Why not? 

It’s been a while since I took part in a challenge. I liked participating as it gave me new ideas and forced me to really look at colours or designs. But then I won… And I felt it wasn’t fair to keep playing if others haven’t won once yet. I like others to have a chance as well.But it’s been a while and I still see all the artwork from the DTs of my favourite sites. I came across a challenging colour combination – the green seemed too bright to combine with the rest.  But it did have a rusty metalness too it as well.  Hmmm… Ideas… And the colours did match my new distress oxide inks as well. 

I set out to enter the chocolate baroque colour challenge again:

 

Lots of pictures incoming. I loved making this card, took me three evenings.  ( that is 2 times 3 1/2 hrs and 20 minutes to add text and mount it) (and at least 3 hrs I was watching television and only crafting during commercials… That’s what happens when crafting with the television on). So actual craft time excluding drying time? No idea. It was fun. Loved the card at every step, fearing I’d ruin it the next step.

 

So the colours.  Steampunk. Eastern. Eastern steampunk. Ancient, mystery. Dreams.

Let’s start.

Stamped the image several times with vintage photo distress oxides.

My 4 1/2 year old having fun with stencils.

Sprayed with water.

Half has dried. Helping my daughter while it’s drying. (Or rather, prevent everything being covered in ink). She didn’t like what I did to it. Mommy, I don’t think it’s pretty this way. I liked it better before. Really, mommy!

It’s dry.

The colours that are going to be used.

Steampunk butterfly – I used the cogs, and the rounded ornament.

Stamped the rounded ornament in three places, layerd the colours (fossilized amber, fired brick and vintage photo distress oxide)

Textured Fragments – The window is also one of my favourites.

Stamped that with distress oxide, also the three warm colours.Sprayed with water.

 

Punky Romance

This image should be a bit more clear but I like it when the colour also comes from the lines. Used the colours as pictured.

The result so far.

Different light.

Cat wants attention while I’m stamping. I colour on the stamp with ecoline brushpens and then stamp. Add a little bit of distress oxide to the stamp and then stamp. Add a little bit of water with a water brush and stamp.

Next, clean your stamp (don’t move it from the stamping tool!) and stamp with embossing ink, then heat emboss with clear powder.

Colour it using a dry brush on distress oxide ink, distress markers and a water brush. Cut the stamp also a bit better as it leaves lines – I got the stamp before I got the good sciccors to cut them and didn’t dare to cut closer with the regular scissors.

Speaking of sciccors… It just happens I mentioned earlier this week to someone how I don’t like fussy cutting. And I know everytime I say I don’t like something, I do it the few days after. Making a cute card, fussy cutting, using lots of pink… it’s like holding on to that weird part of something because you know it’s part of something, and then finally deciding to toss it out. Days after it’s gone you need it…

Added glossy accents to the eye and waterfall stickles to the feathers. Also added spectrum noir clear sparkle pen to the butterfly at some point. Also have coloured the device in the background.

coloured the device. First time I used Cracked Pistachio, the 4th colour, on this card.

The card wasn’t balanced, it needed something in the upper right corner. The cherry blossom from Tranquility matched very well. I stamped onto self adhesive transparant window foil twice and cut it out. (The other mask is attached to the other side of the folder the stamps are in). (You can see I have a mask for the buddha as well). I stamped several times with red and brown (not sure if it was oxides or stazon or both).

The chaos grows.

Blossoms colourd, positioning the peacock now.

On the windowsill, looking at the butterfly. Now I need to find a text…

Making pictures quickly while there’s still some daylight… (Glued the peacock with foam dots.)

The text was stamped with sepia Versafine.

(Yes it ripped a bit – happened halfway, but it wasn’t really noticable. Only in this angle. )

Thank you, Chocolate Baroque, for hosting this challenge – wouldn’t have made this card without it!

I’m entering this card into the following challenges:

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Bioshock – rapture

I haven’t played the game much – bioshock – but I like the graphic style. (Ofcourse, it’s a fps and a bit horror themed so it’s dark and aged. Dismiss the horror-elements and it’s a beautiful nautical steampunk forgotten city style, very athmosperic. Or so it seems from memory. Let’s see if I can find images…) The game is based on a book which I haven’t read. Maybe I should do that one day.

