The Stamperia Mechanical Sea World has to be, by far, my favorite paper collection EVER! From the designs to the colors this paper collection is stunning. This paper collection was designed by Antonis Tzanidakis and his work is absolutely stunning and his ability to capture steampunk in a colorful and detailed way is one of the reasons I love his artwork. He also has another collection called Mechanical Fantasy, which is just as colorful and stunning as this collection, but I really loved the image of the woman with the steampunk vibe. This is a step by step tutorial on how I made and decorated two plaques I purchased at the Dollar Tree. This is the first of my January ASC Craft Supplies design team projects and I will be showing two more projects using this same collection over on my YouTube channel. Everything else I used for this project was from my personal stash.
ASC Supply List for this written tutorial project:
Supplies and tools from my craft room:
ScissorsPaint BrushTweezersPaper CutterFoam Paint BrushSanding BlockHot GlueArt Glitter GlueModge Podge GlitterDecoart Americana Triple ThickTim Holtz Mini Distress Ink and Dauber – Mermaid LagoonVarious colors of Acrylic paint – Barn Red, Snow White, Red Apple, Coffee Bean, and CaribbeanDollar Tree Wood PlaquesMechanical WheelsMini FlowersAcrylic Pastel Beads – RoundSea ShellsTiny PebblesSheer Ribbon Step One: First, I mixed each of the colors of acrylic paint with the Snow White to make them less bright. Then I painted each of the bases with the light Coffee Bean as the base coat. I used the foam paintbrush and dabbed three different colors of acrylic paint over each plaque in various spots.
Step Two: I picked out the two images from the paper collection that I wanted to use for the focal images and tore around the image and made sure they would each fit on the plaques. I also used the leftover torn pieces and glued those down with the Glitter Modge Podge before placing the main image. Then I adhered each of the images to a plaque and used a sanding block to sand off the excess that was hanging over the edge. Once that was done I applied the Glitter Modge Podge over each plaque to secure the images in place and give the rest of the plaque a glitter shimmer. Once that was dry I took the Tim Holtz Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink and, using a dauber, dabbed around the edge of the top of each plaque.
Step Three: I was gifted some light blue colored cheese clothe in a swap I did for Christmas and used regular Modge Podge to secure it in place along one side of each plaque.
Step Four: I took two seashells out of my shell collection and dabbed each with the lightened Red Apple acrylic paint and then coated them with the Glitter Modge Podge. I let those dry and proceeded to glue down the wheels, some silver starfish, and mini flowers. Once the shells were dry I adhered them with some Art Glitter Glue. I also glued down various sizes of some acrylic beads to each of the plaques as well as in the center of each of the flowers.
Step Five: When I was satisfied with how the previous step looked I wanted to add some sand, but at the time I made these I couldn’t find any so I settled for some mini rocks that I picked up at the Dollar Tree. I carefully poured some Triple Thick out along the edge and around what I had just glued down. I then carefully took the mini rocks and placed them around the shells, flowers, beads, and wheel. I did find some words in my word stash that I wanted to use, so I colored each word with the Distress Ink and then glued those down. I then used the Triple Thick to cover each of the words at the same time I added the rocks. I let the Triple Thick dry overnight and I am really happy with how it turned out.
Step Six: I used my Ten Second Bow Maker and made each plaque a double bow using some white sheer ribbon I bought at Michaels in a clearance bag of ribbon. I also added a picture hanger on the back of each plaque so they can be hung on the wall.
I love how these turned out and am super excited to get started on my next two projects using this fabulous paper collection. I love doing mixed media and realize there is so much more I could’ve done to these plaques. Still, I really love how they turned out. Other stuff you need to know:
Make sure to subscribe to the ASC Craft Supplies blog for a special discount, product tutorials, and sneak peeks of upcoming new additions to the shop. https://ascbycrystal.com/blog/
For completed projects and creations available for purchase, visit CrystalsASC.etsy.com
You can find ASC Craft Supplies on Facebook and Instagram:
Facebook – www.facebook.com/ASCbyCrystal
Instagram – ascbycrystal
Thanks for visiting
ASC Design Team Member