Thursday, February 26, 2015

Porthole View!

When I first saw SCACD's new Steampunk Sea Turtle Pair, project ideas immediately started percolating in my mind.

I recently was poking around in the basement at my father-in-law's house and found a gorgeous old illustrated edition of Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1933). The binding is a bit too delicate to hold up to the rigors of scanning, so I did a google search and found it as a free e-book from Project Gutenberg! I will be using the text from the book with these Steampunk Sea Turtle Pair in another project in the future, but since I had a need to do something now, I came up with this card.

The Steampunk Sea Turtle Pair was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink, colored with Copic markers, and fussy-cut. The rivets and screws on the turtles' shells were coated with several layers of Clear Gelly Roll Glaze pen to add dimension and shine. Steampunk Sea Turtle Pair were set aside while I created the rest of the card.

Silver metallic cardstock was cut to 5 3/8" x 8 3/8", then a ringed circle was die-cut from it using one of the dies from the Nesting Rings die set (Lifestyle Crafts).  This panel took two rides through my Big Kick inside a Riveted Metallic Texture Fades Embossing Folder (Sizzix). A transparency was adhered behind the aperture and the panel was set aside.

A sheet of 140 lb. Mixed Media cardstock (Strathmore) was sponged with Primary Cyan, Cobalt Teal Hue, and Cobalt Turquoise Hue Media Fluid Acrylic (MFA) paints (DecoArt) and heat set. Pthalo Green-Yellow MFA paint was sponged over the Kelp Forest stencil (The Crafter's Workshop), then heat set. 

Greenish-silvery metallic specialty cardstock (FiberMark) was die-cut with the Steampunk Corner die (Memory Box).  Different textured greenish-silvery metallic cardstock (FiberMark) was die-cut with the MiniGears die (Memory Box).

The Steampunk Corner die was adhered to the painted cardstock and the MiniGears die were adhered atop them. The Steampunk Sea Turtle Pair was added to the scene, then a few very old clear RainDots epoxy stickers were added here and there to look like air bubbles. A few RainDots were also adhered the transparency on the side that would be placed against the painted image panel.

The metallic silver panel was adhered over the image panel using dimensional foam tape, then adhered to a blue card.

I did not add a sentiment because I'm not sure who will get the card and for what occasion. I would imagine that "Sea You Soon" or the ilk will work well with it. I also didn't add some details to Riveted Metal panel and to the ocean scene. Can you guess what they'd be?

I should mention that you can buy the Sea Turtles Steampunk Sea Turtle Pair separately and that they are part of SCACD's larger Eclectic Collection #2 (a combo of six Steampunk and ethereal stamps).

Thanks for visiting today! 

I shall enter this card into the following challenges:
SanDee and Amelie's Steampunk Challenges: Unfinished Steampunk 
Crafting for all Seasons Challenges: Dies or Punches
Scrapy Land Challenges: Splash (Sprays and Paints) and Dies
Our Creative Corner Challenges: Tic, Tac, Toe -- Die-Cuts, Stamp, Embossing Folders! 
Simon Says Wednesday Challenges: Anything Goes 


  1. The steampunk sea turtles look awesome! Great colours and texture! Wow!
    Thank you so much for sharing them with us at SASPC!

    Claudia x

  2. This is gorgeous!! I love the embossing folder that you used, I think I might just have to get that one! The turtles are great! I love everything about this card! Thanks for playing along with us at Scrapy Land Challenge #12! Good luck!!

  3. hello Kathi! so adorable, luv the texture! so glad you played along with us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge!

    sparkle & shine! *~*

  4. Beautiful turtles ! I love your texture.
    Thank you for your participation at Sandee & Amelie steampunk challenges.

  5. Wow, your steampunk turtles card is so creative! So glad you shared it with us for the Scrapy Land Challenge.

  6. How clever of you, and what a wonderful way to celebrate Jules Verne! Love your creation in every way, and the thoughtfulness behind it. Thank you for sharing about Gutenberg, too! I am your 153rd google follower! Now for my other hat: Thanks for sharing your pretty project in the Scrapy Land Challenge! hugs and blessings, de {Creative Smiles}

  7. Those steampunk turtles are so sweet and I love the colours! Great use of texture too with your embossing folder. Thanks so much for joining my Tic Tac Toe challenge at Our Creative Corner. Juliax

  8. Love this, the colors really pop!

  9. OMGosh, Kathi, this is just stunning! Love everything about it! You created a wonderful card! :^)
    Hugs, Penny