Thursday, 3 May 2012

Let's Get Physical! by Alan Scott

When I received this set of stamps from Graphic 45 called Olde Curiosity Shoppe 1, I looked at them and I always say ‘Okay how can l build up a crafting project with these?’ Well I have to be honest and say at first it just did not connect and I put them away in the stamps holiday home. Then a few weeks later, I was just looking through my books (this is something I always do to maybe get that "light bulb moment") Well I saw this image and then WHAM it hit me!
I had just the right set of stamps. So please don't be disheartened when you buy a set of stamps and when you get them you're faced with a total blank. Your crafting mojo will always be honest with you and you will find that spark.

So that's how this card was thought up. It is an ‘homage’ to the 1920’s (but don't ask me how they managed to do Keep Fit in a corset like that!). I also wanted to bring that Steam Punk feel with metal flowers.


8” x 10” card base
A5 white card used for stamping
A4 sheet purple glitter paper
A4 sheet of backing paper
20” of silver metallic ribbon
14” of two different widths of matching ribbon (I used purple as the card was purple glitter)
10 x milk bottle tops. What you're looking for is a SOFT metal - roasting tin foil is to thin and a drinks can is too heavy. Have a look at this crafting metal
An edge punch - here I used two Edgabilities from Spellbinders but you can use any edge punch with this project. If you don't have these then a ribbon hole punch will work
Water colouring mediums. I only used 4 for this project - 3 were AquaMarkers Metallic and a Tim Holtz Spun Sugar Marker
3 brads for the flower centre
Your normal crafting goodies


Using the stamp you're going to have to multi stamp along a drawn line. This is not as hard as it sounds. The stamp has a wonderful accurate reproduction of the stamped image on the reverse. This makes multi stamping an easy task. Practice on some scrap paper just so that you're going to be okay when it comes to stamping the image 4 times in a row.
When your happy, take your white stamping paper and then go for it. Relax when your doing it take your time. Place to one side to dry.
While your waiting for the stamped image to dry, the next task is to secure your glitter paper/card onto your white card base. Now then, if you're like me you will ‘GUT’ the card before you secure into place. I mean, why keep it on the card when it is going to be covered???? So taking a rough measurement of the stamped area, then your topper area, you will have an idea of what is going to be covered up. ALWAYS ALLOW A GOOD MARGIN! cut this area out of the card and then secure onto the card. Don't worry if you're not comfortable doing this. I'm just mean when it comes to my paper/card lol.
You now want to trim the stamped area to the finished size that you want. This has to be done before we tackle the next stage.
Place the newly trimmed image onto your paper. Then using a ruler, measure out the same distance top and bottom, so that you have a margin surrounding the stamped image. This line will now give you your cutting line, so that when it comes to making your embellished edge, you can.
I used my Edgabilities and managed to put the dies on top and bottom as Il have 2 sets of the cutting edges. I recommend that if you can, it's well worth adding 2 to your collection. That way you can cut any length or width easily.
Right, you now have a topper that has been cut. All that needs to be done is thread your ribbon through each side. If you don't have an Edgabilities that cuts ribbon holes, then just use a ribbon hole punch. 
Place the topper onto your card followed by the ribbon. At this point, you're not going to glue. All you're doing is checking placement before we secure into place. When you're happy, secure the ribbon’s (lay the thinner ribbon on to the wider ribbon buy good double sided tape).
This is when the fun starts - making metal flowers! I love playing with different materials to use in my crafting, from drinks cans to metal pull rings, its all been used and explored as an item for crafting. As long as its not to thick, then metal dies will cut through it.
For embossing it's max drinks can - DONT use it for die cutting as its not worth taking a risk! Build up the flowers and remember the rule of 3’s 5’s 7’s - don't put evens onto your card - this goes for any embellishment. Secure a brad or button into the centre and then secure with a strong glue (a hot glue gun would be best if you have one).
The final task is to colour your stamped image. I did this last this time, as I wanted to fit the colouring in to the feel of the card. Using my water brush and water colouring mediums, I coloured in. I used a very diluted colour strength. It was just a tint of colour. Again, practice on some of the card you trimmed of. Always practice your colouring first - even if that means stamping a spare image. Let it dry and then secure into place.
There you have it a lavish card that had elements that we would normally throw away.
Happy Crafting



  1. I've done that with so many stamps, Alan. I sometimes fall in love so much with an image I don't stop and think what I could really do with it. Your card is so bright and beautiful (the flowers are ace).

  2. Great card, fantastic stamping and wonderful steampunk flowers. Yes I have a cardboard box with unloved stamps in. Just like you Deborah I buy first then think later LOL. xx


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