Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Steampunk Moth Tag

Bwa ha ha. Got this done "under the wire" for a challenge that I've been wanting to do all month long, especially once I found the Short Circuit stencil (DecoArt) at my local Michael's, which I knew would be be perfect with SCACD's Radiant Moth, which is part of the Mechanimals Collection.

Radiant Moth was stamped with Onyx Black VersaFine ink (Tsukineko/Imagine Crafts) and heat embossed with Clear Filigree Detail embossing powder (Stewart Superior). The image was colored with Copic markers, fussy-cut, and outlined with a Black Pitt Artist marker (Faber Castell). Lemon Spica Glitter (Copic)pen was added to the area around the wire of Radiant Moth's light bulb, then  Liquid Glass DecoArt) was applied over the light bulb and set aside to dry. 

While it was drying, a piece of black chipboard was die-cut with the Alterations Tag die (Sizzix), then dry embossed with the Clockworks Cuttlebug embossing folder (ProvoCraft). Pewter, Rose Quartz, Onyxite, and Florentine Gold Treasure Gold Wax Paste (PaperArtsy) was brushed over the embossed tag to add some color, shimmer, and shine to the matte black.

Primary Yellow MFA and Primary Cyan Media Fluid Acrylic (MFA) paint (DecoArt) were mixed, then painted onto 140 lb. Mixed Media cardstock (Strathmore).  Pthalo Green Blue and Viridian MFA paint were dry brushed over top until I was happy with the coverage. 

A few drops of Metallic Silver MFA paint was mixed into a splodge of Black Modeling Paste (DecoArt), then scraped over the Americana Short Circuit stencil (DecoArt) onto the painted panel and allowed to dry. Once dry, the silver didn't really show, so I used a really fine brush with Metallic Silver MFA paint to go over the circuitry.

Steampunk (defunct company) was stamped with Onyx Black VersaFine ink (Tsukineko/Imagine Crafts) and heat embossed with Clear Filigree Detail embossing powder (Stewart Superior) and cut to size. Pthalo Green Blue and Viridian MFA paint were sponged over this piece, then the paint was wiped away from the embossed area with a baby wipe. When the paint was dry, the piece was coated with a thick layer of Media Crackle Glaze and set aside to dry.

The circuit board piece was adhered to the tag then screw-top brads were added to the four corners. The crackled Steampunk sentiment was adhered, then a Ceiling Light Bulb and Switches and Outlets Junkyard Findings (Prima Marketing) were adhered using 3D Transparent Matte Gel (Prima Marketing). 

T-pins were cut to size, then used to replace Radiant Moth's antennae and connect them to her antennae tops. 3D Transparent Matte Gel was used to adhere Radiant Moth over the circuit board panel.

A Hitch Fastener, a Swivel Clasp, and a Jump Ring (all Idea-ology) were used to attach the Dream Typed Token (Idea-ology) to the tag. It was hanging where I didn't want it hanging, so I stole a few beady-looking transistor wire gizmos from my husband, who builds audio equipment for fun and relaxation. The transistor wire gizmos were added here and there to add some color and visual interest to the piece and to hold the hanging tag where I wanted it to hang.

Some seam binding was smooshed in some inks, squished, heat set, and tied to the tag's opening to finish the tag.

Tah dah. If you made it through all the above, pat yourself on the back!

Thanks for visiting today!
I shall enter this tag into the following challenges:
SanDee and amelie's Steampunk Challenges: Tag It!
Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers Challenges: P is for Steampunk!
Fantasy Stampers Challenges: Steampunk
Crafty Gal's Corner Challenges: Things with Wings 
Simon Says Wednesday Challenges: Anything Goes


  1. Lol. So glad you did it, Kathi! Your tag is awesome and that stencil is now on my wish list! ;)
    Great, great colours and layers! Thank you so much for joining in with us at SanDee&amelie's Steampunk Challenges!

    Claudia x

  2. Wow, this is amazing Kathi!! Love it!

  3. Ohhhhhhh awesome tag!! Love that circuitry in the background, the lightbulb and the awesome moth!!
    Thanks so much for joining the sisterhood of snarky stampers for our P is for (steam)punk challenge!!

  4. Fabulous project Kathi. Love the butterfly. Just brilliant for our challenge at Fantasy Stampers, thank you so much for joining the fun.
    Crafty hugs

  5. Your tag is awesome, love the colours you used. thanks for joining us at the Sisterhood of snarky stampers for the P is for Punk (steampunk) challenge.

  6. Wow, your tag is amazing, I love all of your details. The mechanics being lifted with the colours of the moth. Brilliant. So Steampunk. Thanks for joining us at Fantasy Stampers Caz DT.

  7. Fab steampunk tag, love the stecil that you used for the background.
    Thanks for linking up at Fantasy Stampers. :)

  8. I hadn't seen that stencil before... how very cool and perfect for steampunk projects. The moth is amazing as well. Thanks for joining the fun at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers!

  9. That's the first time I've seen this stencil, and it's perfect for those steampunk projects! Your tag is incredible! It's loaded with sooooo much detail! Love it! Thanks for joining us at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers!

  10. Very cool. Thanks for joining us at Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers.

  11. OMG! I love your tag! The circuit board stencil rocks! Absolute Steampunk Perfection! Thanks for joining in the fun at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers!

  12. Love this tag and that Steampunk up too is amazing! Such a layered and detailed tag-stunning and gorgeous design! There are so many wonderful techniques and layers to this design I don't know where to start! I really like everything!!!!! Wowzers!

    Thanks for joining in our Tag It challenge at SanDee&Amelie's Steampunk challenge! ~Niki DT

  13. Fabulous tag Kat! I love all the different elements & it's so striking.
    Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
    Mandy xx

  14. What a wonderful project. Love all the different textures and the details.
    Thank you for playing along with us at Crafty Gals Corner.
    ♥ Lena - DT
    Lena’s Creations

  15. So cool! Will have to show my teenage son who is into steampunk and dieselpunk... he'll love it. Mental note to pick up the stencil you used! So much time you put into this, but it shows!!! Congrats on your win at S of SS! :-)

  16. What a great 'Steampunk' themed project, Kathi - I love it, particularly the circuit board background. Thanx for playing along with us at Fantasy Stampers.
    Hugz, Jan (DT) xx

  17. Fabulous project! So different and imaginative, and great colours too. Thanks for joining us at Fantasy Stampers challenge x

  18. Hi Kathi! I'm not sure that you are aware, but you were picked as our Queen of Snark for this awesome tag! Congrats! We'd love for you to be our Guest Designer, so if you're interested, please email me at cdring at comcast dot net for the details!