Hi all
I'm at the Craftreat blog with a fun tutorial using Craftreat stencils. They give great background to any project. Here's a steampunk card in mixed media style.

First gave a background with Basketweave stencil and distress ink fossilised amber. Then I overlapped it with Numeric stencil with hickory smoke.

Next, heat embossed the gears wooden embellishments with Versamark and black embossing powder.

  On a die cut oval, assembled all.

I wanted some rustic look on my project. With Finnabair Patina effect paste and Finnabair Rust effect paste, added the special effects to get the grungy effect.

Added art stones and coloured them with Vivid metallics Ginger peach. Then added highlights with Inkagold Old gold and Art Alchemy Red Amber.

Finally added my quote and the dragonfly.



Linking my work to the following challenges.


  1. Beautiful work! I love your creativity and eye for art :) Hugs...Janie

  2. Beautiful creation ! Thank you for your participation at Sandee & Amelie steampunk challenges.

  3. Love the grungy look here! At first glance, I thought you had used embossing powders to achieve that look. The paints look amazing on those embossed gears. Thank you so much for sharing with us at A Vintage Journey in our Melt It challenge.

  4. Beautiful project! Thank you so much for joining us at Retro Kraft Shop blog :)

  5. A great and very true quote on a great card! Thank you for sharing this with us at SanDee&amelie's Steampunk Challenges!

    Claudia x


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