Monday, July 1

SASPC Steampunk Summer Special!

Hello steampunk friends and welcome to our SUMMER SPECIAL challenge! Our Summer challenge is a two month challenge, which means you have both July and August to create and enter. Please be sure to read the challenge blog for ALL the details. 


Have you looked closely enough to see armored beetles? They may not have pipes and all on them like this one, but they sure are cool. How about robotic beetles? Imagine the places they could go, right! Guess we could call this fellow a "borg" beetle. 

This portfolio could be carrying your artwork, or that story you are writing, or photos and mementos from your trip to an exotic land.

I started with a kraft portfolio from Tim Holtz Idea-ology, and edged it with a Stamperia stencil.

I used a mix of Carbon Black and Quinacridone Gold, and applied it with a cosmetic sponge.

I cut papers to fit all sides from the awesome steampunk style Stamperia Mechanical Fantasy papers. Later, I decided to color the beetle with fluid acrylics to add more color to the front of the portfolio.

Green Gold, Diarylide Yellow and Quinacridone Gold were my beetle palette. 

I dug in my stash and found a few dimensional embellishments to add to the cover, and decided some embossing would add to this, so did a mix of Boho Blends in Turkish Brass and Cinnamon. 

Cover, before deciding to add gears. I also decided to include previous steampunk work onto the portfolio, as well as have it hold more, so you might recognize previous projects.

Back of portfolio

Inside of portfolio, with a mix of my work and the patterned paper.

Included with the portfolio is a three layer sewn piece that you can add tags and things to, so I added in previous steampunk projects here. 


Closeup of projects inside...


Gear detail...

Front cover flap...

Steampunk Beetle Portfolio

Are you inspired to join our Summer Special Challenge? I hope so! We would love to see what you create and share with us! 

Many thanks to DecoArt and Boozybear Chipboard who are our amazing sponsors and help keep the cogs and gears turning at SASPC! 

Have a wonderful, steampunk summer!




  1. This is just so breathtakingly awesome, Maura! Thanks so much for sharing the process as well - it was such a treat to see this brilliant project come to life! You've rocked our summer special challenge!!!

    Claudia xxx

  2. This is beyond cool! I have been mulling a series of steampunk insects, and this is fantastic inspiration! I especially love your borg beetle :-) Hope you have a great summer - Lynn

    1. Many thanks! I think a series of steampunk insects would be very cool - love to see them!

  3. Maura this is truly amazing. I adore your Borg Beetle folio. Such a handy folder to keep all those particulars inside and such a treat for us all to see how it all came to be. A stunning piece of steampunk art and a happy sight for us all to see. Thanks so much for sharing. Hope I get chance to play along over Summer.
    Creative Hugs & wishes Tracey xx

    1. Tracey, thank you so much! Your words make me smile!


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