Saturday, August 6, 2011

Steampunk Birthday Card

Steampunk Card

Technique:  Papercraft

Scarlett West digi
Copics Markers
Skin: E0000, E00, E02
Golden Brown: Y23, Y26, Y28
Leather Brown: E31, E33, E35, E37, E29
Black: C0, C3, C5, C7
Steampunk Debutante paper by Graphic 45
Distress Inks;
* Vintage Photo
* Antique Linen
* Black Soot
* Walnut Stain
Vintage Photo Stickles
Copper Gel Pen
craft metal
metallic copper embossing powder

Sizzix Big Shot
Cuttlebug embossing folder, Clockworks
Spellbinders Spritely Sprockets
Steampunk rubber stamp set by the Rubber Cafe

I've been in love with steampunk long before it was cool.  Way back in 2001 a PC game called Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura was released and since then I have been in love with all things steampunkery.  So this recent steampunk trend has been a dream come true for me, a way to embrace and explore a theme that previously wasn't available to mainstream crafting.

There have been a lot of steampunk digital stamps released lately, but many of them have been too 'cutesy' for my taste. The recent releases by Kenny K are right up my alley though! Edgy, sexy but still a little gritty.

I made this card for a friend of my husband, who has been adopted by us all as a family member, it was his birthday today! He has been admiring my colouring lately, and Kenny K's images are perfect for male cards. The sentiment inside reads:

"You can't turn back the clock, but you can wind it up again..."

Now that I have bored you all with my personal rantings, the card was a pretty easy one to construct. The background paper is a piece of white card put through the sizzix in the clockworks embossing folder, then highlighted with antique linen and vintage photo distress inks.

The gear in the lower corner is a cut using the spritely sprocket die set. I used a piece of craft metal, which is embossed with copper embossing powder, which is then inked with black ink to grunge it up and age it, with a sprinkle of vintage photo Stickles.

Steampunk Card
This photo has been taken with the flash on so that the light reflects, not so good for the paper but it shows the shimmer from the copper gel pen on her outfit and gear.

The "steampunk" tag sticking out the side of the main image is from the Steampunk set by the Rubber Cafe, inked with vintage photo and walnut stain. The paper behind the main image is from the Steampunk Debutante range by Graphic 45.

Scarlett West by Kenny K


iCopic Challenge: skin tones (Kenny K's girls show so much flesh!)
Kenny K's Crafty Girls: metal embellishment


  1. This is gorgeous! Love the background! Thanks for joining KKKG this week!


  2. Thank you for the sweet comment you left for me, and I'm so glad you did because it brought me to your wonderful spot.....your creations are amazing, so I'm now stalkin' you.....ha!

  3. Wow this is a fantastic card hun xxx

  4. wow this is gorgeous morgan, great coloring and stamp.

    greetings karin

  5. Gorgeous Morgan! I didn't realise Kenny K had Steampunk images out now too! Great colouring and I love the background you have made!


  6. what a sassy fantastic make, i am so pleased to see you using the new release image as this colouring is so inspirational
    amazing work

    Thanks so much for joining in the fun this week and don't forget to check back tomorrow for the winner and a new theme over at Kenny K

    Good luck in the challenges, hugs Sarah-Louise My Blog

    Designing for:
    Crafty Purple Frog , Sweet Pea Stampers ,Bearly Mine Designs , Kenny K and My Time To Craft

  7. HI Morgan, thank you for visiting my blog and for your kind words about my card. I love this steampunk card you made, I love thos Kenny K. release and have been thinking of buying a few myself. Your colouring is outstanding! Hugs, Frea

  8. Great coloring! Thanks so much for playing with iCopic this week! I hope to see you back next time.