Steampunk Spells Shadow Box Collage


Hello there Peeps! I’m just as excited as I can be because I get to share a project that’s been under wraps for a while and today is the big day! I am normally the card maker but I also really love to create shadow boxes and altered art…so here is my take on a Steampunk Spells Shadow Box! Our assignment from Graphic 45 was to choose 3 Core’dinations Cardstock colors and be inspired a  G45  paper collection. I chose Bon Voyage, Photogenic, and Sweet Apricot.SPS Collage 1

I had so much fun working on this collage. It was quite a challenge in our little small town to find steampunk accents…so I had to create my own. I made the wheels out of plastic washers, the little knobs you add to the bottom of furniture legs, tiny gears and brads then painted them with metallic nail polish. The hardware store had a nice variety of bit and pieces that I painted to match.

SPS Collage2The main base is the 12×12 matchbook box and I added a second matchbook box to the corner for depth. I added loads of chipboard and fussy cut flowers as well as a vintage key and a lamp knob to make it look like an antique pull toy.

SPS Collage 3More chippies and tags for this corner…and more gears and washers.  This was a great way to anchor the corner and add a banner.

SPS Collage 4This little “bookshelf” is actually a super tiny chest of drawers found at a local discount store….I just removed the drawers and painted it black then layered on the fabulous paper patterns. I used the stamps to look like family photos in a bookshelf. More wheels here and some painted metal furniture corners.

SPS Collage 5Here are those drawers….used to hold more paper pretties. I think the add balance to the collage.

SPS Collage 1Inside there’s elebenty hundred layers of images, chippies, fussy cut flowers, dimensional balloons and tags. I really love how this turned out and it will be joining my favorite Halloween decor as the centerpiece of my mantle display!

Supply List:

My 3 Core’dination Cardstock Colors

Bon Voyage


Sweet Apricot

Graphic 45 Steampunk Spells Frightful Folly

Graphic 45 Steampunk Spells Tick-Tock

Graphic 45 Steampunk Spells Pumpkin Power

Graphic 45 Steampunk Spells  Steampunk Spells

Graphic 45 Steampunk Spells Vintage Voyage

Graphic 45 Steampunk Spells Fanciful Floral

Graphic 45 Steampunk Spells

Graphic 45 French Country Grandeur

Graphic 45 Le’ Romantique Celebration

Graphic 45 Steampunk Spells Stickers

Graphic 45 Steampunk Spells Banners

Graphic 45 Steampunk Spells Tags and Pockets

Graphic 45 Steampunk Spells Chipboard 1

Graphic 45 Steampunk Spells Chipboard 2

Graphic 45  12 x 12 Matchbook Box

Graphic 45 small Matchbook Box

Small wooden chest of drawers

Really Reasonable Ribbon

Americana Black Paint

Tim Holtz Distress Ink Black Soot

Metal gears and assorted findings

Antique key   



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