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Steampunk Dragonfly Dreams

Steampunk Dragonfly Dreams

Hi everyone!  It’s Holly posting today, and I am here to share this fun steampunk dragonfly card with you.  I love the steampunk images on the Steampunk Fun stamp sheet from Art Neko, and I think my favorite is this dragonfly.  I stamped this steampunk dragonfly with Versamark onto some brown cardstock, and then I dusted it with some gold Perfect Pearls powder.  I love how all the fine detailing shows up when you tilt this card in the light.

The background is something I made when I attended a stamping retreat last weekend.  The retreat was a blast, and I learned some really fun new techniques.  This one is a peacock background technique.  To make this one, you need a nonstick craft mat, some Inka Gold (a gold wax paste), Mermaid Lagoon distress ink, and Peacock Feathers distress ink.  Smoosh the two distress inks onto your craft mat in separate areas.  Spoon out a small amount of the Inka Gold wax onto the craft mat.  Mist the wax with some water and use a toothpick to mix the wax and water together.  Mist the two inks with water and then dip your cardstock into the inks and then into the liquid gold wax.  Dry the cardstock with a heat tool, and then dip it back into the inks and liquid gold wax again.  Dry it again with the heat tool.  Repeat until your background is covered with ink and gold.

I love how this turned out, and the gold Perfect Pearls powder on the steampunk dragonfly is a great match with the Inka Gold used on the background.  I stamped the beautiful sentiment with a dark brown archival ink.  Some sequins were added around the card for some extra sparkle.

Have you seen the Steampunk Fun stamp sheet yet?  Which image is your favorite?  The dragonfly?  The feather?  The bicycle?  Have fun shopping in the Art Neko store!  🙂

 

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Gold Steampunk Feather

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Hi everyone!  It’s Holly posting today, and I’ve got a fun “oops” story to share with you.   Look at the background of my card above.  You’re probably wondering how I created that.  I was challenged to randomly smoosh a Versamark ink pad over some cardstock and then cover it with any color of embossing powder.  So I pulled out some black cardstock and dabbed my Versamark ink pad here and there.  I covered the piece with gold embossing powder, and then lifted it up to shake off the excess powder.  When I did that, I accidentally hit the edge of my scratch paper and it left a couple of lines where it removed some of the embossing powder.  I gasped, and then I looked again.  I really liked the way that looked, so I did that some more.  Oops!  LOL

After I melted the gold powder with a heat tool, I had to sit back and admire my handmade background.  I thought it would go really well with a steampunk image, so I pulled out the Steampunk Fun sheet and selected the feather stamp.  I stamped the steampunk feather with Versamark and covered it with the same gold embossing powder.  This looks so striking against the black cardstock.

I kept the card clean and simple by adhering the steampunk feather to the center of my handmade background.  This piece is glued to a black card base.   I love the stark contrast of the beautifully drawn steampunk feather against the random chaos of the handmade background.

 

 

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Gold Weaving Background with Vase by Holly Brown

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Hi folks, it’s Holly popping in with another surprise posting this weekend.  Remember the washi weaving card I shared last weekend?  I played with black and gold cardstock for my paper weaving this time.  It’s a lot of fun once you get the hang of the weaving.  I cut the black and gold cardstocks into 1/4″ strips and then weaved them together.  I created a much tighter weave, and I love how this background resembles a bamboo placemat or a rug.

I pulled out this image from the Tea Time in the Orient sheet which I thought was a vase.  I stamped it with Versamark and embossed it with gold embossing powder.  After the melted embossing powder cooled, I cut out the vase with fine tipped scissors.  I cut a square of black cardstock and turned it so that it looks like a diamond on the black and gold weaving background.  The vase is adhered to the black diamond with some foam tape.

Upon reading the description on the Art Neko website, I found out that what I thought was a vase is actually a tea cup with a cover to keep the tea warm.   I learn something new every day!  🙂

 

 

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