This post is all about dads! Well, the birthday cards I made for my dad and my father-in-law. I am lucky in that their birthdays are within a few days so that means that I get to hit two birds with one stone this year and make similar cards. Last year, I made my father-in-law a very special Cubs card. I am not going to say that was why they won, but I can’t say that it didn’t help.
Well, on to our Steampunk Birthday Cards. These were so much fun and involved lots of supplies. All of the paper I used in these cards started as either white or black cardstock and they ended up at 5″x7″. I just loved how they turned out. As you may have noticed, I haven’t done a ton of cards this summer but it was great to get back into the swing of things.
I was really channeling the pickers on these, I was imagining vintage signs with rust and peeling paint. I felt like I had half of my drawers on my workspace when I finished.
When I was creating the cards, I tried to keep to that vintage feel and there is no better product line than Tim Holtz for that. I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the gears and the sentiment frame.
I will have a complete list of the products I used to create these birthday cards below.
We recently celebrated a very important birthday here at our house, and I made this manly, masculine steampunk grungy 40th Birthday Card. I really had fun creating this card and using different techniques on the different components. Without further ado, or any additional adjectives, here is my card for today:
I started this card with what would become my orange layer. I used Distress Inks in Fossilized Amber, Carved Pumpkin, Spiced Marmalade and Vintage Photo to create the base color and then I also tossed some water on the ink. Next, I added the stamps. I used Archival Ink in Jet Black to stamp some of the images from the Steampunk Stamp Set and then also Spiced Marmalade and Vintage Photo to add the splatters and other textures from Bitty Grunge. I also ran my edge distressing tool around the paper. Once I had roughed up my edges I tapped them directly onto the ink pads to get the color really worked into the edge.
Next, I created my blue panel. Again, I began with a piece of white cardstock and applied Distress Ink, this time in Stormy Sky and Weathered Wood. I stamped lightly with the Linen background stamp from Stampin’ Up and added the “scratched” from Bitty Grunge in Weather Wood. I then stamped my gentlemen on the bottom with the black Archival Ink. This piece got the same edge technique as the orange. I then created the off-white piece. I inked a small piece of white cardstock with Old Paper and then stamped the circles from Bitty Grunge in Old Paper and then I added a little Vintage Photo ink on the edges.
Next, I began working on my wording. I die cut the word “happy” using the Chocolate alphabet die from QuicKutz in white cardstock. I then added Distress Stain in Walnut Stain. Once that was dry, I added Tea Dye Distress Embossing Powder. Then I went to work on the “40th”. The numbers were cut out using the Blossom Alphabet Dies QuicKutz in white cardstock. I applied Mowed Lawn Distress Ink and then stamped the checkers in Mowed Lawn. Then I added a tiny bit of Vintage Photo on the edges. Then came the “th.” I cut the letters with another alphabet die; this time the Oatmeal Alphabet Die from QuicKutz. For this one, I used Tarnished Brass and Walnut Stain to color the letters.
Then I started work on the “Birthday.” I really wanted to use the Chocolate Aplhabet again but the word was too long. It totally would have gone off the card. I tried a few other options but I ended up cutting my word out using my Silhouette Cameo and a font I had on my computer. This worked out much better. To color my “Birthday,” I used Iced Spruce, Rusty Hinge, Stormy Sky, Evergreen Bough and Tarnished Brass Distress Stains.
At this point, I created my flags. I started by cutting three different sized strips of white cardstock and then I used a square punch to cut the tails. I then used more Distress Ink to color each. I used Fossilized Amber and Carved Pumpkin on the top, Candied Apple on the middle and Mowed Lawn on the bottom. I also added Vintage Photo to each. Once these were completed I adhered them to my card and added eyelets. Then I adhered my completed panel to a 5″x7″ card base in Sahara Sand.
For my last step, I added the gears, brads and metal fastener. These are from Tim Holtz Gears and Mini Gears. I glued each gear in place and then added the brads . So this was it! So I drug out my light box and camera and got everything photographed, and then I decided it wasn’t done. So, I added a few more things.
