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February 07, 2014


Today is my post for Chocolate, Coffee and Cards and our sponsor this fortnight is the fabby: Meljen

I really love Meljen's images and already own quite a few. They are always so sweet and fun. The image I was lucky enough to use is: Steampunk Girl isn't she wonderful? I coloured her with Promarkers.

The theme for this challenge is 'one button, flower, bow'
 To join us for this challenge and to find all the details please visit us HERE.

 I really wanted to go full steampunk if possible, but of course needed to include the required items, so here's how I did it: The flowers hopefully look like they are made from metal.

There is a larger flower 
And a smaller flower 
To create the flowers I took a basic lilly cut file and cut out two pieces of each size out of white card (and a tiny piece to go with the larger one). Tiny little dashes were added through the centre of each petal and I also scored a line on the back of each petal, so that the line became a raised line on the top/front. I then adhered together.

Guilding wax was then rubbed (my first play with this..Yay...Sooo much fun and smells divine!) all over. It caught on the raised bit perfectly, leaving a darker line, this area is meant to look like metal welded together, hence adding the little liquid pearl dots to act as the bolts/rivets.

I also added some rivets (liquid pearls) to the centres, to look as though they are bolted together.

Her bow which I hope also looks like metal is on her hat (on top of where some goggles normally are). This was made out of white card, painted with gold acrylic paint and liquid pearls added.

And my favourite thing I think I've ever made, is the little pocket watch in the left hand corner!!! That in fact started life as a plain white wooden button! :) 

I drew on the button with permanent fine line pen and then dusted the face with perfect pearls. I then painted the edges with gold acrylic paint. The top pieces are one half of a metal holed brad (not sure of proper name, sorry) and a tiny ring, that were slightly shaped and then hot glued together, yes very fiddly and i burnt my fingers lots...hehe...But worth it I think :)

 The cogs and gears background were all the offcuts from my hubbys Christmas card mat, just stuck onto some paper and distressed. And the border edge was a digi border from Tiddlyinks that I picked in a win some time ago :) I highlighted a few of the swirls on the border in gold too.

Everything was popped together and that was it finished :) I hope you like it as much as I do.

Materials Used:
Meljen digi image - Steampunk Girl
Distress inks - Vintage photo & Walnut stain
White cardstock
Tiddlyinks steampunk digi border
The cog background are left overs, after cutting the mat used in my husbands Christmas card ;p

DP from stash (yellow paper right at back layer has faint writing on to)
White Button
Bronze guilding wax
Gold Acrylic paint
Platinum liquid pearls
Perfect Pearls - Perfect Pearls colour
Fine line permanent marker
Metal brad (not sure what the actual name is, the type that has a hole through and two sides that push together either side of your item to hold it in place)
Small ring

I really hope you come visit us at CC&CC and play along with our challenge, I can't wait to see everyones creations

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  1. Fab, fab, fab, Sam (did I mention it is fab?). Such an amazing design with so many scrummy details. And of course I love your little pocket watch. So clever and you have to look twice to realise it started life as a button. You must have a very steady hand to create the face and then paint so neatly around the edges. If I had attempted this it..............well I probably wouldn't have even attempted it! Well aware of my limitations thank you very much! :)

    1. Thanks millions Jane. I adore this little watch...As for steady are as shakey as anything..hehe...I think I will definitely be making more of these pocket watches, not sure what I'll use them on, I just love looking at it xx

  2. I will gather all the ingredients and starting making one cute clock!! I think what you try yo describe called eyelet dear Sam :) this is totally stunning! I love how you explain rvery details on your post, make me want to try it!! ♡♡
    XXX thanks for sharing this Sam ♡

    1. Thanks Mikha :) I thought it may be called an eyelet, but didn't want to call it the wrong thing hehe....Don't forget to show us if you have a go :) Hugs xx

  3. Great card with a very cute image. Thanks for playing along at ABC Challenges.


  4. What a gorgeous steampunk make! Love your metal flowers and the tiny button clock!
    Thank you for joining us at SASPC! :)

    Claudia x

  5. What a gorgeous card. Love how you have showcased the image. Thank you for joining us over at Loves Rubberstamps. Hugs Nina

  6. Your card looks gorgeous! I love your colouring. Thanks for joining us at ABC Challenges and good luck.

  7. Smashing card hunni,love the colour and image.

    Thanks for joining us at Glitter n Sparkle.

    Tracey DTxx

  8. OH wow. This is my fave!!! SO awesome!!!!Super cute!!! Thanks for playing at Glitter n Sparkle. Hope to see you next time. Good luck.

  9. Wow very good looking steampunk card. I like the copper flowers. Wonderful little artwork.
    Dear greetings

  10. Just love the colour combo. Thank you for joining Glitter 'n Sparkle Challenge.
    Hugs from Africa.
    Olga DT G'nS

  11. OUTSTANDING!! Your flowers really do look like metal. I have got to find some guilding wax. It is just too cool!
    And that little pocket watch. Oh my goodness!! Girl, you could sell those! (If not for the burned finger tips, of course.)
    I just love everything about this card.
    Queen Bee Paper Crafts

  12. I love the steam punk vibe. Those flowers are the coolest! Beautiful job! Thanks for playing with us at Loves Rubberstamps!

  13. Wow, what an awesome steam punk card! I love all the attention to detail, those flowers look fabulous and I really thought they were metal! You have done a great job make paper look like metal. Love the pocket watch and couldn't believe that it was made from a white button, very cool indeed. Love your girl image and love how you have colored her. I love everything about this card! Thanks for joining us at Jo's FFC;-)

  14. Thanks for sharing your lovely steampunk card for Crafting Musketeers 'butterflies' challenge, Hazel, DT Crafting Musketeers x

  15. Beautiful , thank you for joining us over at the Crafting Musketeers this month , Fran (DT) xxx

  16. Loving the steampunk!!
    Thanks for sharing with us TTCRD!
    Riette, DT.

  17. Beautiful steampunk card and a cute image . Thank you so much for entering our challenge at I ♥ ProMarkers this week.I hope you return next time with another beautiful masterpiece.
    Hugs Artesania DT

  18. This is stunning! LOVE that steampunk look and the image is GORGEOUSLY colored.

    Thanks for joining Sister Act Card challenge this week

    -Angeline DT

  19. Out of words here! I love it. The flowers and the embossed background - stunning!

    Thank you for joining our Show ous your New Stash challenge at Sparkles Monthly Challenge. Good luck!

  20. Oh this is just fab! Thanks for joining us over at Sparkles this time & good luck!
    hugs Jo x

  21. Brilliant card Samantha LOVE the faux metal flowers they are awesome! hugs me x


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