Buzzing about steampunk

Today sees the start of a new challenge over at Anything But A Card and the theme is steampunk. All of the DT have come up with some fabulous samples which you can check out today and over the next couple of weeks. Don’t forget we also have a DT call out for new members – buzz over to the blog for all the details. You have until 13th September to apply and Susan would love to hear from you 🙂

Here’s my DT piece for this month’s challenge:


Have you seen this new bee die from Tim Holtz? I could barely contain my excitement when I saw it and even more excited that it comes with an embossing folder. I have been die-ing (see what I did?) to share this with you but wanted to wait until I blogged this, my first project that uses it.


The base is a piece of chipboard that I have covered with honeycomb embossed card and then painted with a mixture of metallic acrylic paints. Then I’ve added die cut gears and painted them to match. I’ve also smeared on touches of black acrylic paint for a grungy look.


I die cut the bee, also from chipboard, and then embossed it. Oddly (and I am sure there is a good reason for this) the die doesn’t have any antennae on the bee and yet the embossing folder does. Once embossed, I painted it in the same colours I used for the background.


Then it was just a question of gluing on some watch parts (a bulk purchase from Ebay). What can I tell you about watch parts? Do not kneel on them – it will hurt. Do not drop them and think you will pick them up later. You won’t and then you will kneel on them and it will hurt. When you drop them and pick them up immediately double check you have them all because if you don’t … about three weeks later you will stand on them and it will hurt!


Before I made this piece I had a play using some of Wendy Vecchi’s Clearly for Art. I was inspired by a fabulous bee she had made, using this die/embossing set.


I covered the Clearly for Art (I used the white) with some of Tim Holtz’ sticky foil and then die cut and embossed the bee.


Next, I added some colour, using a yellow Promarker which, over the top of the foil, has taken on a gold appearance. Then I glued on the watch parts and allowed it to dry overnight.


Now the magic of Clearly for Art is that you can heat in and then mould it to give shape and dimension.  If you don’t like what you’ve done you simply re-heat it again. There’s none of the drama that you are inclined to get with shrink plastic. If you are heating something that is embossed, don’t over do it as this ability to return to its original shape will work against you and it will flatten out.


This is the first time I  have used clearly for art and I love it. I also can’t wait to start some more projects using this fabulous bee – it will make a change from houses. Or maybe I can find a way to combine both!

Thanks for buzzing by.



Buzzing about steampunk — 14 Comments

  1. OMG. Fabulous, fabulous, fab-u-lous! How much do I love these? I am strangely attracted to all things steampunk but cannot quite get it right when I try it myself but these projects are spot on.

    I love the new bee and the cogs, they have just jumped to the top of my wish list, along with metallic paint and sticky foil. How did you glue the watch parts on? I got into such a mess with mine (and yes, I dropped mine on the lounge carpet and was still finding them days later).

    I’m off to pin them on Pintrest now.

    Dionne xxx

    • So glad you like them – and you are too hard on yourself as you inspired me to go for the watch parts with your project. I used Pinflair glue gel for the cogs and I also got in a right mess (I no longer have the syringe), but as it was steampunk decided it was part of “the look.” xx

  2. This is amazing. Have to check out the Clearly for Art. Shrink plastic is fun but not very versatile. Keep it coming. Love your work. You inspire me.

  3. Amazing, love that big bee, I have it as well and if it comes to steampunk a bee is the perfect choice. And the watch parts, you know I love that more then the cog embellishments that you can buy, and if those tiny parts are falling it’s exactly the same like lego all over and whomever boys had is good trained with those. Loved all that metal acrylics as well. Great DT work!

  4. Wow, Lisette, these two projects are AMAZING!! I’ve never been bitten by the Steampunk bug, but your bees are enough to make me a convert! I love all the detail–did you make the antenna from the Clearly for Art? I hadn’t heard of that before, but I think I need to check it out. What a great job you do!!!

    • So excited to see a comment from you! I’m not hugely into producing steampunk but love the pieces done by others. Clearly for Art is a must have!! 🙂 xx

  5. WHOA! I am blown away. You got mad skills gurl! I seriously thought that the DT piece was all metal! Even my daughter and her friend who are big steampunk fans thought this was all metal, both thought it was a notebook cover. I think my daughter wants this real bad! LOL Also I can relate to the stepping on the small parts that will hurt later, same goes for beads and beading needles! I cant wait to see what other items like this taht you come up with

    • Thank you so much and I love the idea of a notebook cover! We do suffer for our craft – I can imagine beads being as deadly and as for needles… !! 🙂

  6. I love both pieces. I absolutely HATE bugs, but your bee is super cool. It looks like something the military would use as spy craft, or Hollywood would use in a science fiction movie. Very, very cool. Great art! Meticulously done. I guess I’m not up on Tim ‘ new products as I wasn’t aware he had a cogs die. I love cogs so that is great news! Thanks for sharing.

    • Thank you:) I love your idea of a bee spy craft. The bee die is Tim’s but the cogs were already die cut so I’m not sure who made the die (hope that’s not disappointing news).

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