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A Steampunk Time Machine by Laura Carson

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Design Team Member Laura Carson brings you Steamtown and a Time Machine Shadowbox (that’s made from a cigar box!) If you love steampunk, you’ll love Laura’s latest creation that is full of gears, gadgets and gizmos. You’ll also love that Laura created a coordinating Time Machine Collage Sheet and coordinating Digital Download Set (both New) if you’d like to spend some time making your own! Yeah, you know it, pun intended!

We have a 2-part Laura Carson project coming at you so I’m going to just point out a few things here that I happen to love about it; since you know I can’t possibly point out everything in the blog post!

Such as: the amazing astrolabe clock from Steamtown that is made from the Clockworks Laser-Cut Wood Embellishments, a Round Wooden Plaque and a Candlestick Holder. Of course there are other components as well, but those are the main ones and Laura walks you through how to construct it and directs you to one of her tutorials for that gorgeous patina on it as well.

Laura gave the two girls a Victorian version of a Segway that is a little on the mind-boggling side; and I’m thinking I’d like to have a real-life adult sized version of it for myself. From Laura’s tutorial:

“The frame of the bicycle is made from swirls that are part of the Clockworks Laser-Cut Wood Embellishments. I used the same rusting technique on the swirls as I used on the clock.

I painted a variety of pieces from the Steampunk Shapes Sets. Next, to the larger swirl, I started attaching the pieces I painted and at the top left, a bronze gear. I then added the smaller swirl to larger one to serve as the handle bars. I also added a game spinner and a furniture nail (with the pin removed).

Of course to find out how Laura completed the rest of her Victorian Segway you’ll have to see her tutorial. I know, I’m so rotten!

Moving on to my most favorite part: the Time Machine Shadowbox (see photos at left and below). I love altered cigar boxes – they’re the most versatile, most fun to make, with all the different shapes and depths that are available.

Innocent-looking enough, the beautiful Victorian facade from the Time Machine Digital Download Set provides the cover for the secret goings-on inside, whatever could those be? Laura tells you in her tutorial how to achieve the 3-D effects for the facade, and it’s really easy! Really – no joking.

Back to the secret goings-on… with a time machine! Oh, however could I have guessed that one? The time machine is quite stunning, made from the Time Machine Collage Sheet and Junkyard Findings – Pipe Parts. The cool thing about the pipe parts is that they’re flat back so they work nicely in shadow boxes, dioramas or as in this case, cigar boxes . The dinosaur popping his head out is a nice touch, but no worries. Miss Amelia and her handy-dandy umbrella have plans for him!

We have two supply lists, Steamtown and the Time Machine Shadowbox for you. Head on over to Artfully Musing for Laura’s tutorial and more pictures of the fantabulous Steamtown and Time Machine Shadowbox.


 New Goodies – All on sale!  

Steampunk Shapes Set - HatsSteampunk Shapes Set – Hats

Voyages Extraordinaires Set Download
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Time Machine Collage Sheet
Time Machine Collage Sheet

Time Machine Set Download
Time Machine Set Download

Posted by Leslie, July 2nd, 2015

94 responses to “A Steampunk Time Machine by Laura Carson”

  1. enrica p says:

    love this collection, and yes please to more victorian goodies!

  2. Laural says:

    I adore this and the original Time Machine movie! Wonderful Idea Laura

  3. Barb says:

    oh my, my eyes stopped looking at everything when I saw the junkyard findings!! that’s splendid as is the whole giveaway

  4. ginger benedict says:

    First of all, Laura Carson IS AWESOME, Steam punk is so unusual and I love to use these elements in my creations.
    I really like the Penny ladies so my answer is definitely yes. thank you alpha stamps for bringing us thses great ideas and projects!

  5. M. C. Sparks says:

    More Victorian and more steampunk!

  6. Karen Crowder says:

    Always interesting. Love the miniatures. Other historical eras I would love to see–World War II.

