This time I've chosen to go along the Steampunk route using their fabulous Steampunk Butterfly set. There is a lovely moth and a set of wings, amongst other useful stamps, on this set but I decided to use the large butterfly and created a steampunk MDF plaque for it to rest on.
2. I spread texture paste fairly thinly in opposite corners with a palette knife, spritzed the cog stamp lightly with water and then stamped into the paste. (don't forget to clean stamp immediately)
3. When the paste was completely cured (I used Grungepaste which doesn't take long to harden) I applied layers of Fresco Finish acrylic paints using a mix of Chalk, Stone and Taupe, keeping the plaque light in the middle and darker over the texture paste.
4. When it was dry I added stencilling to the middle area with a mix of Stone and Taupe paint, then stamped some little keys from the stamp set using Potting Soil Archival Ink and finally stencilled some numbers using Black Archival Ink.
5. I applied Raw Umber Antiquing Cream to the textured areas and when it was dry removed some with a damp cloth until I was happy. At this point if you are going to be using any other wet medium over these areas they would need to be sealed to prevent the cream from reactivating but as I didn't intend using anything wet I didn't bother this time.
6. I used a sponge to apply Fresco Finish French Roast around the edges of the plaque and added gilding paste to the textured area and edges. I used Treasure Gold in White Fire and Silver because that is what I have in my stash.
7. I stamped the amazing butterfly onto card and coloured it with metalic paints. Here I used some lovely water based Gansai paints from Kuretake and I cut it out.
8. Next I raided my collection of rusty old metal bits - tacks, screws, springs and other odds and ends which Hubby thinks I'm mad to save - and arranged them on the plaque before fixing them with matte gel medium and the butterfly too. I gave him some metal antennae.
9. Finally I added some Chit Chat stickers and outlined them with smudged graphite pencil.
Well that's it again for this week's Chocolate Baroque post and once again I hope you have time to visit their lovely blog to see all the fabulous DT inspiration which is shared almost daily. Next Wednesday will be my final DT post until next year so I hope you can drop by then.