It is a truth universally acknowledged (apologies to Miss J Austen) that it is very difficult to make a card for a man.
Not sure why this should be – maybe it is because one can’t use cute images or beautiful flowers or gorgeous bows – but it definitely seems to be the case.
I needed to make a special birthday card for a male family member and found that Steampunk gave me an alternative to images of pints of beer or fishing tackle.
I used a stamp from the Kanban Jasper set (I previously used a stamp from this set on a card in ‘My First Challenge Entry‘) the image shows a gentleman’s outfit with frock coat and top hat on a mannequin.
The image was stamped onto white card using Vintage Photo Distress Ink then, before the ink could dry completely, a water brush was used to pull ink from the stamped image to colour and shade the image.
Once the image was completely dry the largest die from the Spellbinders ‘5 x 7 Enchanted Labels 28’ set was used to form a frame for the image – this was achieved by cutting, embossing and then inking through the die, again with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
A matte of a coordinating mirror board in a deep chocolaty (Mmmm – chocolate!) colour was added, complementing and enhancing the Vintage Photo ink. The ‘screw heads’ were made using Cosmic Shimmer Dark Bronze Pearl PVA glue to make 4 faux pearls, then pressing a screw-driver into the pearls when they were almost dry – it does take a while for the ‘pearls’ to dry, so experiment with this; I created my ‘pearls’ on a small piece of acetate and once happy that my screw heads were fully dry, carefully removed them from the acetate and stuck them to the image to enhance the steampunk feel.
A stepper card blank was covered with a steampunk influenced patterned paper in a similar colourway from a Kanban Paper Pad (Alchemy I think) and the matted image was mounted at an angle with a Vintage Photo distressed greeting to one side. The card step was held in place by a matted strip made from the chocolate mirror board and Kanban paper.