Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Steampunk Hummingbird Card

Hi Friends,
To create more depth for the background I used different color inks with the same stamp. This allowed me to stretch my supplies. Let's create something a bit masculine and get a bit grungy!

BPM Stamps:
Cogs & Gears Steampunk Background Rubber Stamp
Hummingbird Steampunk Cogs Gears Stamp

Chicken Wire Mesh Background Texture Art Rubber Stamp by Pam Bray Designs

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Other Supplies:
ink pads (aqua / silver / black), ink blending tool, card stock (black & aqua), mini brads, black marker, gear embellishment, black twine, clear mounting block, card base (5X7")

1. Selectively apply silver ink to only the corner of the gear background stamp. To avoid leaving a harsh line, blot the edges of the loaded stamp with a tissue to remove some of the ink so that the intensity of the image gradually fades. Stamp the impression onto the corner of black card stock. Repeat process with other corner and set aside to dry.

2. Load the entire gear stamp with aqua ink and stamp directly to aqua paper. Load the same gear stamp with black ink and first stamp onto scrap paper. The first impression will not be used. Stamp the second generation impression in the corner overlapping the first layer of aqua stamping. The image will be lighter and create a more distressed irregular appearance. Add a honeycomb texture stamp randomly to the background using aqua ink.  Create more depth to the design by using more than one color of ink.  Use an ink blending tool to gently apply black ink to the edges to create a misty haze. Set aside to dry.

3. Create the embellishment by stamping the steampunk hummingbird onto white card stock using aqua ink. Reload the stamp with black ink and stamp over the first design doing your best to align the images. A perfect line up is not required because you want some of the aqua impression to peek out adding the appearance of more depth to the gears. Repeat the process to create another wing for the hummingbird.

4.  Carefully, cut out the hummingbirds, assemble the second wing, and add mini brads to some of the gears. Use a black marker to outline the hummingbird and darken any important details.

5. Adhere the black card stock vertically to the right side of the card base. Attach the aqua card stock to the left side of the card base leaving a narrow border of black. Add the completed hummingbird to the center of the card with foam tape.

6. Add a loop of twine to a gear embellishment and hook it around the beak of the hummingbird so that it appears as if the hummingbird is carrying the gear.

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