Steam Punk

March Fresh Ideas- Super Easy Pop-Up Cards for Easter

My Fresh Ideas Newsletter for March will feature 3 super easy pop-up cards for Easter!

This is the first card which I created for our 1 year-old grandson.

He is a very busy guy who loves wheels, gears, and moving parts.

I knew I wanted to use the Garage Gear dies and metallic foil paper for his card.

That idea turned into a Steam Punk  design for a  non-traditional Easter card!

Ryan steam punk outsideSteam Punk Easter Pop-Up Card Closed

Ryan steam punk insideSteam Punk Easter Pop-Up Card Opened


My March Fresh Card Making tutorial will feature this super easy pop-up card technique.

The possibilities are endless with this easy pop-up pattern.

This tutorial will hit e mail inboxes at 9:00 AM (MST) on March 16, 2021.

Included in the Fresh Ideas Newsletter is a written tutorial in a pdf format.

Also included are 2 video tutorials.

The first is a video tutorial on how to create the pop-up card base and mechanism.

The second is a video tutorial on how I put together the Steam Punk Easter card.

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Happy Stampin'!

Metallic Gears Floating Frame Card

Metallic gearsMetallic Gears Floating Frame Card

I seem to be on a masculine-theme card kick.

Masculine cards always seem to be a little tricky in the designing.

This idea came to me after creating my Steam Punk Gears card HERE

The embossing technique is pretty much the same, although this card ended up being a Floating Frame card.

You know, the Floating Frame technique, which is all the rage?

Usually, you end up with two cards with the technique, but I actually didn't like how the first of the two turned out.  I learned from that card that you need a lot of pieces (whether it be gears, flowers, butterflies etc) to fill in the frame or it looks empty.  That was the case with the first card which I just tossed.

But, I did really like this second piece.

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Here's how I created the metallic gears.

  1. Place the Garage Gears Dies on a piece of Champagne Foil paper and cut out using the Big Shot.  Again, for the Floating Frame technique, cut out more gears than you think you'll need.  You'll probably use all of them to fill in spaces.
  2. Sponge Cherry Cobbler ink over the die cuts.  Cover with clear embossing powder and heat emboss using a heat tool.
  3. Dip the edges of the pieces in Versamark and heat emboss using black and copper embossing powders.  Switch powders in different areas so you have a mix of the two colors.

That's it!

You'll have some interesting pieces with a burnished metal look for your masculine-theme projects.

I added the gears frame to a piece of Silver Foil paper which I had stamped and embossed the greeting using black embossing powder.  I added enamel dots to the centers of the gears as well as next to the greeting.

Garage Gears Dies

(coordinates with Geared Up Garage stamp set)


Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Detailed with Love

Ink: Versamark, Cherry Cobbler

Paper: Basic Black, Champagne and Silver Foil Paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Garage Gears Dies, Embossing Buddy, heat tool, clear, black, and copper embossing powders, Adhesive Strips for the Floating Frame, enamel dots


Happy Stampin'!

Steam Punk Gears

Steam punck embossed

Steam Punk is an art form featuring images of industrialized steam powered machinery. Victorian Steam Punk features gears and cogs.  American West Steam Punk features trains.  The fictional inventions of Jules Verne conjure up images of Steam Punk. Western Steam Punk can be seen in the movie, “Wild, Wild West” with Will Smith and Kevin Kline.  The Sherlock Holmes movies with Robert Downey Jr. also features Steam Punk contraptions. 

Using the Garage Gears Thinlits Dies is an easy way to create a steam punk- themed card. 

This is also great for a masculine-themed card!

Here's how:

1. Emboss 3” x 4” copper foil using the Big Shot, Big Shot Embossing Mats, and Garage Gears Thinlits Die.

Here is a photo of how I placed the gears on the copper foil:

Gears layout

The sandwich for embossing using the embossing mats is: Platform on Tab 1, clear cutting plate, blue embossing mat, card stock, thinlit face down, white embossing plate.  You can also place a card stock shim underneath the clear cutting plate to help with the embossing.   Run through a couple of times to get a good embossed image.

2. Sponge Merry Merlot ink on the embossed image.  Heat emboss using the heat tool and clear embossing powder.

3. Cut the copper foil into 1” strips.  Stamp the dots from Waterfront on the embossed image.  Heat emboss using the heat tool and black embossing powder.

