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Time for Steampunk

It’s Friday – and it’s time for steampunk! I’ve been itching to get this lovely Steampunk Feather image inky, and this was the week when I finally made time.

Time for Steampunk - steampunk image with feather, flowers and a pocket-watch from Art Neko

I started by stamping the image with Versafine Black ink on kraft cardstock and embossing it with clear embossing powder. I used a mixture of Twinkling H2Os and Inktense pencils to add colour, along with some diluted white re-inker for the watch face – and some Glossy Accents on the glass front ot the watch.  I tore the piece of card to a suitable size, and then sponged the edges with some distress ink. To add a bit of texture, I brushed on a little Multi Medium from Ranger and sprinkled some gold microbeads over it.

For the card base, I took an embossing folder I had on hand and made a faux patina background. To do this, you ink one face of the embossing folder with a fairly light neutral colour of ink (I used Tea Dye distress ink), and then you sponge it with a couple of darker shades and finally add a brushing of gold embossing powder. There are two embossing folders available from Art Neko which would work perfectly for the steampunk theme – Clocks and Time and Gears and Cogs, both made by Darice. I like the size of these – it works for the standard European card size! The Gears and Cogs, having more detail, would be more suitable for the technique I used for this card.

I edged the card front with some copper paint to keep in with the overall metallic trend, and then added a few embellishments. Picking up on the flowers in the stamped image, I made two rolled roses from felt, and pulled out some old leaves from Prima. I was looking through my scrap ribbon box for a string of tiny pearls, but when I came across this silver trim I thought it would work even better – and for a final finishing touch (time for steampunk!), and also picking up on the stamped image, I added a little brass clock charm. I wanted it to look a little aged, so I rubbed some metallic luster into it and sprayed it with fixative. The whole image panel is popped up on foam, and I called the card done.

Time for Steampunk - steampunk image with feather, flowers and watch from Art Neko, faux patina background


Thank you for visiting the Art Neko blog this week – I’m sure you’ve enjoyed the creativity that the team have shared;  I certainly have. Have a good weekend – and find time for something creative, steampunk or otherwise!


Foil Art Whimsical Love Note (and bug)

This week I am sharing a card with a foil-art base and a whimsical love note, along with a little love bug and a fun steampunk heart – there is a key which comes with the heart stamp, and I have included that on the inside of my card.


For the foil-art base, I die-cut some hearts and a lot of arrows from an old cereal box and stuck them to a piece of card. Then I covered it with small strips of metal tape, and added some detailing with a tracing wheel borrowed from my sewing box. To finish, I rubbed it with some black acrylic paint and rubbed a lot off again before it had dried. The foil also looks wonderful with alcohol inks, but I wanted to keep a fairly plain look.

My little whimsical love note uses a sentiment (and the bug) from Whimsical and Kind Sayings. I used markers to stamp the sentiment on cream card, and stamped the hearts again so that I could cut one out, heat emboss it with clear embossing powder and pop it up. The little bug was stamped with black ink, embossed with clear powder and then sponged with some red ink. After cutting it out, I used a large stylus to shape the body a little.
I used a “Weathered” embossing folder on the little note, added a punched border to look like a page from a notebook, and distressed it by splattering some watercolour over it.

I also added silver embossing powder to one of the arrows, and after two layers of silver I sprinkled it with some Chinese Red and some Chunky Metallic Seasonings, and added it so that it’s pointing towards the “love” sentiment.

I originally wanted to do the steampunk heart in a metallic colour but I don’t have any fine detail embossing powders other than clear and black, and the stamp is so detailed that I decided the best option was to stamp and emboss in black, and then add my metallic feel in the form of a luster rub.
I also stamped the key in the same fashion, and added it to the inside of the card. If you like the steampunk look, there is a great sheet of stamps called Steampunk Fun. I hope to have a card using the feather stamp to share with you soon!

foil art background with love sentiment and steampunk heart


Thanks for coming by the blog this week – I hope you’ve enjoyed sampling the creativity on show. Have a good weekend!!


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!  🙂



Gold Steampunk Feather


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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