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.
It is a chilly day here in Colorado and it is only going to get colder in the next few days. That’s okay with me, that means more time to craft.
I mentioned that I could see myself getting addicted to the Tim Holtz Villages. well, the inevitable is in progress. Today I am sharing my second house, I am calling this one the Tower House. I saw this amazing house on Pinterest and knew I needed to make a tower.
This little house with round tower was so much fun to create. There were little scraps of paper everywhere in my studio as I cut and recut and trimmed and “Frankensteined” parts together. I did a bit of research but I really just had an idea rattling around in my head of a tower with weathered copper roof and everything else grew from there.
I started with the tower, which was created using the bell tower die. Next, I cut two roofs and two side walls and adhered them together to create an eight-sided top. I then cut the base to match. The siding was created with strips of cardstock colored with Distress Ink and then cut again with the die. The roof was created with color sprays and clear embossing powder. The bricks were the negatives from the windows. I now have a little baggie of house parts, just in case.
For the house, I used the Village Dwelling Die for the main house and then added the front from the from the Village Manor. I moved the main entrance from the side to the end of the house. I also added the dormer windows from the Village Bungalow.
The roof was colored with Distress Stain and I used Distress Ink on the window frames.
I used my Silhouette Studio Software and Silhouette Cameo to create the window frames for the tower. I also added acetate behind the windows and then I added a floor in the tower before adhering it to the “stone” portion.
The door was created in the same manner as the roof but without the embossing powder. I used a paper punch to make the door knobs and then gave them a dot of Glossy Accents. The front window is also from the Village Manor Die and was colored with Distress Inks and the center also has a coat of Glossy Accents.
I really had a lot of fun building this little house. This time I even created a mock-up version before I started to be sure that my ideas would work. I can see a few places where I should have taken a little more time but I am definitely learning with every house.
This little door was created using the door die and extra scraps. I then gave it a coat of Distress Stain and then a coat Indian Summer Glimmer Glaze. I added a little brad and then glued it to my tower.
Dies: Village Dwelling, Village Manor, Village Bell Tower, Village Bungalow, & Village Rooftops – Tim Holtz for Sizzix & Silhouette Cameo
I am so absolutely in love with the Tim Holtz Village die. I was really trying to resist. It isn’t like I don’t have enough other projects and crafts around here. For all of my resisting, I am hooked. I started with the Village Dwelling Die and things just went from there. This is my very first dwelling and there will be more!! I used the Village Dwelling, Village Bell Tower, and Village Winter Dies to create this little church.
I started my creation before I watched the tutorial videos by Tim Holtz over on YouTube, and I would have made a few things differently. Having said that I am pretty happy with this little project and it was so much fun.
I inked my roof with Bundled Sage, Frayed Burlap, and Weather Wood Distress Inks and added Distress Stickles in Picket Fence for my snow and icicles. The white pieces were inked with Frayer Burlap. I think that next time I’ll do some siding.
I inked my windows with Frayed Burlap Ink and added a coat of Glossy Accents once they were in place. The stain glass was created with acetate and Alcohol Inks.
I added a little snow in my windows with Picket Fence Distress Stickles. The wreath is a pipe cleaner with embroidery floss. The base was covered with glitter adhesive and given a good application of Martha Stewart Glitter in Carara Marble. I did not adhere my church to the base so I can put a battery operated light in there.
I am really looking forward to adding more buildings to my village, I have a Pinterest Board going for these if you are looking for more ideas.
Dies: Village Dwelling, Village Bell Tower, Village Winter Tim Holtz for Sizzix
Paper: Neenah Solar White in 80lb and 110lb, Acetate Sheet
Ink: Bundled Sage, Frayed Burlap, and Weathered Wood Distress Ink
I am back with another card today, this one features damask and Tim Holtz’s darling layered bee die. This was another fun venture into Distress Ink and layer after layering!
I started this card by creating the stenciled damask layer. I started by covering my paper with Distress Ink in Wild Honey. Once I had that as I wanted it, I then inked with Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean, and Peacock Feather Distress Ink through the Tim Holtz Gothic Stencil. Next, I stamped the French Script Background Stamp over my damask using Peacock Feathers. The last step for this layer was a quick spritz with Glimmer Mist in Sunlight.
Next, I started on the bee. I used the Tim Holtz Layered Bee Die and Texture Fade (aka embossing folder) to add the detail using white cardstock. I then spritzed my bee with Mustard Color Shine and Dragonfly Glimmer Mist. I had cut an extra bee shape, one without texture since this was to be the bee’s shadow. I colored this using Walnut Stain Distress Stain and Glimmer Glam in Hay Ride this gave the shadow a little shimmer. The bee and shadow had some quiet time to dry.
