Thursday, 2 February 2012

Get it in Gear - Steampunk!

Fiddling about with stamps, distress inks and embossing powder one day, I made a sheet of background paper like a "blueprint" using the resist technique. When I saw this top hat man from the Graphics Fairy, I thought it would go perfectly.

"Get it in Gear"

"Hello people in that strange contraption!"........ "Helloooooooo back to yoooooouuu..."

The stamps are from various sets including Tim Holtz, Technique Tuesday and Creative Expressions.


The fence is a Marianne Creatable. The sentiment has the corners bitten out with Spellbinders Sprightly Sprockets.


Both images are from the Graphics Fairy, printed and fussy cut with scissors & craft knife. The main struts below the balloon were cut with a craft knife, but the tiny ones were just coloured to match the background. The boat, balloon and top-hat man are shaped and fixed in place with Pinflair dimensional glue.

"Side view"

This view shows the dimension in the fence.

Entered for the following challenges:
Fashionable Stamping Challenges - Make it a Guy Thing
Stampavie and More - Blue and White
The House that Stamps Built - heat embossing
Divas by Design - Anything Goes
Diecutting Divas - Anything Goes
Truly Madly Crafty - Anything Goes


  1. What a marvellous card. Mens cards are so hard to do and this is perfect.

  2. Wow Maddy, this is amazing. You have the patience of a saint with all that fussy cutting. I sat and cut round the steel rungs on a dressform stamp I stamped and it nearly sent me crazy!! That patterned paper with the resist technique looks amazing. It really does look like blue prints. You're so clever. Lee x

  3. Fantastic background to your super male card, love your colour tones. Thankyou for joining us at FSC this time.

  4. Great card for a bloke, who are always difficult to make for. xxxxx

  5. How fantastic, really a fab card with wonderful images. Thanks for joining us at FSC this fortnight again.

  6. Hi wanted to pop over and say Hello and thank you for the lovely comment on my blog. I love your card, some really fabulous inkwork - very creative! I love monochrome cards and I haven't tried to do steampunk yet, it scares me a little!!
    I'm now your newest stalker!
    Hugs Laurie xx
    while I'm here....Thanks for sharing with us at Diva's By Design this week and good luck with the challenge
    Hugs Laurie xx

  7. Hi there, what a wonderful card! So clever with the inking and those images are just so fab!

    Thanks for joining in with us this week at Divas by Design.


  8. Well, this is now winning me over to "steamp punk"....I love the "blue print" idea. Gorgeous card. Thanks again for playing with us over at Repeat Impressions.

    1. X the P on steamp....Steam Punk is what I meant.

  9. What a unique card. Thanks for joining the Die Cuttin Divas Challenge this week--Pat N.

  10. Wonderful card Maddy, your background is amazing! Love Jayne. x x

  11. Oh I love all the background stamping that you have built up in this beautiful card! And the colours just add to the floating effect. Gorgeous.
    Thanks for joining us this fortnight at Fashiohable Stamping Challenges
    Dot x

  12. Excellent piece of work - lots of my favourite resist for contrast and great colours x

  13. love the steampunk design and the elegant gentleman
    Thanks for joining us at Diva's by design this fortnight
    Lisa x

  14. Great steampunk it!

    greetings, Alie :-)

  15. Yet another amazing card Maddy, Love Kathy x

  16. Just so gorgeous hun...!

    thanks for joining us at Divas....and good luck...!

    big hugs Vicky xx

  17. What a great steampunk card! Thanks for sharing it with us at DCD.

  18. Great male card and the background is amazing.

    Thank you for sharing with us at Fashionable Stamping Challenges.

    Hugs Shirley x x

  19. WOW - your card is gorgeous!
    Thanks for joining us at Stampavie and More.

  20. Great Card, love your background, absolutely fabulous.
    Thanks for sharing with us at Fashionable Stamping Challenges.
    Avril xx

  21. Stunning card the background is amazing, love the shades of blue, gorgeous. Thanks so much for joining us at FSC. XX


Thanks for leaving a comment, it's nice to know I'm not just talking to myself :)