My little Pockatbook #zentangle #VivaLasVegaStamps!

Yes! Pocket + Cats = Pockats!

I received a 9 page pamphlet in the mail.  Don’t even remember what it was for.  I promptly gesso’d it, painted the pages with acrylic paint, then taped the pages together with miracle tape to form 4 pockets and used it for the contents of my little Pockatbook.  Each page has a second pocket as well.
Supplies used throughout: gesso, Distress Inkpads-Tea Dye, Vintage Photo, Ranger Archival Inkpad-Black, Micron Pen .05, Silk’s Acrylic paint-Emperor’s Gold, miracle tape, cut up magazine pages sprayed with Fireworks Pear Tart & Cantaloupe, gel medium.
All images were stamped with the Ranger Archival pad.
All of the pages were distressed with inkpads and I used Zentangle®-inspired patterns throughout as embellishment.  Magazine pieces were laid down as a base for each page.  Gel medium was used to glue pieces down.
Supplies for cover
Viva Las VegaStamps! Images used: Tuxedo Cats 15115 
Tim Holtiz Rock Candy Clear Crackle Paint
Grunge Paper
Alcohol Inks-Terra Cotta, Stonewashed, Stream, Copper & Pearl Mixative
Distress Marker-Stormy Sky
Awl & cord
I cut 3 pieces of grunge paper, one approx. 5 x7 for the main cover piece, one at 3 3/4 x 4 1/2 for the cats, and one 1 x 3 3/4 for the title.  I stained the smaller pieces with Terra Cotta, & Copper Mixative alcohol ink, and the main cover with Stream & Stonewashed.  I used the Distress Marker & Micron to write out Pockats, and embellish with Zentangle-Inspired Patterns.
After punching holes in the middle with the awl, I looped and tied a piece of cord that can be used to tie the pockatbook shut, later.
Supplies for Page 1 & 2
Viva Las VegaStamps! Image used: Inquisitive Cat 6791 and Black Cat Silhouette 7185
Sarabinders Small Pocket
Encore Ultimate Blue Metallic Inkpad
Pure & Simple Oatmeal bag
I glued down the Sarabinder Pocket and the Oatmeal Bag (leaving the top unglued so that it became another pocket.  After stamping the cats I added more distress color with the distress inkpads, and more color with the Encore.  Then I tangled patterns all over!
Supplies for Page 3 & 4
Viva Las VegaStamps! Image used:  Serious Cat Face 8673
Coffee Cup sleeve
Sarabinder small pocket
Angelina Fibers ironed to fuse
Flowers previously made from Ice Resin and black cardstock
Stems made from sheet music dipped in Ice Resin
Claudine Hellmuth Studio Acrylic paint-Landscape Green
Inkssentials Enamel Accents
Sakura 3D lacquer/Terri Sproul Mixer-Green Pearl
Color Pencil
I cut off pieces of the coffee cup sleeve.  One piece made me think of an old tub, and the other of a plant holder, so I taped them down.  The long side of the tub was left untaped so it could be used as a side pocket.  I distressed the coffee sleeve with the distress inkpads, then slapped on some acrylic paint.
I glued on the flowery stuff with gel medium.
The splashed water was added with Terri Sproul mixers & dabs of Enamel Accents.
After tangling my patterns, I colored them with color pencils.
Supplies for Page 5 & 6
Viva Las VegaStamps! Images usedKitties Playing Chess 2114  and Kitten And Mouse In Blanket/Sm 3290
Date Due Library Pocket
Amazon tape
Watered down Gesso
I decided to go with half-pockets on this page, so you can actually see some of the magazine pieces that I used as a base background.  I glued down the library pocket and a piece of tape from a box I received from Amazon.  After doing the distress ink thing, I blobbed on some watery gesso, did a little doodling and called it a day.
Supplies for Page 7 & 8
Viva Las VegaStamps! Images used: Steampunk Cat 17720 and Wheeley Cat 18371
Sarabinder Small Pocket
Paper Coaster
Distress Inkpads-Salty Ocean and Picked Raspberry
May Arts Ribbon
Ink blending sponge tip
I found a set of paper coasters from Dollar Tree that included this piece of bread and knew it had to become a pocket in my journal.  I glued down the May Arts Ribbon and used the sponge tip to add the colors to the page.  I had a little trouble stamping the Wheeley Cat image because I had used so much gel medium on that page, so I went for a feeling of motion.  After tangling my patterns I added the gesso for the ‘mayonnaise’.
Hope you’ve enjoyed my Pockatbook!
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New tangle pattern DuBloop, Grunge paper and the Popcorn Tub

