Wednesday 16 May 2012

Kanban Steam Punk

This is the card I've made for my friend's son who turns twenty-five on Friday.  Iain works in Reading now but will be home to spend his birthday with his family in Daviot, Aberdeenshire.

The inspiration for this one came from the topper which is one of six toppers on a sheet called Cameo Clock Adventures from Kanban's Steam Punk collection.  As I usually do, I pulled out anything I had that would fit the theme and then worked out what I wanted to use.  The topper is framed using the Tim Holtz Alterations Sizzix die Weathered Clock and the layer underneath is embossed using the Cuttlebug Clockworks embossing folder.  The cogs in the corners and the pocket watch were cut using Quickutz dies.  On the back of the pocket watch I've used peel offs to spell out Iain and 2010 as if they had been engraved there for the occasion.

On the inside the personalised message was created on the computer and then the cogs stamp from Stampin' up's set Sense of Time was stamped around the edges with their Chocolate Chip ink.  Framed in the centre of the Weathered Clock die cut is a sentiment from the same stamp set and the handles from the clock were used to create corners.  Lots of little cogs were die cut to decorate the Happy Birthday panel and some of them were connected with brads and thread.  The grey distressed backing paper is also from Kanban and the Happy Birthday paper was created on the computer.  When using the other toppers from this sheet I'll use the wording Birthday Time rather than Happy Birthday.

These are the decorated panels on the reverse of the fold back.  On the left hand side the panel has been decorated with the Happy Birthday paper and clock hands from the Weathered Clock die and a Quickutz fasteners die.  On the right hand side a clock face stamp from the Stampin' up set was stamped and embossed with gold detail embossing powder.  To disguise the specks of embossing powder which were embossed where they shouldn't have been I used a gold metallic pen to spritz lightly over the panel. 

I really enjoyed making this card and will use up the other toppers in the same way.  I also bought the Cameo Clocks Ladies topper sheet and feel I could used the same layout for them perhaps with a few back feathers and gems here and there and also fitting in some of the stamps from Kanban's Jasper set which I got as a birthday present.

Today I've seen a posting on the Letraset blog by Debbi showing how to use metallic Promarkers to colour cogs.  I'll have to keep that in mind for next time.

I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges

Thanks for reading
Liz xx


  1. Fantastic card Liz love all the detail I am sure he will love it
    Jacki xx

  2. Hi Liz, what a fab card - definitely a wonner for me, I just love the whole steampunky thing :)
    p.s. thanks for your entry into my blog candy - but you need to leave a comment on my post on the letraset blog to be entered into the draw :)

  3. Wow Liz there is so much work gone into this, the detail is fabulous! Love all the different aspects to it x

  4. What a fabulous Steampunk card Liz and love the way you have incorporated the TH clock. Have to confess the theme terrifies me and not ventured there yet.

    Thanks so much for joining us at Allsorts this week.

    B x

  5. Oh what a wonderful card Liz

  6. fantastic card liz.i love the steampunk design and great details :D

    xx coops xx

  7. WOW! I LOVE all the Steampunk details on this card! Thanks for joining the Pixies at Pixie Dust Studio!

  8. Fantastic card Liz, love it xx

  9. Great card I love steam punk thanks for joining us at little claire

  10. Absolutely fabulous Liz!! great design! thanks for joining us at BMC

  11. Hello Liz. this is STUNNING. Perfect for a Man..I saw this beauty on MIM..Loz

  12. Seriously, this is so way cool! Fantastic steampunk card and images and details. LOVE it. :)

    Thank you so much for taking the time to link up your talent and creative ideas with us at Make It Monday!
    Lisa xx

  13. WOW is all I can say... This card is much the papers... brilliant....
    Saw it on Make it Monday, so glad I came to look...
    I am now a follower ...
    CLaire x

  14. Fabulous card for a may - love all of your stunning details! Saw your card on MIM!

  15. What a fantastic creation sweetie. So full of detail. Awesome!!! I saw you on MIM.


  16. Hi Liz

    Wow, fantastic steam punk card!! Love this style.

    Thank you for sharing with us at Make It Monday this week.

    Michelle :o)

  17. I just love your card Liz! I love steampunk! Your card is amazing! I saw it at MIM!
    Hugs, Marie

  18. This is an amazing design, very different and looks fantastic. Thank you for joining us at A & T Digital Designs (EFG). Good Luck xoxoxo

  19. Wow! This is amazing! Thanks for joining us at Really Reasonable Ribbon!