Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Crafty Gals Corner - Challenge #106 - Add A Heart

It's time for another challenge with us at the

This week we are letting our creative juices flow with
Challenge #106 - Add a Heart

The sponsors for this challenge are:

Prize: $10 Gift Certificate

Prize: $15 Gift Certificate

Prize: 3 Digital Stamps

digital stamp from Polkadoodles, one of our generous sponsors this week.

My steampunk easel heart card has combined several techniques and products.
I started with my Silhouette Cameo and set up my mat to be A4 size.
I opened the Winnie Wonderland Steampunk Cogs and Wheels image and the scalloped heart file, set the mat to show registration marks and adusted the size and placement to make the combined design 6 1/2" high.  To make the card base, I took a copy of the heart cut file and added it to a new 12x12 mat, duplicated so that I had four copies the same size.  I flipped one heart and aligned it with another vertically, overlapping so that they "touched" at the middle top of the heart then the magic happened when I clicked the weld button ... my base was formed, with the help of a little scoring for the two folds.  That left me with two hearts the same size, one for support under the top decorated panel (and so you can't seet the colour that bleeds through to the back) and one for the mat to go inside the card.  I reduced the "mat" layer to 90% and that left a nice neat gap between the scallops.

Now, back to the top, decorative panel.

I printed it off on an A4 sheet of X-Press It Blending card then cut the surrounding scalloped heart with the Cameo.
I coloured the cogs & gears using Copic markers.  I gave the panel a liberal dusting with powder then I went over each one with my Versamarker dual tip watermark pen and clear embossing powder.  I gave them all two coats to get a smooth, glossy coverage.
Next came the Distress Ink.  I inked the entire panel using Old Paper, with darker coverage around the cogs & gears and around the middle where the sentiment & flowers were to go.  This was my first time blending such a large area, so I was extra careful to tap off the blending tool to avoid streaks and lines.  (... sure is a lot slower than the high speed videos we see online)

I die cut the "love" sentiment five times, coloured the one using the YR24 YR27 Copic markers (same as some as the cogs & gears) and heat embossed it using clear embossing powders.  I layered them all together and popped using foam dots, surrounding it with pearl flourishes and paper flowers.  I adhered the flowers using Helmar 450 Quick Dry, it's a liquid adhesive that is like using a hot glue gun without the "hot".

I coloured some tiny chipboard cogs & gears using the same Copic markers and heat embossed with clear powder.  I adhered them in place inside the card to help the front panel stand up and embellish it a bit too.  I used the stronger "book binding" glue to secure them firmly in place (Helmar Acid Free Professional Adhesive).

Here are some other views of my hearty steampunk card.


Copic markers - C0 to C9
Copic markers - YR24 YR27
Copic markers -E87 E89
Copic markers - the trusty "zero" colourless blender
Versamarker dual tip watermark pen
WOW! - embossing powder - Clear Gloss Super Fine
Ranger - Mini Round Ink Blending Tool
Ranger - Mini Distress Ink - Old Paper
Winnie & Walter - In A Word - Love Cutaway
Imaginarium Designs - chipboard - Tinies 9 Cogs on Board
Helmar 450 Quick Dry Liquid Adhesive
Helmar Acid Free Professional Adhesive
Bella! Bling - Frame - Pearl White
Bella! Bling - Vintage - Pearl White

Sending a big Thank You to Polkadoodles for supplying the digital stamp I used today and for being a sponsor for Challenge #106 with us at the Crafty Gals Corner.
I am going to enter my card in the following challenges (alphabetical order):
my card has several pearl flourishes
I have used a new digital stamp, new chipboard cogs and a new technique
my card is filled with so much love, from the sentiment
to the scalloped heart and everything in between
my heart is all-a-flutter and my card is filled with love
my card includes several pearl flourishes


  1. What a lovely card!Thanks for joining us at ScrapbookStampSociety Challenge.Good luck and hope to see you again.Gr.Kaija Dt-member

  2. Hi Tracy, wow what a fabulous card, the steampunk theme is superb. Thank you for sharing with us at Creative Craft Cottage. Good luck in the draw and hope you will join us again. Jennifer DT member x

  3. Replies
    1. Thank You Beverly :)
      Hope you get to play along with us!

  4. very nice. love the layout. Thanks for joining us at Creative Craft Cottage. Good luck.
    Bye, Groetjes van Ine (DT)

  5. Very creative take on our word prompt and I love all your ideas in this card and the color palette! Very inventive, all of it! Thanks for joining us at Inkspirational!

  6. Beautiful card, Tracy. All the work you did on those gears was well worth it because they turned out gorgeous. Love the heart shaped easel card.

  7. What a wonderful card, Tracy! The shape is so lovely, and I really like the masculine gears combined with the flowers and bling!
    Thanks for joining us at Digistamps4Joy! :o)

    1. Thank You Nancy :)
      ... yes, I was planning on using this as an anniversary card, a mix of his 'n hers

  8. Beautiful!!! Thank you so much for participating in the Creative Craft Cottage Challenge and good luck.

  9. what a perfect card for the other significant other in your life, not too girly!

  10. Tracy this is very beautiful.
    Thanks for join us at
    {Digistamps4Joy DT Member}
    Hope to see you again and goodluck


    Thanks for join us at ScrapbookStampSociety Challenge.
    Good Luck and hope to see you again

    Greetings Karin DT Coördinator

  11. A wonderful creation..Love the design and the colours!! its beutiful
    Thank you so much for entering our ATG challenge at Through The Craft Room Door this week. Looking forward to see you again next challenge.
    HUGS Cicci,
    ciccividpennan {My Blog}
    Through The Craft Room Door

  12. Great look with the cogs and gears in contrast to the scallop heart.
    Thanks for joining in the fun at Inkspirational Challenges. Do hope you'll join us again :)
    Pia xxx


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