Sunday, November 3, 2013

Extreme Steampunk Spells Halloween Handmade Mini Album

Steampunk, the fabulous genre that mixes Victorian with futuristic sci-fi steam-powered Industrialism that occasionally adds touches of fantasy, magic and horror, has infiltrated the crafting world and I have to admit that it has sunk its riveted clutches into a huge portion of my brain.  If I lived in a more eccentric accepting area there's a good chance I would be shoving my chubby butt into a metal clad corset and Top Hat.  However, probably not such a great chance I'll do so being enveloped in the surrounding potato fields of Idaho. Thus, I'm left to incorporating my love for all things steampunk into my crafting.  My latest steampunk inspired creation is a Steampunk Halloween Mini Album.  

I plan on doing a little YouTube video on this album in the next day or two but in the meantime, here's some (some = a ton) photos.  I love comments and any thoughts you have, so don't hesitate to leave a message and "follow" the blog :) (HINT:  There's a Tim Holtz die give-away coming soon) 
This is the cover ... using Graphic 45 Steampunk Spells paper line and DCWV Tattered Time paper you just can't go wrong.  The die used for gears, the metal label frame, clock hands, and embossing folder used on the binding are by Tim Holtz, as was the Charlotte doll that I used to make my own silicone mold in order to make the resin flat backed doll.  I die cut corresponding gears out of ventilation aluminum Duct tape and embossed it before applying to the chipboard gears, then added color with Ranger alcohol and patina inks. I made the letters spelling STEAMPUNK out of resin using one of Martha Stewart's silicone molds.  If you would like specifics on any of the items please comment and I will get back to you as soon as I can.
Here's the video or there's tons of pictures below:

This metal skull and Top Hat were part of a ring that I "disassembled"  -  Also, the spine is heavily reinforced to be able to hold all the embellishments in this mini album without tearing or falling apart.
The tiny tiny gears you see (one over the eye and other on the wingnut) are in the Prima - Junkyard Findings collection.

I made the Top Hat  from polymer clay and added the dangle with beads and a penny-farthing (bike)
This little "cup" is from Stampin' Up and fits perfectly inside one of the gears.  The items inside can then move around as the book is turned.

A few of the interior pages below:

The little "light bulb" tag pulls out of a tiny pocket
A thin magnet hidden under the paper helps keep these flaps held shut.

Lots of room for photos and journaling after you raise the flaps.

Untie the ribbon and there's so much space on the front and back of the fold out and more tags under the owl flap.
There's loads of goodies inside the raised clock and lots of tags in the little pocket.

 The tag that pulls out from under the photo mat of the balloons is part of a swap return from X. Montano.  I added  a few metal rivet eyelets and a little to the back but wanted to make sure she got credit for her beautiful addition.
One of my favorite parts is this lady  that I fussy cut from Graphic 45's Steampunk Debutante paper - I put in some tiny metal washers under the brads so she could have loads of movement.  Before cutting her out, I glued a piece of black cardstock behind her, added several layers of decoupage glue, then a coat of acrylic sealer so she would stay sturdy and not easily bent from wear and tear.

 This little Book of Spells is held in place not only by the chain, but also by 2 bent clock hands :)

Thanks for looking - adding a video soon.


  1. This is absolutely fabulous! Where do you get the neat skull and gargoyle charms?

    1. Sorry I didn't get back till now Kay, I didn't get the notification you had posted a comment :P -- Both were from EBAY -- the skull with the top hat was a necklace (I think I won that auction for 36 cents with free shipping) and the gargoyle is 2 bat charms that I E6000 glued together and hung two clock part charms (glued together) from the bottom. I often go to EBAY and just search "charms" or "necklace", sort by lowest price first - and find the cheapest ones to bid on and sometimes I get lucky and get them for a really low price.

  2. Wow! This is such a fabulous creation! SO much to see and so much inspired work. I love it!

    1. This was the most fun I ever had making a mini ... thanks for stopping by and checking it out.