Tonight I have another just-finished-in-time project, and here it is:

Apologies for this photo as it was taken at 9.30pm under lights and it’s OK and really does make all those cogs and gears shine, but I would rather take some in the daylight, so I will probably be trying to do that tomorrow. *UPDATE:  new photos taken April 1st in daylight, scroll down to see them*

Anyway, I wanted to use a couple of Tim Holtz products (what a surprise eh, when the challenge is “steampunk” lol) but anyway, I wanted to use a couple of the bigz dies because I had more recycled cardboard from another empty box that I wanted to use and those bigz dies are great for that.

I used Gadget Gears, Pipeline and Industrial and used up all the cardboard from the sides of the box.

They were already pretty thick since the box was good and solid cardboard but I wanted them thicker so I doubled them up and glued them together to make them chunkier.

Then I sat down and spent some time painting them and listening to Radio 1 (music good, Coronavirus news not so much) and I have to say they are doing a good job at keeping it going all day long, some DJs are broadcasting from home instead of the studio and some of the shows are spread out longer by an hour or so to save too many people being in the building at the same time.  Plus they are doing their best to motivate people, inspiring stories, celebrities calling in, special listener features etc.

I used a few different products on these pieces, including Distress Spray Stain in Pewter and Bronze, and Distress Oxide Spray in Black Soot, and when that was all dry, I worked in some of Finnabair’s waxes in Old Silver, Charcoal, Firebird and Peacock.

I wanted to use some of this Tim Holtz Abandoned paper stash, so tried the pieces out against the backgrounds until I found one that I liked.  I also used some of the black metallic paper stash with this embossing folder, but didn’t end up using it, but I will soon.

The Abandoned paper stash is 8 x 8 inches, so I needed something else that was a bit bigger, so I pulled out this Light Grunge 12 paper from Craft Consortium.  That blue bit in the top right corner is almost the same colour as the top of the Abandoned paper, and the orange goes very nicely with the blueish purple. I played around with placement before deciding that I wanted it to be in the bottom right corner, off-centred.

Before I got started with all the messy parts, I decided that the 12″ paper needed a bit of reinforcing so I glued it to a piece of 12″ card.  Then I covered the background with transparent gesso, then added some Burnt Sienna liquid acrylics around the edges, letting it run down the page.  I also added paint splatters using Ink Black liquid acrylic and Snowflake white Fresco Chalk paints.  I also distressed the edges of both papers and then edged them with Vintage Photo Distress Archival.

One of the reasons for putting the Abandoned paper and all the diecuts at the bottom right was so I could fit these guys down the left hand side, but that meant there was a big empty space at the top – perfect to add The Professor!  Once he was in place I started to see what this was – The Professor is obviously the founder of this very exclusive club, of which these other guys are key players too, perhaps members of the board.  But what club could this possibly be?

The Inventor’s Club of course!  I used some of these previously cut letters (Handmade bigz and cat food boxes) and painted them with Ink Black liquid acrylics.  I used my Stamp Platform to stamp the Professor and his cronies using Versafine Onyx Black.  I used the platform in case I needed to stamp them more than once but they stamped perfectly first time.

(Above photo taken April 1st)

Here’s a closer look at some of the gears and cogs.

And some hex nuts and plumbing pipes (photo taken April 1st)

And the inner workings of the clock perhaps? (photo taken April 1st)


I added a couple of bulldog clips and a copper paperclip just to add a bit more interest and metal bits to the page.  I have this (cheap) 12 inch kraft scrapbook that I use for 12 art journal pages so this will fit nicely inside that book.  I may replace this photo below with one taken in the daylight, depending on how the day goes tomorrow.  Done!  New daylight photo below (photo taken April 1st)  I also added other photos taken today (April 1st) in good daylight, and noted the date they were taken. All other photos were taken on March 31st at night.


Look at these guys, you can really hear the wheels turning inside their big inventor brains, can’t you! No doubt this invention they have created will be capable of doing something amazing once they have completed it. (photo taken April 1st)

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post and like the Inventor’s Club page, let me know what you think in the comments below.


The Artistic Stamper – March Challenge – Steampunk.
Sandee & Amelie’s Steampunk ChallengeMarch.
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday ChallengeAnything Goes

Project Recipe

12″ Art Journal page
Tim Holtz – Abandoned paper stash, Industrial, Pipeline, Gadget Gears, Timekeeper, Handmade Sizzix Bigz dies, Noble Gent and The Professor Stampers Anonymous stamps, Distress Oxide Spray Black Soot, Distress Spray Stain Pewter, Bronze, Distress Archival – Vintage Photo
Finnabair waxes – Peacock, Firebird, Charcoal, Old Silver, Ink Black and Burnt Sienna Liquid Acrylic, Transparent Gesso
Paperartsy – Snowflake Fresco Chalk paint
Craft Consortium Light Grunge 12″ paper
Versafine ink – Onyx Black
From stash: cardboard recycled from boxes, paper clips, bulldog clips, 12″ cardboard for backing

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Susan Janicula
Susan Janicula
April 28, 2020 12:52 pm

Thank you for sharing with us at SanDee&amelie’s Steampunk Challenges. Great colors on your steampunk journal page. Hugs, Susan

April 1, 2020 9:13 am

Love your gorgeous combi of suitable cutting dies! Many thanks for sharing with us SanDee’s and Amelies Steampunk Challenge!

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