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Beauty's Found Within Steampunk Shadow Box

Hello Craft Friends!

I'm Dana and I'm so excited to be a part of the Tres Jolie Design Team! So youll be seeing more projects from me and I hope I inspire you along the way! 

Today's project has a Steampunk look and definitely something different from my usual designs. Wait till you see the newest kits available this month from Tres Jolie! For my project today, we'll be using the September scrapbook kit. It features papers from 3 Quarter Designs, including a chipboard set, Prima flowers, dresden trim and so much more! Get yours here:

 In addition I will be using a Relics and Artifacts wooden tray, I had in my stash. My box measures 8x6 but you could use any size box you have on hand. I cut and inked all my papers using Tim Holtz Distress Ink Gathered Twigs. 

To begin I chose one of the bonus papers included in this kit to cover all sides and the back of my box. The outside edges measure 3/4 x 6 inches, and 3/4 x 8 inches. Cut two of each and adhere using Craft glue. The back piece measures 8x 6 inches. 

To cover the front edges of my box, I cut 2 strips measuring 1/2 x 6 inches, and  2 strips measuring 1/2 x 8 inches from the "Letters" script patterned paper. In addition i cut and glued some of the pretty Relics and Artifacts Dresden Daisy chain trim along the inside edge using craft glue. Then I applied Junkyard Findings Metal corners on 3 sides my box, using a strong permanent glue.

I painted the inside edge of my box with Art Alchemy Metallique Steampunk Copper paint. Let dry. Then I cut another piece of  "Light" paper from the kit measuring 7x5 inches and adhered to the inside my box. 

Now I cut apart acouple chipboard pieces (pipe and clock image) and applied some Prima Art Alchemy Metallique wax to the pipe chipboard piece. For the clock I painted the hands using black acrylic paint. The outside edge of my clock I applied Finnibair Rust pastes in layers using a stiff brush and pouncing motion. I keep applying layers of each oaste until I get the desired look I want. I also fussy cut out a tag, dress form image, butterfly, perfume bottle, hat and clock images. I inked all papers. 

Now we are ready to decorate the inside of our Steampunk box! I like to play and arrange all my pieces before I adhere them with glue. Using foam dots, I adhered the dress form piece on the right. I added a Vintage Trinket Light bulb "believe" at the top of her head. Glued a pretty Prima flower on her dress. area. I glued the chipboard pipe underneath part of my dress form piece and glued my clock image on the other end. The tag, I punched a hole at the top, tied some raffia through the hole. Using foam dots, I adhered on the right side. I had this Prima metal tricket "shoe" in my stash so i adhered on the left side of my tag, and even on the bottom edge of my shadow box. I cut one of the extra Dresden Daisy chain trim pieces and glued over the hole on my metal shoe! Took my fussy cut butterfly and glued over top of the butterfly image on my tag. Bent the wings upward to add dimension and motion. Then applied some Stickles glitter Stardust over top of the wings!

Here's a closeup!

I stapled the other fussy cut images together and adhered on the outside left lower corner of my box! Here's a closeup!

 To finish off my box I had some Tim Holtz Idea-ology alpha tiles in my stash so I added the phase "You Shine" along the top!

I hope I have inspired you to create your own unique Steampunk project! Please share your crafty creations on the Tres jolie Facebook page! Thanks for stopping by the Tres Jolie blog today. Until next time, Happy Crafting!


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Be sure to join this month's Mood Board Challenge 

Tres Jolie has always hosted a monthly sketch or mood board challenge.  We want to include our laser-cut chipboard in the challenge. So, with that being said, here are the rules:
*This challenge is open to everyone*
*You can create any type of project for the challenge. 
*You MUST say what you were inspired by. 
*You MUST include the twist in your design. 
*We would love to see you USE AT LEAST 1 of Tres Jolie's products on your projects but it isn’t required to play along.

It MUST be a new project.

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