Thursday, March 6, 2014

Steampunk Style Cards

Hello everyone.  Barbara here, and today I am going to share a couple of cards I made using Sin City Stamps and a really fun product  called Composi•mold reusable mold making material.  Okay, I was not sure about this product, but after I got over my fears, I jumped right in and I have to tell you, this stuff is sheer FUN!  It is easy to use, and absolutely mistake-proof because, if you don't like what you made, you can start over just by reheating the product.

I love making 3D embellishments and have always wished I had a way to make my stamped images come to life and more dimensional.  Well, here's the answer.  I was able to make molds of my Sin City Stamps, which allowed me to use whatever materials I choose to make these images 3D. I chose to use Creative Paperclay®.   I love it!

I found a wonderful video tutorial here which explains how easy it is to use.


Composi•mold reusable mold making material

Creative Paperclay® air-dry modeling material

Mix'd Media ink (Leather) (Altered Pages)

Metallic Rub on creams (Altered Pages)

Regent Street paper collection (Recollections)

Black acrylic paint

Metal Gears (Tim Holtz)

Directions for Composi•mold:

Follow Composi•mold directions to mold your stamp images.  It is so simple, even a caveman can do it.

Next, choose a microwave safe plate that you will never use for food again and mist with either mold release or Pam cooking spray, which is what I had on hand.
Heat Composi•mold per package directions and pour contents over stamp image (face up) to about a ½" depth or slightly less.  It may seem like you are using a lot of product, but remember, this stuff is reusable, so there is no waste here.

After the Composi•mold has cooled, it will be ready to remove from the pan.  You can then remove your stamp by flexing the Composi•mold and carefully removing it.

I made my second mold at the same time using this image.

Now, to make your Creative Paperclay® stamped images, all you need to do is push the clay into the mold and let it dry a bit before removing it.  You do this the same way as you removed the stamp, but perhaps a bit more carefully as not to disturb the clay too much.  I always turn my mold over and, while using pressure, make sure the clay is really into the mold, and at the same time, making the back smooth and nice for layering.  Here is what it looks like through the Composi•mold.

The really cool thing about this being see through is that you can check your clay to see if you have gotten it into all those little nooks and crannies, unlike any other push molds.  After the clay is dry, you can trim off any excess clay around your image, and even sand if smooth, if necessary.

Now that my Paperclay® is dry, sanded, and trimmed, I can begin the next step.

I first painted each piece with black acrylic paint, making sure to cover all of the white clay.
To bring out all of the details of the Sin City Stamps, which are etched so well and worked fabulously for this project, I simply used my go-to-tool (my finger) and picked up various colors from these cool little metallic rub-on creams.

I used two and three colors to give it some interest, and in the closeups below, I think you will see what I mean about how well-etched the Sin City Stamps are, because the detail is just awesome.

For my first card, I cut my print paper to just less than 5" x 7" so that a tiny border on my card base would show.  I stamped the small swirl from the Art Journaling with Terri Sproul 2 plate in Leather ink along the top portion.  I also stamped STEAM from the A Wing Above the Rest plate in the same color ink.  Then I adhered that to my kraft card base.
Next, I die cut three gears from another print paper and because it had a design in resist, I again added some gold metallic rub-on cream over each gear.  It was subtle, but effective.  The gear on the right has not been colored yet.  
I added the gears, the now dimensional stamp image, and some metal gears to the card front.

For my second card, I cut my plaid print paper to just less than 5" x 7" so that a tiny border on my card base would show.  Then I stamped the script from Art Journaling with Terri Sproul 2

and the bricks from Art Journaling with Terri Sproul 2 over the print, as shown.  I am not real fond of plaids, so this made me much happier and I think added to the overall look.  I then edged the paper and layered onto my kraft card base.

I cut out some ephemera from one of the print papers, edged both with Leather ink, stamped Remember When from the Art Journaling with Terri Sproul 2 plate onto one, and adhered both to my card.  I used foam pop dots for the ticket.  I also added some metal gears for fun.

I hope you enjoyed my steampunk style cards today.  They would make wonderful masculine cards for all those men in our lives.

Thanks for stopping by, and be sure to check out the Sin City Stamps online store for all your stamping needs.  And while you are at it, hop on over to Composi•mold and check out their fun products as well.   I will be back in a couple of weeks with another fun project using this awesome material with Sin City's fabulous stamps!  And please visit me at my place,

In the meantime, thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful, creative weekend.



  1. Very cool! I love the way the impressions look just like metal!!:) great job Barbara!


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