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Sunday, 22 December 2013

Colourful Steampunk Birds (by Shirley)

Hello everyone, I hope you are doing well during this busy Season.

I have a couple more designs today using stamps from the new Steampunk Birds set, the first one features the super cool Rooster, I love him !

The background started with Seedless Preserves Distress Ink using the Acrylic Block technique.   Next I stamped the cog fragment from Steampunk Butterfly with Dusty Concord DI.   I stamped the grasses from Floral Edges with Seedless Preserves DI.   The Rooster was embossed with copper powder on separate card stock, coloured with Inktense pencils, cut out and attached.    The sentiment is from Birthday Words.

I used the quirky bouncing birds and birdhouse from Steampunk Birds to create the design below.

I started by stamping cogs from Punky Flowers with white Colorbox Pigment ink.    I blended green and blue pigment inks over top and then rubbed ink off the cogs for the ghost effect.   Next I blended a little Broken China Distress Ink with TCW Gears stencil at the top for the 'clouds'   The birdhouse, bouncing birds and sentiment from Steampunk Birds were stamped with Cocoa Memento Dye ink and coloured with Prisma pencils.    

Also, just in case you missed Glenda's exciting post yesterday, here is the link to her Open Design Team call.

Thanks for stopping by, 
Seasons Greetings!


  1. Love the bright colours and backgrounds!

  2. Two great cards Shirley. The Cockerell is gorgeous and the purple colour is an unusual choice but works beautifully. Love the cogs and the floral edges to finish. The blues and greens on the second card are my favourite colours, and the stencil clouds and the ghost like white cogs add depth to the background. The colouring in on both cards is perfect with the little hint of purple on the cockerell's tail, and the touches of turquoise blue on the birdhouse which bring it all together.

  3. Your rooster just glows & looks very majestic. I particularly like the way you echoed the edges of his tail feathers - that jaggedness - with the rough inked edging of the image panel as a whole plus your use of the different purples for the cogs & the floral edge. Doesn't he look at home on that little bank?
    Your second sample has so many techniques which you've combined to create a very unusual design; I particularly like your use of the vertical spokes of gears for the lower background adding to the sense of vertical movement with the gears stencil which has the roundedness of - as you say - clouds. The aqua mist floating between the 'clouds' & your ghosted punky flowers adds tremendously to the effect.
    Paula (PEP)

  4. Love both of these,great colours

  5. Gorgeous inkyness, love those birds, thanks for the inspiration x

  6. I love these cards. Gorgeous colours & great images.

  7. Oh wow these are fantastic Shirley, I love the fabulous stamps and the backgrounds are amazing.

    Linda xxxx

  8. You're amazing, Shirley! These are awesome cards! I love that stamp set! Beautiful work and great colors!

    I miss being on the team, as I'm reminded each day as I use my stamps how lucky I was to be able to share on Chocolate Baroque!

    Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year!
    Hugs, Clare xo :)


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