Then it was on to the background. This was inked with Tea dye, Vintage Photo, and Brushed Corduroy. I then added the damask stamp in Brushed Corduroy over this. I gave my stamp a blotchy application for a more distress look.
I then cut two curvy squares from white cardstock. The larger was inked with Wild Honey. The small of the two was inked with Antique Linen and then I stamped the same damask stamp this time using Frayed Burlap Distress Ink.
Next, I created the sentiment banner, I stamped the frame and then sentiment on a scrap of paper and then fussy cut them out. Next, I added an application of Antique Linen ink. I adhered my squares together and added my banner with a set of copper brads. I then assembled my card, added a little additional distressing with my Edge Distressing tool. I added the ribbon detail using an adhesive strip of lace over a satin ribbon. I then added the Prima paper flowers, adhesive pearls, and adhesive gems. The top layer of the bee die was adhered using pop-dots. Thank you for popping by today. have a wonderful day.
Today’s card was inspired by the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – Think Pink. This was in honor of October’s status as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I dug out a retired stamp set from Stampin’ Up called Hope Is. . . I paired this with another oldie but goodie, In the Garden stamp set from Fancy Pants Design. I love these large 12×12 sets from Fancy Pants and I really wish that they made more stamp sets. I have also made a quick video for this card. For some reason, I could not remember the name and color of Liquid Pearls in White Opal while I was recording. So, I shall be sure that you all know what that product is called. You may also notice that I added some captions in the video to that effect. If you can “Peanut Gallery” yourself I think that I just did. Without further ado, here is my card for today.
I started this card with a quarter sheet of white cardstock which I stamped the first large stamp image. I used Festive Berries Distress Ink and my MISTI to accomplish this. Next, I stamped a flourish using Worn Lipstick Distress Ink. I also added another small flourish in Festive Berries. Last, but not least I added the sentiment using Festive Berries.
Now that I had my stamping done, I added the direct-to-paper ink in Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick and a tiny bit of Festive Berries on the very edge. I also went back over the Festive Berries with Worn Lipstick to smooth out the color transition.
Once, the ink was dry I added tiny Liquid Pearl accents. I followed the natural lines and curves in my stamping to accent the shapes. I also added just a bit of Stickles in Glam Pink and Fruit Punch. I should mention that I was able to take a trip to my closest independent scrapbook store and came home with more Stickles this weekend. I think I might be part magpie, the shiny and glitter just gets to me. I let the Stickles dry overnight and then added round adhesive gems and small adhesive pearls.
The whole card was mounted to a piece of Rose Red cardstock which I trimmed down to give it a very narrow border. This all went to a top fold card and that was it. I like the monochromatic feel of this card.
Stamps: In The Garden – Fancy Pants Designs & Hope Is. . . – Stampin’ Up
Ink: Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, and Festive Berries
Other: Glam Pink & Fruit Punch Stickles – Ranger, Liquid Pearls in White Opal – Ranger, Adhesive Pearls – Recollections, Pink Round Gems – Elements by Mark Richards
Paper: Neenah Solar White & Rose Red – Stampin’ Up
I think that today’s project has a heavy Victorian feel to it. This baby has a lot going on but I think that it all works. I have made another video to go with this card, view below:
I started with a piece of 5″x7″ white cardstock and applied ink using the wrinkle-free distress technique. I used Fired Brick, Frayed Burlap, and Gathered Twigs. I actually did a second application with Fired Brick only.
Next, I applied VersaMark through a mesh stencil and then brushed on Pearl Ex Pigment Powders in Sparkle Gold and Super Bronze. I then stamped a distress floral element in the lower right-hand corner using Copper ink. I then brushed on a little more Pearl Ex in Sparkle Copper.I also stamped some wording in the top left-hand corner, I used Frayed Burlap. I then distressed my edges with my Edge Distressing tool and inked the now distress paper with more Frayed Burlap.
Next, I cut a little bird out of pattern paper and added more a little Frayed Burlap. I also cut a damask die from more pattern paper. The papers are from the same 12×12 paper collection called The Second Wind by Prima. I added more ink to the damask die cut and trimmed it to fit my paper.
