Well, today I was a rebel and totally went rogue, using some products from Memory Box that I got for Christmas, as well as some Tim Holtz Ideology and an unknown copper embossing powder. When we can't find products from Stampin' Up! that will do the same job, as demonstrators, we can use other companies' products providing we're not earning anything from the other companies. For a long time now, I've been wanting SU to come out with some Steampunk stamps and embellishments, but to no avail. I really like the genre, but its not as easy as it looks. It involves melding steam equipment: gears and drive shafts, etc. with Victorian era images. I find the blending a dozen unrelated things together to be the most difficult aside from just finding things to use. What got me started was this week's Mojo Monday Sketch:
Generally, a sketch like this doesn't do much for me. There's too much symmetry and I don't really like tiny images. I feel like they often get lost on a card. But then I thought, "Hey! Those circles could be gears! I could do a Steampunk card!" and I got all excited about it. Take a closer look:
- On the back panel, the Designer Series Paper I used, Going Places DSP Stack, with it's schematics was perfect for this theme. Over that, I applied a gear assembly, die cut from Sahara Sand cardstock using a Memory Box die.
- Using another Memory Box die, I cut several individual gears. The Precision Base Plate, for my Big Shot, was invaluable for both these intricate dies. I had some copper embossing powder, which I can't get through Stampin' Up!, and I applied it to each die, heat setting it. For steampunk, I would definitely use either copper or pewter embossing powders. I also added it to a key that I found in my 'Steampunk Stash'!
- The clock face is a Tim Holtz Ideology product and it is also adds some early techno glitz to the project. The tiny pocket watch is also a find in my Steampunk Stash but perfect for the era this represents.
- The banner is also from Going Places DSP Stack and I stamped a sentiment from Guy Greetings Stamp Set and added some sponging and texture with Timeless Textures Stamp Set. I certainly enjoyed myself and will have to do this again. Meanwhile, I have a great masculine all occasion card to give to one of the men in my family.
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* Memory Box Gear Assembly and Deluxe Gear Set Dies, Tim Holtz ideology embellishments.