Monday, July 18, 2011

Gearing Up for a Steampunk Birthday Card

My son's birthday is coming up so I wanted to make him a special card since he is such a special boy (aw, that's a mom's opinion). He is a thinker and I can always see the gears turning in his head when he is working on a project. When I found these Viva Las Vegastamps, I knew they would make a perfect birthday card in combination with the Tim Holtz small gears die set I purchased from Ben Franklin Crafts. As usual I was in a rush to complete the card on time, so I was relieved to make a guy-card without the multitude of color and embellishments needed for girly cards. I cut the gears out of metallic vellum in three colors and wired them with Vintage wire (available at BFC). The vintage typewriter keys are stickers I found in my really old stash of sticker letters and were used because I wanted to note my son's age. (I had him when I was only 15 LOL! You believe me right!) You could use some other industrial-looking stickers/embellishments to get the same steampunk effect. I'm very pleased with the overall look of this birthday card and hope that it makes my son smile (maybe I should include some green stuff to make that smile bigger) LOL! With all the popularity of the steampunk look in jewelry, papercrafts, and other craft projects, I hope you'll give it a try. Crank up your crafts!


Cheryl said...

Hi Lynn, great use of the steam punk die! I really want to get that die but I have no idea what to make with it. You did a great job making your son a birthday card with the die.

Islander Girl said...

So manly! I always have a hard time with masculine card but you didn't seem to at all! I'm sure your son will love it!!!

Shirley N said...

This is quite a creative masculine card, Lynn. Very nice vintage touch and design, great card!