Saturday, 13 July 2013


Some months ago I was inspired by an article in Craft Stamper to make a romantic steampunk card. The article was "Pretty Punk" by Elizabeth Borer and it appeared on page 16 in the March 2013 edition. I loved the way the artist had overlayed the colours of acrylic paint to decorate a clock face, and wondered if I could achieve something similar watercolouring with distress markers on some backgrounds I had been making that week using the shaving foam technique. Here's the card I produced, using lots of different little stamps with masking techniques:

Now, I had fully intended to write up the shaving foam technique and share it with you some Tuesday, then post the card, but you know how it is, I forgot all about it until this week when I got my August copy of Craft Stamper, and I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw the article "Steampunk Romance" by Liesbeth Fidder on page 48. Now, the colours are brighter, and the stamps are different, but it's amazing how similar the cards are, even down to using exactly the same turquoise and purple mats and layers! What I'm dying to know is whether Liesbeth was inspired by the same piece that I was :-)

Paper Artsy stamp set Hot Picks HP1106
Technique Tusday stamp set Get in Gear
various other stamps from IndigoBlu, Graphic45, Hero Arts, 7Gypsies & free stamps Craft Stamper magazine.
Distress Markers & detail waterbrush
Ranger archival ink pad: jet black
background prepared using the Shaving foam technique with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist
cardstock: purple 300gsm, turquoise 160gsm, white 220gsm

Entered for the following challenge:
Simon Says Stamp and Show - A Little Stamping


  1. A fabulous card Maddy. I don't think I've had time to give my last 2 magazines more than a quick glance. I really should take a look at them as I could do with some inspiration and the time to just play. Hope you're having an enjoyable weekend.
    Anne x

  2. Fab card Maddy, love all the detail.

  3. Beautiful card! Steampunk! I love this style.

  4. Stunning! I love shaving foam marbling. It works well with food colouring and reinkers too.

  5. very nice card love steampunk style too!. Thanks for sharing with of of us your creation!
    keep in touch!

  6. Wow! I'm not a fan of steampunk, but the way you've put this together is brilliant, Maddy! The shaving foam technique is fab, isn't it? When I used to teach classes, shaving foam marbling was the technique the ladies most often wanted to do again, as it is such fun to do. It's made a great background for your card. Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

    Lynne x

  7. FABULOUS stamped images! Love your arrangement too! Great card! Thank you for stamping a little with us this week here at Simon Says Stamp & Show!!!

  8. This is a really clever card and a good one for men

  9. Wow!!
    This is a stunning card
    hoppity x

  10. fab card love the arrangment x

  11. Really gorgeous, love the combination of images you have used
    Lindsay xx

  12. What a stunning piece of work!

  13. Wow, what a great card! Love it.
    Heike xx

  14. Gorgeous card - like the shaving foam method
    Linda x

  15. How cool, that's a gorgeous card.

  16. Oh my...I love this card! Your masking techniques to create this card front looks fantastic! Beautifully placed and stamped images. Thanks so much for sharing your card with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

  17. Wow Maddy this card is gorgeous. I love those stamps. Sorry I'm MIA, but you know why. I need to email you actually. Lee x


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