|"They never let poor Rudolph join in any reindeer games."|
So it is fitting that I paid homage to the epitome of misfits, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, by creating Steampunk Rudolph. I'm Betsy Skagen of Paper Calliope, and you can see just how much of a misfit Steampunk Rudolph is from the background of games that he is not allowed to join.
I began this project by gathering some of the game ephemera that I wanted to use for my project, then tearing, cutting and inking Christmas papers for my background. While the game pieces came from my personal collection, it just so happens that Altered Pages sells packets of vintage games pieces.
Next I printed two copies of the Steampunk Reindeer from Smeared Ink. After fussy cutting out one of the reindeer, I painted him, added a red glitter glue nose and gold micro-bead antlers. Then I cut out a silhouette from black cardstock that was slightly larger than the original reindeer.
I created a Steampunk heart by coiling different colors of wire, pressing them flat and adhering them to the back of the reindeer I had painted. I glued the reindeer onto the black cardstock silhouette.
On the second reindeer that I earlier printed, I painted the collar and glued on three miniature jingle bells. I fussy-cut out the collar and adhered it to the first reindeer with three-dimensional adhesive foam. Then, I glued some small gears on top of the reindeer.
Next I punched snowflakes from tin sheeting and from black cardstock and attached the tin snowflakes to the black snowflakes with three-dimensional adhesive dots.
I brought all the elements together to complete my project. Rudolph and I thank you for stopping by! May all the misfits out there keep shining on! -Betsy
Great stuff you will need
- Steampunk Reindeer from Smeared Ink
- Game pieces
- Red glitter glue
- Christmas papers
- Colorful coiled wire
- Miniature jingle bells
- Acrylic paint
- Thin sheet metal
- Black cardstock
- Gold micro-beads
- Snowflake punch
- Three-dimensional adhesive