Wednesday 1 January 2020

Le Roi Frédéric - Steampunk ATC for SanDee&amelie's Steampunk Challenges

Hi, servus and welcome to this year's first design team post for SanDee&amelie's Steampunk Challenges! May the new year bring you loads of good health, joy and success in (not just) your creative endeavours!

Over at SASPC we're kicking off the new year with another

"Anything Goes - Steampunk/Industrial" 

challenge - so you are free to create away as long as you make sure you follow our few rules and as there is a touch of steampunk or industrial style to your makes.

I decided to start small this year and do an ATC - one of my favourite formats to work on.

Meet "le roi Frédéric"! Doesn't he just look like a truly honourable man? His crown is made of a kind of book page feathers - I just love it!

It's a cut out from one of my two Spellbinders "Media Mixage" Ephemera paper pads designed by Susan Lenart Kazmer. Together with the gorgeous MDF steampunk ATC frame from Calico Craft Parts, Seth Apter's awesome "Chunky Rust" Baked Texture embossing powder, my beloved black Stabilo All aquarellable pencil and DecoArt media fluid acrylics I had a lot of fun piecing it all together.

Especially the Chunky Rust looks great on top of "Burnt Orange" Americana acrylic paint (which I used as an adhesive for the embossing powder). Later I dabbed on some DecoArt media Diarylide Yellow fluid acrylic paint here and there and also inked the outer edges of the ATC frame with a piece of blending foam and black archival stamping ink.

I added diluted DecoArt media Carbon Black Antiquing Cream on top of the heat set Baked Texture to darken the look. Finishing touches were done using media fluid acrylics Prussian Blue Hue and Diarylide Yellow.

The shading in the background around Frédéric was done using the black Stabilo All aquarellable pencil and a soft wet detail brush. Using the same method I also shaded lightly around the glued on ephemeras' edges for more depth.

As glue I used DecoArt Americana "Antique" Decou-Page that already has a light brown-ish tint to it - so it slightly tones down the collage pieces while you're gluing them in place. 

Our challenge is - as always - open until the end of January and - thanks to our wonderful sponsors DecoArt and boozybear who have generously decided to be with us for another year we are able to once more offer two fabulous prize packages that go to two randomly chosen players among all proper entries. For more information and to check out my wonderful team's makes simply click HERE to get taken to our challenge blog post. I hope to see you over at SanDee&amelie's Steampunk Challenges soon! 

Hugs and happy 2020 crafting!


  1. that is awesome, what a splendid start to the new year

  2. A crown of feathers would be easy to wear, can you imagine how heavy those gold and jeweled crowns were? Great ATC to kick off the year, Claudia! Happy 2020! Maura


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