Sunday 20 February 2011


I haven't played a Daringcardmakers challenge in ages - it's steampunk this week and as that's something I've never attempted, don't have the stamps for and is a million miles from the clean and simple style I've gravitated towards recently then obviously I had to have a go! I threw in an extra challenge for good measure as well - Pammyjo has challenged us in the Crafty Secrets member forum at Splitcoast this week to add something "glassy" to our projects.

I had lots of fun doing this but I'm not sure it's really me - it took forever and I'm still not convinced that the outcome isn't just a bit jumbled rather than really being steampunk eclectic! Constructive criticism from steampunk afficionados more than welcome!

I did two "glassy" things...

The bird is stampe on acetate with Stazon and then the wing portion coloured on the back and gessoed to make it opaque. I cut out the body and then overlaid it onto some card stamped with a stamp that shows the workings of a watch. So I have a transparent bird belly with clockwork innards. The bird legs are stamped directly onto the base card.

I added Glossy Accents to the goggles of the man (who is printed from a public domain graphic from Karen's Whimsy)

I used a hundred and one things here but I'll do my best to list most of them for anyone interested!

Crafty Secrets sets (Bird Notes, Artsy Banners, Journey, Hardware)

Retired Cornish Heritage Farms sets from the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad line and Vintage Ledger Scrapblock
A&P Numbers stamps (Ma Vinci's Reliquary)

Vintage pointy finger stamp (from a flea market box of stamps)
Radiating dots stamp (unknown maker)

Smooth white


Versafine Onyx black

Stazon Jet Black

Distress ink Weathered Wood and Fired Brick


Fiskars squeeze punch large circle

Gears die by Ellison Thin Cuts
Silver UTEE
Black acrylic paint
Vintage image from Karen's Whimsy

Glossy Accents

Acetate sheet
Silver gel pen

Copic markers

Timeworks mask (Tm Holtz Ideology)

Thanks for stopping by!


Kaz said...

Oooo Joanne this is fab!!! I think you shoould do more of these!! xxx

Darlene said...

I totally agree with Kaz!!! This is AWESOME and you did a remarkable job! I'm sure it's even more impressive IRL ... FANTASTIC!!!

Lythan said...

What an amazing card - so many fun details. Thanks for getting Steampunked with Daring Cardmakers this week :)

Janice said...

No, not quite the 'one layer' that you have taken to recently lol!

Still it's pretty good, love the goggley mask and the little steam birdie.

Hazel said...

Fantastic card - I just love, love the way you've combined the bird on acetate and the clocks stamp - very inspirational x

Andrea C said...

Very cool x

Anonymous said...

well, Im blown away with the design/ can turn your hand to most styles Joanne, and this certainly proves that.

Unknown said...

No way am I a Steampunk girl either Jo, but I do know that I like your card!


Effie said...

Love that bird stamping idea!.. may have to 'borrow' that!

Rika said...

Gorgeous steampunk card, love the bird.
you did a great job!
Thanks for playing!

Deborah said...

Fabulous card - and definitely steampunk IMO. Wonderful!

hazel said...

Love your steampunk card.
xxx Hazel

Traceyr said...

Great card Joanne and I think it does fit the brief.


Tineke said...

Your card is SUPER!
I love de bird with the clock!
greetings from Holland,

Kathy said...

Love it! Especially the little "bird engine" - how clever you are - I agree, we need to see you doing more of these
Thanks for joining in with The Daring Cardmakers Steampunk Challenge this week

Scrappy~Sarah said...

great work, well done for trying something new

Lynda said...

I love it Joanne - it's very creative. Glad you had fun making it and I definitely think you've nailed this style! Thanks for joining in with Daring Cardmakers.

Lynda xxx

Karen said...

Oh WOW!!! You have certainly got this right my lovely! You have put so much effort into this gorgeous was really worth it! xxx

Anonymous said...

It's brilliant Joanne! x

Jackie Elwin said...

COOL! I love it - especially the way you have done the bird, and the man with goggles - totally FAB!


salamanda said...

It looks very steampunk to me and like the glassy elements

Minxy said...

Looks pretty steampunky to me, what a fab first effort, mine was terrible.. i just don't DO steampunk!

Paulette S said...

Joanne, It's so COOL! I think you did an outstanding job. I've never even heard of steampunk. LOL But I'm very eclectic and love old rusty/antique things. But I'd say you've hit the Nail right on the head. ((2 thumbs up)) I love it, what a great masculine card this would be for any occasion.

Gez Butterworth said...

FANTASTIC card Joanne! love your take on the theme :)

Lucy Edmondson said...

This is great, Joanne!

Lucy x