  7. Lou Anne Colodny says:

    she has done it again….Carson is the most wonderful designer…love everything she does. I love steam punk and would use it in a heartbeat…

  8. I would love to see anything victorian It is my favorite I love everything here Please pick me!!!! Thank you

  9. kim says:

    Love the Victorian Era, so much fun to play with! Thanks so much for such fabulous ideas and inspiration!
    Love to see some Roaring 20’s…


  10. Blair Lowery says:

    Love to make shadow. Boxes with all sorts of bits and bobs in to tell a story. Especially like steam punk/Victorian themes.

  11. Lana says:

    I just love the colors, so very pretty.

  12. Emily N says:

    Great giveaway!! More steam punk!

  13. ratgirl says:

    Loooove anything from the Victorian period! I would also love to see more from the turn of the century (1899ish). Thanks for doing these giveaways. I love looking at the prize package contents!

  14. KIM says:

    The Steamtown is amazing.
    My daughter and I over the years have collected old “stuff”.
    Steamtown would be a prefect project.
    Alpha Stamp’s tutorials and giveaways are the greatest.Any era you chose, I know will be awesome.

  15. Paula Miller says:

    Loving this collection. I just happen to have a 1:12 roombox that begs for a collection of steampunk! I love vintage, too.

  16. MaggieM says:

    OMG! Laura’s steampunk projects are AMAZING! I am really in to all things steampunk, so more Victorian/Steampunk collage sheets please:) The collage sheets used in Laura’s projects are wonderful. Oh, how I wish I could win this giveaway…I’d be in steampunk heaven!!

  17. Thank you for a chance to win!
    I too love Victorian goodies…. lighter colors too, not so much steampunk for me, although I do like some.

  18. cathy smith says:

    Yes I would like to see Victorian stuff – also Asian stuff and South American. I love the cigar labels and could get a tropical colonial thing going on.

  19. Heather says:

    I would love to see more Victorian images, especially the steampunk theme. I am fascinated with the Time Machine above and how the artist is so original.

  20. Pat Shaw says:

    Wow, Victorian and Steampunk. Love, love
    this new collection. Really hope to win this one. Thanks for the chance to win!

  21. Jen R says:

    Love Laura’s work. The Victorian images are lovely. I would like to see some medieval stuff too

  22. Karen says:

    I really like the Victorian Steampunk style and the fantastic work that Laura comes up with is just wonderful and creative. Love the Time Machine creation.

  23. Roxanne says:

    Oh Yes! Definitely more Victoriana … I love this era and these images are beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing…would sure to love to create a diorama using some of these! 🙂

  24. Gail Klein says:

    I really like the Victorian era but not so much the colorations! I like the sepia look so that it goes with most styles of collage, like Steampunk! Hope I win this wonderful collection!

  25. Jo says:

    Love the clocks and the theme of time travel!

  26. phoebe diamond says:

    I like the images but wonder if it would be possible for some more modern images to be offered? Like the 40’s through 60’s. I’d love to play around with some pop art images.

  27. Ritva says:

    Oh, just love it, more, please…

  28. Lindy says:

    I would love to see some Victorian Lowbrow or some images from the 50’s to the 80’s

  29. Sue Young says:

    Every time Laura makes a new creation, she outdoes herself!!!! These Steampunk ones are mind- boggling!!! I would LOVE to make them both!!!

  30. Patti Flasch says:

    I love the Victorian images; I would like to see some that have a bit more of a gothic appeal. Once again, your design team has outdone themselves!

  31. Leah Fein says:

    Your store has such interesting stuff. Thanks for hosting a giveaway

  32. Traci says:

    Love the steampunk theme. Laura is such an amazing designer she has the most incredible ideas wish I could be as talented. I would love more steampunk things. >^..^<

  33. Peg says:

    I love Steampunk! This is just marvelous!!

  34. Mary Helene says:

    Looking forward to all the wonderful collage sheets.

