Steampunk mixed media art panel and Interactive card

by Niamh Baly

Hi All,

Niamh here again with two more projects, and completely different styles! One is perfect to hang in your art space, the other – a great card for the little people in your life.

The Steampunk mixed media panel is all about exploring textures and weathered ageing effects. It was a fun and easy project to complete, and the same techniques can be replicated on canvas, in your art journals or on a scrapbook page.

The background panel is a 6in x 6in piece of corrugated card from a box I had lying around. I tore the backing paper off in random spots, then applied stone effect texture pastes over the surface unevenly (use texture paste – if you have some sand – add that it too). I then dried it and applied gesso all over the surface to unify the piece. While the gesso was still wet, I added embossing powders in verdigris, gold and copper and heated it, giving the piece a weathered metallic effect. Finally I added watered down acrylic paints in shades of blue, letting it drip down the surface, and wiped it off the embossing powder (which acts as a resist).

 

For my focal point, I embossed the Scrap FX  steampunk pieces (steampunk assemblage  and cogs) with copper and verdigris powders, then added some ink gold wax over the copper pieces. I adhered the chipboard onto the panel using ultra thick gel medium, and added some metallic cog pieces using the same.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I also embossed the #takearisk phrase from the #achieve set with verdigris embossing powder and added that to the bottom of the panel. I also cut up the vision phrase transparency as the main quote for my panel, and adhered it using a sheet of micro glue dot paper. As the background is so textured, the pattern of the dots blends in with the background piece.

To see how this piece came together – please click on the video link below and subscribe to the Scrap FX YouTube channel to see all the new projects as they go live.

https://youtu.be/L4rrHkIkKGo

 

The second piece for today is something very different – an interactive card which would be great for kids.

I started off creating the sky using blue shades of oxide inks, swiping them onto my craft mat, spritzing them, then laying my card over the top and soaking up the ink. You need to create two pieces of this background paper for this card. I used the Mark making C Border stencil to help draw my clod shapes, then painted them with Heidi Swapp white color shine, splattering some over the top as well for extra effect. I then pasted one piece on the inside of my card, and drew a circle large enough for my pig to fit in on the first piece and cut it out. I also cut the same sized circle out of my white card (use the circle you drew on the sky card as a template – as it has to line up perfectly.

I used paint markers to colour in my flying pig, and I also traces around my pig onto sticker paper and coloured in the sticker paper as closely as I could to the original chipboard. I then cut a piece of thread and laid it across the back of the chipboard and sandwiched it with the sticker paper, leaving two ends to attach to the card. I stuck double sided tape above and below the circle and stretched the piece of string with the pig on it tight, so that the pig is suspended in the circle. Finally I adhered the sky piece to the from of the card – hiding the string from the pig. I coloured the phrase using alcohol markers and stuck it on the bottom of the card.

I love this little card and the cute pig – though if I did it again, I would purchase two of the flying pig sets as it was difficult cutting the sticker paper to the exact shape – and I missed out on the cool etchings on the wings. My daughter loves playing with it, as the little pig twists and turns on his string – making him look like he is really flying.

To see this card being make, click on the video link below and subscribe to the Scrap FX YouTube channel to see all the new projects as they go live.

https://youtu.be/8pm4G9zYBQg

Happy creating,

Niamh

@niamhbaly

 

 

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