Steampunk is a look, a style and Celtic designs can fit right in. The upcoming summer issue of RubberStampMadness will feature Steampunk art, therefore, I decided to make my advertisement in a Steampunk style, something I hadn’t tried before.
I have a copy of Tim Holtz’ book A Compendium of Curiosities, so I turned to it for inspiration and used the Rusted Enamel technique. It is really easy to do as I was able to get a great result the first time I tried it. The following is a variation of that technique.
a) First stamp ink pads directly to heavy white card stock or a tag, using Memories Turquoise and Baby blue. (This is a really large tag 3 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, as I wanted to show several images on it.) Make sure the card is completely dry before proceeding.
b) Next stamp the card with the desired images:
- #349 Victorian Piper with black pigment ink and detail black embossing powder and heat set it.
- #304 Fleur de Lis & #353 Epiphany Knot with Cherry Red Memories ink
- #170 Long Thistle & #351 Square Knot with Pine Tree Green Memories ink
c) Now ink directly onto the entire surface of the card using a clear embossing ink pad, apply clear embossing powder over all, tap off the excess and then tap it harder so the powder isn’t even over the whole surface, and heat set. Be careful to heat it just enough to melt and no more.
d) Now apply the appearance of rust with one or more warm browns such as Memories Brown. A cosmetic sponge works well for this and gives you good control (although your fingers might get inky). Tap the sponge on the ink pad and then tap it on the card pressing harder at the edges where you might want the most rust. Excess ink may be wiped off the embossed surface with a cloth or paper towel..
e) Optional: repeat step c, if desired, to achieve a more even glossy finish, and you won’t need to give the card an extra tap.
f) As all the inking and embossing may have wrinkled the card stock, mount card on another piece of dark color cardstock with gluestick or YES glue.
g) Punch a hole and add a ribbon.
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