Friday, November 25, 2016

Steampunk Owl Box

Rick St. Dennis er vår sponsor hos Creative Fingers for utfordring #121. 
Som alltid er det 'Anything Goes', som betyr 'Lag-hva-du-vil' på vår utfordringsblogg, og du er hjertelig velkommen til å delta ♥

Denne flotte steampunk ugla fra RSD er visstnok inspirert av den greske mytologiske helten Jason, ut fra navnet 'Jason's owl', sikkert basert på Bubo fra Clash of the Titans ♥

For this fortnights challenge #121. at Creative Fingers we are lucky to have one of my absolute favourite artists as our sponsor, Rick St. Dennis, and as always it is an 'Anything goes' theme. You are more than welcome to join with your creations! The fantastic owl from RSD is most likely based on Bubo, from the movie Clash of the Titans, and is really Athenas owl in greek mythology,  :)

My project is a mixed media altered steampunk kind of box. It can house pencils or paintbrushes etc., and I'm thinking it will make a very cool gift this christmas! It's for a dude, so no embellishes other than the decor on the box. If it were for myself I'd add some bling as well. But since there is not, It is a very economical, easy and quick to make christmas gift. Plus you probably have all the things you need to make it already! Some things like the adhesive metal tape and fiberglass tape is a bit expensive, you will for sure find in a hardware store, but you can also just use doublesided tape or glue with aluminium foil that you have in the kitchen, it tears very easily though so I'd invest in a metal tape.
- Or you could get foiled/metallic cardstocks, or even some heavy duty kitchen foil - as was pointed out to me by Autumn :)

There is lots of stuff that would create great texture, magic mesh, lace or jute for example. You can add diecuts, letters, buttons, coins, strings and other things you can think of. It would be good to have a paperstub to rub around the items to make them stand out well, and some tools to make dots, scratches and lines with, like my little ball tool in the photo below. I just went the easy way here with embossingfolders!

There are many great tutorials online, just search on youtube for metal art / metal embossing / or Metal foil tape. Like the SwirlydoosKits video I was inspired by here and RachO113 Metal tape art

The cardboard box I picked up for about a dollar, but I'm sure it would be easy enough to create a similar pencil container with some cardboard scraps, empty cereal boxes/toilet rolls, or up-cycle a box you already have! :)
I added some fun foam (mosegummi) strips to the sides, and covered it with metallic tape and the other tape is a Fiberglass tape. 

After I'd covered my box, I covered one side of it at a time with black paint, let it sit for a minute - then using kitchen paper to rub most of the paint off. The grooves in the metal will hold the black and make the embossed areas really stand out. Repeat until you get the look you want, and let dry. I painted the inside while I waited.

I added the lettering through a stencil with Inka Gold on the inner cardboards, and used a Tim Holtz blending tool. Then the box got rubbed with the blending tool / sponge. It dries pretty quickly, so I keep a baby-wet-wipe covering the inka gold I had put on a plastic sheet with a spatula. But if you don't have theese tools you can use a metallic paint and a cosmetic sponge instead.

The Distress ink pads in the photo are the ones I used to watercolor the owl, as well as a red and a yellow twinkling H2O watercolor. I used a silicone adhesive to adhere the owl to the box, but any other kind of strong adhesive would also be good. If you want to seal your project you can with a fixative or other sealant, but I find it keeps well without :)

I enter my altered box in theese fab Challenges: [Ends on]
More Mixed Media ~ Anything goes opt. Black! [Dec. 2nd.]
Stamps and Stencils ~ Tags, Bags and Boxes! [Nov. 30th.]
Altered Eclectics Nov. ~ Always Anything Goes
[Nov. 30th.]
Deep Ocean
#142. ~ Inspired by song or movie [Nov. 28th.] 
Crafting With An Attitude #21. ~ Always AG (2nd.entry)[Nov. 27th.]

Scandinavian challenges: [innen]
Papirlosjen #11. ~ Metall! [30. Nov.]
Nordsalten hobbyklubb #150. ~ Alt er lov!
[30. Nov.]
Kort o Mania #163. ~ Alt er lov! [30. Nov.]

EDIT: I was picked in the TOP 5 at More Mixed Media! And Top 5 at Altered Eclectics :) Thank u ♥ and I also got into the TOP 3 at Papirlosjen! Tusen takk ♥

Stamps/Images: Rick St. Dennis 'Jason's Owl Steampunk' digistamp.
Papers: I prefer Canson Montvale aquarelle paper (200 g/m coldpressed) when painting stamp motifs.
Embellishments/Tools: Spellbinders M-Bossabilities 'Creative Cogs' Embossing Folder 5x7. Cuttlebug Embossing folder 'A2 Script texture' and 5x7 Embossing folder by Tim Holtz 'Clockworks'. Sizzix Texture Fades Embossing Folder by Tim Holtz 'Clock' & 'patchwork'. Panduro Hobby script stencil. Metal/Aluminium foil tape. Scotch 3M Fiberglass tape. Fun foam/3D foam also called Mosegummi.
Techniques:  My distress tools from Ranger Ink is always in use! ~ Tim Holtz® Mini Ink Round Blending Tool & the Inkssentials Ink Blending Tool and Foams. I used misc. Luminarte Twinkling H2o's Shimmering Watercolors, and Tim Holtz Distress Ink pads to watercolor and distress. Viva Decor Inka Gold 'Copper'. Pebeõ Black acrylic paint.


  1. I saw this in the gallery at Deep Ocean Challenge and I had to pop in and tell you I think it is wonderful! Hugs!

  2. wow - this is amazing - great tutorial too - fabulous! Thanks for joining us at stamps and stencils! Hugs rachel x

  3. This is out of this world cool! I love the box shape and your altering makes for one tremendous upcycled gift! Gorgeous color on the foil. You can get heavy duty foil that works much better than regular/thin. Love the owl stamp!!! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Stamps and Stencils. Hugs, Autumn


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