So how did this popcorn tub from Dollar Tree transform from red & white stripes to a cool Steampunk ensemblage?  Read on!


Viva Las Vegastamps! :

Plastic Popcorn Tub

12×12 sheet Tim Holtz Grunge Paper 

Ranger Archival Inkpad Black

Tim Holtz Distress Markers:Black Soot, Rusty Hinge, Dried Marigold, Wild Honey, Tumbled Glass, Scattered Straw and Shabby Shutters

Miracle Tape 1 inch

Miracle Sheet


Black Sharpie pen

Recently, I watched a live-show with Leslierahye and she did an awesome cover-up on aluminum cans.  It inspired me to eye these plastic popcorn tubs that come 2-for-$1 at Dollar Tree. 

I’d been wanting to try out the Ideaology Grunge Paper.  It’s strange stuff.  It looks like cardboard, and feels like leather.  It’s flexible the way a piece of leather would be.  I was curious to see how well it would work using stamps and Tim Holtz Distress Markers.  

Ideas collided, and my steampunk popcorn tub was reborn as a pen-holder!

The steps:
1. Trace the side of the tub four times and cut out the pieces.
2. Stamp the images, choosing a crittur and an assortment of steampunk gears for each side.  

3. Color each piece with Distress markers, blending the colors with a waterbrush. (Note: I think the grunge paper is too rough for a fabric tip, so I used the hard plastic tip.)

4. Add tangles using the Black Soot Distress Marker.  Pick out details on the stamped images with the black marker so they’ll be more 3D, and so the black of the inkpad and the black of the pens will work together.
5. Place the scalloped edge of each piece onto the sticky side of a Miracle sheet and cut the tape to fit the scallops.
6. Place strips of the 1-inch Miracle tape on the other three sides of each piece.
7. Pull the backing off the Miracle tape and stick the pieces onto the popcorn tub.
8. Black out any gaps at the corners using the black Sharpie on both the inside and the outside of the tub. 

Okay.  I admit it!  I grabbed the wrong stamp for this side, and ended up stamping a steampunk pig upside down.  Lol!  You just can’t go wrong with steampunk pigs!

Tangle Pattern DuBloop

Note: For those unfamiliar with Zentangle or Steampunk, please check out this post for more information.

I created steps to a tangle pattern for use with this project.  The names for tangle patterns are meant for reference, and aren’t supposed to bring an image to mind.  I thought this looked a bit like a doubled up loop, so DuBloop it is!

Patterns Used
My patterns: Woggle, Background #2,
Official tangle patterns: Beeline, Bales, Knightsbridge, Striping
Tangles by others: Sandra Steen Bartholmew’s “Coop” pattern, from her book, “Yoga for Your Brain-steps not available online.

If you like tangle patterns that are loopy and swirly, check out Sue’s Tangle trips and see what Certified Zentangle® Teacher, Sue Jacobs has come up with.

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Link: Tutorial for Steampunk Easter Egg with #Zentangle patterns

Leslie Rahye has posted a wonderful video showing various methods for decorating Easter eggs–including one using my tangle pattern ‘Junction’!    She’s says so many nice things about me that I blush.  Thank you, Leslie!

Note that the post is part of an Easter blog hop, and that there are goodies to be won, as well!  Forget Easter Egg hunts–just go hopping!