Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Time Traveller Mixed Media Steampunk Canvas

You may remember my excitement at receiving some of my new Time Traveller goodies from Sheena Douglass last week. When I squealed rather loudly on Facebook that they had arrived, my friend ( and fellow crafter) Rachel cheekily suggested I make her something. I couldn't refuse that request- any excuse to get messy and creative gets my attention! Like me, Rachel makes a lot of cards ( she's also a colouring book artist- check her out here), and while I knew she would apreciate a card, I wanted to do something a little bit more special for her so decided to have a go at a steampunk canvas.

I know Rachel wanted a tutorial, and lucky for her I snapped a few pics along the way, so here is how I did it. 

The first step was to embellish my canvas board. After applying texture paste through a stencil and some paper, I die cut some cogs ( these aren't from the Time Traveller set as I am still waiting on those but luckily I have other cog dies in my collection that did the job), the propeller from the set, and added some resin birds, a grunge board flourish and a chipboard man. I also used my melt pot to make nuts and a key. 

When the glue was dry, I went to town covering the entire piece in black gesso. Messy but so much fun! 

When the gesso was dry it was time to add some colour. I used some cheap acrylic copper paint, and some silver, which I added some gorgeous blue pigment powder to in order to create a rusting look. To dry brush you only need a teeny amount , then just work it over the project until happy. 

I really liked this effect, but wanted more shimmer and sheen and a metallic look, so I spritzed randomly with Cosmic Shimmer sprays and then used gilding wax to highlight some areas and really make the texture pop. 

The final step was to die cut the balloon and stamp it, which I also heat embossed with copper. I coloured the balloon with distress inks and glued it firmly in place, using the flourish as the smoke. I added the sentiment stamp 'Set Your Own Course' which just feels very appropriate for Rachel as she's certainly a lady who does just that.

I must admit I was so thrilled with the final piece that I almost didn't send it to her ( I did make her promise to send it back if she hated it, but of course she loves it- damn!). Guess I'll just have to make another for myself now!



  1. I certainly do love it! It made me cry !

  2. Lots of lovely inkiness going on here and sounds like you really enjoyed making it, many thanks for joining us at Stamping Sensations challenge this month.

    B x

  3. A beautiful creation! Thanks for joining us at Stamping Sensations this month!

  4. Wow, this is great!!! Thanks for the detailed description too.
    Thanks for joining our challenge at Inspiration Destination I hope you’ll join us next time again.
    (DT member)

  5. A fabulous canvas. The rusty, grungy colours are perfect with the Steampunk themed elements.
    Thank you for joining in with our April challenge "Anything Mixed Media Goes" at Creative Artiste Mixed Media and good luck x

  6. Lovely design. Thank you for sharing with us at Dragonfly Dreams.