Last year I made a pretty crazy and detailed birthday card for my husband and this year, I felt the card needed to be detailed and crazy again. I wanted him to feel special, so I tried some different techniques and made a card that departs from my usual style.
Dale and I admire Tim Holtz‘s style of cards and art and we think Steampunk is pretty cool. I’m not calling this a Steampunk card by any means, but we like that style of art. I used Tim Holtz stamps, a Close to My Heart (CTMH) Stamp that corresponded with a shape I cut with my Artiste Cricut cartridge from CTMH, paper from the Heirloom Stack by DCWV, “Durables” embellishments from CTMH, stickers from “Times & Seasons” by Echo Park and a photo my friend John Brittle, Jr. (one of the kindest & coolest men I’ve ever known) took of Dale.
The best part of these CTMH “Durables” bronze embellishments is that they’re sticky on the back and are so easy to apply! The 4 and 3 banners are stickers from Echo Park.
Clear acrylic stamps, clear stamp blocks and a matching Cricut cartridge allow me to take short-cuts when creating cards! I cut the banner from kraft paper with the Artiste Cricut cartridge in my Cricut Expression machine and then carefully stamped onto the cut image. It was easier than it looks!
I used some adorable chevron printed American Crafts ribbon on the edge. I just made the loops and attached them with mini Glue Dots – the staples are just there as a faux way of holding them in place. I took the iPhone photo John took of my husband and imported it into Retromatic, a fun iPhone app. That’s where I added the pointer / poke finger, heart, fleur-de-lis, star and number. I printed it from my computer and tore and inked the edges with two kinds of brown ink.
I took a perfectly good pewter crown charm from Tim Holtz and colored it with a metallic gold marker and then dusted it with mica powder and embossing powder. I heated it up with my heat tool for embossing, and made it look tattered and crazy. It was too prim and perfect the way it was before I grunge-ified it. I don’t think that’s a word.
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