BRUTUS MONROE has a monthly INSPIRATION BOX SUBSCRIPTION and this month's box is a Steampunk themed box! I have always loved the look of Steampunk, so I was very excited to get my hands on this box! I just knew I wanted to punk out a little paper top hat!
I started by browsing the web for a template for a top hat. I found THIS ONE from Craftaholics Anonymous. They have a FREE PDF download or SVG. I grabbed the PDF, printed it, and used the template to build the hat out of some CANVAS CORP KRAFT PAPER.
After the hat was assembled, I spritzed it with some GLIMMER MIST to give it a vintage, worn look. I used the colors, VINTAGE BRASS, TATTERED LEATHER, and BLACK.
Then, I grabbed all the lovely embellishments from the Brutus Monroe Inspiration Box. They included some brass gears, chain, flat back pearls, paper bags, and a fun gears die.
I used the die with some PENNY RINEA FOIL to cut out some shiny gears. I ran the foil gears through my Xyron sticker maker so I could adhere the detailed die cut easily.
Then, I added the metal gears and different bits here and there. I also added some twine and a few hanadcrafted playing cards for some finishing touches. This turned out to be a super fun project that is way out of the norm for me! I usually do simple and pretty cards, but after making a load of Christmas cards, I needed to change it up a bit!
Even after I finished this project, I had a good amount of supplies left from the Inspiration Box, so I went ahead and created a few ATCs, as well!
I used the same colors of Glimmer Mists on some of the paper in the box. Then, I ran some EMBOSSING INK and PENNY EMBOSSING POWDER around the edges to add some metallic shine.
After adding more die cut gears, I also sewed around the edges. I love how it almost looks like a scrap of leather!
Since the little paper bags in the box were just the right size for ATCs, I wanted to decorate them to match so I could tuck the ATCs inside. I sprayed them with Glimmer Mist as well, and then stamped on them with a new, not-yet-released stamp set from Brutus Monroe! This set will be available December 30th, so keep an eye out for it!
A few eyelets on top and some scraps of twine, and these ATCs were finished! I also have a handful of embellishments left from the INSPIRATION BOX, as well as papers, layering pieces, and of course, the 6x8 stamp set that is full of fun gears images and a full steampunk style alphabet!
This box was such a fantastic value! Please check out the INSPIRATION BOX SUBSCRIPTION over at Brutus Monroe if you are interested in getting future boxes!
Thanks for stopping by, and happy crafting!
More from Marie Nicole...
I have been trying to re-visit some of my favorite supplies that haven't gotten enough love from me. This card is made with a fabulous background stamp by BRUTUS MONROE.
I just love the pattern on this stamp, so I wanted to really let it shine on its own. I grabbed some black cardstock from CANVAS CORP, embossed the image in PENNY EMBOSSING POWDER, and then colored it in with Prismacolor pencils.
After I had my coloring done, most of the card was already finished. I did add another strip of the same black cardstock to the left side, which I ran my EMBOSSING INK along the side and embossed again. This just gave a little more of a defined edge to the stamped pattern.
I then stamped and embossed a sentiment on the side. The floral panel is popped up on some kids craft foam, as well.
Brutus Monroe's embossing powders have quickly become my absolute favorites. They have no wax fillers, so they shine so nicely! Of course, the black background really makes it stand out, too!
Thank you for stopping by today! I hope you love the card and will take the time to check out a few of the products I used!
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