Steampunk is a sprawling neo-vintage trend that has spilled over into scrapbooking. Originally a literary genre combining Victorian-era historical fiction with sci-fi and fantasy, steampunk has developed into a full-fledged design aesthetic embracing brass and pearls, gears and velvet, smoke and satin, faded daguerrotypes and shiny airships.
Hello! It’s Tara Orr here from beautiful British Columbia, Canada. What an absolute honour to have the opportunity to contribute to this very special steampunk-themed post for Creating Keepsakes and Graphic 45. Thank you all so much for having me as your guest blogger this week!
Here is a layout that I created using the brilliant Olde Curiosity Shoppe Collection from Graphic 45. Within this beautifully vintage collection, you will find yourself surrounded with amazing imagery, oddities, trinkets, vintage treasures, fashion and more—all the wonderful things one would find at a flea market or thrift store, and all perfect for incorporating into your steampunk projects.
Giving Chipboard Embellishments a Metallic Look
To embellish my layout, I decided to incorporate several cogs and gears, along with many metal elements as well. Although Graphic 45 has many wonderful metal embellishments within their Staples collection, the gears I used were naked chipboard pieces. I needed these pieces to look like metal. Solution: metallic paint.
I first painted all my pieces with plain cream-coloured acrylic paint and waited for them to dry. Left this way, the pieces look fabulous enough, but they lack that certain aged, metal look that I was looking for. After the chipboard pieces were set, I used two different types of metallic paint from DecoArt: Venetian Gold and Rich Espresso.
As you can see in my photo, I completely transformed the chipboard pieces simply by dabbing on a small amount of either one of these colours (I used my finger to apply the paint randomly). I personally feel that a copper-like colour looks more aged and vintage, but you can very readily incorporate other metallic shades into your projects. Metallic colours add depth and help to highlight the particular part of your project to which it has been added.
Win New Steampunk-Style Scrapbook Products
Would you like to get your hands on some of the new products from Graphic 45? Leave a comment on this blog post and you will be entered to win this steampunk-style scrapbooking prize package valued at $65. Comments must be received by Monday, October 1, at 9:00 am (MT). International entries happily accepted!
Congratulations to our winner!
Cathy Ross says: I love the Steampunk look and I already have loads of pictures to make a mini book. I love the LOs that you have shown here and it has given me some new ideas to incorporate in my album. I would love to win some supplies to use also.
Cathy Ross watch for an email in your inbox with instructions on how to redeem your prize.
Thank you so much! If you’d like to take a peek at more of my work, please stop by my blog for a visit—I’d love to have you!
P.S. If you love combining media in your scrapbooks the way Tara has done here, be sure to take a look at Mixed Media Scrapbooking, a 2012 special issue from Creating Keepsakes magazine.