Tuesday, 1 May 2012


SteamPunk Forms
This card was constructed by using elements from a great set of stamps by STAMPENDOUS called ‘CORSET LADIES’ and is available from THATS CRAFTY on line store.

I would have to say from the start that this card is not for a beginner. It has to have elements of masking and layering. Saying that if you feel comfortable with your abilities then dive on in and try. I just don't want new crafters to become frustrated at trying this and then when its not working walk away from their crafting goodies, never to be picked up again!.


A4 Card constructed from your card stock or bought.
A4 Black and White Backing Paper
A5 Black Co Ordinations Card stock [Or black card stock if you don't have this card]
Embossing Folder or Plate. Here l have used an old Embossing plate that was made for the Big Shot.
Sand paper block and Paper
Length of lace 3 times the width of the Embossed topper. Mine was white but using some Black Soot Ink l was able to re-colour. If you cant afford a lot of ribbon then buy white as armed with Aqua Markers, Pro Markers, Tim Holtz Distressing Markers or Inks, Spectrum Noirs Pens your white ribbon or lace can be re-coloured to match your project!
Black Soot Ink Pad – Vintage Photo Ink Pad
Versafine Onyx Black [For Water colouring you have to use an OIL Based Ink.
Black and White Bakers Twine
Silver Ribbon
Black ribbon wide enough to be placed on the Embossed topper card.
Dimensional tape/pads
Tube of Liquid Pearls - Silver Pearls
Black Ribbon smaller in width so it can be layered.
Very strong clear Glue or Strong Double Sided Tape
4 Card Candi [just want 4 of them out of a packet]
Black marker Pen
Post-it notes
Water Colouring brushes
Normal Crafting Equipment items.


Now then where do l start. Okay. Taking your base stamps you want to using some scrap paper just stamp and then using the top half of the image stamp on top. At this point your just looking as to where the two images line up. When your happy with the placement what l do is just place a light pencil mark so l know where the two stamps combine.

Now taking your Post-it notes making sure that the glue strip is being covered at the widest point [Bird cage the glue strip is at the base of the cage.]

Carefully cut the stamped image out and place inside the stamps packet so its not lost. Now do this for all your images. you will have 6 in-total. 2 x Ladies, 2 x Wings and the Dress form and the bird cage.

Draw a base line onto some white card stock. You can then stamp the base as you know where the overlay point is as you placed the matching Ladies stamp into place. Then stamp your base. Don't worry about stamping onto your Ladies Mask. That's what it is there for. To mask out what you don't want to be stamped.
Take the mask off and then carefully positioning your Ladies stamp make an impression. Try to get as close as you can to the image you have already stamped.

[If you are having problems in following the masking procedure then please drop us a line at  THATS CRAFTY or on my blog http://wwwaswcrafting.blogspot.co.uk/  and l will see if l can do a photographed ‘How To Do’ at each stage of the Stamping.]

After you have over stamped the ‘Ladies’ you then need to re lay the Mask of the ‘Ladies’ and stamp your wings.

Once you have built up your image then the fun bit can start. Colouring in. As we have used an Oil Based Ink pad we can use our water based colouring mediums. The water brushes are fab as in the set you get a fine tip brush. This is great for those hard to reach areas. Just enjoy what your doing after all the hard work of building up your image. If you want to play with colouring just stamp onto some paper [the same you have used for the stamping and just experiment with colour].

Take your black and white backing paper and cover the front of your card. I have used Black Soot and Vintage Photo Distressing Ink to colour the edges. By Using the Vintage Photo it gives a bit of depth to the layers of colouring.

The black card topper was run through my Big Shot using one of the embossing plates that came with it. If you don't have this then pick out a folder from your collection and use that. Remember to think Steam Punky so you want it to be for this card quite masculine in style.

Using your sand block and paper go over the surface of the embossed card to reveal the core.  If you don't have Co-Ordinations use your folder and then take a ink pad [white of silver if you have it] lightly go over the surface of the card so that the embossed are is then inked and can be seen. When dry carefully and lightly ‘scuff’ the area so that it looks like it has that colour center.

Taking the Lace and some strong double sided tape l secured the lace at the top. I wanted to give that little touch of femininity to the card. I mostly have white Ribbon and Lace as l know using any water based medium l can change the lace'/ribbon to any colour. As it was a Steam punk inspired card l didn't want the lace to be uniformed so l tried to keep the lace creased so that there would be lighter areas of colour. This also gives a little extra definition to the finished embellishment

Place the ribbon on to the card . making sure that you have checked where your stamped and coloured image will be.

Secure into place. Then take 4 lengths of the Bakers Twin. You want it to be at least the width of the A4 card 150mm 6 inches. Then place onto the card tie a knot leaving about 2 inches tail. Then the next way you will need a large Sewing needle or a Large Babies style safety pin. Place the twin onto the card just place an clean cup or something heavy so that it is secured but not glued into place. At the other end take the twin and start to make a knot by folding round and under.

Here is the trick to place the knot where you want it. Put the pin through the knot and start to pull id down to the length that you want. When your happy with it pull out the needle or the unclipped part of the safety pin and just pull to close the knot end. This works with anything you want to make a knot. Trim the edge to match the other and then glue into place.

Place the stamped and coloured image onto the card. Take 4 items from the packet of Candi Card Pieces. {fab fab fab items a must for all crafters they cover up so much and are perfect for flower centres.] Take your Black marker pen and just add a cross. This will give the embellishment the look of a screw top!

Take the silver ribbon and secure at both ends'. Like wise place tape along the black ribbon and secure. Then take a piece of black ribbon approx. 4 inches and tie a simple knot where you want along the newly attached ribbon. I place a small blob of clear strong glue just under the knot and press down to secure.

Last thing to do is take your Liquid Pearls and add a few drops at the bottom, this is just to give a little extra detail and anchor the stamped design.

There you have it a Steam Punk inspired card that white mostly Mono Tones it has a splash of softness and colour.

Any questions please send me a message and l will do my best to help out.



  1. I thought is was a card with a metal plate or something. It really looks great for a A4 Card. Thanks for sharing this design. I'm really amazed.


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