Steampunk – a different perspective

by Niamh Baly

Hi all,

It’s Niamh here with two new projects to share with you. First up is a 12 x 12 scrapbooking layout documenting the first trip my husband and I took together when we were dating – cementing what nerds we were. The second is quick art journal page using lots of textures and collage. So lets get to it!

This page started out with an old piece of Basic Grey paper which I ‘stamped’ the intersection stencil  on by spraying it with ink then placing it on the background. Then I added the calculations stamp  randomly around the page using walnut stain distress oxide ink, as well as some other text stamps. This created a grungy background paper to add my focal point to.

I created my focal image by stamping the boxed stamp on vintage book paper and placing it behind my photo, then using a series of project life cards in my stash to add journalling spots and pattern around my photo. I also added a transparent quote from the Antiquities transparency to one of the PL cards using staplesOnce I’d taped the pieces together, I then layered them on shimmery vellum and tore the edges to add the distressed effect, and edged it with walnut stain ink to create a fine border around the edge. This helps to pop the cluster off the background.

The final piece of the puzzle was adding the beautiful steampunk chipboard elements to the layout. I used the fractured time – large, and a different perspective and started off by painting them black. I find it is always a good idea to give your chipboard an base coat of paint to make the colours pop, and black is particularly good for metallic. I then used my finger to pounce the paint onto the surface, which creates an uneven coat and some texture. This allows the black to peep through, giving a more weathered piece of metal look, plus the texture allows you to add gold wax to the surface, giving more definition and a rusting effect to the surface. Finally I added a thin white shadow to the words using a fine white paint pen, plus added my journalling to both the PL cards and my photo.

To see the full process of creating this page – click on the link below:











My second project was using the beautiful steampunk bee and the follow your heart quote in an art journal page all about becoming who you want to be (I’m so punny!!! lol).

This page started out in my small delusions journal on a clean up page which already had paint and collage on it. I started out by adding some gold texture paste to the two corners and it reminded me of honeycomb – so I went with that thought and this page was born. I used dark blue paints in the background (painting over the texture paste, then wiping away the excess on the surface with a wet wipe), and stamped text in white ink, and the boxed stamp in  black randomly over the page. I then stamped out the bees onto white tissue paper and glued them down using gel medium. I painted the gold on them using gold ink, and used clear glitter gloss on the wings. Finally I coloured my chipboard pieces, again painting them black and adding the metallic highlights with my finger to create texture and an uneven pattern. I love the bee in particular as it comes with the cog piece to add to the top of the body. If you look carefully it also has a honeycomb pattern etched into the surface of the body – which is why I chose to add gold wax to highlight the etching.

Here is a link to the full process of putting this page together:












Thank you so much for joining me to see these projects come together. I would encourage you all to subscribe to the Scrap FX YouTube channel to see lots more process videos from both myself and other design team members. Make sure you subscribe and click the bell icon so that you are alerted every time a new video is uploaded. Until next time – happy creating!




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