So, I added the copper colored dots using Liquid Pearls in Copper Pearl on my “Birthday.”
Then I created an inner panel. This just really completed the card and it felt more “finished.” I created this panel in the same manner as the orange panel on the front but I tried to keep it a little lighter so I could write a message. Now, it was really finished!
Paper: Neenah Solar White & Sahara Sand – Stampin’ Up
Stamps: Bitty Grunge & Steampunk – Tim Holtz Collection for Stampers Anonymous
I hope you all had a wonderful 4th of July. We are almost recovered here! I am finally finished with my “big” project. I have been working on this particular card for almost a week. It was fun to try something new and totally different.
This card was a real learning process. I haven’t really made anything like this before and there was a lot of trial and error! I already have a new top hat idea in my head and hope to get another one done in the near future.
To create the top hat I created a basic structure with cardstock. The body of the hat is a rectangle and the top and brim are parts of different sized circles. Once I had a basic shape I liked, I used the faux leather and faux velvet papers to cover the basic form. I took two small pieces of the faux leather and layered them over the faux velvet. I then added the gold eyelets and threaded the ribbon.
I covered the top and brim of the hat with the leather paper and gently shaped the paper into the form I wanted. The leather paper did have a plastic texture to it which allowed my to shape and stretch it without tearing the paper. Once I had the hat how I wanted it, I used hot glue to adhere the hat to the background. I added the black ribbon to the top and bottom of the hat to cover the seams.
To create the background I used Glimmer Mists in Suede and Black Cherry. I then added the distress elements from the BoBunny set Stained Textures in Soft Suede and Crumb Cake. The gear shape was cut with my Silhouette Cameo and was purchased from the online store (here). The gears were colored with Distress Paint in Tarnished Brass and Brushed Pewter.
My next challenge was to create the aviator goggles. I started to try and create them from scratch but then I found this great shape on the Silhouette Design Store (here). They were just what I was looking for. I scaled them down and cut them out in white cardstock. They are about 3/4″ tall.
I used Distress Stains to color each part of the goggles. The individual pieces are really tiny and I used a variety of tweezers and toothpicks to get them colored and then glued together. I put the goggles on the top hat and then decided that I wanted to add Glossy Accents for the lenses. Of course, the surface was curved so I used ink pads to prop up the card so the Glossy Accents would be more flat. I was afraid that it was going to flow over the whole thing and ruin the card. I did one side at a time and allowed everything plenty of time to dry. It took two coats to get the desired look.
Next, I created the roses. For these I cut the flower shapes out using my Silhouette. The black roses are slightly larger then the red. I have been so happy with how the hot glue is working for these I may never use another adhesive for paper roses. The gems are from vintage jewelry. I have a stash of little bobbles and jewelry components that came from my Grandmother and I was so happy to be able to use some one this project. The pearls are adhesive gems and the gear is from Tim Holtz Mini Gears.
I hand cut the feathers and use Distress Stains and then my Fired Brick Distress Marker to color them. I also added “dew drops” on the roses with Glossy Accents.
The inner panel was created with Distress Inks. I think that when I make another one of these I will use Grungepaper since it is stronger and more flexible then paper. It was really fun to make and I hope you enjoying seeing it.
I recently shared some of my submarine cards and have another one today because subs are awesome and fun. Rust and grunge and rivets, it is just so much fun. I created the cut-out of this submarine in my Silhouette Software.
I started with the main sub image, which I cut out of white card stock and then spritzed it with Heidi Swapp Color Shine in Mustard. I allowed the Color Shine to dry then added the rust base with Distress Stains.
I applied Iced Spruce, Rusty Hinge, Stormy Sky and Evergreen Bough Distress Stain to my craft sheet. I smooshed my gold sub into the stains. This usually leaves a few bare spots so I went back over it applying the stain directly to the areas that needed additional color. I also added rust to my nose cone, belly band, tail fin accent and portholes in this manner. The additional pieces were not colored gold, this gave a very subtle color difference between the body of the sub and the additional pieces.
