Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Steampunk Post!

This week my Topflight Stamps team mates and I are sharing creations using Carabelle Studio's My Stamp Rubber Cling Stamp Set. This set includes three stamps, one of which is a postage stamp with a blank rectangle in the center. Carabelle Studio created coordinating Border Label Cling themed stamps that feature little scenes that fit perfectly inside the opening of the postage stamp! Genius!

I had such fun working with these stamps that I created two cards that are also a bit shocking as they are just one layer aside from the card base!

Topflight Stamps Products Used:
My Stamp Rubber Cling Stamp Set by Carabelle© Studio
Once Upon a Time Border Label Cling Stamp by Carabelle© Studio
Steampunk: The Butterfly Effect Cling Stamp Set by Carabelle© Studio
Steampunk News Foam Stamp by Stamperia (used on the bottom card)
Steampunk Man Stencil  by Stamperia (used on both cards)
Steampunk Sentiments by Creative Expressions (used on both cards)
Cogs Dinky Stencil by That's Crafty (used on the top card)
Thundercloud Prism Dye Ink by Hunkydory Crafts
Slate Grey Prism Dye Ink by Hunkydory Crafts

Other Products Used:
Ivory Classic Crest® Cardstock by Neenah Papers
Grey Cardstock by Bazzill Basics®
Tuxedo Black Memento™ Ink by Tsukineko
Copic® Markers:
   Iron: BV23, BV25, C00, C0, C1, C2, C3, C4, C6
   Rust: E08, E95, E97, YR27
   Tarnish: BG72, BG90
   Brass: Y11, Y21, Y23, Y26, Y28
   Skin: BV0000, BV000, E000, E11, E21, E50, R20
   Clothes: B32, B34, B37, C0, C1, C3, C4, R22, R24, R27, R39
   Bird: C4, C6, BV23, BV25, B32, B34, Y23, Y35, Y38
   Branch/Hair/Mustasche: E44, E47
   Hourglass Sand: E41, E42, E43
   Hourglass: BG000, BG01, BG10, BG90
   Background: G20, E40
London Fog Memento™ Ink by Tsukineko
Viridian, Pale Ochre,  Buttercup, French Ultramarine, Watering Can Archival™ Ink by Ranger Industries
Mixed Media Gears Foam Stamp by Stamperia (on the top card)
Stencil #2 by AALL and Create (on the bottom card)
Stamping Platform
Stamp-a-ma-jig® by EK Success
Eclipse Tape by Judikins
Post-It® Notes by 3M
Clear Mask Paper
STAY-tion™ by Ranger Industries

Instructions with some photos:
1. Cut two pieces of grey cardstock to 9.25" x 8.5". Score both at 4.25" and fold to form two cards. Set aside.

2. Cut a piece of 8.5" x 11" Ivory cardstock in half.

3. Secure the ivory cardstock to the Stamping Platform with magnets so that it's flush left with the closed edge of the platform and flush with the base of the platform.

4. This photo shows the three stamps included in the My Stamp Rubber Cling Stamp Set
The stamp was positioned at a tad larger than 4.5" from the closed edge of the platform and flush with the bottom ridge.  The lid was lifted and the image was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink.

5. This photo shows that stamp was left in the same position on the platform and the cardstock was moved ~2.25" to the right. I inked and stamped again!

6. ~~~Invisible Photo~~~
The invisible photo, if I had remembered to take it, would've shown that the cardstock was moved another ~2.25"wish to the right so that it was a bit over the 4.5" mark. There are now three stamps on the image panel.

7. Repeat Steps #3-6 on the second half of the Ivory cardstock. 

8. Using Repositionable Scotch Tape, I masked off the border and the image rectangle's lines on all four sides, then used a Post-it Note to mask the middle lines. This left a window in the center of each Postage Stamp.

9. Using the Stamp-a-ma-jig stamp positioner, I stamped the three labels into the openings.

10. Steps #8-10 were repeated for the second image panel. The tape was lifted from both image panels and discarded.

11. All images were colored with Copic markers

12. The postage stamp was stamped three times onto doubled-up Eclipse Tape and fussy-cut, which yielded six masks.

13. The Eclipse Tape masks were placed over the images and Viridian, Pale Ochre,  Buttercup, French Ultramarine ink was sponged over the image panels. 

14. The sentiments, from the Steampunk Sentiments set, were stamped on both cards, then covered with trimmed clear masking adhesive paper that I found in my stash. 

15. Grey ink was sponged over the Steampunk Man stencil on both cards and onto printer paper, which was fussy-cut to use as a loose mask.

16. Additional stenciling was done around the Steampunk man stencil on both cards using three grey inks, specifically Thundercloud and Slate Grey Prism inks and Watering Can Archival ink. 

17. The word "Steampunk" and the number strip from the Steampunk Sentiments set, were stamped onto cards.

18. The left side of the top card (Steampunk-Cog in the Machine) was covered with printer paper, the Mixed Media Gears foam stamp was placed stamp side up on my table and inked. The card was very, very carefully placed atop the stamp, and burnished with my hand. 

19. This process was repeated for the bottom card (Time Flies) using the Steampunk News Foam Stamp.

20. When all the stamping and stenciling was done, the masks were lifted, touch-ups were done, both cards were edged with the Watering Can Archival ink, and the card fronts were adhered to their cards.

I know this might not have been the clearest set of instructions I've ever written, so if you have questions, please don't hesitate to email me at merkattwo@yahoo.com.

Thanks for visiting today!

I shall enter my cards into the following challenges:


  1. Thank you for sharing with us at SanDee&amelie's Steampunk Challenges. Wonderful postcards and a good explanation of how to achieve this great result. Hugs, Susan

  2. I love the colours here - those dreamy blue-greens in the background, and the sharp clear tinting of the vintage stamp images. Thanks so much for joining us on A Vintage Journey this month.
    Alison x