Skip to main content

SteamPunk Book Covers

Hi Everyone it's Danie back again.



As you know we have been playing with Chipboard from the Leaky Shed Studio all this month which is just so versatile to use in an array of projects.  This month I have used them in my journal, on a mixed media canvas and now my project today. And throughout July you no doubt have seen all the other beautiful work by my fellow team mates along with the Leaky Shed Designers.

Altered Pages sells 6 x 6 Black Mat Board Pieces which are the perfect weight and size to to make some book or album covers with.  An Idea was sparked!


I rummaged through my box of Altered Pages Goodness and pulled out some other things I thought I might use.

After punching some holes in my mat board for two rings to hold my book together I started covering the front of the mat board with some torn pieces of Graphic 45 Steampunk Spells Papers and some Embossed Cardstock such as the Two Scoops for some subtle texture.  My papers have given me a theme to work towards.  That's right I am playing with Steampunk.  A genre I don't normally do but the wonderful work created by my team mates here at Altered Pages had inspired me to give it a go.

So with my paper now adhered to my mat board, next I took my Dylusions Spray Inks in After Midnight (Purple) and Black Marble and squirted some randomly in spots across my papers.  I used my fingers and a baby wipe to smear this color around all over the board.  Next again using my finger I randomly blended into this color some gesso to lighten some areas.

A closer look at the front cover
 The lighter areas is where I added some Gesso

Once this was dry I took my Tangerine Gelato and blended this and some Metallic Rub On across my covers as I wanted to achieve a bit of a rusted look in places.


A close up of the back cover and where I have used both
Tangerine Gelato and Luster Rub On to give a rusted look

I used the same Spray Inks, Gelato and Luster Rub On's to add color to my chosen chipboard pieces from the Leaky Shed - Gear Set (6pc) and Hot Air Balloon #2.

I played around with where I was going to place everything and eventually happy stuck them down using some Gel Medium.  For my back cover I simply repeated the above process and used up the left over pieces of chipboard gears.

To add some fuss and fancy to my rings holding my book together and that side of my covers I took some bronze/gold braid and then some Havana Brown Seam Binding and Blue Tulle (left over from a Glitz Trims Collection).  Lastly I took some brown Dew Drops and added them to the hot air balloon on the front cover.

Close of up the balloon and the three Dew Drops

I have some plain white pages cut and punched ready to insert between my Steampunk Covers as I think I may just use them to sample more Steam Punk ideas and Techniques as I step out of my comfort zone but I haven't fully decided on that yet.  If not I have a set of Leaky Shed Watch Parts and some more Graphic 45 Steam Punk Spells Papers I could decorate them with and turn it into a mini album to house some photos.

Until next time Happy Creating.

Danie xx

Popular posts from this blog

DINA WAKLEY Featured Artist

We are SO Proud to present Dina Wakley with her ART and February Tip  (oops, she says she is totally disorganized, so there is HOPE for all of us!)



Dina Wakley is a mixed-media artist and teacher. She loves everything about art: creating it, thinking about it, looking at it, and teaching it. Dina is passionate about teaching art. She teaches both in-person and online workshops.  She is a docent at the Phoenix Art Museum, where she gives tours to school groups and gets kids excited about art. As a Ranger Signature Designer, Dina designs a line of mixed-media art supplies that includes acrylic paints, mediums, brushes, rubber stamps, stencils, and more. Look for the Dina Wakley Media Line by Ranger at a store near you.  Dina's books Art Journal Freedom and Art Journal Courage are available now. Also look for three new North Light DVDs starring Dina, available this month: "Art Journal Mark Making and Throwing Ink," Art Journal Color Courage," and "Art Journal Stenci…

Rolling with my Gel Press

I love experimenting with different ways to create texture and interest on my Gel Press and for many years now I have turned to fun foam to help do this when monoprinting.  I love to team the fun foam with my dies to create my own stamps and texture plates.  I used this techniques for my prints in January that I shared here on the blog. There are lots of dies that have detail, meaning lots of scrap pieces which you can randomly stick onto cardboard giving you a stamp as well as using the actually die cut shape as a stamp.  Another idea is using them attached to a toilet roll to create a brayer like roller was shared at my local scrapbook store and on a video by Birgit Koopsen last year.  I love playing with this method. The toilet roll is slipped over a paint roller handle.


Here you can see some of my texture creations that I have on hand for my play today.

One texture I love is created using a piece of burlap ribbon, which I have stuck onto a toilet roll. My first layer above used th…

The Gift Card Card

Robin here and today I have a project for you that is a fun way to give gift cards or cash.  

You will need two envelopes for this project.  One is what the post office calls the 6 1/4 Commercial envelope.  When I was growing up we just called it a letter envelope.  It's a smaller rectangle than the #10, being just 3 5/8" x 6 1/4".  The other is a standard A6.  I chose the A6 because it fits inside the letter envelope when it's folded in half and it's also large enough to hold a check or cash, as well as a gift card.



With the flap against the body of the envelope, fold it in half from side to side.  Cut the flap in half and trim the inside cuts at an angle so that they don't interfere with the fold or get bunched up. 



Decorate the flap side of your envelope.  This will be the inside of your card.  Fold the envelope again and decorate the side that will be the front of your card.





Cut a panel of card stock to fit inside the 6 1/4 Commercial (letter) envelope.  Att…