Saturday, June 2, 2012

Be Amazing

Pinwheel Pixie (MG-008-N) is one of the great new Steampunk stamps featured in Third Coast's Spring 2012 release. He can be found on page 44 of the new catalog supplement. Don't forget that all the new release stamps are on sale until June 10th!!!

Here's my card!

Pinwheel Pixie can be either a boy or a girl, depending on the sex of the recipient or your mood. Since I had chosen the papers I wanted to use, I decided to make him a boy. He was colored with Copic markers. I added darker dots to his blanket using a Stampin' Up piecing guide. The background was colored with Copic markers, then textured using Copic blending solution on a cheap terrycloth washcloth. Basically, you wet the cloth with the solution, then press the terrycloth to the area you want texturized. Different fabrics yield different results.

Anyway, I digress. After I was happy with the look, I added Glossy Accents to the watch parts and the goggle lenses and left it overnight to dry. Yes, it's true. I finally learned my lesson about Glossy Accents and patience.

The stamped piece was layered onto two different leather-look specialty papers from the late, lamented FiberMark. I also used one of them for the "watchband". I'm inordinately pleased with the "watchband" because Ms. Sewing-Impaired America (me) actually hand-sewed the stitches and:
(a) I didn't bleed all over the project.
(b) Whereas it's not perfect, it doesn't look like moose snot. (In case you were wondering, I don't actually know what moose snot looks like, but I'm sure it's disgusting.)
(c) Since I didn't have the right color thread (see my title), I colored white thread with BG02, which made me feel mad-clever. (The mad part of that is probably true).

You might ask how I achieved my lofty result. However, I'll save you from that and simply tell you. A while back, someone on Splitcoast said you could use EK Success' Piercing Bug thingies with either a Martha Stewart Score Board or a Score Pal. So, I duly went to AC Moore, used a 40% coupon, and bought them. I filed them away and forgot about them. Then while reorganizing, I found them and gave them a go on the Leather-Look paper. Voila. It worked. Woo-hoo!!! Three cheers. Huzzah! Huzzah! Huzzah!

The watch is a very old Heidi Swapp Chipboard Clock face. I colored the innard ring with Copics, though the color is a bit off. I pierced a hole in the center and added a watch gear, spinner (from Retro Cafe), and a rhinestone brad. I also used a buckle from an old broken watch, which is the only kind of watch I have. Thank heavens for cell phones. I use mine as a watch and an alarm clock.

Oops. Digressed again. Sigh. It ain't easy being me.

So, the patterned papers are by My Mind's Eye 6x6 pads. The plaid is from the Fine & Dandy Boy pad and the geary-circles (yellow) is from Lost & Found 2. I layered them together, put the layered piece inside a Timeworks Cuttlebug folder, which then took a ride through my Big Kick. When the ride was over, the piece got treated to a spongebath of Frayed Burlap Distress ink.

Since I had two gold accents, I decided that a third was needed. I found a thin gold sheet, die cut it, and added Wordworth Rub-ons to it. I thought "be Amazing" worked well as a sentiment for this card and/or for baby cards.

Thanks for visiting today!

I shall be entering this card in some challenges somewhere.
Simon Says Stamp & Show: One for the Boys
Simon Says Stamp Challenge: "Anything Goes"
Craft Your Passion Challenge #112: For Babies
Fairy Tale Challenge Blog: For Boys or Men
Joyful Stamper: Inspire Me Fridays #61: "Anything Goes"


  1. Kathi, what a funny post! Gave me a giggle throughout! :^) And I love all the different techniques you used on this card! I especially love the blanket dots--very, very clever! BTW, I'm so glad you didn't bleed all over the project! And your stitching doesn't look like moose snot. (Oh, how would I know, you ask? Don't ask and I won't tell!)

  2. Lovely image and the card is really great.
    Thank you for playing with us at Craft your Passion.
    LG Michelle

  3. Your card is very cute! Love the embossed gears in the background. Your to be steampunk when he grows up stamped image is really fun and very well colored. I like your matting in the center of the card. The belt that is stretched across the bottom of the card is a great look. I love the added metal elements of the buckle and the time piece. Nice job! Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

  4. Love the stitched belt and fabulous colouring on the image Kathi!

  5. Fabulous card, great colours.

    Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamps Challenge.



  6. Hey Kathi! What a fun image and I love the stitched belt w/ buckle and the awesome clock w/ gears! Very cool!