Friday 9 September 2011

Having a go at Steampunk

One of my favourite things to do is to make a card for a challenge - I find it leads me to do things I wouldn't necessarily have otherwise tried. That's definitely the case for today's card! I made it for this week's Make My Monday which is challenging us to make Steampunk artist trading cards (ATCs). Come and see what I've made:

I've never made an ATC in my life, but all the measurements are there on the MMM site and it was just like creating a small-scale card really. I made it by layering various pieces of my Newsprint designer paper, colouring some parts with ink and watercolour pencils, overstamping with the Eiffel Tower image from Artisitc Etchings, then embellishing with eyelets, piercings and a piece of knotted silver cord.

Here you can see how I squashed the eyelet by forgetting to change one of the settings on my cropadile...  Oops! I quite like the bashed-up look though!

Do you like the way the map is looking like smoke coming from the top of the tower? I got all excited when I saw that! I adore these jumbo eyelets and am so sad to see them leave the catalogue. I would be urging you to grab them from the Last Chance List while you can - but you can't because they were the first thing to sell out!

I didn't want to just leave my ATC loafing around my Crafting Square Metre so I made a card out of it! The card base is Crumb cake card stock swiped with Whisper White craft and Marina Mist classic ink pads and sponged with a little Chocolate Chip ink.

Supplies needed for today's card:
Stamps: Artistic Etchings
Ink: Basic Black, Marina Mist, Chocolate Chip Bravo Burgundy, Whisper White craft ink
Card stock: Crumb Cake, Basic Grey, Chocolate Chip
Other: Newsprint designer paper (retiring), mat pack and piercing tool, 1 3/4" circle punch, cropadile, metallic eyelets (retiring) jumbo eyelets and silver cord (sold out)
You can buy any of these supplies from me and I can have them delivered to your address in the UK. Just send me an email or give me a call on 01280 820593. Click here to view the Last Chance List - full of stamps and accessories, some at up to 40% off, available only while stocks last.

I've been thinking for a while that my Crafting Square Metre is bursting at the seams and looking a bit tired - well, on its last legs really! So I've had a little chat with my husband and put a few ideas forward. My craft area is in our living room so it's important that it stays tidy and looks good - wouldn't this fabulous storage solution be fantastic? My husband isn't quite so keen (I expect he saw the price tag!) His idea is more like this:

Thank you for popping over to my blog today. Do leave a comment if you'd like to and I'll look forward to returning your visit. Have a great weekend and I'll see you very soon.


  1. This is brilliant for your first attempt at Steampunk, Vicky! I didn't like Steampunk at first, but I'm beginning to take a liking to it after seeing creations like yours!

  2. Fabulous!! I laughed out loud at the rubbish bin. You always brighten my day :)

  3. Love the way you've then made into a card.

    That cupboard is lovely, but I've seen it in real life and the depth is huge, so be aware it'll stick out quite a lot from the wall. Fine if you have an alcove to fill.

  4. Hi Vicky

    Loving your steampunk look!!!!

    Fabulous colours and gorgeous elements .. .. brilliant!!

    That craft storage looks amazing for storage but the work surface doesn't look that huge .. .. but then you perhaps aren't like me and don't have stuff cluttering up your desk (as in a cuttlebug and plates, guillotine, jam jars with useful equipment .. .. scissors, stamp pads, pens and the huge "do list"!!!!

    Oh .. .. and yes you were right!! The magic elves didn't come and clear my workspace overnight .. .. and neither did the ironing fairy arrive either. What does girl have to do to get miracles to happen around here? LOL!!!

    Have a great weekend.

    Love Jules xx

  5. Great little ATC, the eyelets are fab and I love how you've mounted it onto a card. xx

  6. Well you seem quite comfortable with ATC's Vicky, this is wonderful. Love the metal ware elements and it makes a great card topper too :)
    Jenny x

  7. Love your steampunk creation Vicky...might just have a play at the week end...


  8. Vicky, I love how the tag has the top of the tower on it, very clever. A Fab ATC

    Thanks for the idea of putting the ATC onto a card, I didn't know what to do with mine


  9. Your first ATC is fabulous; the layout, colours and images all work beautifully.
    I think you have chosen a superb storage system. That one your husband chose...I think you would outgrow that in no time!

  10. This is super - I love the layering, the metalwork and the small size ATC makes for a super focal image.

    I rather like the whole steampunk thing! Sort of links in with my love of sci-fi/sci-fantasy/techy stuff - just haven't got around to making anything. Yet!!

  11. I love the card! I wanted the same storage unit myself.

  12. Hello Vicky

    Your ATC/card is brilliant, I love the layering and metalwork. I've never heard of Steampunk
    but this is terrific.


  13. VERY nice Vicky. I love what you have done with the challenge. You are an inspiration xx

  14. This is lovely, Vicky. You can turn your hand to any genre! Your steampunk ATC is fab. Love the way you've layered it and added the different elements. It is fun to try something new. Although I haven't tried this style myself ......yet!

    Like your cupboard idea, looks a good solution to me. You'll never fit everything into that waste bin!!!! Hee Hee Hee x

  15. Hi Vicky this is a brilliant Steampunk ATC.. and the card looks fabulous!... great idea... not sure what to do with mine.. now I have a bit of a clue lol
    Thank you for joing the Make My Monday challenge... looking forward to seeing more of your art
    Suzi B xx

  16. Lovely card. I would love a cupboard like that...for the computer and its bits tho!

  17. Love it, Love how you stepped it up to a card too!

  18. LOL, I think ur idea is better than ur husband´s ;) And WOW! I would never have thought you would try out Steampunk.You create something AMAZING! Please continue doing that! Janna

  19. Fabulous Vicky. So pleased you got into the swing of steampunk, some interesting weeks ahead. I too love your smoke and yes, the not perfect eyelet adds to the theme. Thanks for steaming along with us at MMM. Caz

  20. Great ATC. I had looked at that cupboard great idea shame about the price, would rather buy craft stuff lol.

    What an inspiration you are with your ideas :-)

  21. Fabulous atc Vicky. I love the colours and the eyelets really add to the steampunk flavour,
    I want one of those great storage solutions too but my hubby would wince at the price - need to get saving!
    Thanks so much for joining in with our Make My Monday steampunk atc challenge and good luck.
    Fliss x

  22. Hahaha - love the difference in ideas between yourself and your hubby. :-)
    Fun ATC and I really like the way you made it into a card. I haven't done that in such a long time. TFS~
    Cheers, Karen

  23. Super card Vicky. Wow . . . .it's quite different to your normal fab style. How do you managed it!?

    Hugs, Sandra

  24. Love your first and fabulous steam punk piece I too have never made an atc but am now inspired ! also love how you transformed it into a card . Have to say don,t like your husbands idea of storage space very much, but then again what do men know !


  25. Vicky this is amazing how very clever, love the black and blue and love the background when made into a card, fabulous.

    As for the craft room, I know my husband would agree with you husband about his idea of a room LOL


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