DIY Steampunk Frame


Hello, G45ers!

  Turn your plain wooden frames into a mixed media masterpieces with this step by step tutorial by Lena Astafeva.  Lena has created this home decor project as a part of our #G45Selfie – June Challenge.  This challenge is all about representing you as an artist, and we love the direction Lena has gone adding a gorgeous photo of her family front and center.  We hope you enjoy getting to know Lena and try out her frame tutorial for yourself.


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Lena Astafeva – Russia

2021-2022 Graphic 45 Brand Ambassador


  “I’m Lena. I’m 35 y.o, I’m a happy mother of three children. I have 15 year – old son, 9 year- old daughter, and a 4 year old son. I have lived in Russia, Belogorsk  for one year. In our country, this region is called the Far East (Dalniy Vostok), it is located very far from the capital, about 9000 km. I love reading books and history. I love taking photographs as well. I paint a lot and I’m happy that my daughter is interested in it too. She is my favourite student.


I also like to plunge into the world of my favourite paper G45. Albums, musical boxes, different art objects fill my life with joy and happiness! I like decorating albums with lovely photos very much. It’s nice to look through such Albums in the evenings with all the family. I’m very happy to become a part of my favourite team G45 again. Thank you very much for trusting me. I hope to make you happy with my projects.


Mixed Media Frame “My Children and I”

By Lena Astafeva


Today I want to show the frame. In the photo, me and my three children. I took as a basis the usual frame from the Ikea store. I used the collection Dreamland, Steampunk Spells, and  Steampunk Debutante.


Graphic 45 Supply List:

Metal Key Holes

Regular Tag & Gear Dies

Black 12×12 Chipboard Sheets

Dreamland paper collection

Steampunk Spells paper collection (retired)

Steampunk Debutante – Deluxe Collector’s Edition (retired)


Step by Step Photo Tutorial:


Paint the frame with black gesso.


Glue the chipboard to the frame.


Painting everything with black gesso again.


Now use spray.


Make Stamp imagine with Emboss it dabber.


Put embossing powder.



Used black cardstock and paper (Steampunk Spells collection)

size 10 x 15 cm.


Glue paper onto black chipboard.






























Happy Papercrafting!


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