Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Steampunk Bird Card

Hello All! I'm still moving and shaking, but it's been a tough few months. Thank you truly for all the cards, messages, and emails, checking in on me. I appreciate it more than you know, and apologize for being so quiet, but it was hard to talk after the wind was knocked out of me, and my mother has needed me immensely. I'm trying to get back in the swing of things, and despite having to cancel and reschedule some work obligations, I have started back and even taught a few classes the last few weeks, but thought it time to get back to blogging. Thank you to those who have been so patient with me. 
I made this card for Ranger for the Creativation show this year, and it was hands down my favorite card for the booth...more I thought it right to show you this card after my long absence, using lots of Tim Holtz goodies (especially Mica Spray), and hopefully get my mind back in the game. Hope you like it.
Have you tried Sizzix Ink Sheets yet??? They are way too cool, and so easy to use...several colors too. First, I cut the black card to size, and painted Tim's Distress Peacock Feathers Paint over it, leaving a border. Once dried, I placed the card inside the Texture Fade, and placed the Ink Sheet over it, matte side down, closed it, and ran through my Vagabond. When you use the Ink Sheet, the debossed portions have the color in them. The ink is matte and not shiny at all. You can even use your finger or a stylus to make marks...sort of like the old carbon copy paper, but not messy at all.
I misted a little Brushed Pewter Distress Mica Spray on the craft sheet, and then slid the edges of the card into the mix so that only the borders had the sheen.
I rubbed Vintage Photo Archival Ink over the raised portions of the card to give it a rusted look.
I die cut the bird with black cardstock and then embossed it with the Airmail Texture Fade.
I used a paintbrush to paint over the raised images with Antique Bronze Distress Mica Spray. I loved the look so much I decided to do it again on the card...see below.
I added it to just a few spots.
I took lots of Idea-ology metal pieces, and gave them a random covering of both Vintage Photo Archival...straight from the pad...and Peacock Feathers paint. Then I misted on the three colors of Mica Spray on various pieces. The Mica adds a cool effect to the metal, and they all look very old and rusted.
I sewed around the card, and then mounted it to a white card base. I thought the bird needed a pop too, so I mounted it on white too, and cut it out leaving a border.
I adhered and glued all the metal pieces on the bird, foam taped it, and then added Remnant Rubs and Small Talk words to the card.
Thank you for all the comments, and I promise I will get by to visit you bloggers soon! Hugs everyone! 


I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!


  1. WOW ... this is beyond awesome !!! Glad to see you back... didn't know you were down!! But I so understand. It's been a year since my brother (part time twin) passed away . I'm still looking for my new normal. I am not adjusting well. Sending you hugs and prayers <3

  2. This is gorgeous. I am so sorry things have been difficult, sending big hugs your way. Thinking of you and yours.

  3. You rocked this one. Thanks for sharing a tutorial with us. You are so talented.

  4. It's a real beauty Anita. Thank you for sharing. Sending huge hugs and thinking of you all xxx

  5. Wow! This is gorgeous! A fabulous make!

  6. Prayers sent your way, art will save your life in times like this (I can only imagine) just be gentle on yourself.

  7. Welcome back Anita, especially with this winner! The final background is a complete stunner all by itself. (Yep, I thought of carbon paper too!). The birdie and embellishments bat it outta da park! Nice job on the white backings too for extra pop. You are back with a bang girl! Sending you warmest wishes and hugs, Nicola xxx

  8. Hugs, thoughts & prayers to you. You card is fantastic.

  9. 18 months ago my sis died very unexpectedly. It profoundly changed me. I found solice in my studio. I am almost 70 so change is not normal in my life. Don't apologize. Your work is so worth waiting for. We all are greatful for you sharing it whenever you can. Hugs and Prays

  10. Fabulous card.Take time .It takes time.sending love.

  11. What a totally awesome Steampunk project and so you Anita xx Thank You for sharing the details. Sending you huge hugs and Best wishes

    Annie xx

  12. I am so very sorry to hear that the past few months have been difficult Anita, you have been missed very much. Your card is a real stunner (I love that embossing folder) and I can see why it would be a favourite!! Take care lovely lady! Big hugs, Anne xxx

  13. Anita, the card is magnificent. I love the background and the embossing on the bird. I have struggled to take advantage of what you can do with embossing folders, but you have definitely demonstrated a great way to highlight the embossing. Can't wait to try it out. Thank you. I hope things are a little better now. We have missed you.

  14. He's magnificent - I love him to bits! Fabulous use of all those metal pieces to bring fresh life to your steampunk bird. Great to see you back in action here!
    Alison x

  15. Awesome art piece!Love everything about it!


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