Re-edited: My card is the winner of Divas by Design challenge #34 - yaaaay!!! And I'm also one of the top picks at the Craft Room Embossing Challenge - yaaay!!!!
I've got to say - when I first saw Kenny K's digi stamps, I thought - hmm, quite quirky but interesting.
However when I saw their Steampunk Burlesque collection I immediately thought they were HOT, HOT, HOT!!!!
As it's my bro's birthday coming up, I wanted to make a card that was going to leave him speechless and with his jaw wide open lol ;-). I am sure he's definitely not expecting this!!!!
I opted for the pre-coloured version of the feisty Scarlett West babe. To give the card a 'vintage urban' edge I added a handful of clocks, cogs & gears (stamped or die cut) and lots of distress inking through masks.
But what I enjoyed the most was going wild with a new technique I absolutely fell in love with! Fran from Stampendous was recently demoing the Encrusted Jewel technique on thwe UK's Create & Craft TV.
I must confess, I watched it glued to the telly, with my heart beating really fast as I knew, I just KNEW, I finally saw something I have been waiting for all my crafty life! A perfect combination of sparkle, embossing and texture - all in one!!! What's the secret? Well, you're going to have to find out from the Inventor herself - click here to watch Fran's tutorial.
My encrusted jewels are a generous handful of real cogs and gears (a recent present from my lovely hubby) mixed with gold and copper sequins. All was set in a blend of vintage gold embossing enamel and copper, glitter black and sea foam white embossing powders.
I had so much fun making this card and I actually feel quite sad having to part with it now... oh well - I hope the recipient is going to love it as much as I do :-))).
That's all for now Friends. I will catch up on visiting soon as I am still battling with my nasty cold.
If you haven't done so already, make sure to enter my 2nd Blogaversary candy - the candy will expire in less than a week so you'd better hurry! And if you have a really sweet tooth, check out my new Blog Candy Cauldron linky for some more fabulous giveaways!
Challenges for this card:
The Artistic Stamper May - Spots and Strips
The Stamp Man challenge - Favourite technique
Papercraft Star #96 - Use a stamp
Craft Room Challenge - Emboss it
Allsorts Challenge Blog #154 - Card for a man or a boy
Craft Your Days Away #45 - All creatures great and small
Ooh La La Creations #104 - Make It Manly
Divas by Design #34 - One for the Boys
Crafty Cardmakers #67 - For the boys
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