Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Compendium of Curiosities Challenge #27

This week's CCC challenge is Distress Misting Masks, which can be found on page 60 of Tim Holtz's book. As you can see, I'm still on a bit of a Steampunk kick! 

For my masks, I used cardstock gears that I made using the Double Cog punch from Stampin' Up (Yikes! Glad I borrowed that one from a friend, it's expensive!). I also used the smallest gear from Tim's die.  Since they weren't stuck down, they ended having a soft edge, which I really like! I misted first with red Perfect Pearls mist and then brown homemade PP mist. I thought the red would be stronger, but it all combined to make a rusty color (you can see a bit of the red shimmer in my pic). Again, a nice happy accident!

The stamps are all from Artistic Outpost's SteamPunk collection. The vintage paper is from an old math book a friend gave me. A strip of cloth measuring tape is attached using Tim's tiny attacher. Tip: I always color my staples before I load them by inking them with black and brown StazOn ink (just press down onto them directly using the pad). I think it gives them a nice rusty look. Oh, one more thing....I created the clock by cutting out a clock face from one of Tim's paper packs and layering it onto a gear, along with a spinner. The whole thing is held together and attached to the tag with a long fastener. I love how it came out!


  1. I like the steampunk style very much! your tag is gorgeous!

  2. love your tag,
    very vintage looking,

  3. Love your steam punk tag, great colours, I ages and embellishments. Tracy Evans x

  4. Came here from ATT for more info on how you created your great steam punk tag. Hoping my newly ordered steam punk stamps will arrive quickly so I can begin making some projects w/this style! Love it!
    Kavi Coulson

  5. It turned out great. Smart use for making masks using the paper.

  6. Fabulous tag. Love the background colour.


  7. Very cool! I might have to buy that book some time.

  8. Shelly, this is steampunk PERFECTION! I love that background-- not only is the masking great, the layers of color make this look like worn leather, and it's gorgeous! The details are great, too, from the Ingenious Gentleman to the measuring tape to the stamped ticked. And truly you couldn't have found a better sentiment for this spectacular work!


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