Wednesday 30 March 2016

Steampunk Shrine Tutorial by Julie Lavalette

Hi Everyone, it's Julie here today from Juliz Design Post and I am sadly sharing my last DT tutorial with you at present here at That Craft Place, as our challenge blog and Natter and chatter group are taking a long extended holiday.

Lisa sells the most beautiful MDF Shrines in different shapes along with great embellishments to add to them in Greyboard and MDF, so please check out her shop links at the end of my post as these will still be remaining open.

So let me take you through the process of my shrine.

These are all the sections that come in the kit to start the project, ( my finished shrine measures approx 2.5" x 4.5" ).

You will see I painted all my inside sections apart from the front of my house.

In this photo you will see I added on some heat embossed detail.

Next I made templates in greyboard so I could add a roof onto my house by simply drawing around my shapes. I also roughly worked out placement of embellishments although I changed a bit later on.

I covered my greyboard in Metal foil and ran through my embossing folder. 

I  added my paint and let it slightly dry before buffing back with a dry baby wipe.

I glued my greyboard onto the MDF and added on some rust effects to the edges.

I glued lace onto the front and painted it with Black Gesso.

I then blended in some Mica Powders for highlights with a little water over my lace.

I felt at this point the background was a little dark in my house so I gave it a wash with Titan Buff.

I mixed Bronze Micro Beads with some Matt Gel Medium and applied through my stencil onto my roof. Once this was dry I dripped Alcohol Inks over it.  

I love the look it gives almost like an Abalone Shell.

Side on and rear views were highlighted with Inka Golds at the embossed detail. My feet are sewing machine bobbins with some alcohol inks on them. 

I added alcohol ink onto my pearls for a more Industrial look and then glued them around the window opening.

I Rusted my cogs using Andy Skinner's Techniques.

A close up view of the inside showing the cogs in place. My hearts had a layer of Crackle paint and were sprayed with Tarnished Brass Spray Stain, I wiped them back and added a little Black Paint to the edges.

My key was heat embossed with various Embossing and Distress Powders, wrapping around with a little wire. 

I brought out more highlights in my lace using Viva Decor Inka Golds in coordinating shades.

A couple of finished photos. All products used in this post are available at the links below to the shop.

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Crafty Hugs,

Julie x
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  1. WOW!!! That is alot of work, but the final result is so beautiful that it is worth the time!
    Paper Talk with Samra

  2. Awesome project! Thanks for sharing step by step tutorial :)

  3. Oh my gracious Julie - this is just sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo GORGEOUS and completely INGENIOUS!!! Wow. Seems like you used every 'trick' in the book on your house girl. The colors are just so RICH and ELEGANT. Your house is so PEACEFUL and INVITING. That roof is just INCREDIBLE... love it. But the lace on the front is the PEACE de RESISTANCE for sure. OR maybe it's that key.... now THAT is FABULOUS TOO. But then there are those darling hearts with the crackle.... dear me - it is ALL JUST SPLENDIDLY BEAUTIFUL! XXj.

  4. This is fabulous Julie, love the step by step and gorgeous elements.
    Linda xxx

  5. Oh My! Seeing all these lovely details is just brilliant! So inspiring too! Chrisx

  6. Brilliant tutorial Julie, thanks for sharing it. Angela x

  7. So much detail! And the finished art looks worthy of it. Beautiful.


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