Friday, December 2, 2011

Steampunk Butterfly meets challenges!

I am so efficient that I scare myself. Ha!

Here's my sketch for Bombshell for December: Why not play along? Link is below!

Here's my take on my sketch and for Ms. December's Steampunk Challenge!

When Bombshell's Ms. December,the lovely and talented Torrey, challenged us to create a Steampunk project, this idea popped into my head immediately. Better yet, I had the time to play, so play I did!

I stamped the biggest butterfly from the Butterfly Dreams set onto the reverse of a piece of patterned kraft paper from the Tim Holtz' Kraft Resist Ideology Paper Stack using Onyx VersaFine ink. I then heat embossed the image with clear embossing powder and colored it with Copic markers. The Copics blended fine on the cardstock, though the kraft color influenced their color. When I was pleased with the butterfly, I "fussy cut" the wings and edged them with black marker because I can't abide contrasting edges. Must be the Virgo in me.

I took a piece of butterfly patterned paper from the same pad, embossed it using Clockworks Cuttlebug folder, inked it with Chipped Sapphire, Broken China, and Worn Lipstick Distress Inks, distressed the edges, then edged with Black Soot Distress Ink. Three metal coins from EK Success were colored with Copic markers and ribbon was used to position them following the sketch.

I found a piece of cloudy blue vellum in my stash which was die cut with a Spellbinders die. The butterfly's wings were adhered with different levels of dimensional adhesive. Watch parts became the butterfly's body and antenna and were adhered with Matte Accents. I actually learned from past mistakes and set the piece aside overnight.

When I was assured that everything was dry and secure, I adhered the vellum/butterfly piece to the card's front, added some Ideology Game Spinners, used some rhinestone brads to add some bling, then stamped the sentiment and die cut it.

Thanks for visiting today!

I shall enter this card in the following challenges:
Bombshell's December Sketch Challenge
• Bombshell Stamps' Ms. December's Hot & Steamy Challenge
Simon Says Stamp "Anything Goes" Challenge
Retro Cafe Art Gallery Contest
iCopic Blog's Weekly Challenge #58: Vintage & Distressed
• Outlawz Greetings Monday "Anything Goes" Challenge
The Kraft Journal's "Favorite Project" Challenge


  1. OMG OMG OMG OMG! This is incredibly fabulous!

  2. Kathi... This is so totally awesome!! I love the gears and beads that you added!!! You are awesome!!! I love this card!!! Have a wonderful rest of the weekend!!!

  3. Awesome card Kathi! Who would've thought a butterfly could be steampunk!

  4. Your butterfly is truly stunning...thanks for joining us at Simon Says Challenge blog

  5. Oooohh!! Steampunk is one of my favorites and this is fabulous. I love the way you did the body and antennae of the butterfly and the gear spinners.