Steampunk Oxide Explosion Box

Hey guys! This project started out as just a bit of fun, playing around with my latest purchase the new Tim Holtz Oxide Distress inks. I really liked the effect from placing Distress, Oxides and water on a craft mat and then tapping card into it. But to start I’ll give you some measurements for the Explosion Box in layers, layer 1 (12 x 12 inch) being the largest outer layer, giving the box its shape. Layer 2 (11 1/2 x 11 1/2 inch) being the first of the inner layers and layer 3 (11 x 11 inch) the smallest inside layer. The next step is to score each side of each page in at 4 inches and trim off the excess square corners to make your box shape. To make my explosion box a little more inventive, instead of trimming off the excess corners I used them to create pockets for tags and flaps that open for more space for photos. The final piece is the lid which measures 7 1/8 x 7 1/8 and scored in at 1 1/2 inch on each side.

To decorate layer 1 & 2 I applied Tim Holtz Ground Espresso Distress Ink using a wet wipe for a smooth coverage. For layer 2 & the lid I dabbed the card into Walnut Stain and Mermaid Lagoon from the normal Distress ink line. And from the new Oxide inks Walnut Stain, Vintage Photo, Cracked Pistachio and Iced Spruce. This combination of colours and inks gave a rich depth and rusty look to the project that I loved, and that inspired me to decorate the box with a steampunk theme.

For decoration on layer 2 I decided to put in two corset pages using metal eyelets and turquoise ribbon from my stash (unsure of the brand) again carrying on with the steampunk theme. I also began sticking either turquoise or brown card photo tabs on each of my layers to eventually stick photos over the top of them. To signify their purpose I stamped a camera image in the centre of them from the Tim Holtz mini blueprints stamp set using the Oxide inks. I also used this stamp, Tim Holtz Idea-ology Game Spinners and the Xcut Chronology cog dies to further decorate some of the other layers. After creating little pockets for tags in layer 3 I die cut some tags from the Tim Holtz Framelits die set to fit in them, trimming the bottom off as they were a little too large. I also cut a half circle out of the top of the pockets to make it easier to remove the tags using circle punch.

The final touch for this project was adding a cupboard door knob that I had found in a local DIY shop through the top of the lid, so it made the explosion box opening process a little easier. This project was really fun, and a great way to get used to using the new Oxide Distress inks for backgrounds and stamping. I’m sorry if the instructions are a little hit and miss but its not the easiest project to explain how to do and it’s probably the hardest thing I’ve ever tried to photograph. Overall though this is a project I would definitely recommend trying as they make great gifts and are easy to personalise. If you do give it a go use the #winstoniancrafts on your social media posts so I can have a look, I would love to see your take on it. Happy crafting!

Steampunk Tag

Hey guys, after playing around with the birthday card I made for my dad last week I came across some awesome card in my stash and decided to make use of it and create a little steampunk tag. I began by cutting out a tag using the largest in the Tim Holtz Framelits Tag collection set on white card, and the cog patterned paper from the Enjoy The Ride pack (unsure of the brand). Before sticking them together I tore off some of the edges of the patterned paper so I could stick some lace in its place. Giving the impression there is a layer of lace underneath the paper peeping through, pretty nice effect.


After sticking the two tags together and attaching the lace I distressed the edges using the Tim Holtz Vintage Photo ink to make the whole project look aged. When deciding on embellishments for this project I just dived into some of my old paper flowers, metal cogs, cameo pieces and plastic flowers. Unfortunately all of these are unpackaged so I’m unsure of the brands, however I did also use some Tim Holtz Idea-ology Clock Faces and game spinners

To attach all these pieces I used Finnabair Art Basics Heavy Body Gel to ensure some the heavier pieces wouldn’t fall off. The finishing touch for this project was to add some stickers from the Tim Holtz Idea-ology Big Chat book, ‘Appreciate Beauty’ seemed to work. I hope you like this quick project and brief overview of how I made it, it certainly was enjoyable to make. Why not have a go at making something similar in your own style? If you do use #winstoniancrafts on your social media platforms such as Instagram and Facebook, I’ll see it. Happy crafting!

Flowers & Cogs Photo Frame Giveaway

Giveaway now closed

After receiving over 100 likes on my Facebook page, 100 follows on Instagram and of course lots of views on my blog in just a few days, I decided to do a giveaway on my social media pages. I created this little frame in the same theme as my earlier project Flowers & Cogs Canvas to give away as thank you for all the support. To be in with a chance of winning this frame go ahead and like my Facebook page, follow me on Instagram and comment below telling me which is your favourite post or project I’ve done so far. Thank you again and good luck!

The winner has been announced on my Facebook & Instagram pages (20/02/2017)

Flowers & Cogs Canvas

Hi guys. So this is a canvas I put together to display on my wall in my new craft room, which is still a work in progress at the moment but I’m so looking forward to it completion. I chose to used turquoise as my main colour as it is probably my favourite to craft with, its bright, fresh and coordinates beautifully with most metallic colours. The products I used to create this are…….

  • 7x5inch Canvas Board
  • Large wooden paint brush
  • Gesso
  • Ranger Opaque Matte Texture Paste
  • Bigz Gadget Gears #2 die set
  • Dutch Doobadoo Stencil A5 Bricks
  • X-cut Chronology Cog Die set
  • Pack of Craft Paper Roses
  • Pack of Papermania Paper posy
  • Selection of buttons
  • Small piece of gold ribbon
  • Tim Holtz Ideaology Big Chat stickers
  • 1 Sheet of White heavyweight cardstock
  • Scraps of craft card
  • Dylusions Teal Ink Spray
  • Distress Mica spray Tarnished Brass
  • Distress Paint Brushed Pewter
  • Distress Paint Ground Espresso
  • Mini Mister
  • Water Brush
  • Hot glue gun
  • Cosmic Shimmer Acrylic glue
  • Sticky foam pads

To begin I painted my Canvas and the metal part of my paint brush with a thin layer of Gesso, waited for it to dry and then applied my texture paste to my canvas through the brick stencil. While that dried I die cut 10 assorted cogs and gears with some white heavyweight cardstock. I then painted them using the Distress Paint Dabbers, Brushed Pewter first and adding a little Ground Espresso to make them look a little dirty. The paper flowers were coloured adding a very light mist of the Teal spray and then use the Mini Mister filled with water to spread the ink around. This gave the flowers a water coloured finish, I then added the Mica spray and of course they need a little blast with a heat gun to dry them off. I was then able to do a dry layout to see how it all looked, playing around with it placing buttons in spaces I didn’t like.

After finding a Layout that I liked it was time to finish my background before I stuck everything. I put a small squirt of Teal spray on my craft mat and used the water brush to lightly apply some colour all over my canvas, continuing with the water colour look I had achieved with the paper flowers. This also needed a good Blast with my heat tool so I could begin sticking, starting with the large paint brush using my hot glue gun. I used my Cosmic Shimmer glue to attach the cogs so they sat nice and flat but everything else I used hot glue for an instant stick. After the main body of my Project was stuck I flicked through my Big Chat sticker book to find some words I felt worked for this project. I backed them with some craft card before using some sticky foam pads to attach them. This was a super fun project and can be adapted in so many ways, give it a try? Happy crafting!