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Friday 6 May 2016

Steampunk Fish from Chocolate Baroque

Good morning folks, well it feels like Spring is finally here at last! Blue sky and sunshine always makes me feel so much better. I'm sharing a mixed media project made using Steampunk Funky Fish from Chocolate Baroque. The DT are showcasing some of their old favourite stamps and have lots of inspiration to share so it's well worth a visit to the Chocolate Baroque Blog.  I'm a huge fan of steampunk and had the idea of creating a porthole effect looking out onto the fish swimming in the ocean.

To create my sea for the centre of the port hole I inked my brayer up with turquoise dye in and rolled it over crumpled paper before brayering some white glossy cardstock to give the dappled effect of light shining through water. I stamped the images on white glossy card with versamark and embossed with a sparkly gold embossing powder and coloured with distress markers. I cut the fish out and glued them to the sea and set them aside to dry while I made the background and the porthole.

The background was made using some silver self adhesive tape from a local DIY shop, I've no idea what it's used for but apparently plumbers use it. I had a better use in mind though and set to snipping random shapes to create the 'faux riveted metal' technique. I haven't used this technique for ages as it does take a while but it's great fun! 

Next I peeled off the backing from the silver tape and stuck the shapes at random on some white card until it was covered (except for the area where the porthole was going to be positioned). To create the texture of the rivets you can use various different tools to create different effects, I used a ballpoint pen, an embossing tool, an old credit card and and a prpelling pencil. I created dots and lines along the borders of the pieces of tape. Once I was happy with the texture I coloured the silver tape with alcohol inks using shades of brown, yellow and orange. Next I applied some verdigris embossing powder. I gave some die cut cogs the same treatment and attached them to the background, adding some metal embellishments from my stash.

I made the porthole by die cutting some greyboard and painting with a mixture of gold and copper acylic paints. I added some 'screws' with tiny circles of card and a fastener from my stash.

To finish off I've added some more embellishments coloured with paint and some copper ribbon to hang the project up.

613 Avenue Create: Anything goes, twist beach/nautical
Altered Eclectics: Anything goes
Critters and creatures: always anything goes with a critter/creature
Fab'n'Funky: 3 or more layers
Little Red Wagon: anything but a card
Rhedd's Creative Spirit: anything goes

Thanks for visiting today,
Claire xx


  1. Wow! This is such great work. I love the detailed work and steam punk look. I feel one is inside Capt. Nemo's sub looking out into the ocean.

  2. Fantastic creation Claire! Love the sea with the crumpled paper technique and the magnificent finish with the aluminium tape (I have a roll of it too and don't know either what it is the proper use for it!)

  3. Neat project! I'm loving all the gold. Thanks for joining us at Little Red Wagon.

  4. Wow, that background is amazing! I love the way that technique using the "plumber tape" looks! I want to try that! The port hole idea is very fun. Thank you for sharing with us at TTCRD.

  5. Adore, adore, adore. Love all the detail and texture to the background and the "pop" of blue is genius as sets everything off to a tee. x x

  6. Fabulous card - the port hole is a great idea and the glided background is amazing. Thank you for joining us at Fab'n Funky.
    Alison x

  7. I'm a huge steampunk fan too. This is fab! Love the colour and texture of it. Thank you for entering your project at Rhedd’s Creative Spirit. Sammy-x

  8. What a beautiful steampunk project! Love it! Thank you for joining Anything Goes challenge at Through The Craft Room Door. Join us again and enjoy your day :)
    Qinaahana Arts and Crafts {My Blog}

  9. This is fab. Thanks for joining us at Fab N Funky. xx Jan DT

  10. Fabulous project... I love Steampunk...
    Thank you for joining in with our challenge over at Rhedd's Creative Spirit...

  11. Stunning the colour choice for this project, so effective.
    Thank you for joining in with May's Challenge over at Altered Eclectic...x

  12. So many great details here, beautifully done!
    Thanks so much for sharing!!

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  13. What a cool and eclectic tank you've created! Awesome!

  14. This is beautiful! I love the turquoise with the metallic hues.Thanks for sharing this with us at Rhedd's Creative Spirit this month. Good luck, Rupa (DT).


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