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Cards and other handicrafts made by Jean Straw

Thursday, 7 March 2013

Steampunk Birthday

This is the card that I have made for my son's birthday, I think it might appeal to his quirky sense of humour. The mechanical hat is from a Chocolate Baroque set called Steampunk travel. I stamped it with black Memento ink onto ivory card and coloured it with distress markers and Sakura  metallic pens. I trimmed it and edged it with a black marker and mounted it onto red Kraft core card from a Tim Holtz pad. The two green panels are cut from the same pad and embossed with a Tim Holtz  ATC embossing folder, and then the edges and embossing sanded back slightly to reveal the craft core. I fixed them to an ivory folded card  overlapping them at the centre and then stamped the birthday greeting in red ink in the top right hand corner. I glued a small clock face over the clock on the hat and then a gear over that. I stamped the wing again on a spare piece of card and coloured it with the gold pen and cut it out, and then glued it with silicon glue to raise it up slightly. I fixed the metal tassel to the lower corner before sticking the image panel to the center of the card with dimensional tape, and then added a couple more metal pieces to the bottom corner of the card.
I am entering this at. Crafty Cardmakers-Masculine Birthday featuring Technology or Gadget
                                Whimsy Stamps Inspirations Challenges-Add Some Metal
                                Anything Goes Challenge Blog-Make It Manly

Thank you all for visiting my blog and for your kind comments, all are much appreciated. Jean


  1. You've done well here Jean. I'm sure Shaun will love it. As you know, steampunk rather leaves me cold, but you have done a great job of crafting this one. Kate x

  2. Fantastic manly card, its a great image.. Thank you for sharing it with us at CCM this time.

  3. Love the cute clock hat, thanks for joining us at CCM this week, jules:)

  4. I love the way you placed the background elements & how you emphasized the image panel with your black outlining. The gold wing & wing nut bring out the sanded kraft core beautifully too. It's such a lovely masculine card & the added tassel is a super touch.
    Paula (PEP)

  5. Hello Jean,
    Your son will love this card. It is so cool with the clock almost popping out. It looks so real. I have this tiny embossing folder but did not know what to do with it. Thanks for the inspiration. The metallic additions look perfect. Such a super male card and better be coz' it is for your son.

  6. Great job! Thanks for joining in the challenge over at CCM and good Luck!

  7. What a good use of the embossing folders and steampunk elements - thank you for sharing your card with us at Crafty Cardmakers.


  8. Great card. I really like the image and the embossing and embellishments are great touches.

    Thanks for sharing with us at Crafty Cardmakers.


  9. What a great card! LOVE your gadget hat and gears! Thanks for joining us at CCM! :)

  10. This is great Jean! I love how you've put this together, and the hat with the clock face and wing looks fabulous. I've never seen the atc embossing folders - what a great size. Although I love to look at steampunk creations, I just don't know where to start with them so tend to avoid them altogether! Your son will love this!

    The quantities for the ice resin and hardener that I bought are equal - I used 5ml oral syringes to measure them out to make sure they were really accurate. I'm not sure if that goes for all resin and hardeners, but all the ones I looked at all seemed to have a 50/50 mixing ratio. I hope that helps!

    Take care Jean

    Maria xxxxx

  11. Lovely use of charms Jean. Thanks for playing along with my masculine theme at craft cardmakers challenge this week.

    Rebecca x