Sunday, 17 January 2016

A Punky Red Romance

This is my second entry to the Chocolate Baroque challenge blog using their colour palette of red, white and black.  For this project I have used CB stamp sets Punky Flowers and Steampunk Butterfly; a script stencil; texture paste; Distress Inks; Versafine ink; Pearlex paint; red and white glitters; acetate and cardstock from my stash.  I started with a piece of red card and placed the stencil over it.  I mixed a little texture paste with black acrylic paint and applied it through the stencil.  While that was drying I stamped the small cog trees onto the acetate with black Versafine and let it dry.  I painted onto the back of the acetate with white Pearlex paint then with white gesso to make the cogs pop.  Next I trimmed the red panel and made a wrap with the acetate, then attached it to the back of the panel with red double sided tape.  I then matted the panel onto black card.  The base card is white and I stamped some cogs around the edge with red Brilliance ink then blended black DI around the very edges.  I attached the panel to the base card with tape.  On another piece of white card I stamped some steampunk flowers, the large cog trees and a butterfly in black Versafine ink and heat embossed them with black powder.  I think the graduated cogs look like topiary trees, so I call them cog trees!   I painted all the images using the red and black DI's and the white pearlex paint, and I mixed the white paint with the black ink to create a pearlescent gun metal colour for some contrast.  When dry I highlighted any screw heads on the images with Glossy Accents, and the coils on the flowers with glitter.  When everything was dry I attached the images to the acetate with dimensional glue. As well as crafting gardening is my passion so I love to create garden scenes in my artwork, both traditional and alternative.  Steampunk is one of my favourite genres, so creating a steampunk garden in my favourite colours has been an absolute joy!  I think this design will work well for cards, both male and female; and equally well for home decor.                                                                                              


  1. Ooh Penny, another fabulous entry into the challenge! You have created a brilliant steampunk garden mixing your stamp sets and great use of the stencil on the background too. Thanks for your entry into the Chocolate Baroque Challenge, Judith xx

  2. lovely! really like the way you used the acetate

    1. Hi Veronica, thank you very much - glad you like it :)