Tuesday 8 October 2013

Steampunk Storage - Try It On Tuesday's challenge and a new tutorial

Hello and welcome back, dear crafting friends, readers and followers!

Today it is time for a new challenge 
and this fortnight the theme is 


My team mates obviously loved it too and created an awesome bundle of inspiration for you, so hop over to Try It On Tuesday to have a look around and be inspired!

This month we have

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and there's the chance to win $10 dollars to spend in their store 
- so take a chance and join the challenges in October! ;)

It's also time for another tutorial. Yay! So get yourself a cup of tea or coffee as this is once more going to be a picture heavy post.

So here we go. This is my DT make for the "Textures" challenge and I so enjoyed playing with all of my favourite stuff - Acrylic colours, Metallic rub ons, dies, crumpled paper and crackle media!

For my storage box I used:

- a wooden goose eggs box, which I had hoarded since last Easter

- some DecoArt products:
- DecoArt Traditions Acrylic Colors: burnt   umber, raw umber, medium white
- DecoArt Metallic Lustre: Iced Espresso, Champagne Ice
- DecoArt Weathered Wood Crackle Medium
- DecoArt OneStep Crackle
- DecoArt Decou-Page matte

- some brushes, baby whipes, glue
- box feet, metal bookplate, brads
- Sizzix and X cut dies: layered wings, gears
- Sizzix embossing folder "rivets"
- black card
- sandwich paper
- DI "walnut stain"

1. For a start I cut a lot of gears from heavy black card.

2. Then I cut a pair of wings from the same card. I used the Tim Holtz "Layered Wings" die from Sizzix.

3. I ran the wings' layers through the Sizzix using the Sizzix "rivets" embossing folder.


4. Afterwards I glued the layers together to finish the wings. They were set aside to dry.

5. As my box had a paper label on it which I could not remove completely, this inspired me to add some texture using sandwich paper.

To do so I tore some scraps of sandwich paper to glue them to the box (and thus cover the peeled off paper spot on my box).

6. I glued some more scraps to different areas of the box using DecoArt Decou-Page matte and made sure that I created a lot of crumples by squeezing and pushing with my fingers while the glue was wet.

7. I used Decou-Page too for attaching gears to my layered wings...

8. ...and also for glueing the gears to the box.

9. Then I painted the insides of the compartments with DecoArt Traditions acrylic colour "burnt umber".

10. For the outside I used DecoArt Traditions acrylic colour "raw umber" and stippled the colour to the surface instead of brushing it.

As the sandwich paper showed through after the first layer I added another one.

11. I also painted the wings with the same colour from both sides.

12. After the colour had dried I glued the wings to the box after I had inserted two tiny brads.
At that state it looked like this:

Then I added some DecoArt Weathered Wood Crackle Medium with some spots of my box.  (See the darker shiny areas? That is where I brushed on the Weathered Wood)

13. As soon as they were touch dry I covered these spots with DecoArt Traditions acrylic colour "Medium White" and watched the crackle magic happen.

14. I rubbed on some DecoArt Metallic Lustre "Iced Espresso" and "Champagne Ice" for some highlighting.

This made the crumpled paper texture and the rivets pop out beautifully!

15. I cut a piece of card (from a left over paper scrap from a Tim Holtz wrinkle free distress technique session) for my metal label and after stamping on it I gave it a coat of DecoArt OneStep Crackle Medium. After that had dried I added another coat and that produced some fine crackles in which I rubbed some Distress Ink "walnut stain" to make them more visible.

16. For a finish I glued the label with two brads and some idea-ology box feet to my altered box and let dry. Done!

Some more close ups:

I hope you like it and have fun altering your own boxes! Can't wait to see your makes for the "Textures" challenge over at Try It On Tuesday either!

Hugs and happy crafting,

die amelie xx


  1. Hi Claudia, this is the kind of piece that makes you want to touch it and hold it.....the crackle looks amazing as do the fabulous wings and cogs. So many great techniques too, thanks so much for the step by step. Amazing work, as ever! Hugs, Anne x

  2. Ok -- those layered industrial wings are freaking insane!!!! Love them. I might even stayed organized if I had storage like this! The various textures all work together. I seriously love the crumpled sandwich paper texture as it peaks out from under the weathered wood on the corner. Amazing!! -- Thanks for all the ideas and techniques Claudia. Can't wait to start my next project :) -- Mary Elizabeth

  3. GRANDIOS liebe Claudia.... das ist nicht nur extrem ansprechend schön geworden -sondern Du verwöhnst uns auch noch mit einem sagenhaft tollem Tutorial! fabelhaft!
    danke Claudia!

  4. hallo Claudia,
    das ist eine supertolle box - vielen, vielen dank für diese schöne Anleitung!
    bis bald

  5. A stunning piece of altered art, and an amazing looking tutorial, which I'm going to have to come back and pore over another time... Fantastic!!
    Alison xx

  6. this is fab , gorgeous inspiration here x
    Still playing catch up and yet never getting caught up ....so this is just to say hello , have been looking at your lovely pieces and hope to get back to my normal comment levels soon, I know , I know I keep saying it :( but I do have the very best intentions! hugs Trace x

  7. ...another stunning piece of work from you Claudia, I love this box it's perfect for so many things and such a delight to have anywhere in the home...to be admired on a daily basis...Mel:))xx

  8. Your altered storage box looks amazing with all the gorgeous details Claudia..you're so talented!!

  9. Wow, I did wonder how you got such amazing effects and details on your box, so I have realy enjoyed reading down your post.

  10. Wunderschöne Arbeit, gaaaanz toll! LG, Valerie

  11. Love your box and the tutorial. Always like seeing how others put things together. thanks as always for sharing.

  12. HAMMERTEIL....komm aus dem staunen nicht mehr raus...SPITZE!!!

    LG Marion

  13. A beautiful mix of crackle and crumple ;) love it, I Love practical make overs x

  14. You always have such artistic pieces to share. Blessings!

  15. Awesome! Love every bit of it. Cindy

  16. A super tutorial, really clever project. Hugs Bee


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