Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Stampotique Steampunk!

Hmmm. I seem to be riding a Steampunk Surge! I'm hosting Stampotique Designers Challenge this week and have challenged everyone to create a Steampunk project! Here's what I said about the challenge!
"As an avid reader of Fantasy, Science Fiction, and Historical Fiction, it's only natural that Steampunk imagery appeals to me. Here's some info for you about Steampunk that I found at online. ( http://www.ministryofpeculiaroccurrences.com/what-is-steampunk/ )

"Steampunk is an inspired movement of creativity and imagination. With a backdrop of either Victorian England or America’s Wild West at hand, modern technologies are re-imagined and realized as elaborate works of art, fashion, and mechanics. If Jules Verne or H.G. Wells were writing their science fiction today, it would be considered “steampunk.”"

My challenge to you is to create a Steampunk project using your stamps and your imagination!"
If you'd like the chance to win $30 worth of Stampotique stamps, you should play along. Visit Stampotique Designers Challenge blog and be sure to read the rules, so that you'll have the chance to win a great prize!!!

Here's my card!

When I saw the new Smitten Moustache Monsters stamp in the latest release, I knew I would have to use it for this challenge. Those Smitten Moustache Monsters are just too perfect for vintage-styled projects!

The Smitten Moustache Monsters were stamped on Neenah cardstock with Tuxedo Black Memento ink, colored with Copic markers and fussy-cut. Diamond Glaze was added to the Smitten Moustache Monsters' eyeballs to make 'em all dimensional and glassy. The monsters were then set aside to dry while I created a proper Steampunk background for them.

I found a sheet of patterned paper in the Destinations stack by Idea-ology that had four 6x6 mostly monochromatic vintage-looking industrial scenes on it. I cut this sheet apart and colored the floor and the machinery with Copic markers. I wanted some of the machine parts to look metallic, so I smooshed Brushed Pewter and Tarnished Brass Distress Stain onto my craft mat and used a Detailer Nibbed Water Brush to paint them. The colored patterned paper was adhered to a card front and both ruler-patterned and rope-patterned Washi tape was added to the base. The Smitten Moustache Monsters were adhered to card front.

I wanted to reinforce the Steampunk vibe, so I die-cut some black cardstock with some Cherry Lynn Gears dies and Memory Box's Mini Gears dies. The gears were all painted with a combination of Brushed Pewter and Tarnished Brass Distress Stain to make 'em look aged and worn. They were then stacked in various ways. A 3L black photo-corner sticker was also painted with the same metallic Distress Stains and a teeny Memory Box's Mini Gears die-cut was added to it.

Ancient QuicKutz hat dies were used to die-cut black cardstock. One of the bigger top hats was cut down into a bowler shape. The hat bands were die-cut from white cardstock and colored with Copic markers. Teeny-tiny Memory Box's Mini Gears die-cuts were adhered to the hat bands and the hats were placed onto the Smitten Moustache Monsters

Thanks for visiting today!

I shall enter this card into the following challenges:
Storyteller Challenges: Steampunk
Craftitude: That's Dielicious
Crafts 4 Eternity: To Die For
SanDee and Amelie's Steampunk Challenges: Heavy Metal 
Cherry Lynn Designs: Make It Manly

26 comments:

  1. The smitten monsters look so at home in those hats, fab fab idea. Love this piece

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  2. Brilliant Kathi, I love the background and the Smitten monsters fit in perfectly xx

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  3. Hi, Kathi! What a great Stampotique challenge this week! Everyone is just buzzing about it and having a ball! I love your background here, and the Mustache Monsters are perfect guys for this piece. Thanks for the fun!

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  4. Really cool project, loving every bit of it.

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  5. LOVE the smitten moustache monsters! And they look so brilliant on your fabulous card! Made me smile for the first time today!!!

    Thank you for sharing this with us at SASPC!

    Claudia x

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  6. Love your Steampunking, thanks for a great challenge Kathi, big hugs xx

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  7. Great challenge Kathi. I enjoyed it although I didn't think is was easy but hey, that is why it is called a challenge right ?
    Your moustache monsters look adorable in their hats ! Great card !
    Corrie x

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  8. Cute steampunk card! Love the cogs! Thanks for joining us at Craftitude! ~Shana DT

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  9. Love the hats you have given the monsters!
    Great card!
    Thanks for the challenge this week!

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  10. What adorable monsters and a wonderful manly card. Love the layered gears. Good luck and thanks for joining in on the fun at Cheery Lynn Designs challenge.

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  11. Such a great card. I love the Moustache men!!!

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  12. Your monsters are so funny !
    thank you for your participation at Sandee & Amelie steampunk challenges
    Coutureuse

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  13. Great card. Gotta love those hats!

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  14. Hellooooo, Kathi :)
    Your card is ... brillant !!!
    Amitiés from Paris :)
    Sandra

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  15. Great card Kathi, very funny!!! Love your three monsters with their glassy eyeballs and their ridiculous black hats haha! And great idea to integrate this TH patterned paper transformed for your needs... really perfect here. Thanks for the challenge also Kathi, I will not have time to play with you unfortunately this time, but I regret it. Hugs Coco xx

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  16. Gorgeous card, thanks for joining us at crafts 4 eternity this week hugs x

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  17. Brilliant :D I love this theme and your card is fab with the moustachioed monsters and their super hats :D x

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  18. Cute monsters!! Love your steam punk feel to this card and the layered gears are perfect! Thanks for playing along with the Cheery Lynn Challenge!

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  19. Such a cute mixture of little monsters with the gears, really clever! Thank you so much for joining us in our challenge this week at Cheery Lynn Designs!!!

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  20. Thanks for setting such a fun challenge Kathi! Your steampunk piece is amazing!

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  21. OMG, this is adorable! Love you main heroes! :) Thank you for joining SanDee&amelie's Steampunk Challenges!
    Hugs,
    Agnieszka

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  22. Oh my goodness, how fabulous! Your monsters are so fun...love their funky hats and bow ties. The background is incredible...so cool that you added your colouring to the paper. It really enhances the design. The stacked gears look amazing and your washi tape combination is a great detail. Thanks for joining our Anything Goes/That's Die-licious challenge this fortnight at Craftitude. I had a lovely visit.

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  23. Oh my goodness, how fabulous! Your monsters are so fun...love their funky hats and bow ties. The background is incredible...so cool that you added your colouring to the paper. It really enhances the design. The stacked gears look amazing and your washi tape combination is a great detail. Thanks for joining our Anything Goes/That's Die-licious challenge this fortnight at Craftitude. I had a lovely visit.

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