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Steampunk Birthday Card

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Lately I’ve found myself drawn to Tim Holtz‘s style of card-making.  It’s kind of grungy, vintage and steampunk.  When it was time to plan my best friend’s birthday card, I put a lot of thought into what I would do.  I easily spent more time planning for, shopping and creating this card than any other, and it was a fun adventure! (click any photo on my blog for a larger view)

Steampunk Birthday Card
Steampunk Birthday Card

I inked up the card with a Tim Holtz sponge dauber and then stamped text using a large Hero Arts brand stamp and my clear VersaMark ink.  I sprinkled clear embossing powder over the stamped words and heat embossed them to make them stand out and look shiny.  Then I inked over the words again, which resisted the ink, and laid blank newsprint over the card.  Using a hot iron, I ironed the card and soaked up all the embossed shininess, leaving the words behind on the card.  This may make more sense with a video demo!

When I was checking out Scrap in Portland in June, I found a really cool vintage 1957 magazine.  It was 50 cents and it was exactly what I was looking for, for this card!  Using my Teresa Collins Stampmaker, I made a custom stamp that resembled the Detroit Red Wings logo (because Stacy loves them!) and stamped it onto a piece of the vintage magazine paper.  I used a metal die-cutter in my Cuttlebug machine to make the flower shapes out of the same paper and put the flower together with a brad that resembled a screw.  To finish it off, I sprayed a fine mist of metallic brown ink on it and crumpled up the flower layers.

Vintage Newsprint Paper Flower
Vintage Newsprint Paper Flower

The rest of the card came together with decorative brads, hand-stitching, ribbon tape, cardstock paper cut with my Cricut, a Tim Holz crown embellishment colored with Copic alcohol markers, bronze colored staples, a bronze leafing marker, more stamps I made, and a metal corner embellishment from Close to My Heart.

Here are the blog posts featuring the birthday cards I made Stacy in 2010 and 2009:

Cards Inspired By Depeche Mode (2009)

A Very Happy Birthday Card (2010)

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      • Hi Kathy, I tried replying to you from the WordPress phone app right when you posted but it never went through! I’m sorry about that. The Red Wings logo is a custom stamp I made myself with the Teresa Collins Stampmaker.

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