I then created an element using Grunge Paper. This stuff is super cool but for some reason, I am always forgetting that I have some. I might have to see if I can cut this with my Silhouette Cameo. I used a pre-cut lock and I also cut out another bird which I layered under my pattern paper. For the lock, I inked the keyhole with Black Soot ink and then embossed it with Black Glitter Zing Embossing Powder. I inked the lock with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink, didn’t like the way it looked so I colored it with Vintage Photo Distress Stain. I then applied and heat Vintage Photo Distress Embossing Powder. I added a little Aztec Gold Pearl Ex Powder for accent.
I then took my plain little bird and stamped a floral cluster with VersaMark and embossed this with Gold Zing Embossing Powder. I also added a clear Lush Brad, for an eye.
Then came the creation of the roses. I used the Tim Holtz Tattered Floral Die. I inked the medium flower with Tattered Rose Distress Ink and then shaped them with my McGill Paper Blossom tools. I cut down each petal and then used my reverse tweezers to add three folds on each petal. You can see a video on how to make paper roses here. I then added some bright green leaves that I inked with Old Olive and more Frayed Burlap. I adhered the roses and leaves the card front.
Next, I added this oversized fabric covered brad. These are Downton Abbey themed and I am so wishing I had bought more. I then created the sentiment frame. I used the Tim Holtz Saying Stuff set to create the sentiment. I first stamped the frame with Frayed Burlap and the fussy cut that out. I then inked the frame with Tattered Rose Distress Ink. I then inked up the sentiment “from the heart” with Frayed Burlap and then adhered that to my card using foam tape and Scor-Tape. My last step was to add the adhesive pearls and brads.
As you can tell, I was very heavily inspired by Tim Holtz for this project. My initial inspiration for this card was this week’s Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge; Powder Power. Thank you as always for visiting my Blog. I hope you enjoyed this project!
Today’s tag was a true labor of love. There were so many steps and layers. I was also working late into the night and that might have added to the level of intensity. I also created a video following the creation process. This is by far my longest video but I think that you get the feel for the whole process.
I started with my manilla tag and picked up the Distress Stain in Stormy Sky and brayered over my tag. The stain starts to bead up on the craft mat and so it has a streaky look. I then inked over that with Brushed Corduroy and Walnut Stain. I rubbed my Edge Distressing Tool over the edges and then added a little more Walnut Stain over that. I then splashed a little water over the stain and ink.
I cut out my trellis from heavyweight cardstock and then directly applied Evergreen Bough Distress Stain directly to my die. I then applied a little Walnut Stain Distress Embossing Powder and then heat set that. I then inked my trellis with Walnut Stain and Evergreen Bough Distress Ink.
Now I started working on the little quatrefoil shapes from the inside of my trellis. I started with the orange harlequin one. I applied Fossilized Amber and Carved Pumpkin ink and then stamped the diamonds. Each quatrefoil was inked with Vintage Photo, so I’ll just leave that part out, just know that it happened.
Next, I created the shiny silver using Sterling Silver Embossing Powder. It took about 4 applications to get the smooth finish. Next was the music. I stamped the music and then inked over them with Antique Linen and Vintage Photo.
The central orange/red one has a lion and then ink. The crowned bird was next. This one was stamped and then colored with Distress Markers. Next came the butterfly, it was stamped and then watercolored with Distress Markers.
I the stamped a little Eiffel Towner and then applied Shaded Lilac around that one. The dark blue quatrefoil was colored with Stormy Sky Distress Stain and then I applied Glossy Accents. The top purple quatrefoil was stamped with Dusty Concord and then I applied Shaded Lilac Ink.
The last quatrefoil was colored with color mists. I first sprayed with Gold Color Shine and then Mustard Color Shine. I then dabbed a little Sweet Cherry and then hit it with another spray of Gold. This moves the color and just blends everything together. I glued all of my shapes as I went along.
Next, I cut out my “Home” from Tim Holtz cardstock in Brushed Corduroy. I used the Blossom Alphabet from QuicKutz. I then added a little Gold Rush Metallic Luster. Next, I added thin foam tape to the back and adhered to my tag.
Next, I created the “I want to go” embellishment, I started with a thin strip of cardstock and stamped out the words using a small alphabet stamp set. I used Walnut Stain Distress Ink. I then aged by paper with Antique Linen, Vintage Photo, and Walnut Stain. I then added my teeny tiny eyelets. I use a 1/4″ hole punch to make the holes and then pick the eyelets up with a toothpick. It makes them so much easier to place in the holes. I then use my setting tools to flatten the eyelets. I adhered this to my tag.
I added some fibers to my tag and the circle paper clip and key embellishment.
Thank you for dropping by and I hope that you enjoyed this project!
Swallowtail Butterfly Colored with Distress Inks and Masked.
