Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Steampunk Card with Sin City Scraps Clock Stamp

Clock card (800x543)
I found a little stitchery kit in the bargain bin at a craft store.  The frame reminded me of a pocket watch, and I thought it might be the right size for one of the clock stamps from the Sin City Scraps Clocks & Birds plate.  It turns out it was a perfect fit!

The frame was black and white, and made out of some kind of plastic or rubber:
Frame as found (735x800)
I decided to paint it with metallic paint to make it look like a pocket watch.  First, I went over the white parts with a black permanent maker, so the color would be even:
Frame with black marker
Then I gave it two coats of metallic paint on each side.  I had planned to patina the paint, but enough of the black showed through that it looked aged without any extra treatment:
Frame with copper paint (648x800)
I stamped the clock stamp onto grey cardstock.  I made extras, just in case.  I hate to clean off my stamp and then mess up my image and have to ink up my stamp again!
Clock stamp (800x279)
Sin City Scraps will send your stamps as rubber plates, cling mounted or wood mounted.  I get the rubber plates.  Then I just cut them up and use them with acrylic blocks. I put a few pieces of double sided tape on the blocks and the stamps stick perfectly.  Sometimes it helps to put a piece of craft foam under your paper; other times a hard surface works better.
I cut out one clock image and painted it with two coats of Crystal Lacquer (letting it dry between coats).  That helped it coordinate with the glossy paper I wanted to use on my card, and made it look sort of like a watch with a crystal.
I scored and folded an 8 ½ x 11 inch sheet of grey cardstock.  Then I cut two rectangles from black cardstock (8 ¼ x 5 ¼ inches and 3 ½ X 4 7/8 inches).  I also cut a 2 x 8 ¼ inch strip from a piece of cardstock with a gear print.  I inked the edges of the card with copper pigment ink, and the edges of the three rectangles with silver pigment ink.
I used double-sided tape to adhere the rectangles to the card, and Glue Lines to attach three gear diecuts to the card (made with the Spellbinders Sprightly Sprockets die).  I adhered the frame to the card with Glue Lines and used two layers of foam tape to adhere and prop up the clock image.
Finally, I added a little bit of black seam binding to the ring at the top of the stitchery frame/watch.
Here’s another view of the card that shows the glossy surface of the clock stamp image:
Clock card2 (800x560)
If you want to mail this card, I recommend a padded envelope!

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