Gaming and selling cards

August 15th, 2016

Over the Easter weekend I held a card stall at a gaming convention, an alternative to running a game as I had been unwell and didn’t have time to write it.  I didn’t do my usual range of cards, instead focusing on a range that reflected the themes of the games – fantasy, horror, historical, alternate history etc.  I also did a selection of children’s cards as there is a day where younger players are the focus.

I was surprised by what did sell – dragons and wizards, and Egyptian themed things – and by what didn’t (children’s cards and anything steampunk).  I might do it again in the future, but not for all four days of the weekend.  Still it was an interesting experience – and if you are interested in anything here let me know, I probably have some left…

Elder sign book marks & trinket boxes

Elder sign book marks & trinket boxes

Small cards

Small cards

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Vintage birthday

July 20th, 2014

This was for D’s sister, her birthday was in June.  He was after something ‘not girly’, so I had to have a think about it, and what papers and stamps I have.  I went with a steampunk themed card using Graphic 45’s Steampunk Debutante collection.

Steampunk Debutante birthday

Steampunk Debutante birthday

Cream square card, edged in Vintage Photo distress ink.  Bo Bunny Timeless paper trimmed to fit.  Winged Manniquin dressform torn around, edged in Vintage photo.  Layered onto square of corrugated card edged in Vintage photo then onto card.  Cog added to one corner.

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Very steampunk christmas

January 9th, 2014

I waited until the people I sent them to got these, but they should have been received by now:

Steampunk Christmas Trees

Steampunk trees

Steampunk christmas trees

 

Several versions, all made up with a big key stamp as the trunk and cogs and gears as the branches.  I really liked this design, was very happy with it.  A wooden cog stained with copper ink had a starring role in lieu of the star on top of the tree.

Christmas stars

Christmas stars

I saw this design in a magazine and was able to adapt it.  I spent an evening punching all my paper offcuts into stars so  have a big bag to choose from now.  The stitching is a stamp which made things easier.  This would be very easy to adapt to other occasions also, not just for Christmas.

And finally my most labour intenstive one:

I Saw Three Ships:

I Saw Three Ships A Sailing

I Saw Three Ships A Sailing

My steampunk christmas easel card, based on the carol ‘I Saw three ships’.

This was very complex and described below, along with additional images.

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Timey Wimey

December 1st, 2013

This was for my friend B’s birthday, which was celebrated last night in a Doctor Who themed party.

Timey Wimey

Timey Wimey

Cream cardstock folded to a square.  Piece of Bo Bunny ‘Timepiece’ Paper on the left, and Coor’dinations Chocolate Box cardstock embossed with Tim Holtz Steampunk Texture Fades embossing folder, sanded back to reveal the core colour, both edged in Raisin Adirondak ink.

Craft cardstock was stamped with Finnabair Vintage Vanity Circles and the gears and butterfly stamps from the Graphic 45 Steampunk set (by Hampton Art Stamps) in Tatter Rose distress ink.  Overstamped with the winged dressform from the Graphic 45 Steampunk set, and the words Time and Machine from the Oxford Impressions Steampunk Works sheet in Raison Adirondak ink.  Piece was edged in Raison ink and layered onto the square card.

Smallest flower die cut from Tattered Flowers and smallest gear die cut from Gadget Gears, both sets from the Tim Holtz Alterations Dies collections.  Edged in Raison ink and layered together.  Copper Kaiser craft pearl added to the centre.

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Death Microbes

September 30th, 2013

This is a steampunk style card I made using the Graphic 45 ‘Old Curiosity Shop’ papers.  Was for a male friend, and I was really happy with the final result.

Death Microbes

Death Microbes

Cream A5 cardstock folded to A6.  Background stamped with honeycomb pattern and also crackle stamp in Aged Mahogany Distress Ink.  Two images cut out from the Old Curiosity shop paper pad (Apothecary and Deth Microbes) and trimmed closely then edged in Aged Mahogany and mounted on gold paper.

Background paper is from an A3 sheet I made using cold pressed water colour paper, various water colour sprays, and stamps and background text.  I selected a portion that had the colours and types of images I was after (flowers to go with the apothecary theme, as it they were used for the contents of the jars).  This was distressed with a distressing tool, mounted on gold, and then mounted on the cream cardstock.  The two vintage images were placed on top at various angles.  In the left corner I placed a dye-cut cog and flower, with a burgundy gem at the centre.

I don’t have a scan of the inside, but there was more crackle background and distressing.  I really like this, I want to track down a set of the Apothecary bottle stamps from Hampton Art (which were released to go with the papers).  Of course by the time I tried to look for them, they were all sold out, so will need to keep an eye on ebay I guess.

Victorian gentleman

April 14th, 2013

I made this when I was playing around with vintage photo distress ink before Christmas (when I was waiting for my order of stamps to arrive).

Victorian gentleman

Victorian gentleman

Base white card edged with vintage photo ink, then stamped with script stamp.  Gears stamped in top and bottom corners.  On a separate piece of card, colour sponged lightly over base.  Image of man stamped in the centre, then edged with ink.  Layered on gold, then onto striped paper, and then onto base card.  Two gears dye cut onto cardstock, stained with vintage photo ink, and then when dry inked with cosmic copper ink (to give a rusted look).

