Tuesday 13 September 2011

Plane and Simple steampunk-style

Last week I had my first go at the steampunk genre and while I wouldn't necessarily say it's my thing, there's no doubt it was great fun! I'd made the card for the Make My Monday challenge - steampunk is the overall theme there this month, with specific challenges set each week. This week we've been challenged to make a monochrome steampunk card - come and see what I came up with:

First I found some elements in my Newsprint designer paper to create a background, sponged it with Bravo Burgundy ink and stamped vertical lines on the bottom right and some of the abstract diamond pattern from Plane and Simple. Another strip of the paper lies across the middle of the background featuring a guy on a printing press who caught my eye - surely he isn't wearing a dress...?! I stamped more images from my beloved Plane and Simple set to layer over the background and cut out tabs of print with my decorative label punch.

My favourite thing in the design is the plane layered onto this sort of ticket I made. I might make another of these and use it on a CAS card. (Yes - I'm a CAS girl at heart!)

I liked the compasses too and thought they'd work nicely as a group - they're surprisingly easy to cut out if you use a small circle punch in the top bit, so no need to worry about my eyesight! This photo also gives you a close-up of the frock-wearing printer...

If you love Plane and Simple as much as I do, don't let it slip through your fingers! It's only available until the end of this month and then it'll be gone forever, and the same goes for the amazingly versatile Newsprint designer paper.

Supplies needed for today's card:
Stamps: Plane and Simple
Ink: Bravo Burgundy
Card stock: Bravo Burgundy
Other: Newsprint designer paper, decorative label punch, silver brad, staples
You can buy any of these supplies from me (except the staples!) 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! These items are available only while stocks last - and I have to say some things are sold out already!

I'm afraid it's all gone horribly wrong on reorganising my craft square metre... I bought a large shelving unit from dear old Ikea which I was going to use with a smaller desk but it looked appalling! So I've brought my old (lovely) desk back and am now operating out of boxes and am stuck with a large shelving unit I don't want and that doesn't fit anywhere and my husband is Not Pleased! I can't bear living in chaos - my daughter says I'm obsessed with tidiness and tells me she daren't ever say she's bored because once, when she did, I set her to work clearing out her sock drawer!

I hope you've enjoyed your visit here today. I have loads to show you this week so do come back again soon.



  1. Hi Vicky. I love this gorgeous card the colour is wonderful... don't know why but I always end up using dark colours for Steampunk.
    Lovely to see you at Make My Monday :)
    Suzi B xx

  2. Morning Vicky

    Wow this is just brilliant you have captured the genre perfectly. Your dark colours look stunning.


  3. Lovely card - lots to see in it. I had to look up steampunk to know what it means - never heard that word before.

  4. Fab male card there Vicky.

    Sorry to hear about your craft space probs. Hope all will be resolved soon.

    Hugs, Sandra

  5. Wow Vicky this is fab in Burgundy, I've only seen is in greys and blacks. This looks so good. A xx

  6. Love the images from this stamp set Vicky and a great colour to use, lightens the whole project! Crafting space is a problem as I know only too well! We live in a Victorian town house and my craft area is under the front steps in what used to be the coal hole! Check it out here:)

  7. Hi Vicky

    A fabulous male card.

    Love the images and your colour choices.

    Love Jules xx

  8. I can't say that I am a fan of this 'genre' but of course you have managed to make it acceptable in your usual Vicky manner! So well done you.
    Sorry your craft space isn't going well it must be horrible living in a mess. Like you I have to be tidy and tidying drawers is my stress buster!
    Linda x

  9. Another fab steampunk card, Vicky. Perfect for a guy, and I love your stamp and colour choices:)

  10. Not my thing either Vicky, but, of course you have made it FABULOUS!

    m x

  11. Absolutely fabulous - I love the colour and the mixture of papers and stamping - just fab!

    I do hope you managed to get your crafting space sorted.

  12. Vicky, you always amaze me with your vision and interpretations on a theme!! This card is brilliant, and to see it done in this colour is inspired work.

    If the Ikea cupboard is no good for your needs, keep Hubby happy and resell it on good old Ebay!

    Good luck with it


  13. Cool steam punk. You're so good at this, are you sure your a CAS girl???! I usually answer with you could tidy your room when I get the bored question! Hope you get your storage sorted. x

  14. Great card and I really like the colour scheme

  15. Hi Vicky, Fabulous card today, in fact you've been a very busy lady since I last dropped by and made some gorgeous cards! I had to smile with your hubbies answer to the storage problem, love your dry humour:0)
    Thank you for your kind wishes, hugs Gay xxx

  16. Lovely steampunk in shades of red. Thanks again for joining us at Make My Monday. Caz

  17. You've made another fab card Vicky, love the colour tones and those papers do the job so well for steampunk :)
    Oh dear about the shelving could always sell it on???
    Jenny x

  18. Well, after reading the comments here I am definitely in the minority because I have absolutely no idea what steampunk is! That being said, I very much enjoyed seeing the man wearing a dress.

  19. The images are fabulous and I love the red--perfect color scheme for planes!

  20. Wow Vicky, this is absolute gorgeous. Love the colour theme and the images are fabulous. Really beautifully put together.
    Thanks for joining in with this week's monochrome steampunk challenge at Make My Monday and lovely to see you again.
    Fliss xx

  21. Your card is stunning Vicky - thank you so much for joining in again at Make My Monday.
    Hope your craft room chaos sorts itself out soon! - Jacqueline xx

  22. Oh! myu gosh Vicky this is lovely, just love that colour and the stamps.

    Why don't hubby's understand we NEED our space. As for being over tidy, - let go girl.

    Put a duster on the dust and when people come, tell them you are in the middle of dusting, I read that somewhere, the only thing is I couldn't do it LOL.

  23. Another stunner this week, love the newsprint paper I have some ordered, should get it in time for Xmas. Thanks for joining in again over on Make My Monday.



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