Friday 1 May 2020

The Inventor - for SanDee&amelie's Steampunk Challenges

Hi and servus! Time to kick off our new challenge over at SanDee&amelie's Steampunk Challenges!
Our April challenge is once more an "Anything Goes - Steampunk/Industrial" themed one and my make for your inspiration this month is another ATC.

I just love this format and I found some beautiful Victorian style ATC frames at Calico Craft Parts! They are made of MDF and therefor quite sturdy - which means they can take a lot of mixed media! Perfect for me!

"The Inventor" is my latest ATC from my slowly but steadily growing steampunk ATC collection and it is once more a portrait taken from a paper stash by Tim Holtz that I have used and combined with some Calico Craft Parts and DecoArt paints and products.

To achieve the glossy and dimensional look on the frame I've used DecoArt Triple Thick. I just love that stuff!

But let's start at the beginning of the process! First I cut the portrait to size so it fit into the frame opening. Next I glued that to the backing panel of the ATC frame and the frame on top using DecoArt matte Decou-Page. I like to use cloths pins to keep everything in place during drying times.

Then I applied a thin coat of DecoArt Americana Lamp Black acrylic paint in dry brushing technique to not lose any of the engraved ornaments and lines on the ATC frame.

I used my heat tool to dry the paint before I went in with a generous coat of DecoArt media Titanium White Antiquing Cream.

I made sure the Antiquing Cream got into all the engraved lines and details!

I let the Antiquing Cream cure before I wiped it back with a soft damp cloth.

Using my heat tool again I made sure everything was dry before I added a generous coat of DecoArt Triple Thick to the ATC frame.

While the Triple Thick was still wet I put the little Calico Craft Parts label holder in its proper place and carefully put the cut out "Inventor" word inside - with the Triple Thick still working as a glue.

I decided to go all glossy and added a thinner layer of Triple Thick to the portrait too. This time I added two small wind-up keys and a cut in half cog and painted these and the label holder with DecoArt media Metallic Gold fluid acrylic paint.

All I needed to do then was wait until the Triple Thick had dried naturally. ;)

I love that frame and the symmetry and how the "inventor" word piece sits embedded into the Triple Thick and contrasts the glossy texture with its matte surface! 

I hope you like it too! 
I can't wait to see you play along and enter your makes too! 
See you over at SanDee&amelie's Steampunk Challenges! Simply click HERE to get to our challenge blog! 

Hugs and happy crafting!


  1. Love your Inventor ATC, Claudia! The unique shape is eye catching, and love the yellows! hugs, Maura

  2. This is fantastic. I always enjoy seeing your artwork creations.


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