Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Floral Steampunk Birthday Card

It's Tuesday, which means that it's my day to share a project created for Topflight Stamps! Today I've got a monochromatic floral steampunk birthday card featuring the large and lovely  Flowers and Gears Clear Stamp set by AALL and Create. This set is a "must have" if you like Steampunk imagery.

True confession #1:  I am not much of a gardener, so I have no idea what kind of flowers these are, which means that I had to fight my inner Virgo who usually makes me check Google to make sure I use the correct colors. I went the easy route and made the flowers monochromatic. If you're reading this and know what kind of flowers these are, let me know though I think that next time I'll just make them whatever colors speak to me at the moment. 

Topflight Stamps Products Used:

Other Products Used:
Solar White Classic Crest® Cardstock by Neenah Papers
Other Cardstock by Bazzill Basics®
Mixed Media Gears Stamp by Stamperia
Tuxedo Black Memento™ Ink by Tsukineko®
Copic® Markers: R10, RV11, RV91, RV93, RV95, YG53, YB67, BG90, C0, C1, C2, C4, C8, B60
.1 and .3 MM Multiliners by Copic®
Pink Peony, Blue Violet, and Shadow Grey Archival™ Inks by Ranger Industries
Wilted Violet Distress® Ink by Ranger Industries
Corner Rounder Punch 
Removable ID Labels by Avery®
Stamp Positioner

  1. Using Memento ink, stamp the largest flower (with the leaf) onto white cardstock and onto label paper.
  2. Fussy-cut the label paper version and place it over its counterpart on the white cardstock.
  3. Stamp the smaller flower onto either side of the masked large flower as shown and twice onto label paper.
  4. Fussy-cut both small flowers and adhere atop their counterparts.
  5. Stamp two sets of gears below the flowers as shown.
  6. Lift up all masks, repair any broken and/or incomplete lines with the Multiliner pens (or other Copic-friendly pens).
  7. Color the images with Copic markers.
  8. Realize you somehow left a huge black smudge on the lower right corner of the image panel. 
  9. After swearing a light blue streak, use a corner rounder punch on both lower corners, which will remove the unsightly smudge.
  10. Decide you like the look and call it a "Happy Accident". 
  11. Sponge around the edges with Distress ink and Archival inks to complete the image panel.
  12. To create the card front, place the Stamperia stamp face-up on your work surface, apply three colors of Archival ink to the stamp, lay rose-ish cardstock atop the stamp, and use your hand (or a brayer) to smooth the cardstock onto the stamp thereby transferring the image. Unless you're really magical, you likely will not get a perfect impression. Such is life. Suck it up and move on. 
  13. Trim the gear stamped background to 6.75" x 4.75" and edge with the same inks. 
  14. Adhere the card front to 7" x 5" card.
  15. Adhere the image panel to the card.
  16. Stamp the sentiment onto the reverse of one of the strips remaining from step #13. Trim and edge with the same inks.
  17. Adhere the sentiment to the card front to complete the card.
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