Sunday, 10 January 2016

Grunge Steampunk Card

This card was inspired by a layout in Creative Expressions Project Book One.  As you will see, it is adaptable for men's cards for all ages from teenager upwards.


I started with a 7" x 7" black card blank.  A 6.5" x 6.5" white mat was stamped across the diagonal using black Archival ink and a variety of cogs from the Kanban Cogs stamp set and a light blend of black soot distress ink added at the edges.  A piece of 12x12 charcoal textured paper was cut into a 6" x 6" square; sanded back, then torn across the diagonal.  This was glued onto the white, stamped mat and black and white baker's twine added across the bottom and top left corner before being added to the front of the card.  Two pieces of kraft card from the 12x12 Recycled Kraftstax pad by Papermania were cut to 5" x 5".  The grid piece was distressed along each edge, using the Tim Holtz distress tool and screw head brads were added to each corner before being added.  The other piece was over stencilled on the back using the Metal Effect mask by That Special Touch and Black Soot distress paint.  Once dry, stamped stars were added in Archival ink; the paper was crumpled up and smoothed out again; the edges were torn round and black soot distress ink added.  
Three of the cogs from the Sprightly Sprockets set by Spellbinders and Tim Holtz were die cut from grunge paper; painted with silver acrylic paint; sanded back when dry and black soot distress ink added over the top.  The largest 'sprocket' was also cut from white stamping card in order to provide the perfect size of circle for stamping the skull and wings stamp from the You Rock set by Inkadinkado in black Archival ink.  A Lili of the Valley sentiment stamp (the central message is interchangeable as you can see from the alternative version of the card) was stamped onto a separate piece of white stamp card and die cut using a circle die.
Finally the smallest of the sprockets was added in the top right corner of the card, to provide balance.  As you can see from the second card, which was made by a friend of mine, the layout is extremely adaptable.



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