Some people wait for paint to dry, I wait for glitter glue to dry. I broke out the Distress Stickles for my cards today and it took forever to dry! Okay, not really but it sure felt that way. I really like the way these cards turned out. I really this Swallowtail stamp from Stampin’ Up.
I started by stamping the butterfly using Memento Jet Black ink and then I used Distress Ink to paint the butterfly. I used Distress Markers scribbled on an acrylic block and painted with an Aqua Painter. I ended up needing a little extra Squeezed Lemonade so I used my Distress Ink pad as well as the marker. Once I painted I went back over the details with the corresponding marker.
I allowed this to dry and then added my Distress Stickles. They gave just the right touch to my butterflies. I set these aside to dry overnight. If I kept looking at them I might have been tempted to stamp before they were dry.
Once everything was dry I created a copy paper mask of my butterfly. I used this to mask my butterflies and I stamped my background using Ground Espresso Ink. I then used my Ink Blending Tools to add the color to the backgrounds. I kept my mask in place so I could add color right up to my butterflies. I used stamps from the Stampers Anonymous Papillon set and Gorgeous Grunge from Stampin’ Up for the backgrounds. Once I had my backgrounds as I wanted them I tossed a little water on to add to the distress feel.
Again, I had to wait impatiently for my card fronts to dry. I then distressed my edges using my Edge Distressing Tool. I then adhered my stamped panels to a card bases and glued on some sequins. I’ll admit I was a little late to the sequin part but now that I have joined everyone else I am diggin’ it! Okay, so what I am trying to say is that “I like sequins, why did it take me so long to get some???” That was all she wrote for these cards and in fact they are already en route.
Thank you as always for stopping by and checking out my creations.
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
As promised, here is part two of the Vintage Valentine – Love is in the Air Card. So, if you remember, we had just created the background for the card. You can read Part One here. As I mentioned yesterday, this card has kind of morphed into a bit of a beast. I mean a beast I like but a beast none the less. I tried to keep the videos short without loosing too much of the process. My raw footage was an hour and a half. Having said all of that, I am really happy with the end result and hope you enjoy it too.
Here is the link to Part Two of the Vintage Valentine Video showing the creation of this card.
Once I had the background completed I used my Edge Distress Tool to rough-up the edges. I should have actually trimmed my quarter sheet a little smaller but since I didn’t I got fairly aggressive with my distressing. I mounted the hearts to another piece of cardstock that I had colored using Walnut Stain and Ground Espresso Distress Inks and Ink Blending Tools.
Now, I started to create the details of the card. I started with the “Love” shadow which I inked with Walnut Stain. I used the font Albermarle for the “Love” and my offset shadow is .05. I used the Points Editing feature in the Silhouette Software to make the base of the “L” slightly fatter. When I cut it the first time the base of the “L” tore right in half so I needed a slightly more substantial letter without changing the font too much.
Once I had my shadow “Love” I started on my main heart. The heart was inked with Spun Sugar and Worn Lipstick Distress Inks. Once I had my heart how I wanted it I used the Gothic Stencil and Festive Berries Distress Ink to add the stenciled damask pattern to the heart. I then added Fired Brick Distress Ink to the edges of my heart for additional depth.
I wanted to give the heart a very glossy finish so I inked the heart with VersaMark and heat embossed UTEE. I repeated this process until the UTEE was smooth. It took three coats of VersaMark and UTEE to get the look I was going for.
I created the “Love” by taking my die cut letters and inking them with Festive Berries and then applying the letters to the shadow I had created earlier. I then added Cotton Candy and Xmas Red Stickles. I started with the Cotton Candy and then worked to blend the two colors together as I added the Xmas Red. I set this aside to dry.
Now I created the shadow heart by taking another heart shape and inking it with Walnut Stain and Ground Espresso Distress Inks. I then created the branch shape. This is an older die cut called branch from QuicKutz. Once the branch was cut out I inked it with Vintage Photo and Ground Espresso Distress Inks.
Next, I started to assemble the whole card. I added two sheer ribbons; one is 1 1/2″ in gold and the other is 5/8″ in red, both are from Michaels. Next, I added the branch and heart shadow. Then I added my glossy red heart using pop dots. Being sure to offset it from the shadow heart.
Once everything was dry; I added the “Love” sentiment using Glossy Accents. I then added Stickles in Cotton Candy and Xmas Red to my branch. My last step was to add Glossy Accents over my glittered letters. I use a tapestry needle to spread out the Glossy Accents to be sure I get good coverage on the letters. All of this was then added to a card base and is ready for V-Day.