‘Create’ Steampunk Mixed Media Canvas

Hello friends!  Happy Saturday!

Oh I had so much FUN playing around with all of the really cool “Steampunk” products!  Today, I’m sharing this mixed media canvas project that I made:


This was so much fun to just get “messy” and enjoy a different creative process other than making a card!  If you’ve been around my blog for a while, then you’ve probably seen me share a different project from time to time.  Sometimes I just like to ‘change gears’!  Hahaha!

So I had this old 8″ x 10″ canvas laying around and thought it would be cool to take several chipboard pieces I had and make something.  I started off by taking some wooden letters from my stash and gluing those on.  I then took a stencil (gears) and randomly added embossing paste through it over the canvas.  Once dried, I then painted over everything with some black gesso.

I’ve used several metallic paints from my stash and using my “finger tool” I went over all of the textured areas of the canvas and along the edges.  I also used the paints to paint over the Chipboard Gear Background which was randomly cut out with my scissors and glued randomly over the canvas.  At first I was thinking it was weird to mix the different color metallic together, but then thought that steampunk can sort of be like that anyway.


What’s hard to capture in a photo is that Gilded Sparkle embossing powder over the wings!  It’s stunning IRL!  I’ve heat embossed the Chipboard Wings with it and then I heat embossed the Chipboard Key with the EP.  I went around the edges of it with some silver metallic paint so that it showed up better against the black background.

For the image, I stamped the hat with black Ink onto an already cut out white Cardstock from the Steampunk Cut file.  I colored it up with several different Aqua Pigments and sponged around the edges of it with some brown ink.  I also took some Copper metallic paint and went around the edges too.  I took the heat embossed wings along with that hat image and splattered them with some black paint as well.

The wings were attached onto the canvas with some black foam tape and then I curled the ends of them that are hanging off the edges.  I attached the heat embossed key in the center of the wings and then added the colored image over top.


For a little bit more texture on the canvas, I decided to take the EP to randomly heat emboss areas that were sprayed with water.  The water was just so that the powder had something to stick to and then once heat set, I added more until I was happy with it.  I like the look of the embossing where the spray marks are.


Lastly, to finish it off, I’ve used the metal gears, ribbon (tied in bow over top of the key), gold pearls (painted in copper metallic paint), and sequins – as well as another gear (attached in the center of the ribbon bow) and a clock button (painted with black and metallic paints) from my stash that was all glued on.  I also added some silver glitter to the center of each sequins.

Hope you’ve enjoyed my “Steampunk Mixed Media Canvas” today and were inspired in some way.

Thanks for dropping by!  I’ll see you soon!


  1.  Crafty Gals Corner – Emboss It
  2. Creative Moments – Anything Goes
  3. A Inky Mess – Anything Goes Mixed Media
  4. More Mixed Media – Anything Goes (optional bright colors)
  5. A Bit More Time to Craft – Anything Goes

16 thoughts on “‘Create’ Steampunk Mixed Media Canvas

  1. I love this dark creation with its remarkable colors and textures!! Sensational steampunk design, Vicki!


  2. I keep looking at this awesome steampunk creation, Vicki. Love it so so much!
    xxx Margreet


  3. What a stunning mixed media canvas Vicki! I love all of gears and steampunk elements, awesome textures and the wings are gorgeous!!
    Hugs, Tammy


  4. This is not your usual style, but you perfectly nailed it with all of those great elements! I love all the cogs, the clock and especially that big key with wings! Awesome!!


  5. Wow what a stunning effect. Love the texture, the deep colours and the amazing products. Fabulous inspiration, thank you x.


  6. It is so fun to see you creating with a different style! I love the Steampunk canvas you have created! Layer after layer of delightful details- wonderful! Love all of the gears and the pretty coloring and the bow on the key too!


  7. Oh, this is incredible, Vicki! Loving the steampunk and the mixed media. I think the wings just make this one “fly.” (sorry – couldn’t resist.) 😀


  8. Oh Vicki this is outstanding – even though I am not a big fan of steam punk, this is amazing. I saw you mention the finger tool, that is one of my favorite tools. I think you might have inspired some of your followers to give steam punk a try. Great job.


  9. I’m scared of this style! You amaze me and inspire me all at the same time. Wish we lived closer, and you could slap some courage into this little wimpy girl!!! Great card, my friend – thanks for sharing!!!


  10. Great card!! Thanks for sharing. I love the details in the gears and the stamps. Good luck on the Crafty Gals Corner Challenge!


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