4. Dab the edges of the strips in the Versamark.  Heat emboss parts using copper embossing powder. Heat other parts using black embossing powder.

5. Layer strips to 1 1/8” x 4 1/8” Basic Black matting. 

6. Stamp greeting from Country Road on the bottom of the Very Vanilla card base using Basic Black ink.

7. Attach to Basic Black card base.  Attach embossed strips using Dimensionals to pop them up.

Optional: Attach Very Vanilla card stock to inside of card.  Cut gears out of scrap pieces of copper foil or Basic Black card stock.  Dab pieces in Versamark and heat emboss using either black or copper embossing powder.  Attach to the inside of the card.

Tip: You are adding a lot of heat to the copper foil with the embossing steps.  The plastic backing on the foil paper may start to peel away.  Simply trim it off.  If you have trouble with the SNAIL adhesive sticking to the back of the foil, try using Tombow Multi-purpose Glue or Fine Tip Glue.

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Waterfront, Country Road

Ink: Versamark, Memento Black, Merry Merlot

Paper: Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Copper Foil

Accessories: Big Shot, Garage Gears Thinlits Die, Big Shot Embossing Mats, heat tool, clear, black and copper embossing powder, sponge, Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Steam Punk Christmas Trees

In August, my Saturday Stamp Club decided that our monthly card swap theme would be "Steam Punk".  What is Steam Punk you may ask?  Well as Emilee our August Hostess explained, Steam Punk is an art form featuring images of industrialized steam powered machinery. Victorian Steam Punk features gears and cogs.  American West Steam Punk features trains.  The fictional inventions of Jules Verne conjure up images of Steam Punk.  Do an internet search for "Steam Punk", and you'll find lots of ideas and inspiration!

Ok, here we go!  Here are two Steam Punk Christmas trees I came up with for the swap:

Steam Punk 004

Steam Punk 007

I used copper roof flashing for the trees. Copper roof flashing is available at any home improvement store.  It comes in rolls and can be found in the roofing department.  It has a light cardboard backing, almost more like a heavy-weight paper.  It does not peel off the flashing.  The flashing can easily be cut with scissors or dies and can be embossed with embossing folders.  It is kind of expensive-around 30.00 for a 12" x 20' roll.  But, it will last for many projects.

I cut a piece of flashing and then embossed it using my Big Shot and Clockworks embossing folder (non Stampin' Up! and purchased specifically for this challenge).

For the first tree, I folded the flashing to form the tree.  For the 2nd tree, I simply cut squares of flashing and then cut them in half on the diagonal, therefore getting parts for 2 trees out of 1 piece of flashing.  I "aged" the copper flashing somewhat my sponging on some green Stazon ink.

The background started out as cardboard packaging for a set of embellishments I had in my crafting stash.  I simply photo copied it on regular computer paper (since I needed to make 8 for the swap and wanted to keep the original cardboard packaging), then stamped some gears and cogs from the Clockworks and Sense of Time stamp sets and sponged the edges using copper metallic ink.  I added a side strip of coppery metallic designer series paper(retired from Stampin' Up!, and I no longer have the packaging, and can't remember what the pack was called) to the edge of the copied background and then adhered it all to my Very Vanilla card base.  The star, tree base and matting for the greeting are also punched out of this coppery metallic DSP. All three are popped up on the final card using Dimensionals.  The greeting is from Joyous Celebrations and was embossed on Very Vanilla card stock using copper embossing powder.

I added some sticky-backed glimmery red embellishments to the first tree.  The embellishments for the 2nd tree are copper jewelry findings secured to the roof flashing by brads.

Supplies Used (all supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted)

Stamp Sets: Joyous Occasions (for the greeting), Clock Works and Sense of Time (for the background)

Ink: Copper Metallic (non SU!), Green Stazon (non SU!), Versamark

Paper: Very Vanilla, copper metallic designer series paper,computer paper

Accessories: Copper roof flashing (non SU!), Big Shot, Clockworks embossing folder (non SU!), star, large and medium oval punches, copper embossing powder, heat tool, paper piercing tool and mat, copper jewelry findings (non SU!), Old Olive brads, sticky-backed jewels (non SU!), Dimensionals, cardboard packaging (non SU!)

Happy Stampin'!