Sunday, August 14, 2011

Steampunk ATC

As some of you know, I belong to a group at my LSS that meets monthly to swap ATCs.  This month the challenge was Steampunk, and let me tell you...I was pumped!!  I am just loving this style, and I've been having such a great time finding steampunk everywhere I turn around. =D  The cards made by the other members of the group were just amazing (stop by Songbird's Nest in the next few days...gorgeous!!), and I wish I could show you how awesome they are.  However, you will just have to be happy seeing mine!

The stamp is a new one I got from Michael's.  I just love how the gears and springs are designed to look like flowers and stems...or at least that's what I see when I look at it.  =D  I embossed the stamp onto my cards using copper embossing powder.  (Keep in mind...we have to make 20 identical cards for our swap.)  I edged the cards using Distress Ink in Vintage Photo.I then used my BRAND NEW Cropodile (LOVE IT!) to punch eyelets around the edges.  I realized that the back of the eyelets were pretty sharp, and I didn't want anyone to hurt themselves (or other projects) so I decided to attach a second layer of cardstock to the back. Because the eyelets were so close to the edge, glue just wasn't going to be a viable option to attach the cards...the edges would still be separate.  So I decided to hand stitch the edges.  For a finishing touch, I added a jump ring with some old copper chain to the upper corner.

I started these cards at the beginning of a 13 hour crop yesterday.  The cards were due today, but I thought there was no way I wouldn't finish.  How silly of me.  By the time it was all designed, embossed, punched and had been at least 15 hours.  Crazy!  I was really happy with how they turned out, so they were definitely worth all of the work.  =D

Thanks so much for taking a look!  We'll see you soon!

The Paper Shelter - Real or Faux Stitching
Charisma Cardz Challenges #32 - Distressing
Do You Stack Up #32 - Emboss It!
Incy Wincy Designs # 106 - Something Old/Something New
(The old was the jewelry chain, the new was the stamp and the Cropodile)


Sheree said...

Love that stamp! You've done a fabulous job and I can't believe you finished that quickly with all the stitching! Wow!

Nannieflash said...

Gorgeous card love your image and papers. Thanks for joining us at TPS, good luck with the challenge. hugs Shirleyxxx

Sweetncrafty Gal said...

Hiya, what a wonderful card! thanks so much for playing at charisma this week hugs carlyann xx

Peggysue said...

Sounds like your project planning is as good as mine! Ha! I'm sure all who receive one of your ATC's will marvel at all the pretty work you put into them. Thank you for joining our EMBOSS IT challenge at DYSU. It’s a pleasure to see your work!

WencheP said...

This is so cool. Thanks for joining us at Do You Stack Up and good luck.


Bella´s Bastelecke said...

what a gorgeous card love the colors thanks for joining us at TPS........


The Crafty Den said...

What a gorgeous ATC. I love the image and your distressing looks fantastic. Thanks for joining us at charisma cardz challenge. Hugs, Denise x

Jenni said...

Love it!Great embossing and distressing. Thanks so much for joining in with the Charisma Cardz challenge this week.
Jenni x