Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Steampunk and Distress!!!

Sooo...the craziness of my daughter's baby shower is finally past, and I think I have managed to catch up on all the sleep I lost while preparing for the festivities. I wanted to take a minute (or two) and share a couple of cards with you, because I am so proud of them! Recently, I made a similar card to thank a friend, and remembered to take a picture of it (as you do!) so that I could post it it turned out, something went wrong with my camera, and the pics that I took all mysteriously vanished into cyberspace. I was VERY upset, but, things have a way of working out, and I made the card again (with a few changes and tweaks) and I love this card even more than the first. 
I kinda went Tim Holtz crazy here...I used the "Gadget Gears" die (cut them out of thin cork and distressed the edges) I tore a piece of vintage text paper and layered it over a piece of cardstock that I sprayed with Moonshadow Mist from Lindys Stamp Gang ( Burnished Brass first and then daubed over with Cattail Copper brown. I LOVE the way these two colors look almost get a greenish cast to the finished product! I ran this sprayed piece through my Distressed lines Cuttlebug Embossing folder before I stuck it on the card.)  Of course, with a Steampunk card you HAVE to use guys in top hats, right? This is a favorite Tim Holtz stamp - and if you look closely, I put a very, very small rosebud in the lapel of the guy in the middle! The sentiment stamps are also Tim Holtz, and the brass colored metal embellishments are pieces that I have had sitting around here for a long, LONG time!! But....I have found lately that a card isn't really finished until you make the inside as cool as the front... is the inside. More layering, more distressing...more Tim Holtz stamps.  My family laughs at me, because I told my dad that if you took all of my artistry, squashed it up into a small ball and shoved me into a guy....I would be Tim Holtz! And I hope that he would find this a compliment...(hope...hope....hope)
Before I'm done here, let me share one more card that I made at the same time - (I was on a Tim Holtz roll)
I used another Tim Holtz die on this one, the "Weathered Clock" (got this one for Christmas...thanks Dad!!)
I also used another die that I LOVE to make the flowers, the Spellbinders Floral Die 1 - (and the foliage die as well) You can do so much with these dies. Hopefully, tomorrow, (got my fingers crossed) I will attempt to do a tutorial (pictoral, NOT video - I can only take one baby step at a time!). I want to show you how to make these beautiful roses out of distress kraft glassine paper - they look so gorgeous!
Well, I hope that you have enjoyed these cards...if you have any questions about how to do any of the techniques, please comment and I will be glad to help. This whole "blog thing" is becoming so much fun...I just hope that others will enjoy it as much as I am! God Bless, and have a wonderful night!!

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