Saturday, March 5, 2016

Steampunk Birthday Birthday Card ~ March Craft Hoarders Anonymous Blog Hop

Welcome to the March Craft Hoarders Anonymous Blog Hop!

You should be coming to my blog from Glenda Brooks. Then after visiting me, hop over to Donna Idlet! To start at the beginning of the hop, please head over to Gloria Stengel! You can scroll down to the bottom of this post for a full list of designers participating in this month's blog hop.

I hope you've been enjoying inspiration from the talented designers along your way!

I enjoy creating masculine cards for the special guys in my life. This grungy, mixed media steampunk card is for my husband who has a birthday coming up in April.

Most of the items used on this card have been in my hoard for at
least a year, and some much longer than that!! ;-)

Tips and Techniques
This Scrapiniec hot air balloon has been in my stash for a couple years now. It fit perfectly over this balloon image fussy cut off of a page from the BoBunny Timeless Memories collection. A quick and easy way to give a metallic finish to chipboard is with embossing powder. Here I've use Stampendous Aged Silver. The distressed ruler tucked in on the left is an odd piece given to me a couple years ago. I distressed it by first rubbing on metallic aqua paint, then with Payne's grey craft paint. The layer behind the balloon was stenciled with distress ink using a TCW Mini Butterfly Collage stencil.

These watch parts are also embossed using Stampendous aged black embossing enamel. The script on the background was randomly stamped across the card.

The tag for my sentiment is a Simple Stories Kraft Journal Layer. First I stamped the sentiment in permanent black ink, then I spritzed Lindy's Stamp gang Tawny Turquoise Moon Shadow Mist on my craft matt and laid the stamped tag onto the mist to create this grungy background. I also spritzed and splattered the background with the Lindy's mist. 

I used my Prima Crackle stencil along with Viva Decor Bronze Croco Crackling color. This paint is quite thick and worked will with the stencil. I adore the way it crackled as it dried. Matte medium was used to adhere the mica chips. 

A blend of metallic Lumiere paints was rubbed onto the edges.

Your next stop on the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Blog Hop is the talented Glenda Brooks. If you have dropped by my blog and would like to start at the beginning, be sure to hop on over to Gloria's blog HERE.

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March Craft Hoarders
Tracey Sabella - That's Me!

Card Base ~ Kraft - Stash
Prima ~ Timeless Memories - Moments #847456
BoBunny ~ Somewhere In Time - Balloons
Simple Stories ~ DIY Journal Layers - Kraft
Chipboard Ruler ~ Stash
Scrapiniec ~ Chipboard - Hot Air Balloon
Leaky Shed Studio ~ Chipboard - Watch Parts 
Prima ~ Art Basics - Soft Matte Gel #961428
Liquitex ~ Gesso, clear
Viva Decor ~ Croco Crackling Color - Bronze
Donna Salazar with Clearsnap ~ Mix’d Media Inx - Truffle
Ranger ~ Perfect Medium
Ranger ~ Archival Ink - Jet Black
Stampendous ~ Fran-tage - Embossing Enamel, Aged Silver
Stampendous ~ Fran-tage - Embossing Enamel, Aged Black
Stampendous ~ Fran-tage - Mica Fragments, Bronzed
Lindy’s Stamp Gang ~ Moon Shadow Mist - Tawny Turquoise
Lumiere by Jacquard ~ Light Body Metallic Acrylic - Pearl Turquoise; Pewter; Halo Blue Gold
Americana ~ Acrylic Paint - Payne’s Grey

I have entered this card:

Thanks for stopping by! I treasure your comments.

~ Blessings ~


  1. What a glorious project! There is so much wonderful texture and I love the balloon!

  2. Parting with hoarded goodies for a loved one is still a bit of a struggle for me some days. Your art is lovely to the eye with so many details and embossing and crackling paint really is beautiful. Thank you so much for entering our 221st challenge. We are always delighted to see your entries and appreciate your inspirational creativity.
    Carole Robb Bisson
    Word Art Wednesday
    DT Member

  3. Gorgeous colors and textures - I love this!

    1. Thanks so much for your lovely comment, Jan!! ~ Blessings, Tracey

  4. Love this card, wonderful colors and textures. Great job of putting everything together!

    1. Thanks so much for your sweet words, Diana!! ~ Blessings, Tracey

  5. Tracey I absolutely love this card! I had no idea the balloon frame was chipboard - I thought it was metal. This is fantastic!

    1. Thanks so much for your sweet comment, Kathy!! Yes, embossing enamel can really transform chipboard!! ~ Blessings, Tracey

  6. Your card looks amazing, love the hot air balloon, and the fabulous embossing on the cogs... brilliant masculine card..

  7. This is gorgeous! LOVING the balloon and the gears!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. I love this card and love those little crackle lines on it. You really put alot of love into this card and it shows. Thanks for sharing it with all of us Tracy :)

  9. Fab card love the balloon. I love the steam punk theme to the card, and the clouds are great

    1. Thanks so much for your lovely comment, Dawn!! ~ Blessings, Tracey

  10. Love this card! It is so hard sometimes to make masculine cards but yours is amazing. Thanks for sharing it with us.

    1. Thanks so much for your sweet comment, Judy!! ~ Blessings, Tracey

  11. This is absolutely stunning Tracey!! Love the colour mix and the touches of crackle on the background. The finish on the chippies is fabulous and I love the overall design!! Brilliant work!! xx

  12. Wonderful mixture of textures and colors!

  13. Tracey, love your card, love all the elements and textures you have added.

  14. What can I say about this card? It is simply fabulous. I love steampunk and you really rocked this one. You husband is going to just love it!

  15. You always blow me away with the stunning results you get with mixed this card ♥

  16. How gorgeous is this, what a great design!!!


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