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 stitched...it 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)