Blue metal sea

A birthday card for an 11 year old boy – what to make? Chocolate Baroque has stamps for that occasion as well, the steampunk sea set is very suitable for boys (of any age).


A few posts ago I wrote about the technique with kitchen foil, paint and spray, and at that time I made also a blue background with this technique, as you can see here. I didn’t put two pieces of cardstock together for this one though.


The colours were chosen from the Chocolate Baroque colour challenge #9. This is my first entry for the challenge. (Yup, the ocotopus is going to be another one but that one isn’t ready yet and I might have ruined the scene a bit. I think it looks good the way it is here, not sure if what I did was an improvement. Ah well, not this post.

All colours are incorporated in the background. The fishes are mostly pearly lila colour, together with some watery blue.

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Some more blue in the seahorse, and bundled sage on the letters. Somehow Shaded Lilac and Milled Lavender are difficult for me to recognize, I keep picking the wrong one, they seem to be the same but when I look at the ink lids they are quite different. I think I did use shaded lilac on the letters though. First letter is a steampunk stamp set from Vivalasvegastamps, the other letters and banner are sizzix thinlits dies (tattered banners and some medieval alphabet I think). Daqadoodles001

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Steampunk Prototype Hic Automatum Video

Or some half made up Latin for: Prototupe for a close-up automated view. (Although Video means “I see”). The thing has a name, there is a word for it, but I don’t know it. Not even in Dutch. Imaginarium? Automated moving puppet theatre? It’s the sort of thing you see in theatres, with moving waves (by moving cardboard). Only this one is automated – you wind it up by turning the wheel. The pin on the left hand side keeps the tension on it. (oh dang, I didn’t make a lever to release the tension! adding another note to the prototype…)

Oh I haven’t showed you yet what I’m talking about. Well here it is:


The waves, fish and clouds should move when the wheels turn, only the chain for the clouds is missing. (How do the clouds stay up then? Uhhh…) Once the gears(cogs) are fixed, the clouds wiggle because of the end of the beam on the left side wich touches the gear. Or cog.


The background is made with aluminum foil and alcohol inks, the clouds, fishes (who put those fishes in there? They’re not salt water fishes!) and the waves are given their faux metallic look by rubbing a crayon over the surface and then inking the surface. This effect looks better IRL. Really. Especially on that other card…


Cogs(gears) are from my stash, diecut from a Papermania? Cogs(gears) die set, painted with turqoise and copper acryllic paint. The frame underneat the gears (cogs) is made with rusty hinge and perfect mist perfect copper spray. The screws are made with a Paperpen, and then when it was fairly dry, I put a real screwdriver in it.

I’m tired, so this is it! Tomorrow I’ll add this card to the following challenges, if they haven’t closed yet and I meet the requirements (I always check right before I enter):

Country View Crafts – September challenge: Nautica hmm acutally Nautical means something else, it’s not just fishies but more about navigation, sailors, ships.)

Sandee and Amelie Steampunk’s steampunk challenges – Steampunk Stories – I did tell myself lots of stories while making this. About how I could have REALLY made this work – get proper cogs, line it up, make things really move. That would be fun to do! But oooh the time… That clock… Anyway, I’d envisioned some kind of steampunk tinkerer making this protype, and maybe one day he’ll make a real working model.

Nighty all!

Fragmented Fishes

Ok, the fishes aren’t really fragmented, I just wanted an alliteration in the title. The paper on which the fish and octopus are stamped was fragmented though.

Maybe I should show the cards first:


What was used?

  • Stamps from Designs by Ryb: Sea Bubbles, Octopus and School of fish.
  • Old sheet of musicpaper
  • White gelpen
  • Caran d’ache neocolors
  • distress inks: peacock feathers, tumbled glass and broken china.
  • stazon Jet Black
  • Mod Podge / decoupage glue.
  • embossing folder
  • circle die

How was it made?

  • Take your music paper, put some distress ink on it (splatter, lightly brush and spray, however you like it, just use light colours.)
  • Tear the music paper in little pieces, and randomly glue it onto cardstock.
  • Put it in an embossing folder
  • Ink the highlights a bit – those are not very visible anymore because I sprayed it afterwards with glimmer mist or dylusions ink spray, (can’t remember which one) which darkened the piece quite (I shouldn’t have done it).
  • Cut out the circular shape]
  • stamp the fish(es) and colour them.
  • Highlight with white gelpen, ink the edges, and put decoupage glue on top of it all to seal it off. Don’t brush too much or you’ll spread the ink / neocolors around.
  • The background: put distress ink onto an acryllic block, spray lightly with water and press the acryllic block on the paper. Add a stamp to it for extra swirls.


The second card uses about the same materials, maybe some additions like shabby shutters distress ink and the cardinal fish. The star and bubblestamp is from a fairy set stamp from Chocolate Baroque. The sentiment is from a sea-creature set (mermaids?) from Chocolate Baroque. Here I embossed the music paper first, then inked it, then tore it and glued it back onto a piece of cardstock.