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Sunday, 1 December 2013

Steampunk Tropical Garden (by Shirley)

Hello everyone, I hope you are having a great weekend.

As soon as I saw the 'punky' Parrot from Steampunk Birds  I wanted to create a tropical garden for him to hang out in:)     It's been colder than normal here in Ontario, Canada so it would be great to feel warm tropical sunshine.   

I started by stamping cog plants from Punky Flowers on the background with white Colorbox Pigment ink.   I blended a few colours of green pigment ink over top and then rubbed off ink over the images (ghost stamping), but they are hidden into the 'garden'.   Next I stenciled with Distress Inks and TCW Gears (at the top) and TCW Ferns in the centre.

I embossed the Parrot from Steampunk Birds and the flowers from Punky Flowers with copper on watercolour paper, coloured with Tombow markers and cut them out to attach.    I added die cut leaves and a small metal cog.    Imagine is from Artistic Expressions.

I hope you can come back often as we have lots to show you this month.
Thanks for visiting and have a great day,


  1. Fantastic ... Love the colours and the parrot is fab, Px

  2. Shirley this is great I love the bright coloured flowers they really "pop" against the rest of the card

    Jackie x

  3. Wonderful card... love the brilliant colours and the parrot is really fab !! Coco x

  4. Fab card Shirley. Very interesting techniques.

  5. BEAUTIFUL!!! Love everything about this xx

  6. I love the way you layered the cogs & the ferns stencilling & accented the ferns with those lovely die-cut leaves. Your parrot reminds me of one of those old-fashioned clockwork parrots made from metal with a sort of shiny painted sheen to them. The cogs & gears in the background give a really surreal feel to this.Hope you don't have too much snow.
    Paula (PEP)

  7. Love the bright colours! They bring some sunshine! The bird takes my back to my yought!

  8. In the past I have always associated steampunk with mainly male cards, but Glenda's stamps with the punky flowers, the butterflies, and now these lovely birds with Shirley's gorgeous blue and pink flowers, and the foliage background, make a really pretty card.

  9. I absolutely love this so vibrant and lovely looking layers, nice to cheer a cold day x


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