Sunday, April 1, 2018

Steampunk Tag

I finally have a new project to share with you! And it's not an April Fool's joke! I'm hosting a Steampunk Tag swap on the ART-EXchange group on Facebook, so I created a mixed media tag especially for it.

Here is my rather large chipboard tag that measuring 8 5/8" x 3 3/4", which gave me lots of space to fill with Steampunkery!

Supply List:
Stampendous products used:
Steampunk Clock Metal Stencil
Quest Texture Cube stamp
Skeleton Style Perfectly Clear™ Stamp set
Silver Detail Embossing Powder
VersaMark™ Watermark Ink by Tsukineko/Imagine Crafts®
Memento™ Tuxedo Black Ink by Tsukineko/Imagine Crafts®

Other products used:
Large Chipboard Tag by Prima Marketing
Media™ Black Gesso by DecoArt®
Media™ Black Modeling Paste by DecoArt®
Pthalo Turquoise, Metallic Gold, Quinacridone Red, Quinacridone Gold, Transparent Iron Oxide, Ultramarine Blue, Napthol Red Light, Dioxazine Purple, and Blue Green Light Media™ Fluid Acrylic (MFA) paints by DecoArt
Copic Markers: T0, T1, E40, E41, E42, B34, B37, B39, R35, R37, R39, R59,YG01, YG21
Classic, Aquamarine, Onyxite, Ruby, White Fire, Emerald, Amethyst Treasure Gold Wax by PaperArtsy
Pewter, Verdigris, Platinum, Iron Oxide, and Copper Liquid Metal Color Bursts by Ken Oliver
Gold Metallic Sunburst™gel pen by Pentel®
Copper Serasa gel pen by Zebra Pens
Clear Gel Glaze® pen by Sakura
Clear Gelly Roll® Stardust® Glitter pen by Sakura
Cheers Charm dies by Die-Namics
Frames and Trims Industrious stickers by Idea-ology
Snarky Small Talk stickers by Idea-ology
Tiny gear and a larger one from my huge stash of Steamy goodness
Small clock hands from my huge stash of Steamy goodness
Screw Top Brad by Idea-ology


  1. Apply black gesso to both sides of the tag and let dry.
  2. Using VersaMark ink, stamp the diamond-plate side of the Quest Texture Cube,  down both sides of the tag, add Silver Detail embossing powder, dump of the excess, and heat set. Use a Post-It® Note to mask the heat-set embossing, then repeat until the tag is mostly covered. 
  3. Remove the mask, grab an old credit card, press it into the VersaMark ink pad, then stamp the edge onto the gaps in the pattern. Heat emboss.
  4. Scrape Media™ Black Modeling Paste over the Steampunk Clock Metal Stencil onto the embossed tag. Wash the stencil immediately! Let dry.
  5. Create a wash of Pthalo Turquoise MFA and brush across the tag, then wipe back with a baby wipe to remove the paint from the silver embossing.  Repeat with the other colors of MFA until you're happy with the result.
  6. Apply Treasure Gold waxes to the select raised areas created with the Modeling Paste through the Steampunk Clock Metal stencil.
  7. Use gel pens to highlight other areas.
  8. Since I was not happy with the look of the Treasure Gold, I went to Plan B and applied the Liquid Metal Color Bursts with a paintbrush. That proved to make me much happier. Set the tag aside.
  9. Using Memento™ Tuxedo Black ink, stamp the skeleton and the top hat from the Skeleton Style Perfectly Clear™ Stamp set onto Copic friendly cardstock.
  10. Fussy-cut both images, edge with a black marker, and color with Copic markers.
  11. Die-cut the Margarita Glass Circle from the Cheers Charms die set from white cardstock. Remove the Margarita Glass from the circle, color with Copic markers, then add several layers of Clear Gelly Glaze® pen over the glass, letting the gel ink dry between each application. When the final layer is dry, use the Clear Stardust® pen to add a glittery rim to the glass.
  12. Glue a tiny gear to the ribbon on the Top Hat.
  13. Adhere a border from the Frames and Trims Industrious Sticker set to the bottom of the tag, the trim to fit.
  14. Add the Snarky Small Talk sticker above it, then add the other half of the border above the sentiment sticker.
  15. Using a wet glue, adhere the colored skeleton over the border. While the glue is still wet, adhere the margarita glass as shown. Adhere the Top Hat to the skeleton's head (which is a sentence I never thought I'd write).
  16. Poke a hole in the center of the clock and use a screw-top brad to adhere the clock hands.
  17. Adhere the larger metal gear over the hole in the tag and call it done!
Thanks for visiting today!

I shall enter this tag into the following challenges:


  1. Simply gorgeous Steampunk Tag, you did a great job here. Nice work.
    Thank you for sharing with us over here at "A Perfect Time To Craft" and best of luck with your entry.

    Annette DT for


  2. Wonderful tag Kat! All the fabulous details are really striking.
    Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
    Mandy xx

  3. Amazing! Fabulous background with many stencil layers and textures. Many thanks for sharing with us SanDee's and Amelies Steampunk Challenge!

  4. superbe ce tag remplie de belles textures ,merci de votre participation à notre défi steampunk Sandee & Amelie's, à bientôt Nate

  5. Beautiful tag, I love textures. Thank you for your participation at Sandee & Amelie steampunk challenges.

  6. Lovely tag
    Thank you for sharing with us over here at "A Perfect Time To Craft" and best of luck with your entry.

    Anila DT for