Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Inventor and Engineer

Did you know that in most of Europe, "Engineer" is a reserved title? You have to be properly qualified and a graduate to call yourself an Engineer. An engineer is the person who invents, designs and performs all the calculations to make sure what she has invented or designed doesn't fall apart. I love this stamp set from Sam Poole which has a fabby picture of a railway engineer.

"Railway Engineer"

The background is made by repeated stamping of the railway stamp onto black card using a suitable glue before applying gilding flakes. The card is wrapped with silver thread, then cogs are added with Pinflair.


The cogs are made from recycled chipboard packaging, decorated with metallic distress stains, sanded and edged in Walnut Stain.


The engineer and train are stamped in black archival ink onto watercolour paper and heat-embossed in clear. Distress inks and a water brush are used to add colour tints, with the edges masked using post-it notes, before matting onto black and silver card and fixing to the card with Pinflair for some extra dimension.

"Pocket Watch"

Well, the trains need to run on time don't they? The watch charm is attached to the "Engineer" topper via jump rings and a length of chain through a couple of eyelets. The eyelets are turned gold by dabbing with gold mixative ink.


The faux engine plate and frame for the "Inventor" sentiment are made with gilding flakes on black card. The engine plate stamp is diecut and edged with more gilding flakes.

"Faux Rivets"

Faux rivets are added to a black mat, and the whole card matted onto more black cardstock using foam tape to make a frame.

Well, that's it for today. I hope the Sun is shining for all of you as it is here in Northern Ireland. Maddy xx

Creative Expressions Sam Poole stamp set: Vintage Inventor
Spellbinders Radiant Rectangles, Petite Ovals
Sizzix Tim Holtz Gadget Gears
Ranger Metallic Distress Stains
Archival ink pad: Jet Black
Stampendous embossing powder: detail clear
Distress ink markers: Tumbled Glass, Bundled Sage, Pumice Stone
Adirondack gold mixative
gilding flakes and glue
cardstock: smooth black 220gsm, watercolour, silver mirri
liquid pearls: pewter
watch charm, jump rings & chain

Entered for the following challenge:
Simon Says Stamp and Show: Background


  1. This is wonderful Maddy. The images are fabulous, I love the design with your amazing attention to detail.
    We have had a lovely sunny day today but tomorrow's forecast isn't so good. Hopefully it will be better for the weekend, my son has his first cricket match of the season.
    Take care
    Sue xx

  2. A fabulous card with great details.

  3. Maddy...this card is fabulous! My grandson would LOVE that Sam Poole stamp set. He is almost 6 and has been a train fanatic since he was 2 1/2! I think I may have to look into that one. You have done such a fab job on this card. I love all of your details. That background is amazing! Love the repeated stamped tracks. Love silver thread. The cogs and rivets are such neat "mechanical" additions to this already amazing card. Love how you've stamped and colored the train and the engineer. Beautifully done! Thanks so much for sharing your inspiration with us for this challenge at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

  4. Fabulous use of all the steampunk elements Maddy, I really struggle with these style of cards and get so frustrated they always end up in the bin.

    Apols for he lack of visits lately, hopefully getting back into things again now the fretting is over.

    B x

  5. Maddy, I love this card! You have some interesting details and beautiful stamps to make card.

  6. I love your card, it's beautifull. So many lovely details to look at. Love the little clock you added.

  7. Amazing details, love how you created the background and the little watch charm is a great finishing touch

  8. fab card stunning details. sue xx

  9. Brilliant card Maddy...Great images...love the design and all the details...Julieannex

  10. Great card, love those cogs.

  11. super man card izzwizz ... so much work has gone into it ... love all the embelishments ... well done ... just hopping about ... have a great weekend ... happy crafting and love sandy xx

  12. Great card, love the pocket watch.

  13. Izzwizz this is so gorgeous, such a strong image, love the colours, details and all the embellishments. Just hopping by, hope you’re having a great weekend!

  14. Fabulous card love the images and all the little details
    carol x

  15. Super card, love the layers and how it's all come together.
    Hugz Minxy

  16. This is fabulous, I love it! Elaine-xxx-

  17. Wow!!
    Love this card
    hoppity x

  18. What an absolutely gorgeous card. It's the most divine male card I've seen for a while. That pocket watch is beautiful xx

  19. Great patterns on this and design, love the fob watch

  20. Love this - all the little cogs and chains are fab. The gilding flakes finish it off perfectly.


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