Thursday, March 10, 2016

Mixed Media: Time Machine Mini House Shadowbox 2

Hey everyone!  So glad you stopped by.  Today, I want to share my fourth and last Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Mini House Shadowbox in this series.   Now I have a complete set to display in my studio and inspire me.  This shadowbox I will call my Time Machine.  I am enamored with clocks and time pieces, probably because I never seem to have enough time.  I also used the fabulous products from the DecoArt Media line.

To see my previous mini shadowbox posts, please click hereclick here, and click here.

So let's get stared.  It is a good idea to lay your pieces out so you can see exactly how to glue them together.

Paint the box and all the chipboard pieces with DecoArt Media Carbon Black Fluid Acrylic paint.  I may not use all of these pieces, but in any case, they will be ready for the next project.

Each piece was painted with the Lumiere 3D metallic paints.  I tried to mix up the color combinations so the gears would show up better in side the box.  (See photo of finished project above).

Cover the roof with Finnabair graphite texture paste.

Spread DecoArt Media white crakle paint over the back and sides of the box; let dry.  This product gives the ver best crackle effect.

Sponge DecoArt Media violet and orange shimmer mist over the crackle paint; let dry.

Sponge Frayed Burlap distress ink over the crackled area to tone down the colors for a more vintage feel.

Cut a piece of corrugated cardboard to fit inside the box.  Tear away some of the covering to reveal the corrugations.

Paint the piece with DecoArt Media Carbon Black fluid acrylic, and spread a small amount of DecoArt black molding paste in open spaces.

Mist cardboard with DecoArt Media turquoise and white shimmer misters.

Paint a thin (approximately 1/8") wooden dowel black and snip into varying lengths.  Glue dowel pieces to back of gears that you want to raise; let dry.

Glue gears in place onto cardboard backing, layering them with the dowel pieces as needed to lift them up.

Continue adding gears and watch parts until you like the result.  

Here are a few views from the sides, showing the dimension and how it was layered.

I also used watch parts for added interest.  Below is a watch part that was layered on top of the chipboard gear with a brad.  Look at the photos above to see more of the tiny watch parts added.

When all these pieces were glued in and dry, you can pick up the entire backing piece and slip it inside the box.  I did not even have to glue it in because it was a snug fit.

Paint wings with DecoArt Media Carbon Black fluid acrylic paint, then spray with DecoArt Media white  and turquoise shimmer mister on both sides; let dry.  Then spray with Heirloom Gold shimmer mist; let dry.  Sponge a bit more turquoise shimmer mist over wings to bring back more of the blue color.

Cut the wings apart and glue to the back side of the box, along with the skeleton clock face,  pocket watch, a metal clock face, and clock hands.  All pieces were layered with a brad placed through the middle and glued down over the wings.

The turn key was glued to the center of the clock, as shown.

I adhered the Tim Holtz Industrious sticker strips along the roof line on the back.  

A propeller was coated with a thick coating of the Lumiere 3D metallic paint, leaving ridges for added texture, as shown.  A small piece of dowel was glued to the back.

More sticker strips were added along the edges and the roofline.  Then the propeller was glued into the "V" section of the roof top, as shown.  Metal hex nuts were glued to the bottom for feet, and small watch parts were glued inside the hex nut opening.

And here are some closeups of various views and sections of the house.

And here are all four mini house shadowboxes in this series.  Each one has a different meaning for me, and will continue to inspire me in my day to day crafting. 

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Supplies:

Mini House Shadowbox 2
Gears Borders & Corners (Special Order)
Gears Shape Set
Steampunk 2 Shape Set
Clock Hands Shape Set

Other Supplies:

DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic Carbon Black
DecoArt Media white gesso
DecoArt Media black modeling paste
DecoArt Media white crackle paint
DecoArt Media turquoise shimmer mister
DecoArt Media orange shimmer mister
DecoArt Media violet shimmer mister
DecoArt Media white shimmer mister
Finnabair graphite texture paste
Ranger Perfect Pearls heirloom gold mist
Jacquard Lumiere 3D bright copper dimensional metallic paint
Jacquard Lumiere 3D steel dimensional metallic paint
Jacquard Lumiere 3D warm gold dimensional metallic paint
Jacquard Lumiere 3D brass dimensional metallic paint
Tim Holtz Industrious Stickers
1/8" wooden dowel
Watch parts

I hope you have enjoyed my series of mini house shadowboxes from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts, and that I perhaps have inspired you to make your very own inspirational "village" to help keep those juices flowing.   Thanks for following me along on this journey.  So what will you make of your shadowbox treasures?

Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful weekend!



  1. Barbara,that was a beautiful house no mattterwhat you put in it I love love the gars and the way you did it ..thank you for shareing....

    1. Thanks so much, Mary. Your sweet comment is so appreciated.

  2. Wow!! What a fabulous steampunk house!! Love all your texture and dimension!! ~ Blessings, Tracey

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