  35. barbara macaskill says:

    My mind is boggled!! LOVE these amazing creations!!! Laura is so creative and always comes up with such innovative ideas!!!
    YES! You can never have enough Victorian images!!! TFS!

  36. Patricia Worth says:

    I Adore the astrolabe clock incredibly creative and an attractive steampunk centerpiece/display. What I would love seeing more of in themes are Victorian women portrayed in non tradition roles i.s. riding bicycles, pumping iron, riding horses Annie Oakley style! Goddesses and Gods from Ancient Crete and Minoan art & culture with Dolphin frescoes as portrayed in the Queens Palace at Knossos,and acrobatics with bull jumping, along with the Goddesses at Delphi.

  37. Brigitte B. says:

    I love the idea of alternate timelines or post-apocalypse. Laura did a great job!

  38. Verna says:

    I enjoy the victorian sheets. It’s all so fun!

  39. Cherry Koontz says:

    Love the house – I am ready to move in!

  40. Lou Anne H. says:

    I do love the Victorian images. I’d like to see more!

  41. Gail Gill says:

    I love Victorian. I love everything about Victorian. Keep that coming. But I think 40’s-50’s Hollywood types would also be great fun. Thanks for the opportunity.

  42. Kim R says:

    MORE Victorian + steampunk….oh yes please!

  43. Rosemary Woodruff says:

    I love Victorian…..bring it on….never enough!

  44. April J. says:

    Such gorgeous things being made with these items! Yes, Victorian images are wonderful. Personally, I would like to see more 18th century and medieval images. And I am forever a fan of Alice in Wonderland images!

  45. Nancy S says:

    I am so enamored of the Victorian era, so I say yes to additional images!

  46. cheryl foster says:

    I love Victorian/steampunk and would love to see more here 🙂

  47. Beth Williams says:

    I am in big trouble now-may have to make a couple of each. Substitute a Tardis/Dr.Who in a few places-and I have Christmas presents for 2 sons and 2 friends. Brilliant inspiration-thank you so very very much.

  48. Noreen says:

    The Time Machine Shadow Box is really great, and I love the Astrolobe Clock setup!
    I really love the steampunk aspect of the Victorian era.

  49. Kathleen says:

    My eyes will just NOT stop looking at the steampunk stuff! I love steampunk and use a lot of it in my artwork, so I would LOVE to win this! Keep with the Victorian, more more more steampunk, some goddesses from ancient art, especially Egyptian, and how about 1960s San Francisco hippy stuff? Flower power, wild child, Grateful Dead, etc. remember the psychedelic posters where things blended together and swirled around? I haven’t seen anything like that, and can imagine all sorts of possibilities there…..

  50. Lorna E. says:

    Would definitely like to see more Victorian and Edwardian images.

  51. Lori D. says:

    I would love to see more Victorian stuff. Also would like to see some Art Nouveau images/furniture.

  52. Karen Mallory says:

    Wonderful giveaway! I love the Victorian images.

  53. Luanne says:

    This is my favorite theme! I cannot get enough of it!

  54. Elaine says:

    Makes me want to go back in time, all the details are wonderfully created and the Victorian decades are just the era I love. I wish I could just step into that page!

  55. Sokat says:

    I remain impressed with the level of creativity and detail. Awesome presentation. I would like to see vintage western theme. cowboys and cowgirls.

  56. Denise Humenik says:

    wish I could move into that house! Love Victorian & SteamPunk &…&…
    Alpha Stamps is such a generous, inspirational site…thank you for all you do!

  57. Linda K says:

    yes, I love victorian images. Also love steampunk so this post is particularly pleasing. Laura’s art is wonderful.

  58. As usual,I would love to win!

  59. Megan Warren says:

    I love the Victorian Cigar Box. I love cigar boxes and this is such a cute idea.

  60. Dawn says:

    I love the steam punk theme. I am also nuts for anything Victorian, French, Old English(Medieval) ,and Edwardian.

  61. LeAnn says:

    Yes! I would like to see more Victorian images. As always, your artwork is beautiful Laura.

