Sunday 15 March 2015

Portrait of a Steampunk Ghost?

Servus and welcome to my share for our mid-month reminder over at SanDee&amelie's Steampunk Challenges!

"Gear it Up!"

is this month's motto and we all love to play with gears and cogs, don't we?

My inspirational offer is a rather quick and easy make this time and it originated from a happy accident while cleaning the (Andy Skinner) stencil I used on this project. To do so I had placed the stencil on a white paper sheet and had wiped the paint off it with a baby wipe. This way I accidentally created a ghostly looking image of the top hatted gentleman:

It reminded me a bit of those wonderful old black and white ghost photographs from the early beginnings of photography.

I really liked that very much so I decided to use it for my "gear it up" creation. I added several tones of distress inks in several ways to the image to make it look stained and yellowed.
Then I die cut a panel shape from heavy cardboard and glued the image onto it. I also stamped some gears and words (and the lovely Darkroom Door lightbulb image) in archival ink and added some die cut gears that had been treated with alcohol inks first.

For a finish I dabbed some black acrylic paint around the edges of my panel - et voila! Geared up and ready to show - my ghost portrait panel!

The March challenge is open until the end of the month and we have Tusia's  fab 7 Dots Studio as our sponsor this time! So don't miss the chance to win!

Hugs and happy crafting!
Claudia xxx


  1. I love those happy accidents this one defiantly is a triumph. You have showcased it beautifully. Dee x

  2. Great happy accident, I love it when that happens. Fab piece!
    Amanda x

  3. This is fabulous Claudia! The ghost image is absolutely actually looks like a ghost photograph you see in a horror movie! Very effective! hugs :)

  4. Definitely a haunting image! Love the rusty tones.
    Alison xx

  5. Hi Claudia, ghost effect is awesome and the whole project is amazing...fantastic inspiration for Gear it up challenge!
    Hugs from Slovenia

  6. Hello Claudia,
    As always you have come up with a fabulous make; it looks amazing, and this from a person who is not into steampunk creations.

  7. Love those happy accidents of discovery! Ghost man is awesome in the background, and the shape and gears add so much to this. Have a grand day!

  8. wow hun, I love this...the ghost man in awesome, totally makes the piece xx
    Sandie x

  9. So very cool, Claudia!! Aren't 'accident's like this the happiest?!! :) Just from doing a little cleaning of your stencils, you ended up with the beginnings of a new steampunk project--I love that when that happens!! Oh, he's kind of abstract, too! With the gears and cogs surrounding this gent, he's brought to life and seems to float right off of this surface!! So Fabulous!! XOXO-Shari

  10. wow absolutely stunning, and I agree as always you come up with an adorable piece! :-)
    xoxo SanDee

  11. What a happy accident and such a great look Claudia!
    So cool I love it! xo

  12. What a very happy accident! I love when that happens. Lol. Your piece turned out beautiful, job well done! Hugz!

  13. Love this and the little metal box above. I am hoping to join in with the challenges again soon, dare I say that I should have a bit more time now!
    Hugs, Angela x


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