He Pondered, Oh To Be 21 Again

Hello Everyone
Today I thought I would share a birthday card I made last month for my cousin Christy who turned 21.
I turned to my faithful Oxford Impressions’ stamps using London Telegraph and the two other Steampunk sets (all are available either directly from Suzanne at Oxford Impressions or if you are based in the U.K. they are available from The Craft Barn).
I wanted to make a card that showed I had put some effort into making but at the same time, time was not on my side.  What was a time saver, when I’ve used those stamps for other projects I work in a particular way in that  I stamp up a bundle of images even though I know there will be too many to use on the project I am working on. I then keep the extras for when they will be needed in the future. So having those images already stamped and cut out saved lots of time.
I work in the same way with backgrounds. Preparing sheets ready to have to hand for when the stamping will get underway. This background is watercolour paper washed with walnut ink and then gently sprayed with homemade inks that I like to mix-up. Then I selected a bundle of stamps.  I wanted the symbol of the key as traditionally at the age of 21 the key of the door was handed over. I know this tradition doesn’t stand anymore but I still like the key as a symbol.  You will see that the first photograph isn’t true to colour.
Card size 8″x8″.
The following photographs are the true colours. They are fiddly but clock/watch parts are amazing for Steampunk projects. Did you spy the teeny piece I laid over one of his eyes?
The embellishments are a vintage Bingo counter aged with ink and a key was treated with Rusting Powder (again I had this stored in my stash). If you are using Rusting Powder it makes sense to work on a few items at one time and then store them safely. I prefer not to put Happy Birthday on a card front but for Christy’s card I wanted something to add. As my stamps are scattered around me my eye went to the words Celebrated Hats (one of the text stamps from London Telegraph) perfect! I only inked up as far as celebrate.
The clock/watch parts are also great additions scattered here and there.As with the recent Steampunk Tower (“The Inventor”) some of those cogs (or are they wheels?) actually rotate. Just to remind you that over at Fashionable Stamping Challenge we are still looking for Let’s Get Messy and Inky artwork. You still have time to enter this fun challenge. There is a prize for the winner so well worth entering.
Thank you for visiting this post. Sorry for the quality of the main photograph but hopefully the smaller photographs give you an idea of the colours, etc.

32 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Lululiz
    Jul 24, 2012 @ 18:02:31

    What a great card for a guy!


  2. Valerie-Jael
    Jul 24, 2012 @ 18:07:38

    Lovely card, great colours! Valerie


  3. craftytrog
    Jul 24, 2012 @ 18:41:41

    A wonderful collection of elements makes this a truly amazing & unique 21st card Lynne! xx


  4. Yvonne G
    Jul 24, 2012 @ 19:11:40

    Your cousin must have been astonished! What a wonderful card for a guy. I have moved away from Happy Birthday on cards, as well. Just sent a huge stack out today, in fact. Thanks for sharing your stamping tips, as you always do. It is so sweet of you. Best, Yvonne


  5. Rita
    Jul 24, 2012 @ 19:17:28

    Fabulous card Lynne. I am over on the east coast my holidays. Got my crafty bag here too. Hugs Rita xxx


  6. may
    Jul 24, 2012 @ 19:37:06

    Hi Lynne, great card for a male… love all the elements and moving parts.. Fabulous.. love is eye piece! Brillant detail… I cut my hearts using my big shot and Tim Holtz.. movers & shapers Heart die.. never had a problem with the edges I also cut his butterflies the same…. Hope this helps!! Hugs May x x x


  7. Meggymay
    Jul 24, 2012 @ 19:55:00

    All the photos look wonderful to me. Its a fantastic card.
    Yvonne x


  8. Sue
    Jul 24, 2012 @ 19:55:07

    This is fabulous Lynne, I like the addition of the bingo token x


  9. barnie
    Jul 24, 2012 @ 20:44:07

    How fantastic, your cousin will love this card. You did a great job with this wonderful plate 🙂


  10. Terry
    Jul 24, 2012 @ 20:55:21

    Lynne, fabulous card for someone turning 21!!! Beautiful use of stamps and I love that bingo 21! So clever! Enjoy!


