Monday, 18 July 2016

Tando Stampendous Blog Hop - Gothic Arch

All this week, Stampendous have teamed up with Tando Creative for a fantastic mixed media blog hop! I know it's only July but it's never too early for Halloween! I really love this Steam Pumpkin stamp and he will make an appearance again before the 31st October I am sure! I used a Tando arch kit to create my Steampunk-inspired piece.

What could be better than a blog hop? A blog hop with PRIZES!!! Each prize package includes a Tando Mini Heart Printer Tray and a Nathalie Kalbach NK Studio Fiesta stamp set and there are three up for grabs!

To be eligible, leave a comment telling us where you live on the Stampendous blog, the Tando Creative blog and on each of the designer's blogs. Each comment counts so make sure you check out the posts all week! The draw is open to all commenters with a US or UK mailing address.

This is the hop list for today:

Katy Leitch - you are here
Here's how I created today's project, step-by-step:

1) Paint the back panel of the Tando arch kit with black gesso. Use the Steampunk Clock stencil with gold embossing paste to add detail to the back panel.

2) Paint a piece of card with two coats of DecoArt Metallic Silver paint and stamp the Steam Pumpkin image with black Archival ink. Cut out part of the image as shown.

3) Die cut some cogs and apply Versamark before embossing them with Spoonful of Rust.

4) Colour a piece of card with Dazzling Metallic paint in Copper and stamp the Steam Pumpkin onto it. Cut out the armour and some of the cog details. Stamp again onto Mixed Media Paper and colour with alcohol markers. Paper piece as shown.

5) Paint the frame part of the arch kit with black gesso. Coat with Versamark then emboss with Aged Copper Embossing Enamel. After heating, add more Versamark then a layer of Aged Teal. Add more Versamark and then add small areas of Verdigris and Aged Copper powders here and there until happy with the result.

Re-heat an area of the powder until molten. Stamp the right-hand edge of the Steam Pumpkin into the molten embossing enamels. Heat areas of the frame and stamp one after the other until the whole frame is textured. Be careful not to melt areas of embossing you've already stamped.

6) Paint another arch frame with black gesso. Add the silver panel from step 2 on foam tape over the embossing background. Add the black gessoed frame on foam pads. Add two chipboard cogs and some metal cogs then the Steam Pumpkin with 3D foam tape, not adhering the hat.

Add the embossed frame on more 3D foam tape then stick the hat to the outside of the frame. Add another cog and a metal number plus some stamped words to the frame. Add Rust embossing cogs and a clock to the rear of the arch. Finish with little cotton reel feet which have been painted with black gesso and embossed to the front with Spoonful of Rust.

Other:Tando Creative – Arches Straight Edged Large
Tando Creative Chipboard – Four Clocks Small
StazOn Ink – Jet Black
Archival Ink - Jet Black
DecoArt Gesso – Black
DecoArt Fluid Acrylics - Metallic Silver
DecoArt Dazzling Metallics - Copper
Sakura Metallic Glaze Pen - silver
Graph-It marker pens
Mini cotton reels
Metal embellishments
Die cut cogs
3D foam tape
Wet clear drying glue


  1. You must have had a wonderful time creating this little gem, I love that steampunk stencil and my bank balance is already drowning with all the fabulous new products you are all tempting us with. Zoe (UK Grimsby)

  2. I love the detail, I really want to make one of my own. Christine from Arizona

  3. This Steam Pumpkin is wonderful, just love him. The arch is amazing, really looks like metal! I'm completely enamored by the technique that you used and am going to try this soon. Just gorgeous!

  4. OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! This entire creation makes my heart go BOOM! BOOM! BOOM! The arch is out of this world A M A Z I N G ! ! ! ! WOW! WOW! WOW! WOW! WOW!! Absolute perfection!! TFS!
    Barb in VT

  5. You have more imagination in your little finger than I have in my entire body Katy! Wow - I never could have dreamed up this GRINDING PUMPKIN MAN EXTRAVAGANZA. Totally AMAZING. Xj.

  6. You have more imagination in your little finger than I have in my entire body Katy! Wow - I never could have dreamed up this GRINDING PUMPKIN MAN EXTRAVAGANZA. Totally AMAZING. Xj.

  7. Hi Hun loving your chap he needs to meet all his brothers!! X

  8. Wow!!! I NEED these! This is awesome!

  9. Amazing work! A lot of love went into this I'm sure. Thanks for sharing with us how you put this together. Judy in Iowa

  10. This is absolutely gorgeous.
    I love all of the metal.
    That pumpkin is hilarious.
    thanks for sharing

  11. Wow, Katy... just wow...this is sooo incredibly cool!! Just love everything about it! Oh my! - L

  12. OMG creepy, but oh so much fun Katy !! Amazing !!

    hugs Diane xx ( UK )

  13. This is just all kinds of delicious and beautiful.
    Becca from FL

  14. How awesome this
    creation is! Love
    all that embossing.
    Carla from Utah

  15. Steam Pumpkin.....I see what they did there! :) What a great steampunk project!! Wow!!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

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  17. Fantastic ! katy Loving all the texture and detail . Sheffield ( Uk) x

  18. Fabulous Gothic arch! Love the Steam Pumpkin! Great details and coloring!

  19. Awesome--love all the gears.
    Sue in Ohio

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