Our Creative Corner. We have month-long challenges there and I'm on the B team which publishes on the 15th of the month. Claudia is our hostess this month and she has given us a Steampunk Tic Tac Toe. You can stop by the blog and get all the details here. I used the middle horizontal line - Flourish - Texture - Heart.
Steampunk is not something I excel at and I was quite challenged to come up with a design idea for my sample. I Googled Steampunk and looked at a number of photo when it dawned on me that you can basically steampunk anything - just add gears - LOL. And since I am moving into full holiday mode, I decided to make my project a Steampunk Christmas Stocking.
I started by printing out a stocking pattern from the internet and traced it onto a sheet of Maja Designs It's Christmastime paper. For the heel and toe, I cut the flourish and the holly leaves from card stock with the Festive Greenery die. I glued the CS pieces onto another piece of CS and applied Ranger foil tape over them. Using a paper stub I went around all the edges and pressed the foil down around the base of the die cuts so they would really stand out. Then I added some scribbles done with the sharp led of a mechanical pencil I gave both a good coat of Pitch Black acrylic paint and when about half dry, I wiped off as much of the paint as I could with a paper towel. The three gears were cut with the Tim Holtz Gadget Gears die. I know it's hard to see but there is a Tim Holtz Mini Snowflake layered over the smallest gear with a tiny heart on top. The middle gear has a Spellbinders snowflake layered over it. All the gears and snowflakes have had Ranger Foil Tape applied to them. On both of those gears and snowflakes, I freehanded some industrial type markings with a pencil (the lead needs to be very sharp to make the marks in the foil tape - I used a mechanical pencil). And then, of course, I used the black acrylic paint to tarnish them up.
Since my Tic-Tac-Toe line included a heart, I had to come up with some sort of a heart to add. I didn't have any heart embossing folders and couldn't come up with a metal-like design for one but I did have a favorite Stampin' Up heart stamp. I used embossing ink to stamp the image on the foil tape and heat set it. That gave me the metal-like texture I was looking for and I again used the black acrylic paint to created a tarnished look. It's not a perfect embossed metal look, but I deemed it close enough to go with.
The cuff of the stocking was embossed with the Tim Holtz Riveted texture fade, adding some scribbling for more texture and black paint for tarnish.
And that's my foray into Steampunk. I think Steampunk is extremely cool. There are some amazing examples on the Internet. I enjoyed looking at them and creating the stocking was fun too. Thanks to Claudia for giving me a push to step out of my comfort zone into something new! Be sure to stop over to Our Creative Corner to see what the other designers have to share!
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