Saturday, March 19, 2016

Nautical Steampunk Shadowbox Tag using Graphic 45 and Tim Holtz products (Inspired by Tim Holtz' Tags of 2016)

Inspired by Tim Holtz' March Remix for the Tags of 2016 Challenge - the imagination in that man releases the crafting juju in so many of us - I got a little carried away.  Graphic 45's new Voyage Beneath the Sea paper line opens up a world filled with 20000 leagues of Steampunk happiness.   Tim Holtz' dies provided the most perfect setting for this tiny crafty adventure.   Clipping pieces off some old stashed florals, adding a few handmade resin pieces and that gorgeous red haired mermaid from G45 -- it turned out striking.

I created a small box out of carstock reinforced with medium weight chipboard to fit behind the tag die cut.  A piece of acetate covers the hole to create a "window" view.  The shiny blue "coral" inside the shadowbox are punches from Tim's new Branch punch.

Most resin pieces were from Martha Stewart and Mod Podge silicone molds.  The diving helmet was from a mold that I had made from a pendant. Real seashells were found on the beach during a past vacation to the Outer Banks of North Carolina, and the real watch parts are from RedRooster UK.   
Metal Film (the shiny blue and green on the cardboard) is Minc Reactive Foil.  Fibers and laces are from a local craft shop & art boutique here in Blackfoot, Idaho, the Stinkin' Cute Scrapook Shop & Boutique.  After making the first one, I decided to make more for a swap I had joined over at Mini Album Scraps.
Backs of shadowbox tags have a pocket for a personal note or gift card, sides are decorated with Inka rubs and raised glued "webs".


  1. Oh wow, I love these...just brilliant! I just love every detail...colors, embellishments, fibers, perfect paper for this project, too, and great job on the fussy cutting. Wow!!!

  2. JuJu....I am soooo glad I stopped by for a visit. Your tag caught my eye because of the ocean look. (I have a "BEACH" theme for my scrap room). I immediately fell in love with the open window ...I just wanted to jump in with the mermaid. And all the surrounding goodies give you even more to look at! Great 3 D effect! Awesome Job!

  3. These are the coolest! I am so impressed! The handmade boxes are enough, then you've added such cool layers. This is my kinda steampunk. Brilliant!!!


  4. Thanks so much for the kind comments!!