Monday, May 27, 2019

DIY Steampunk Mask with ColorBox Blends 2

This month Eileen Hull's Inspiration Team is sharing projects created with some of her newly released products.  I used a selection of her Molten Dimension embossing powders from Emerald Creek and some of the new Metallic ColorBox Blends 2 from Clearsnap and was inspired to create a Steampunk mask. 

Time to play...

Disclosure:  I receive compensation in the form of free product and/or pay from companies and manufacturers in return for creating projects showcasing those products.  While the content of my blog is influenced by these products, my opinions regarding these products and projects are my own. 

The mask was in my stash.  I purchased it from Joanne's Fabrics several years ago but there are similar stick masks available online.  I covered the whole mask with a light coat of Silver Blends 2, rubbing it on with my fingers, before adding Rose Gold as a blush and lipstick. I left it to dry overnight and then used my heat gun to completely set the ink. (Be very careful to not overheat and damage the mask!) I also hit it was a clear acrylic matte spray to seal it.

The gears I used are actually laser cut from chipboard and are a new product designed by Candy Rosenberg  for A Vintage Girl. I painted on a coat of gesso to the chipboard gears. (When you apply inks on top of this white base the colors will be true and strong. Also, the chipboard can be very absorbent and the gesso kind of seals it so you use less of the inks!)

I used 5 of Eileen's ColorBox Blends 2 inks - Copper, Rose Gold, Silver, Ebony and Flagstone - and applied them with a paint brush. Eileen's inks are very concentrated and a little bit goes a long way and that is especially true of the metallics. 

Her inks also blend beautifully which gives you a virtually unlimited palette of colors! I actually mixed the Ebony and Flagstone to create a custom color for the large gear:  a dark gray that reminds me of iron. 

I melted Eileen's Glistening Glass Molten Dimensions on the metallic gears, using her Clear Blends 2 ink first so the embossing powder would stick.  It honestly looked a bit too shiny and new so I grunged it up a bit with Ebony Blends 2 and applied another coat of the Glistening Glass.

Next I added bits of Polished Silver Molten Dimensions to the dark gray gears...

Clear Blends 2 ink can be used on top of any color to hold your embossing powder. 
Since it is a pigment ink it stays wet for a long time! 

...and finished it off with a dusting of  Black Magic Molten Dimensions. I love the mottled, imperfect texture you can get with this super chunky embossing powder!

I used Eileen's Clear Blends 2 to wet the lips and then applied Glistening Glass Molten Dimensions(Just be sure to not melt the mask when you melt the embossing powder!)

To attach the gears to the mask I used a Crop-A-Dile to punch two holes... 

...and then used brads and screws to hold it in place. A burnt out appliance bulb from my stash (yes I really do save some weird things) fit perfectly in one of the holes and was held in place with a Zots glue dot.

I applied a circular rub on from my stash to a large clear Dew Drop...

...and then attached it to the mask with clear drying craft glue from Therm O Web.

I added a Memory Light inside the mask as a fun surprise!  The light itself is held in position behind the Dew Drop eyeball with Therm O Web Supertape.  The activator button was adhered to the mask with a couple of Zots.

Simply pressing a button now lights up the eye!

For the other eye I decided to add a compass I found at the local scrap store.   I used a Zots to hold it in place temporarily...

 ...before securing it with the iCraft clear drying glue.  

Voila!  Super easy DIY steampunk mask!

Steampunk Mask Supplies:

Clearsnap ColorBox Blends 2 Metallics - Copper, Rose Gold, Silver
Clearsnap ColorBox Blends 2 - Ebony, Flagstone, Clear
Emerald Creek/Eileen Hull Molten Dimensions - Black Magic, Polished Silver, Glistening Glass
A Vintage Girl - Steampunk Gear Set, Chipboard
The Robin's Nest - Large Clear Dew Drops 
Therm O Web - Zots, Supertape, iCraft Glue
Memories and More - Memory Light
Light bulb
Rub on

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Steampunk Dreams with A Vintage Girl

Hello and welcome to the May Designer Crafts Connection Blog Hop!

This month we are partnering with Candy Rosenberg and her company A Vintage Girl.  Candy has a love of all things vintage and steampunk inspired and she designed a line of products for your crafting pleasure!  I used one of her fabulous chipboard albums to create my mixed media  "Somewhere in Time" mini album.  
Time to play...

Disclosure:  I receive compensation in the form of free product and/or pay from companies and manufacturers in return for creating projects showcasing those products.  While the content of my blog is influenced by these products, my opinions regarding these products and projects are my own. 

I received  the following products to play with: 

The "Steampunk Dreams" Dress Form Album has 7 pages including (3) laser cut and etched pages,  (2) chipboard and (2) corrugated pages.

The Steampunk Gear Set contains a cluster of laser cut chipboard gears plus additional gears that can be used for layering. (This set coordinates perfectly with the Steampunk Gears Chipboard Album.)

The Alphanumeric Alpha Set contains 3 full alphabets and lots of numbers!

I had a ton of fun playing with inks, embossing powders and papers but before I show you my finished album I have a few quick tips to share for working with this chipboard album.

