Steampunk Inter-Connected Systems


This card is a combination of three different card challenges:

Retro Rubber Challenge Blog #154 which required a stamp at least a year old (mine were 6 and 2years old respectively) and "anything goes" for a theme:

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Just Add ink #546 which required a "steampunk" theme:

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Time Out Challenges #183 which required us to step out of our comfort zone and "do your thing different". I think I did that in a big way with my "steampunk" card.

I started out using two scraps of alcohol ink background where one was mostly blues and "sky" like, while the other was shades of green like the ocean. These were left overs from other projects, so I cut them to make a 4"x 5-1/4" background. This was glued to a black card base.

The gear die was used to cut a corner piece from both gold and silver metallic cardstock. I glued these to the upper right and lower left corners of the background.

My idea was to show how the world is inter-connected, so I stamped 2 globes using Versamark onto tan cardstock and dusted one with silver and the other with gold embossing powder, then heat set to make them glossy. The globes were then cut with a circle die that was just a bit larger in diameter than the globes. I then glued the top part of the silver globe to contrast with the nearby gold gears, and the lower part of the copper globe for the bottom. The gear "fingers" were created by snipping around the circle margin from the edge to the globe image, then snipping out every other "finger". I die cut three additional smaller circles and glued them to the back of the globe to make it have dimension.

Because all steampunk images need some organic features, I cut a golden butterfly out of pattern paper for the sky. For the "ocean" I stamped a fish using black ink, then colored it with Copic markers. To make them look more steampunk, I cut some gear centers out of the leftover silver gear die cut and glued them to the butterfly's head and the fish's eye. Both were made shiny by adding Ranger Glossy Accents. I liked how the gear spokes for the butterfly made it look like she had mechanical silver antenna. The butterfly was mounted with a rolled up glue dot, and the fish was mounted with adhesive foam strips.

I am rating the difficulty level of this card as a "4" out of a possible "5" because of all the extra planning and experimenting required to "get out side my safe zone" for the challenges. I think I easily met all three challenges requirements!!!

Stamps: SU By the Tide, Beautiful World
Paper: Glossy Photo Paper, Ranger Yupo Paper, Recollections Gold & Silver Metallic Cardstock, SU Crumb Cake, SU Whisper White, SU Botanical Butterfly DSP, SU Basic Black
Paper Size: A2
Ink: Various Ranger Alcohol Inks, Copic Markers, Versamark. Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Sizzix Gears Tim Holtz Dies, Sizzix Nested Circles Dies, Tombow Multi Liquid Glue, Paper Snips, Recollections Silver & Gold Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Mini Glue Dot, Adhesive Foam Strips, Ranger Glossy Accents
Techniques: Alcohol Ink Background, Die Cutting, Fussing Cutting


  1. Wow Donna you really went for 'different' in so many ways and it turned out superb. I love your idea of the Globe and interconnecting! Fab to use these backgrounds, love the colours and the gears with the gold work so well with this. Steampunk is so creative but as you say requires so much planning but I think you rocked it here! Thanks for joining Time Out x

  2. Fun combination of images; made me smile... Like the colours and the textures you have made! Thank you for joining us at TIME OUT!

  3. This is a wonderful card, and I am loving your steampunk style. It’s a different one for me too. Thanks so much for playing along at Time Out.

  4. I love how you incorporated your idea of an interconnected world through steampunk into a card Donna. Adding 'gear teeth' to the world is an awesome touch and really makes the whole concept work! Thanks for joining us at Just Add Ink this week. Kim

  5. I love this Donna. You really nailed our steampunk brief! I love that the more I look at it, the more fabulous details I see. Thanks for joining us at Just Add Ink this week.

  6. WOW!! what a clever way to use those awesome gears, your background is gorgeous.
    Thank you for sharing with us at RETRO RUBBER.
    Stay healthy and safe.


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