  11. Dorthe
    Jul 24, 2012 @ 21:01:12

    She must have been thriled Lynne-
    this is a gorgeous card, and a wonderful present,-so much work in it, and so beautifully made. I LOVE that some of the clock parts can turn-WOW.
    You made this with your heart for a dear cousin, I can see that dear friend, it is so beautiful.
    Sending late nights greetings, and sleep well.
    Love, -Dorthe,xx


  12. valerie
    Jul 24, 2012 @ 21:11:26

    Fab card Lynne, I love that the cogs turn, makes it so tactile:)
    Val x


  13. stempelchaotin
    Jul 25, 2012 @ 05:04:15

    Fantastic steampunk art Lynne.
    Great stamping work form you. Your cousin will love it.


  14. cheryl
    Jul 25, 2012 @ 06:27:02

    oh lynne Hun this is brilliant love the stamps you have used and as always your detail is just first class hugs Cherylxxxxx


  15. Ira
    Jul 25, 2012 @ 07:25:00

    A fabulous and truly masculine card Lynne, love the background with all those sprockets and the beautiful quote. So much thought goes into this card, that’s why I love it so much!


  16. PetraB
    Jul 25, 2012 @ 10:52:29

    wonderful masculine card and you can tell him he is not the only one pondering (lol)


  17. Diane
    Jul 25, 2012 @ 16:45:32

    Beautiful piece Lynne! Love all the little extras you have added.


  18. The Scrap Yard
    Jul 25, 2012 @ 23:41:51

    This is amazing! I love all the details and gears! Fabulous card!


  19. Florence
    Jul 26, 2012 @ 03:58:14

    Ooooo! Fabulous project Lynne.
    Regards Florence xx


  20. femmy
    Jul 26, 2012 @ 09:51:32

    Fantastic lynne!!


  21. Sharon
    Jul 26, 2012 @ 11:20:16

    Oh wow love the background and the matching sprocket/gears embellishments!!


  22. Jennifer Ingle
    Jul 26, 2012 @ 12:20:44

    Wonderful card!


  23. MarieS.
    Jul 26, 2012 @ 12:23:26

    What a fabulous card for a guy.Your cousin must have been thrilled.
    Have a wonderful day,Lynne.


  24. Anni
    Jul 26, 2012 @ 13:46:59

    Oh Lynne your steampunk card is fantastic, great background with all the gears.


  25. Sue
    Jul 26, 2012 @ 20:06:17

    What a fantastic card. The background looks great and so much detail. It looks as though you spent ages making it. I’ve never tried mixing inks together. Sounds like a lot of mess and a lot of fun – right up my street!


  26. ~*~Patty Szymkowicz Magpie's Nest
    Jul 26, 2012 @ 20:14:47

    Hello Dear Lynne ~ your card is wonderful and I so enjoyed reading about your creative process

    I am drawn to so many of the ingredients that you used!


  27. baileyrosy
    Jul 26, 2012 @ 21:14:03

    Sorry I have missed so many of your beautiful posts while I have been away and am seriously behind. Thank you so much for your birthday wishes and your words of encouragement especially as i know you have been through and are still mourning for your own loss. A fabulous card and so many amazing details and little touches that make your work a class above.



  28. Brenda Brown
    Jul 27, 2012 @ 07:35:20

    Such a creative card for your cousin. I love the whole design, theme and colours.
    Happy days.
    Hugs Brenda xxx


  29. Maria
    Jul 28, 2012 @ 00:57:16

    Hi Lynne, What a wonderful creation, I’m sure cousin loved this. I like how you’ve used the traditional “key to the door” on this, and all the little details which make it special.

    Maria x


  30. Patricia Davis
    Jul 28, 2012 @ 11:19:00

    Hi Lynne. love the card. So funny, I was just pondering how to make a steampunk card for my grand daughter who just turned 18. This is the inspiration I needed to make her card. Thanks and wishing you a great weekend.


  31. gerri herbst
    Jul 29, 2012 @ 14:26:55

    What a wonderful card to receive! You know how I adore your manly themes and this Steampunk one is fantastic! take care, gerri


  32. Marjie Kemper
    Jul 31, 2012 @ 16:53:05

    I bet that was the best mail by far your cousin received. Love the ’21’ chip and the symbolism of the key. Plus all those great gears! I know what you mean about having some things cut out and ready to go… sure can be a time saver!


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