There is a page with a laser cut dress form on the right edge.  I wanted to add paper to that page so I slipped a piece of paper under the dress form and traced the right edge.  I cut along the line and flipped it over.  Voila!  I have a pattern to use for my designer paper. (The area at the bottom was a bit fussy to cut so I ended up just tearing the paper on the actual page and inking - looks great!)

For the actual dress form I used Bay, Nutmeg and Copper Blends 2 inks to add color to the chipboard before covering it with clear embossing powder.

The album comes with 2 corrugated pages.  I applied Whipped Spackle through a stencil on one of the pages.  After it dried I added a light tint (Bay) and created tag pockets with SuperTape and chipboard scraps before adhering it to the 2nd corrugated page and embellishing.
Most of the embossing powders I used on the gears had a very smooth finish, however, I created a lot more texture for the gear on this page by first applying a layer of Ranger Distress embossing powder.  I added copper embossing powder on top!  Instant grunge!

Okay!  Enough tips!  Time for the finished album!

I actually added a page here! (I 'll share the details on that another time.)

I am keeping things pretty simple until I decide what pictures I am going to add.

Check out the other stops along the blog hop for more inspiration and ideas!  

 You can find the master list at

Materials for A Vintage Girl Steampunk Dreams Album:

A Vintage Girl - "Steampunk Dreams" Dress Form Album
A Vintage Girl - Steampunk Gear Set
A Vintage Girl - Alphanumeric Alpha Set
Clearsnap Eileen Hull ColorBox Blends 2 - Bay, Nutmeg, Copper
Clearsnap Clear Embossing Ink
Stamperia - Voyages Fantastiques
Emerald Creek Embossing Powder - Java
Embossing Powders - Copper, Platinum, Gold, Black, Clear
Ranger Distress Embossing Powder - Old Paper
Faber Castell Whipped Spackle
Faber Castell Pitt Big Brush
Therm O Web Supertape
Therm O Web Eileen Hull Adhesive Sheets
Sizzix Little Sizzles Mat Board
Rinea Foil Metallics Foiled Paper Variety Pack
Darice Embossing Folder
Rebecca Baer  - Steampunk Clockface Stencil
Stampendous Stencil
Dymo Label Maker
Charm, Twine, Tags

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Monday, May 6, 2019

Batik style Card Prints with Magic Stamp Moldable Foam

Disclosure:  I receive compensation in the form of free product and/or pay from companies and manufacturers in return for creating projects showcasing those products.  While the content of my blog is influenced by these products, my opinions regarding these products and projects are my own. 

I  recently developed an affection for Mexican Folk Art so when I came across this RubberMoon Art Stamp at the local scrap store I snatched it right up!  It is called Tenango Light and is representative of embroidery from a particular region of Mexico.  When stamped it has clean crisp lines.  
But...what if it didn't? 

What if it had a softer look, like these batik fabric prints? 

Time to play...

Magic Stamp® Moldable Foam Stamps has been around for a lot of years but I have never had a chance to play with it before now.  It is really easy to use.  Basically you just heat the surface of the foam block with a heat gun for :30 seconds... 

...and then press the heated foam quickly against any cool, textured surface for 15 -20 seconds. I used my new rubber stamp and wow I love the result!

You need a water based medium for this process so I grabbed a couple bottles of my ColorBox® Blends 2 inks.  I dispensed a few drops onto my craft mat and then dabbed it on the surface of the molded stamp with a sheet of release paper.
(I use a lot of adhesive sheets so I have a very large inventory of release paper and I love using it when I work with inks.)

I added a light misting of water and then made sure the ink covered the surface of the Magic Stamp®. 

I chose to stamp onto watercolor paper and applied firm pressure.

Voila! The image is a very abstract, softer version of the original image.  It reminds me of a batik print, don't you agree?

The image can be affected by using varying degrees of pressure to produce a finer or coarser image.  For this next print I added more water and tapped the stamp very quickly on the paper.

Here is a comparison of the 2 images.

I actually played around quite a bit using different inks and layering the images.  I chose 4 of my prints and decided to turn them into cards by adding simple sentiments.  I use a stamping platform so I placed the sentiment stamp where I wanted it...

...picked it up with the cover, applied black ink...

...and stamped the sentiment.

You can see in the images below that the inking was a little light.  No worries!  That is the beauty of the stamping platform!  I simply re-inked the sentiment and stamped until I had the solid coverage I was looking for.

I roughed up the edges with a distressing tool...

...and mounted the panel on a card base.

Here are a few more cards I made:

Just a note about the Magic Stamp®.  You should only used water based paints or inks so they can be cleaned with plain water and mild detergent.  The molded image will remain intact until the foam is reheated so basically it is completely reusable! 

So - time to break out ALL the rubber stamps and play!

Thanks for stopping by!  Susie

Materials for Batik Technique for Rubber Stamps:

Clearsnap Magic Stamp® Moldable Foam Stamp
Clearsnap ColorBox® Blends 2 - Wildberry, Melon
RubberMoon Art Stamp Tenango Light 
That's Crafty Stamps Lynne's Affirmations - Set 1 & 2b
Close to My Heart Acrylic Stamps - Treasures of the Heart
Watercolor Paper
Tim Holtz Paper Distresser
Heat Gun

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