Steampunk Shadowbox

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Welcome to our June Challenge at The Mirror Crack’d.

Our theme for this month is to create a Shadow Box.

Our host is the talented Shilpa, and she will be choosing our Winner and Top 5.

We are thrilled to be sponsored by………

With a prize of Β£12.00 to spend at your favourite Woodware Stockist, either in store or on line.

Woodware are a Yorkshire based family owned business, as well as distributing Dreamweaver Stencils and Stampendous Stamps we have a wonderful range of stamps designed for us by Francoise Read and Jane Gill. They also scour the world for new and innovative products for the crafty card maker, and have a great range of punches and tools of the trade, to find stockists in your area or to see the range visit the website

I began the shadow box with a reversed canvas which I painted black.image

Then the fun began! I used Grunge Paste, Deco art Textured sand paste and embedded all sorts of collected bits and pieces. I had some Tim Holltz cogs, Prima Mechanicals, bottle tops and bits from my friends garage floor. I also glued on tiny glass beads.


The metal was dabbed with white and green paint and distressed or painted black. Then the Treasure Gold gilding wax came out, it highlighted all the different textures.



I cut a piece of smooth card to fit the recess then randomly stamped Tim Holtz Steampunk set in black archival ink and clear heat embossed over the top before the ink dried. I stamped the men on a separate sheet and fussy cut them out. The background was Distress Inked using Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean and Mustard Seed. I added torn tissue tape to create some more texture on the background. The men were distressed with Vintage Photoand raised on foam squares. The die cut cogs were embossed with Vintage Photo Distress embossing powder and then tucked under the frame. I added some metal cogs to enhance the industrial feel.



I really enjoy making shadow boxes and love the 3D effects using texture pastes and embellishments. I hope you have been inspired to have a go, I am looking forward to seeing your entry!

I am entering the Ravages of Time challenge over at SanDee and Amelie’s blog, some luscious prizes to be won!

Jan x

16 thoughts on “Steampunk Shadowbox

  1. What an amazing Steampunk shadowbox, Jan!

    LOVE the worn and weathered look of it! (how about entering it to our “Ravages of Time” challenge over at SanDee&amelie’s? I think it fits perfectly *wink). The patina look of all the fab pieces you have added to your box is amazing! Wow!

    Claudia x

  2. OMG! Jan!! This is AMAZING!! All of the shadowbox creations that you wonderful DT members have made are simply AWESOME!! Lots of inspiration, for sure!! All of the textures that you’ve got at play on this are sooo fun!! Oh, the things you can find on garage floors πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Consider me inspired!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ XOXO-Shari

  3. Loving the texture and such a beautiful shadow box. The elements you have used work really well together hun xx

  4. Wow, Jan! I just love your steampunk shadow box! The background is just amazing, with those colors, but your frame is absolutely A M A Z I N G !!!!! I love all the bits, and the way you have arranged them, then given them that really crusty, aged look! You have swatted this one right out of park! Pinned and inspired, my dear! Hugs to you!

  5. Oh, wow, Jan!

    LOVE your beautiful steampunk shadow box!!! The rusty and worn look against those vibrant colours makes such a great contrast! Awesome!
    Thank you for sharing this fab steampunk creation with us at SanDee&amelie’s steampunk challenges!

    Claudia xxx

  6. Fabulous shadow box! The wood looks so weathered. The inside is gorgeous from colors to images. Thanks so much for joining us at SASPC!

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