Sunday, 3 August 2014

Clockwork Kingfisher

I designed this card  as a birthday card, but it could be used for any occasion, for male or female, and a varied age range.  I love these stamps, and I love using stencils and dies so this design ticks all the boxes!  It is inspired by Sarah Busby of Inkydoodles, using stamps from the Clockwork Birds set, and the matching stencil.  I have used two other cog stencils.   The cog stamps are from the same set, the cog embellishments I made using Xcut and Spellbinder dies.  I also used a Tattered Lace foliage die.  So to start with I took a white 8"x 8" card  and created a pattern of stencilled cogs using Tea Dye and Old Paper DI's through the cog border stencil.  I then stamped several sizes of cog in Tea Dye ink over the stencilled border.  The background panel is a piece of black card that I have embossed through a machine with a stencil.  I used two colours of gilding wax, Brass and Aquamarine, to highlight the raised pattern.  I then layered the panel on to the base card.  The central focal panel is created from a piece of white card.  I placed the Kingfisher stencil on to it and spritzed three colours of Glimmer Mists; Peacock Green, Ocean Sunlight (Cosmic Shimmer) and Gold (Crafty Notions) through it.  When dry I tinted the white areas slightly with Old Paper ink.  Then I emphasised the edge of the stencil with a brown Pro Marker, and cut around the shape of the stencil.  I rubbed the very edge of the panel with Aquamarine gilding wax.  Next I stamped the Kingfisher, key, and sign on to white card, using Sepia Versafine ink, and heat embossed the images with clear powder.   I coloured them with Pro Markers and cut them out, then added a layer of Glossy Accents.  While they were drying I die cut several different sizes and types of cogs from kraft card.  I coloured the cogs with the two DI's, then rubbed gilding wax over parts of the cogs to give them a metallic look.  I also cut some foliage shapes out of the kraft card using a die and coloured them with the DI's.  I assembled the card by layering the circle stencil panel onto the black panel with dimensional glue.  I attached the clockwork kingfisher to the stencil panel with dimensional glue, placing it over the corresponding shape on the stencil.  The other embellishments were all attached in the same way, I threaded some wired twine through the key before I attached it.  I really enjoyed making this card and playing with all my crafty goodies! 


  1. Fabulous card, love the colour shades, stamps and embellishments used.

    Sylv xx

  2. Thanks Sylv, glad you like it! And thanks for visiting my blog, I really appreciate it xx