While the piece was still wet I used a No. 6 Round paint brush to apply Icicle Glimmer Glaze randomly on the stained pieces. What is really neat about the Glimmer Glaze is that it acts as a resist. It will allow the rust color below to stand out. While everything is still wet I sprayed Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Sugar Maple and Perfect Pearls Mist in Bronze over all of the pieces. I allowed the mists to really pool on the pieces. After giving the mists a moment to soak in I soaked up the extra with a paper towel.
While you are not really able to see it, there is a shadow layer to the whole sub. The periscope is actually part of this base layer. The shadow/support layer was colored with Walnut Stain Distress Stain. The base layer gives the sub a more substantial feel and supports the propeller. At this point I let everything dry.
About a million years ago, I purchased 1/16″ eyelets at Michael’s and I loved them. I loved them so much that I hoarded them because I was never able to find them again. I looked and looked and no luck – online or in-store. This was until Eyelet Outlet – low and behold they had my teeny tiny eyelets and even in four colors. Hurray!!! So, here they are in all their tiny glory. Seriously though, I have been searching for years to find these. Perhaps I should buy more . . .
Anyway, once all of my pieces were dry I assembled them. I started with the nose cone, middle band and tail fin accent
Once I glued down the nose cone I added the black eyelets. I used a 1/16″ hole punch and then set them with my eyelet tool. Next. I added the belly band and tail piece. I added the portholes and glued the center pieces on next. Once these were dry I added the large black eyelets. The centers of the portholes were colored with Distress Stain in Walnut Stain. Once that was how I wanted it I added Glossy Accents on the center portholes and periscope.
Once the Glossy Accents were dry I added the copper “rivets” using Liquid Pearls in Copper Pearl. They were made by just making tiny dots.
For the background I used the Naturally Aged Paint System Precious Stone in Turquoise by Tattered Angels. Overall, I like the background but it doesn’t look anything like the picture that came with the kit, as in not at all. It was created with Glimmer Mist in True Turquoise and Turquoise Blue and Glimmer Glaze in Icicle and Shindig.
I mounted my background on a sheet of card stock and then placed my now dry sub on using adhesive pop dots.
I am still working on the Game of Thrones cards. I started on a new House of Baratheon card as well as a House of Stark and House of Lannister cards. I am hoping to have them completed next week. So there will be more roses and perhaps a peony. I may try to photograph the rose process for my first tutorial. And now without further delay, here are today’s cards.
Let me start with a statement, I love the Steampunk aesthetic. I just love the combination of old and new, love the brass and copper and gears. I am calling today’s first card; Steam Heart. I had a blast making this card and loved house the little raven in the corner turned out. The crown was something that turned out completely different then I was planning but I liked much better then what I was planning.
All of the shapes on the card were cut from the Silhouette Library using my beloved Silhouette Cameo. The gears were colored using Distress Paints in Antiqued Bronze, Brushed Pewter, and Tarnished Brass. The front oval was colored with Tarnished Brass Distress Paint and the larger oval was colored with Walnut Stain Distress Stain and then embossed with Distress Embossing Powder. The crown was created with Black Soot Embossing Powder and Flirty and Indian Summer Glimmer Glaze from Tattered Angels.
The raven was cut with the Silhouette Cameo. The wing was created using a scrap piece of cardstock. He was colored with Distress Paint. The eye was created with a gold brad and Firefly Stickles. The heart was colored with Vintage Photo spray. I cut it apart and then using the Tim Holtz Ruler I poked holes to sew it back together with embroidery floss. The stamped images are from BoBunny’s Flourish Acrylic Stamp set. Gems are from Hero Arts and brads are from Impression Obsession.
The second card, Gentlemen of Steam is more grungey-geary goodness!
More Distress Inks and gears. These gears were created with the Distress Paints and Stains and then embossed with Clear embossing Powder. The key was from an old Tim Holtz Grungeboard sheet with keys, embossed with Vintage Photo Distress Embossing Powder. The flowers are from Prima and the gems are from Hero Arts. The stamps are from Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Steampunk and House of Three Daily Junque.
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