Saturday, 17 August 2013

Steampunk Balloon Square Easel Card

Had to do another session using my new goodies from #GBCF.  Really liking the Steampunk look at the moment, so this was my inspiration.

Some items I already had, but new items are:

  • Bronze Pearlescent card - Craft4Less Ltd
  • Cosmic Shimmer Ultra Thick Embossing Crystals - A1 Crafts
  • Papermania Chronology Decoupage, Brads & Urban Stamp - Crafty Devils
  • Metal Cogs - MDF Man (can't find them on the website though)
  • Acetate Butterfly - Inkylicious (not on the website, but they do have butterfly stamps which could be used on acetate)
To start, I cut 15cmx30cm from the bronze card and scored then folded in half to create a 15cm square card.  I then scored and folded the top in half to create the easel stand.  I cut a separate 15cm square to attach to the stand. 
I stamped the cogs to cover the whole square using Colorbox MICAMAGIC Antique Gold then heat embossed the clear crystals to give a raised texture. 
I coloured the balloon decoupage using watercolour pencils then layered with 3D foam pads.  I bent this slightly in the middle to give it further dimension and attached to the left of the square using differing height 3D foam pads. 
Using 1mm foam pads I attached the smaller, uncoloured balloon to the top right.  
I coloured an acetate butterfly using permanent pens, allowed to dry then added glitter glue towards the centre. At the outer edges of the wings I painted Ranger Distress Crackle Paint and allowed to dry. Some of this did come off once dried, but I think it gives a nice cracked glass look. 
Taking two cogs plus some gromlets and brads, I arranged these with the acetate butterfly at the bottom right before attaching. Once everything was in place I glued the square to the easel stand. 
For the bottom of the card, I attached a square of light brown card, then added some ribbon across the bottom and the sentiment on top of that. 
To finish off I attached some black pearls to create stoppers for the easel. 

I would like to enter this card into the following competitions:


  1. Fabulous creation Nicola and so very tactile as well.

    Thanks so much for sharing with us at Allsorts this week.

    B x

  2. This is a fabulous creation, love the embossing! Thanks for playing at Joanna Sheen! xxx

  3. Thanks for joining us at Allsorts this week Tracy x


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