  62. Daylan says:

    Full steam ahead with steampunk! Thank you for another opportunity!

  63. ginette says:

    Bring them on

  64. Joan says:

    Lovely projects, steampunk/victorian are favorites of mine.

  65. Carol Slowik says:

    Victorian is my favorite! I would love to see an “under the sea diving” page. You touched on it a bit with the mermaids and old diving mask but I would love to see an entire “old” diving suit and maybe some more creatures! Thanks Alpha Stamps! You all ROCK!

  66. Michelle says:

    I love the firey clock. It is amazing. Things that twist and spin.

    I like the palette of the giveaway sheets but am not particular to a period in time. “Steampunk” is sort of an imaginary era, and I like that, but it’s more about gears and clocks like the sun, less about people cut-outs.

    I DO like imagery from the medieval era. If I had to pick one, that’d be it.

  67. Thalia Kottke says:

    I love the Steamtown project and steampunk themed products, great selection.

  68. Marilyn H says:

    Laura always does such an awesome job! Love her projects.

    Yes, I would love to see more Victorian along with some Regency collage sheets.

  69. Julie F. says:

    Laura is so talented, I love all her art. Yes, love the Victorian era and also the war eras.

  70. Kim Lucak says:

    Love Victorian! This is such a sweet giveaway 🙂

  71. Iris Pistor says:

    The combination Victorian and Steampunk is awesome…love it….love it!

  72. Jackie Neal says:

    Incredible Laura!!!

  73. Gail says:

    I love your Steampunk ideas.And use them in my miniatures. Please continue, they are amazing.
    Laura, you are amazing.

  74. Carrie J says:

    Always love art nouveau!

  75. Judy Ross says:

    Love the Victorian and Steampunk ideas.

  76. kimberly says:

    yes victorian, but also can you find some retro stuff?

  77. Ina Good says:

    I am fascinated by anything steampunk more collage sheets on this is fine with me along with seeing some egyptian would also be nice.

  78. Laura says:

    Gears, bits, clocks! From Laura to Laura great ideas.

  79. Rise St Arno says:

    Victorian like its namesake Queen Victoria are timeless, more please.

  80. manuel martin says:

    She just keeps the great Idea’s coming.
    I need to do a steampunk time machine!

  81. Carolyn Bowlby says:

    Put me into that time machine, please.

  82. Sherry says:

    I love the Victorian era! I’d like to see retro from the ’40’s and 50’s!

  83. Julia Bridges says:

    This is the era I wish I could be transported back to. Maybe I could use the time machine it will grant me my wish and I could experience all the wonderful and beautiful surroundings of that era.

  84. Melody says:

    Love the Steampunk! More please

  85. Lorna Dufrane says:

    Looks like a lot of fun

  86. Michele S says:

    This is a lovely set and I’d love to win. All time machine, steampunk, hg wells, circus-y stuff, all that stuff is awesome. You guys excel in these genres but more is good! Thanks for your wonderful products! Xo

  87. carol says:

    love to do Steam Punk and Laura creations are so awesome. Probably prefer Edwardian look over Victorian and more Art Deco please

  88. Jennie says:

    I’d love some more Victorian, and even some Edwardian era too!

  89. Debby says:

    SteamPunk and Victorian – how could you go wrong with such great themes. Love both. Thanks for a chance to win.

  90. Kay W says:

    I love anything Victorian. Everything you have is so wonderful.

  91. Wanda Pilder says:

    Love this!

  92. Winnie says:

    Love the Victorian era! Would also like Tudor (medieval).

  93. Helen says:

    What a great giveaway. I love the Victorian theme but would welcome others. The Roaring twenties, early horror films, sarcastic housewives of the 50s. Throw Dr. Who in the mix and you could cover them all,lol!

  94. Mary Gryger says:

    I ADORE Steampunk! The time machine piece looks like something from my own fantasies. Let it be 1895 forever.