This was for Daedalist’s birthday, which is today
It took around 2 hours to make, including the interior (torn white linen paper, edged in raisin, shadow block in 2nd impression tea dye, ‘Happy Birthday’ in raisin, pocket watch stamped randomly around the edges. Given I am still learning how to use my embossing machine as well as experimenting with the steampunk style, I am very happy with the results.
If you want to find out how I did it, and see the envelope, read on . . .
The airship image is from a sheet of steampunk clip art images. I stained it with antique linen distress ink, then fussy cut it out. It has been layered on a piece of glossy card stock that I have treated in what I call my batik style. This is when I stamp something on gloss card in white (alabaster) chalk ink). When it is dry, I then rub chalk ink in another colour over the top. In this case it was my honeycomb stamp and I rubbed bisque chalk over the top, and then edged the card in Adirondack raisin ink.
This was mounted on a scrap of marbled burgundy paper, which was layered on a piece of Core’dinations Tim Holtz Ranger card stock (they have a different coloured core to the outside) which has been embossed with my steampunk cogs embossing folder, sanded to reveal the core, and then stained in parts with tea dye distress ink. This was layered on to a piece of paper covered in vintage clocks and pocket watches, which was also edged in raisin ink.
The base card has had the cogs from the Artful Muse embossing folder set embossed in two diagonally opposite corners. This was then rubbed with tea dye ink using Stamp in Style’s Stylish Sponging Blocks (I can’t live without these things, I have about a dozen for different ink pads). I stamped Italian poetry in the bottom right corner, ‘Creare’ (latin for ‘to create’) in the top left both in tea dye, and ‘imagine’ in the lower centre in raisin. The edges of the whole card were sponged with tea dye using the sponging block.
Tattered flowers (as seen in the last post) dye cut on ledger paper and vintage ruler paper and with a champagne coloured gem stuck in the centre. Artful Muse cogs embossed in each of the lower corners and sponged with tea dye. Pocket watch stamped in raisin down the left hand side. Edges of the card swiped with the stylish sponging block in tea dye.
Very happy with both parts of the card / envelope set. Hopefully it would not take so long to reproduce something similar, part of the time was thinking how to create what I pictured in my mind and then working out how to make it. And of course it was all to go with the present I got, the Girl Genius Omnibus Vol 1.
Comments /feedback / suggestions? Do the colours work? What could I do differently? What images does the theme steampunk suggest to you?