Tuesday, July 16, 2019

The Big Reveal – Steampunk Atlantis!

Well, I have finally finished a project that has been literally in the works for years! It kept getting put on the back burner but now you can check it out…my Finding Atlantis steampunk configurations book! (Prepare for lots of photos!!)

Hmmm… what's inside?

Lots and lots of stuff, that's what!

I had so much fun collecting all the little bits and pieces to fill the cubbies. The whole project was really inspired by the fabric I found and used on the inside cover. It is from Spoonflower and is called The Deep Deep Depths. Whales, mermaids and steampunk?? It was fabulous!

One of the first elements I created was the Captain's "journal", made using Eileen Hull's Passport Book Die. It's full of maps, notes, and other nautically themed goodies. You can check it out in this blog post – there are lots of photos in that one too! It has its own little niche:

I suppose I should be methodical in the photos here. ;-) I'll go back to the outside for a detail photo:

I created a front panel from matboard and covered it with Distress Oxide inks, stamping, and embossing. I also embellished it with die cut gears and a center section comprised of more die cut parts and a metal mermaid ornament. I painted it all with the same gold paint to unify the parts and then antiqued it with black paint. Now, moving back to the inside:

Here's a detail of the goodies inside the cover. The fabric panel has a piece of batting underneath the fabric to give it some 'poof' and dimension.

The compartments!

It was fun going through all the stuff I had collected and creating each little compartment vignette.

I found this Empty Pocket Watch Pendant at Hobby Lobby and filled it with an old sea horse pin and little gears and die cuts.

I like how the front opens out.

The edges of all the little compartment boxes are covered with strips of brown Rinea foil paper and then distressed with their Ghost Ink by swiping it on parts and then wiping it off with alcohol and a paper towel. (The ink removes the color on the foil.)

Book niche!

I am entering this project into the following challenges: 

• SanDee & amelie's Summer Steampunk Special Challenge 'cause, steampunk!  

• The Vintage Journey July Challenge - Precious Metal because my project contains so many metal findings, foil paper, metallic paint and gold embossing powder.

• The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog Challenge - Water, Water, Everywhere because our bold Captain's great passion for finding Atlantis took him on a quest over the seven seas (that is a lot of water) and sometimes his wife and children would accompany him as a vacation adventure. ;-)

Thanks for stopping by and making it through this long post! Below is a partial supplies list. This project has been in the works for so long and I've used so many different things there is no way I can list it all! ;-) I'll just hit the highlights.

Eileen Hull Sizzix
Passport Book ( Sizzix / SB )

Tim Holtz Sizzix
Cameo Frame Sizzix )
Pediments - retired
whole bunch of gear dies

Steampunk sea fabric from Spoonflower - The Deep Deep Depths
Tim Holtz Configurations Book
Stamperia Paper Pack - Around the World
Tim Holtz stamp set - Architecture
Tim Holtz stamp set - Marble & Doily
tons of Tim Holtz Idea-ology
Seahorse Key Charm
Empty Pocket Watch Pendant
Rinea Foil Paper - brown
Rinea Ghost Ink

Store links in this post may be affiliate links which do not affect the price you pay but allow me to earn a small percentage of a sale. Thanks! (My husband also thanks you!)


  1. This is amazing! All the details in each little box... WOW!

  2. What a beautiful nautical treasure trove! Fabulous details and so very happy you shared it with us at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge "Water, Water, Everywhere"!

  3. Wow, what an amazing make! It looks like something straight out of a Jules Verne novel, the metal pieces look so beautiful in the vignettes and I love all the treasures that you created - stunning 😀. Thanks so much for joining us at A Vintage Journey! Creatives wishes! Jo x

  4. I am truly lost for words Lisa!!!! The time, energy and love you have clearly poured into this incredible compendium is so evident in the care and attention to detail in each and every element. From the seahorse pocket watch and nautical treasures to the Captain's journal there is just so much to marvel at. Thank you for sharing it with us at The Funkie Junkie Boutique challenge blog.

  5. Lisa!!!!! Holy cow!!! I want to hold this in my hands and drink it all in. This is a wondrous work of art. The details make me giddy. My favorite thing ever from you...and that’s saying something!

  6. Lisa, Wow, oh WOW! I love this treasure trove of nautical goodies from the stunning cover (inside and out) to the tiny vignettes, pocket watch and Captain's journal within. Each of the cubbies is so perfectly detailed and embellished. Those seahorses!!!! I'm floored! This just pushes ALL of my buttons! I know I'm late with my comment, but I've been away on vacation without internet service. So now I get to say thank you for sharing at The Funkie Junkie Boutique challenge blog and offer my biggest congratulations on being our winner there! Huge hugs! Sara Emily

  7. And thank you, too, for sharing your beautiful artwork with us at A Vintage Journey!

  8. Very lovely - wish you had a video!

  9. I adore your amazing shadow box, it's an awesome piece of art for me. Fantastic!!! Many thanks for sharing with us SanDee's and Amelies Steampunk Challenge!

  10. So glad you have finished this fabulous Configurations book! I remember seeing your lovely Passport Book some time ago and thought is was gorgeous then. Now when I see it taking pride of place surrounded by all those wonderfully detailed sections, I am completely awestruck! thank you so much for sharing this fabulous project with us over at A Vintage Journey.Toni x

  11. How wonderful that you kept working on this Lisa! Love your Passport book tucked inside and all the wonderful pieces in each section of your Configuration book - the papers you used are beautiful for your nautical theme project! thanks for sharing with us at A Vintage Journey! Julia xx

  12. What a sensational trinket box... well worth the wait! Thanks so much for joining us on A Vintage Journey.
    Alison x

  13. This project is crazy amazing!!The details are incredible and all the fun little bits n bobs.. can see why this took awhile- masterpiece!

  14. Amazing creation !!!!! thank you for your participation at Sandee & Amelie steampunk challenges.

  15. Oh, my! This is just breathtakingly beautiful and cool, Lisa! Love how you've put it all together and the story-telling aspect just makes this even more "wow"! Love it!

    Thanks so much for sharing this fantastic make with us at SanDee&amelie's Steampunk Challenges!

    Claudia xxx


Thank you so much for leaving a comment. I appreciate it!