Thursday, October 11, 2012

Steampunk, Rust, and Halloween

I know what you are thinking, those don't go together at all. Or do they? Well let's just say that this is not your typical Halloween card. I love steampunk and Halloween, so when the Art for the Creative Mind Yahoo Group proposed this as a swap I had to participate.

I started off with a plain piece of chip board. I inked it up with Vintage Photo and Walnut Distress Ink. I then used the Alcohol Resist Technique from A Compendium of Curiosities Volume II Book for the square in the middle. Check out L3 Studio for the Alcohol Resist challenge.

Next I ran a black piece of cardstock through my Big Shot with the Steampunk Embossing Folder. I then went over the raised areas with Gold Rub-n-Buff and Frayed Bulap Distress Embossing Powder. I am a big fan of Sarah over at La-De-Dah and got this next idea off of her blog. I added a bit of clear embossing powder in a few areas to add to the rusted look.

Next up the gears for some added Steampunk. I simply inked then with Various colors of Alcohol Ink and again added a bit of the clear embossing powder.

I love how my glass bottle came out. I crackled them with Distress Rock Candy Crackle Paint. After the crackle was dry I added lots of layers of Alcohol Ink. I is hard to see in the picture, but they are really textured and rusty looking. I am going to submit this to the Simon Says Stamp and Show Rustification Challenge.

Last step was to add some Halloween elements in. A little plastic skull again inked all up and some sparkle added to his eyes.

The bat and the frame are both cut out of the Cricut using the Happy Hauntings Cartridge. They are of course inked up a bit. I added a full coat of clear embossing powder to them to make them pop off a bit.

So I hope you enjoyed this post. I really had a wonderful time creating this. Thank you for stopping by and have a fantastic day!


  1. I love the creations you come up with.

  2. Wow, Stacy! Great job, I love it!

  3. Hello Stacy! I think your spooky Halloween card with the steampunk twist is great and YES, I think that they DO go together! Love your vials that you transformed so wonderfully into looking like metallic rusted bottles! Your card itself is also very cool with the masking, texturing and cool embellishments! Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

  4. This is just terrific - I love it.

    I'm in this swap, too - I'm being a greedy boy and hoping you're my partner! LOL

  5. I hope these 3 go together, cause I just finished a project using the same theme!!! This is absolutely scary cool! Your background alcohol ink tech is AMAZING! The texture here is a wow!!! Very cool make!

  6. I love your creation with this technique!

  7. Stacy, this is awesome!! I love all the layering and techniques - very, very cool piece!

  8. This is AWESOME!!!! You can just send it to me and ignore who TG tells you to send it to.
    I'm subscribing to your blog. Your work is great!

    1. By the way, I would have never known those were glass bottles. Thanks for explaining how you did that. I'm keeping that piece of fun in my head and I'll be doing it on some of my own glass bottles.

  9. I love all the texture you have in this! very very cool!

  10. Really cool - so much interesting texture - lots to look at - great job!

  11. This is a great piece, I love all these rusty tones and great textures! lots of fabulous details and a fab take on our theme. Thanks so much for joining in at Simon Says Stamp &Show. Sarah.

  12. I thought I had commented on this incredible creation! Love this and all the fabulous layers! Those bottles are too cool and certainly look like rusted metal!