing instructions.

  4. Your tutorials are so clear and understandable..beautiful project!

  5. I love the huge amount of different "stuff" and techniques you put in to this.

  6. Fabulous! what a great fun and detailed project, Barbara. I love how you embossed the tin and if I ever try that I will be very careful. :)

  7. Fun project Barbara, love all the details...girl you are so clever. TFS

  8. Barbara, I love this! You are always doing great art, but I really like the way you used the repurposed items! Love it!

  9. Fabuloous Barb! So much intricate work went into creating this wonderful art!

  10. wooooow this is totally stunning. As I'm just starting to get into altered stuff I really love all your pictures and tips. So happy to have found you through this blog hop! I'm your latest follower and look forward to seeing more. I'm going to like your FB page for sure!

  11. So very hot! Love the lights and the metal foliage!

  12. Oh My Goodness! Love the use of the CD! Love the way you altered that tin! Love the way you mounted the CD on the tin! SO MANY great ideas! Thank you!

  13. Is that a real faucet handle? how fun!

  14. What is not to love about this project? I am sharing it right now with my favourite Steam Punk daughter. I'd like to sit and make this with both my girls as a weekend fun project.
    Thank you for sharing such awesome directions-it helps so much.

  15. I absolutely ADORE this project - You are so imaginative :)

  16. this is amazing and so detailed thanks for the tutorial on this <3