Sunday, March 29, 2015

How I make the Steampunk Boxes

Many of you asked for a Tutorial on how I make the Steampunk Boxes, so here you go....

Supplies used:
Eileen Hull Square Box XL Scoreboard Die by Sizzix
Medium weight Chipboard or Matboard
Ranger Glue n Seal
Heavy Cardstock
Tim Holtz Clockworks Gear Embossing folder
DecoArt Chalky Finish Paint or DecoArt Acrylic Paint
Double Sided Tape
Tim Holtz Metal Gears
2 Part Liquid Resin
Plaid Mod Melts Molds
Metallic Rubons
DecoArt Lustre Metallic Waxes
Sharp Craft Knife
High Tac Glue
Embossing/Diecutting machine Vagabond or BigShot

Begin by cutting your chipboard or matboard with the Square Box Die (you will need to cut 2 pieces).  Assemble your box, here is a quick video showing how to do it  Sizzix Youtube .
Cut your heavy cardstock into pieces that will fit into your embossing folder and machine. Cut 5 pieces.
Apply a coat of Glue n Seal to each of your box sides and top (do one side at a time) and apply your embossed cardstock. Once dry, use your sharp craft knife to cut off excess.

Apply a good coat of DecoArt Chalky Finish Carbon Paint

If you don't have the Chalky Finish you can use DecoArt Americana Lamp Black Acrylic Paint. I prefer the Chalky Finish myself.
While your paint is drying, gather your metal embellishments. I've made quite a few of these this past week and didn't have any of the gears and such left that I wanted to use so I made some with 2 part resin and my Plaid Mod Melts Molds.
Once you're ready to add your embellishments, adhere them to your box with a high tac thick glue of your choice. (I use Aleene's Fast Dry thick glue for this part). Let them dry for about 15 minutes. Now paint a coat of the Chalky Finish Carbon paint all over the boxes and embellishements and let dry.

Once the paint is thoroughly dry start applying the metallic rub, I prefer to rub it on with my fingertips.
Apply the wax all over the entire box, including your embellishments. Lightly spray entire box with a matte sealer or brush on a coat of Glue n Seal matte. 

If  you choose to use the Label Hinge that comes with the box, use all of the same steps and once it's dry apply it with the thick tac glue to your box top.  Be sure to glue it on leaving a wee bit of space between it and the front of the box. If it's too close, it will be too tight to work with. 
And there you go! Have fun!

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