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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Goth Girl Gift Ensemble featuring Blockheads Rubber Stamps!

My art usually tends to lean towards fantasy imagery and I do adore magical creatures like fairies and vampires and I confess, I'm also a closet Goth!  I just can't pull off those red plaid pants, chains and I'm not into the skull stuff like Abby on NCIS ;0)  So I've been having a ball getting my inner Goth Girl on by designing a Goth inspired gift set featuring a fancy tri-fold card, a DominoART necklace with a matching gift box for my latest Blockheads Design Team project!

The star of the show is Blockheads Paper Arts' Goth Girl - DC503-1D rubber stamp, which is one of Di's Characters and there's also a matching Goth Boy stamp too, accompanied by the Diamond background stamp from the Backgrounds for All Occassions BG501 sheet.

I used the following supplies for the Card and Gift Box 
Ink pads:  Colorbox Fluid Chalk Maroon, Versafine Onyx Black,
Brilliance Galaxy Gold, Memento Tuxedo Black
Copics:  Cool Gray 3, 5 and 9, R46 Strong Red, R00 Pinkish White,
B000 Pale Porcelain Blue and Black 0.3 Multiliner
Black, Burgundy and White cardstock
Gold metallic paint pen (broad and fine point)
Martha Stewart Score Board
Stamp Positioner
Spellbinders Diamond Nestabilities
Quickutz or Sizzix Matchbox die
Double-sided sticky tape and Permanent Adhesive tape runner
Antique gold embellishments
Antique gold chain
Tiny antique gold round brads (look in the Tim Holtz section)
Mini gold safety pin
Mini hole punch
Paper Trimmer and scissors
Stipple brush and q-tip
Plaid ribbon
Post-it note to make a mask

So let's get started with the card!  Stamp the Goth Girl with black Memento ink onto white cardstock suitable for Copic markers.  To get the burgundy colour of her dress I laid in a base of Copics Cool Gray 3 and 5 and went over it with R46 Strong Red.

Her hair, corset and gloves are a combination of Cool Gray 3, 5 and 9, eyes are B000 Pale Porcelain Blue, skin is R00 Pinkish White and I used a 0.3 black multiliner for touch ups.

Cut out a diamond shaped panel with a Spellbinders Diamond Nestabilities die and create a background by stippling on Maroon Fluid Chalk ink.  I used a post-it note to make a mask just to protect most of the stamped image and a q-tip where I wanted more ink.

I added touches of gold bling to her necklace, corset and ring with a fine point metallic gold paint pen and edged the Goth Girl panel with a broad point metallic gold paint pen and adhered it to black cardstock with permanent adhesive tape runner.  Then trimmed it leaving a narrow black border and did the same with burgundy cardstock.  I then used two larger Diamond Spellbinders dies to cut out black and burgundy panels too.

Once I knew the size of my final diamond panel I was able to determine the size of my asymmetrical tri-fold card which I made from black cardstock.  I scored the folds and stamped the left hand panel (the front of the card) with the Blockheads diamond background design in Brilliance Galaxy Gold pigment ink.

I then stamped up a sheet of burgundy cardstock with the diamond background in Versafine Onyx Black ink with the aide of a stamp positioner.

Cut out two panels for the inside of the card and trim the right hand edge of the larger panel following the diamond pattern and edge both panels in metallic gold.

Punch two tiny holes into the left and right points of the Goth Girl panel and attach one end of a length of antique gold chain to the left point with a tiny antique gold brad.

Loop the chain and attach it to the right point with a brad.  Layer the Goth Girl panel onto the two remaining diamond panels and adhere with double-sided sticky tape

Adhere only the left hand side of the diamond to the front of the black card with double-sided sticky tape and attach the other end of the chain to the card with a mini gold safety pin.  Adorn the left hand side of the card with antique gold dimensional embellishments.

Adhere a length of plaid ribbon to the right hand edge of the card and the burgundy panels to the black card with permanent adhesive tape.  For variation I cut the burgundy panels so that the diamonds lay horizontal (the gold diamonds on the black card run vertically).  Finish off the card with two more dimensional embellishments on the left panel too.

I really love the way my Goth card turned out and I think the chain rocks ;0)
Now let's get started on the DominoART necklace!

I used the following supplies:
Standard white domino
Ancient Page Coal Black dye ink pad
Sharpies:  Pomegranate, Slate Gray and Black
Gold metallic paint pens
Jewelry findings and tools
Judikins Diamond Glaze
Plaid ribbon
Heat gun
G-S Hypo Cement adhesive   (look in the 'other glue' section)

Stamp a portion of the Goth Girl onto the domino with Ancient Page Coal Black dye ink and heat set.

Apply colour with Sharpie markers using my 'Sharpie Domino Queen' technique.  For more info on my technique see the links at the end of this tutorial too!  I sketched in a diamond pattern on her dress and then used Pomegranate and Black for her dress and the background and a combination of Black and Slate Gray for her hair, corset and gloves.

I hand drew a diamond design on all four sides of the domino and added gold dots with a fine point metallic gold paint pen.  I also added gold bling to her necklace, corset and ring as well.  I sealed all the surfaces with Judikins Diamond Glaze and attached a gold leaf shaped bail to the back of the domino with G-S Hypo Cement adhesive.  I finished off my DominoART pendant with a necklace made from the same plaid ribbon I used on the card.

Now for the matching Gift Box!
I used a Quickutz Matchbox die set (Sizzix also has one) and cut out the two sections from black cardstock. 

I scored the folds on my score board and then stamped a portion of the diamond background on just the ends of the box base in Brilliance Galaxy Gold pigment ink.

I used the scored sections of the box lid to determine measurements and cut four panels from the stamped burgundy cardstock I had left over from the card and edged them with a metallic gold paint pen.


I used double-sided sticky tape to assemble the box base and lid and then adhered the panels to the lid with permanent tape runner adhesive, slipped the box base inside the lid and wrapped the box with the same plaid ribbon and finished with a bow!

The links to my 'Sharpie Domino Queen' technique are below but first I want to let you know what's happening on my fellow BH Design Teamster's blog!  Karen has two wonderful cards to share with you using one of my favourite Blockheads flower stamp collections!

 Thanks for stopping by, I'd love to hear what you think of my creations and please feel free to ask me questions!  'Here's all the info on my 'Sharpie Domino Queen' technique:
My published article in Somerset Studio July/Aug 2003 issue, which is also up on my website here:
Velvet Paw Creations.com.
I'm completely re-designing my entire website but most of it is still up for browsing though.  
You can also see more of my technique via my blog's
Project and Tutorials Index menu under
 'TECHNIQUES:  The Sharpie Domino Queen Technique'.

Happy Stamping!

Blockheads Design Team


  1. Fantastic! What a great idea to coordinate it all.

  2. I am speechless!!! That Goth girl stamp is so cool. Your project is fantastic! I love the effect you get with the chalk ink. I could go on and on. There are so many great things about this projects. You go girl.

  3. Love the effect - what a fabulous gift and all so coordinated. I do like the little safety pin you used - a lovely touch.


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