Monday, 15 February 2016

Steampunk is Art - SanDee&amelie's February Steampunk Challenge

Servus and welcome to my mid-month reminder post for the February challenge over at SanDee&amelie's!

As our challenges are all "Anything Goes - Steampunk/Industrial" for this year, the design team and our players are free to follow their hearts and create and use whatever media they are up to at that very moment!

I haven't done an art journal card for ages and had almost forgotten how much I enjoy working on this special format! Let me take you through the single steps - but before I do that I also want to invite you over to our challenge blog so you can check out my wonderful teamies' projects and maybe also pay them a visit too!

I started out with some die cuts and torn scraps from old designer papers, book pages and other ephemera that I glued to my journal card using "Antique" DecoArt Decou-Page (which has a light brown-ish tint it adds to an aged look of your project already while preparing the background).

Next I added washes of diluted DecoArt Media fluid acrylics Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide, English Red Oxide and after that Cobalt Turquoise Hue. I dried my journal card well with a heat tool before I added the next colour.

I love where the washes pooled up and created drip lines and therefore highlighted the glued on die cut piece!

Next I stamped on the beautiful Carabelle Studio light bulb image in black archival ink and used a white gel pen to outline the image and also add the word "ART" by using letter stencils.

The letter shapes were coloured using a watercolour marker of a light brown colour tone - which is a subtle effect but still adds some depth and interest. As watercolour markers are transparent the paint and texture underneath remains visible which was what I was aiming for. 

I finished my journal card off by adding some sprinkles of turquoise DecoArt Media Shimmer Mister and diluted bronze DecoArt Dazzling Metallics paint (using a splatter brush for the latter).

To make the white doodling on my journal card blend in I drew a thin white border around it. That helped keep my white drawing and handwriting in place and also draw the focus towards them.

Here are some more close ups as usual!

I hope you like my art journal card and feel inspired to play along with our steampunk/industrial challenge!!!

We also have another great new sponsor who has joined in with us - Glenda from boozybear - and she is offering the most beautiful steampunk chipboard pieces - so make sure you check that out and don't miss the chance to win some!!!

And of course there is that great DecoArt Media prize bundle to be given away to one randomly drawn winner among all proper entries as well!

Hope to see you over at our challenge blog soon! 

Hugs and happy crafting,


  1. ich bin immer wieder von deinen ideen und werken begeistert, liebe claudia!

  2. ton projet est magnifique !!!! bisous nate

  3. Wow, was du auf so einem Format immer gekonnt rüber bringen kannst, super! Wieder eine gelungene Kombination und prima erklärt, eine wunderschöne Inspiration! Ich glaube, ich muss dieses Format auch noch unbedingt entdecken! LG Kerstin xx

  4. Claudia, I love this! Way cool journal card! The colors on this are just speaking to me, they work together so well. That light bulb stamp? - I have to get that, love it! Love the somewhat "ghostly" message of steampunk is art - absolutely! Hugs! Maura

  5. You are such a wiz at these tutorials and I learn so much! What a wonderful composition of colors and techniques. The pooling of the colors in the die cut are fantabulous and so fun! Awesome sauce design! Hugz to you muffin! ~Niki

  6. Wieder sagenhaft schön gemacht liebe Claudia, besonderer Eyecatcher ist das tolle Gitter. Auch die Farbkombination gefällt mir sehr.
    Liebe Grüße
    Sabine xox

  7. What a dynamic design! I love the way the color worked into the cracks and the gorgeous white drawn detail. Amazing project! Hugs, Autumn

  8. Awesome work as always Claudia! Love all the colours behind the thinlits die. It's so rich and vibrant. The lettering and am in love with that globe. Fabulous piece! Karen.x

  9. LOVE the colors and texture. Nice. Where does one find Art Journal Cards?

    1. Thank you, Stephanie!

      I think they actually file under "Project Life" - Journaling Cards. Hope that helps. They come in different sizes. Mine are 4 x 6 in. xx

  10. I 'm totally in love with this project! I love it so much, everything is perfect, fantastic work! barbara


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