Ages ago I was looking up how to construct a bustle when I stumbled upon the great crafting project site www.cutoutandkeep.net. After getting sidetracked for hours, I found a particularly magical project : http://www.cutoutandkeep.net/projects/batman-comic-book-flats

 Finally, I decided it was about time to make some of my own comic book shoes to match an outfit for Comic Con.

I started off with $10 T.U.K. shoes that I got on sale *yay* The polka dots made me feel like I could walk into a Lichtenstein painting and they are pretty easy to walk in (though I did size up). 

I then went through my stash of comics and dug up some Uncanny X-men from the 90's. Lot's of action and onomonopias, so I only had to cut up two of them *tear*. Side note: the winning onomonopia was "shluppy". Can't say I've ever heard what that would sound like.
 
Now here is where I'm hoping someone can help me out for future projects. I've tried Modge Podge a couple times on other projects and it was pretty easy to scrape off on accident or leave dents in and I couldn't really resist just peeling it off altogether. Is there a better alternative out there or am I just using it wrong? I use Aleen's Jewel-it for some appliques but it just didnt seem right for this project since I was afraid it wouldnt dry as clear as the Modge Podge does.

I ended up using the Modge Podge, but I've only put one layer on so far. I *probably* should have watered the Modge of Podge down seeing as though it felt like it went on thick. I'm thinking I'm going to use a triple thick Master Shine finish to even everything out and seal it.

For the mask, I was going to go for a Crazy 88 look but I also wanted some cat-eye. I made my mask out of vegetable leather by cutting out a pattern I made with an exacto knife, running it under hot water then drying and shaping it on a styrofoam wig holder with a blow dryer. I sprayed it with some matte clear spray because I found that it stiffens it a lot and made it "sandable" so I could shape some of the edges. Then painted it with black acrylic and sealed it with matte black spray. Probably not the most efficient way of doing it, but I liked the results.

Also, vintage gauntlet-cut leather gloves? Yes please.

If you end up making any, please post pictures of your creation on my group page in the discussion forum! I have a few more pictures there. http://www.pinupgirlstyle.com/group/stephanie-castro-official-group...

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Comment by Carlita ramirez on July 6, 2012 at 9:47am

oh my gosh i love it

Comment by Stephanie Castro on July 6, 2012 at 10:18am

Ooooh I'm adding that to my list! My friend also said that Martha Stewart has some Modge Podge. It won't hurt to buy some cheap flats and test them both out!

Comment by Kitty on July 6, 2012 at 11:54am
Wow!!! I would totally rock those on a night (even day)out! Youve just inspired me to dig out my trunk of crafty magic and get back to work!
Comment by Katiesue Wadsworth on July 6, 2012 at 12:43pm

those shoes are adorable, but I'm pretty sure my husband would murder me if I ever even thought about cutting up a comic book!

Comment by Katiesue Wadsworth on July 6, 2012 at 12:45pm

"Shoeper" oh HA! just got that, LOL :0 D

Comment by Emmi Bee on July 6, 2012 at 12:54pm

Great Scott! Those look fantastic! I love the polka dots. You could also try using Diamond Glaze - it dries clear and is far less chunky and fraught than modge podge. Thanks for the inspiration! 

Comment by cela hyatt on July 6, 2012 at 5:53pm

love the cutout and keep website, i saw this article a couple years ago and have been wanting to try it ever since.  I've been scared that they wouldn't hold up and the stuff would fall off on the first wear.  Have you found that they hold up pretty well?

Comment by Stephanie Castro on July 6, 2012 at 9:06pm

Oooh I like the sound of diamond glaze! Adding onto the list!

Comment by Stephanie Castro on July 6, 2012 at 9:08pm

Cela, I havent worn them yet but I will be walking around in them pretty much all day next week so I'll let you know how they hold up. I'm thinking those flats that they have on the tutorial would fall apart easier because they are softer and need a lot of flexability :/

Comment by Lisa Skaug on July 8, 2012 at 5:39am

Time to do custom orders..? If so, I'm in! He he ;)

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