 

… allrighty, memory is better then the images I find. Let’s just stick to Nautical Steampunk then.

I made these last year as well, posted them allready a while ago on facebook but not on my blog if I am correct.

I do like these cards, I love how well the metal/rusty effect has turned out!

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The capital S is from an alphabet set sold at Vivalasvegasamps, as is the quotation

The capital S is from an alphabet set sold at Vivalasvegasamps, as is the quotation

 

 

Rusty flowers

An oldie, made about a year ago but never got around to posting it.

As I have commented somewhere yesterday that I hardly read blog or post on my blog due to timerestraints, I have to contradict myself now and do a posting spree. I’ve still got quite some finished and not entirely finished waiting in my “ready to upload” folder on the pc.

Here’s one of the first:

Flower are from a Chocolate Baroque steampunk set.

I like the card :)

Metal flower card – very pleased with the results!

The rest in gallery form:

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).

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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.

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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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Birds with beaks

First the scans, as the colours are better looking on them.Daqadoodles002 Daqadoodles001The first is a bird in on the ground in a cornfield, made with stencils from TCW and stamps from Chocolate Baroque and 1 Dutch text clearstamp: “zomaar” meaning: without reason, literally translated. A card wihgoout a specific purpose, not for a birthday, but just because it can.

The card is made for the Chocolate Baroque Colour Challlenge 7

I read the colours as:

  • Chocolate brown
  • brick red
  • olive green
  • cream/beige/straw yellow.

With this in mind I browsed through my collection of stamps.

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Isn’t a brewster perfect for these colours? Brown and red, with corn and straw colours on the ground, green in the back. For the green background I also used a Chocolate Baroque stamp, or several actually. I konw you can hardly see it but the green was a bit too harsh green.

The other one is a bit darker, but with the same colours. Mixing the brown and read a bit more on the gear.

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This card is a bit plain, it lacks something. A little bit of glossy accents on the eyes maybe, or (I notice now) metal colourd screws.

A little sneak peak also on birdcard number 3 – with the fired brick colour in mind I ofcourse had to use bricks as well!

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My heart belongs to you

The card I made for my partner, who had his birthday 13 days after our son was born. I loved making it, and like the card whic is a bit of a mixed media metal foil canvas card. I started making it the evening before his birthday, and finished in the afternoon of his birthday – he was working.

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Let me show you the mess on my desk. Not unusual when I’m crafting, although lately it’s been less of a mess – less time, so using less different techniques. You can see the main part of the card is allready finished in this picture, and I’m working on a frame or background now.

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I used some leftovers for this project, and also made some new embellishments.

Daqadoodles140715di232214The cogs, green/copper swirls were leftovers. Not sure if the heart and hinge were. The flower and keyhole are new. I used two embossing folders, first a metal plate one, polished lightly after embossing. Then a tools embossing folder, and polished after embossing too.

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Making very shiny and glossy pieces – cut out the heart and emboss (or the other way around), ink up, then spray with perfect pearls mist copper, and add glossy accents.

The border with the hinges I thought of a bookcover or door, so had to make a door/cover frame ofcourse.

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Lovely intense colours.

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I replaced the stencil, dabbed embossing ink on it, and heat embossed it with copper embossing powder.Daqadoodles140715di235647

The idea was to have more blue shown through, but I had stamped the embossing ink too much. Loved how it turned out anyway!

I especially loved the left part, so I tore it off and cut it in two pieces, and glued those further apart on a bigger piece of cardstock. I added some more ink to the edge. The main part later on hides the cut.

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Also quite new for me is playing with aluminium foil and alcohol inks (and add to that, embossing).  Ofcourse that wasn’t flawles, I found the aluminium foil still very shiny, it tore up a bit so you saw the card underneath, and I’m not good at using alcohol inks (yet). I bet having holes in the foil and using that foil adds an extra difficulty level to it ;).

Finished, hanging on a fence outside

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And in the grass, where you can see how it shines.

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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:

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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.

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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…

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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!