Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Use Your New Stash - the January Steampunk Challenge

Hello, my dear crafting (steampunk) friends!
After a short holiday I am back at my crafting desk, trying to get back into the creative flow.

I hope you had a wonderful X-mas and enjoyed lovely holidays - and I wish you all the best of 2014! "Prosit, Neujahr!" as we say over here (= "Cheers, New Year!").

As you may well remember, the 1st of each month is a double-feature day over at my place, as I present two new challenges: the one at Our Creative Corner (scroll down to learn more about this one) and the other at SanDee&amelie's Steampunk Challenges .

Over there we want you to use your brand new stash to create a steampunk project for the January challenge. I finally got the awesome Sizzix "word play" alphabet die from Tim Holtz and used it for my first tag of the new year :)

I never tire of the transformation of blank card into a timeworn and rusted looking object: 

I experimented with a rusting set from Triangle Crafts, which works with a brushed on iron coat on which you apply a rusting solution to get real rust. As this wasn't "rusty" enough for me, I also used acrylic paints to add some more.

It was hardly possible to get good images of the tag as it is grey in grey over here all day long and with artificial lighting the colours always look a bit different...sorry for that.
I hope you like the tag anyway and I look forward to seeing your new stash (and the steampunk projects you create with them) over at SanDee&amelie's soon!!

Hugs and happy crafting,
Claudia x


  1. prosit Neujahr - dir auch liebe claudia !
    dein tag ist wundervoll, toll und einzigartig. aber du weisst ja, dass mir deine objekt immer so gut gefallen ;-)
    alles liebe und bis bald

  2. Oh WOW what beautiful artwork!!! Looks wonderful!
    A Happy New Year !!!

  3. Like it? It is incredible Claudia! Absolutely brilliant rusting..... all I can say is Wow! Hugs, Anne x

  4. How cool is that?! Amazing that you get that completely metal look out of just paper and card - and very happy to see you've got the WordPlay die to play with!! Wishing you health and happiness in 2014 - Happy New Year!
    Alison xx

  5. Grandiosschön, Claudia.
    Ich wünsche Dir ein gesundes und kreatives Jahr 2014.

  6. Das sieht wieder sooo toll aus, liebe Claudia! Ich finde das rostige grandios - ich brauche auch unbedingt diese rusting solution ;). Nun wünsche ich dir noch ein wundervolles, kreatives und vor allen Dingen gesundes Neues Jahr! Ich freue mich schon auf all deine Werke
    xx Evelyn

  7. Wow it's beautiful. I LOVE this die and use it all the time. The rusting is so much fun! You should try rusting a favorite liquor bottle. It's really pretty. Mine is on my mantle. Great way to start the new year off.

  8. Happy New Year Claudia! Your rusted sign is so right up my street - I love it! It's always difficult using other rusty products because they never seem to be quite as good as the effects we can achieve with paint do they? Love that you've combined the two!
    Thanks for being a friend who I can turn to and for just being you.
    Love & Hugs,

  9. Ein toller Effekt, das Tag sieht klasse aus. Ich wünsche dir für 2014 alles Gute :)

  10. This is so totally cool, Claudia! You really nailed the rust effect. It looks fantastic!


  11. A really cool tag, love the rust effect!!! Thank you for all the inspiration in 2013 and Happy New Year!! X

  12. What a great new year tag the grungy look.
    Best wishes for 2014, Alie :-)

  13. Liebe Claudia! Das Rost Tag sieht umwerfend aus... ich hab jetzt Rostmittel und Patina und alles.. aber außer ausprobiert hab ich noch nicht viel gemacht!
    LOL.. Ich hoffe das wird nicht kaputt bevor ich es nutze!
    Deine OCC Anleitung ist wieder mal allererster Sahne!!!

    Ich hoffe es geht Dir schon besser.. mir geht's Gott sei Dank auch schon viel besser wieder-
    meine Güte - alt sollten wir nicht werden, oder???

    Sei gegrüßt und gedrückt!
    PROSIT 2014 -
    Gesundheit und Glück für Dich Claudia!!!!


  14. Love your rusted tag, Claudia. It's amazing....really looks like something that has been lying around outside for years! You did a great job! <3 Candy

  15. Such rusty goodness!! Looks real!!! Fab tag to start 2014. Happy new year to you as well. -- Mary Elizabeth

  16. Wow truly awesome rusty gorgeousness. I have looked everywhere for the pebeo rust set after seeing this and can't find it anywhere lol. Kezzy :-) xxx


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