Monday, September 10, 2012

I need a Hero....

That was a line from an eighties pop song! It is also the theme over at Simon Says Stamp & Show this week. Who is your hero? Mine is my hubby without a doubt but as there isn't yet a stamp of him I decided to to go down the old school Steampunk route! I was very inspired by the opening of the Olympic Games and the fabulous tribute to the Industrial Revolution.
 I had plans for something completely different and ended up with a fully loaded card. I started out by creating a metal embossed frame by sticking metal foil tape to cardboard before running it through my Big Shot.
I had to move the frame along the folder and try to match the design). Didn't need to be too fussy as I soon splodged on the Alcohol Inks for a rusty look. Then it was a case of creating a setting for Wendy's fabulous chap who I still adore. I dug into my Idea-ology and metal bits and bobs stash to find lots of goodies.
I set eyelets into the frame and set the frame on a Kraft card base matted with a piece of Kraft Resist paper, adding a few stamped numbers along the way. I cut the clock from scrap corrugated cardboard and aged it with a good dose of Vintage Photo Distress Stain and Rock Candy Crackle. Yum! It's hard to see but I also cut the word INDUSTRY with the Chip Block die to add to the left side.
A corner of concentrated Idea-ology 'metal lovelies' are the perfect decoration, all given a lick of Alcohol ink! I love these Steampunk hands and had to add a couple! I also thought an old metal ruler and some rusty corner pieces looked right at home....
 I like to create lots of dimension and layers and popped one hand behind the clock and also added the words imagination, innovation and invention thanks to my fabby old typewriter! Gluing the whole card took a bit of time and my trusty Glossy Accents.
 I decided to go mad and decorate the inside - partly because I needed to add some extra weight to get it to stand up! A few shabby layers and a simple greeting! Nice and simple but I think it works... and finishes it off nicely.
So that was my take on heroes... time for you to dig out the Superman suit! Please take a look at the wonderful creations from my teamies here and join in the fun. There's the great $50 prize and Top Three Title to be won! Okidoke...checking out. Thanks for being here!


Inkypinkycraft said...

Another fab make , I love the steampunk feel, trace. X

Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

This card is a masterpiece!!! A grungy vintage piece of creative mastering it is for sure! Fabulous design all around!

Von said...

Too good to be just a card ! brill work Sarah :)
Von ♥

Sophie said...

Super geworden deine Helden-Karte :-)

Ganz liebe Grüße

Anna-Karin said...

This is supercool! Great steampunk feeling and wonderful rust and grunge.

Alie Hoogenboezem-de Vries said...

What a joy to study your creation Sarah...amazing...all the materials and colours...gorgeous!!

greetings, Alie :-)

Rita said...

What can I say, my mouth fell open when I saw your fantastic piece of Art this morning Sarah. Every time I looked at it I saw something else and the whole rusty look makes it so Stunning. Hugs Rita xx

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Fabulous fully loaded piece Sarah, right up my street. Love the embossed frame and lovely use of the weathered clock too. Always love your use of DIY elements too, giving your piece a fabulous steampunk, industrial feel. Love it. Tracy x

Janny Jager said...

Wowwwwwwww i love this
A great steampunk piece of art Sarah

Greetings Janny

Candy C said...

Sarah...I love your "fully loaded steampunk card". Great description of it! It's amazingly detailed and so much fun to see. I love all of your elements; the weathered clock, the ideaology, Wendy's stamped gent and hand. That metallic embossed frame in the center looks so cool and really sets the tone for this wonderful design! <3 Candy

Words and Pictures said...

Gorgeous burnished metallics - just love the rich colours, and the steampunk theme is fantastic!
Alison x

Susan said...

OH MY GOSH!!!! I love this! The depth and intrigue are awe -inspiring. Thank you so very much for sharing.

Caro said...

I love this card it's amazing, so much texture and depth and wonderful rich glowing colour and reminds me of those fantastic vehicles in the closing ceremony of the paralympics. All this comes as a complete suprise as I am more of a pink/dylusions girl myself.

Lori said...

Fantabulous Sarah! Love all the little details!

Suzanne C said...

Gorgeous rustic details! Love the steampunk layers of goodness! What a rustastic level of beauty!

Marjie Kemper said...

Ooooh lah lah! That is one stunning card. Love how you did the frame and connected all these parts in some way... fabaroonie!

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Beautiful piece, Sarah! I love the consensus of rusty colors in different textures and layered so beautifully!

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Kezzy said...

Gorgeous creation I love how you got the effect on the clock I thought you might have used crafty notions rust powder but you haven't wow. How are you doing, I have been keeping an eye out for you but over the last few weeks I haven't been able to blog alot. Hows Ruby, all the photos are beautiful, amazing how something so small can't cause such emotion, time and expense isn't it, but as you say the minute they look at you all is forgotten lol. Take care Hugs Kerry xxx

Kate Yetter said...

An amazing card indeed! I love all your 'rusty' metal and such. Just fabulous!

Sandra said...

What a gorgeous card, Sarah! Love your tribute to the industial revolution a lot! Hugs, Sandra

Claudia N. said...

Just wonderful, Sarah!!!!!

Great colours and textures!!! Love!!!

die amelie xx

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