Saturday, 10 May 2014

Clockwork Flowers

I had so much fun designing this card and playing with these lovely steampunk stamps by Sarah at Inkydoodles! ( Time Flies).  I wanted to design a pretty Steampunk card using bright, cheerful colours with a distressed and metallic feel.  I decided to create 3D  Steampunk flowers, and to include the gorgeous Dragonfly in the set. This is a technique heavy design, but a good worker.  So, the base card is plain card stock the same colour as Kraft card.  A border of cogs (Hexley Transport) is stamped along the top and bottom edges of the card using a brown Distress ink. A yellow Distress ink is then blended over the edges with patches of the brown ink.  The background panel is a piece of white card on to which a stencil (Clockwork Kingfisher) is placed.  A mix of Radiant Rains and Glimmer Mists are sponged and spritzed on to the card over the stencil.  These inks/paints are all pearlescent which gives a lovely sheen to the background.  When dry the brown Distress ink is lightly blended over the white pattern left by the stencil  to reduce starkness.   The large dial and cog collage image is stamped randomly all over the panel using black Versafine ink.  Several of the words are also stamped randomly in the same ink, and some in gold Brilliance ink.  The panel is completed by distressing the edges with the brown ink.  The panel is matted on to black card and layered on to the base card.  The flowers are created by stamping a floral outline image on to white card six times.  The images are then heat embossed with clear powder and cut out, three as whole flowers and three as just the middle petals.   They are then painted with H2O's in colours that compliment the background.  When dry the large collage and the words are stamped over the flowers in black and gold ink.  Then gold Liquid Pearls are dotted around the edges of the petals.  The clock faces which are the centres of the flowers are created using the body of the Dragonfly which is stamped and heat embossed as before.  They are then painted, cut out, and glazed.  The Dragonfly image is stamped on to acetate in black ink and heat embossed with black detail powder, using heat resistant acetate.  The image is cut out and glittered on the reverse side.  A key is made in the same way.  The flowers are shaped with a ball tool then assembled using dimensional glue.  Foliage sprigs are die cut and glazed and added to the card.  The Dragonfly and key complete this lovely design.   


  1. Hi Penny, i absolutely love this card, it's great :) I found your blog from the link Sarah at Inky doodles had put on Facebook.
    Which stamp set have you used the flowers from ?

    1. Hi Debbie, thanks for leaving me a comment I'm so glad you like it! The flower stamps are from a set by Sheena Douglass, her 'Little Bit Sketchy' range called Bloomin' Beautiful A5 .I had meant to put that in the post, but it was such a long one it must have slipped through! :) Hope you visit again soon

    2. Your very welcome Penny.
      That's ok, if i did my blog, i'd definitely forget to put some info in haha :)
      Righto that's great, thanks for the info.
      That's somebody else's stamps that i love, Sheena's, i thought the flower looked familiar.
      I will definitely be visiting your blog again, that's for sure.
      Thanks for getting back to me Penny.