Overall I think the monochrome feel worked well.  I think it would be a good male birthday card, or any occasion really.

Floral Steampunk – mixed media class

April 6th, 2013

A few weeks ago I was able to get into a mixed media class – on a cancellation at the very last minute – with visiting Polish artist Finnabair (Anna Dabrowska).  It was a 4 hour workshop, and I was able to take the morning off work.  However as I was working til late, and then had boot camp the day before, I had very little time to organise myself.  I had to get a black & white photo (I have one of myself only), get to the late night print shop and print it up after I left the gym, and then pack all my art supplies so I could be there nice and early.

I thought it was going to be a class with perhaps 15 max – that is the biggest I have ever done previously.  But no – there were 40 people there!  There was a bit of a fee, but I didn’t mind, as most of the supplies were included, I just had to bring the usual stuff – scissors (left handed for me of course), glue, ruler, paper cutter, heat gun, our own distress inks (with 40 of us there I know why!), and a few other bits and pieces like that.

The class was on how to do feminine, floral steampunk mixed media – full of colour and flowers as well as the usual steampunk motifs.  It was fabulous fun, the first class I have done in years (since my canvas art class way back in 2005 I think), and it was hard going to work for the afternoon – not the least because I was covered in ink and paints!

So here is how I got from this:

Mixed media class - starting image

Mixed media class – starting image

to this:

Floral steampunk - final

Floral steampunk – final

in a 4 hour class, with a whole lot of cool materials and a bunch of other people.  The items are from the Sunrise / Sunset collection by Prima Marketing, and papers are from Seven Dots Studio.  Plus of course distress inks and sprays and so on, most of us have that in our art stashes these days.

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Clockwork bird

March 27th, 2013

I made this when I was messing around trying to come up with an alternate design to replace my Christmas cards.  I wondered if I could use it as a New Year’s card design, but in the end felt that it didn’t work for me that way.

However I do really like the images and I think overall they work together quite well.  I also wanted to use a different palette rather than browns and maroons for this even though there are gears and cogs and clockwork elements on it.

Some of the images didn’t stamp as clearly as I would have liked, and the placements are not quite right, but all in all I am happy with it, and I would use the design or variations of it again (maybe with backing papers instead of a sponged background).

A Clockwork Bird

Base card folded and stamped randomly with crackle stamp in Wild Plum ink.  Piece of card sponged heavily with wild plum and eggplant ink, edged with eggplant ink and set aside to dry.

Piece of card sponged lightly with eggplant, and then stamped with quote at the top and row of cogs at the bottom in eggplant.  Clockwork bird dabbed with wild plum then eggplant ink then stamped in the centre of the card.  Key stamped in position on the bird’s back in wild plum, and top hat on the bird’s head.  Edge this piece in both wild plum and eggplant.

Assemble all the layers, then edge side of card with wild plum and eggplant over the top.  Inside, stamp row of cogs in eggplant at the bottom and edge on side in wild plum and eggplant

Victorian gentleman

March 25th, 2013

This was for D’s birthday.

Victorian gentleman’s fashion

A piece of Graphic 45 ‘Race for Time’ paper that has been crumped and swiped with distress ink, then flattened again. Edges have been distressed with a distressing tool then swiped with distress ink.  Mounted on white textured card which has been distressed with ink.

Sponged aged mahogony distress ink onto white cardstock.  Stamped male mannequin, pocket watch, cogs and top hat from Kanban Crafts unmounted clear set Jasper Stamp 9039
in Vintage Photo ink.  Stamped card edged in vintage ink, and boarder strip of penny farthings layered on it.  Card layered on gold paper, and then onto the Race for Time paper.

Embellishments:  Bird cage topper layered on gold paper, edged in vintage photo ink, and layered onto stamped card.   Stack of dye cut shapes:  medium cog, medium tattered flower, small cog, small tattered flower, edged with vintage photo ink, and topped with a copper gem.

The Automaton

December 3rd, 2012

I made this for B’s birthday, we had a very civilised high tea two weeks ago.  Recently B ran a steampunk game set on a zeppelin at a gaming convention, and I used that as inspiration for her birthday card (plus I wanted to play around with some new ideas I had).

The Automaton

I had the idea of dye cutting flowers and gears from different dye sets and layering them together.  The gears have been cut on craft cardstock, stained with vintage photo distress ink, and then when that dried swiped with Copper Brilliance Ink for a metallic look.  The tatter flowers were cut from the same papers that I was using to layer on the card. The images are from Graphic 45’s Old Curiosity Shop collection (Automaton, butterfly panel, harlequin board, number panel) and the flourish background paper – also used for the flower – is by Kaisercraft.  The corner has been stamped with a gear stamp from Kanban stamps, part of a steampunk set, also in Vintage Photo distress ink, which has also been used to swipe the edges of all the papers and cardstock.  Sticky backed gems were placed in the centre of the flowers.

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