Sunday, July 19, 2015


Hi everyone,

I'm back today with a quick post of a card I sent to my brother-in-law for his 60th.  Paul loves to alter objects. We recently visited his studio down in Amissville, Virginia and he was altering an old gynecologist's examination table into a kitchen island table.  Well, I'm almost sure the buyers won't know it's original purpose!! Were he a card maker he would definitely be into Steam Punk - let's just leave it at that, shall we??!!

Here's the table that he is repurposing:

He just loves gears and metals! Here is a photo of a painting that he has recently completed. Note the still life that he put together to paint from!

Yes, I know - nuts right? (no - bolts too!)

Anyway back to the card! I had this background which I had made a while back - which involved gears with metallic colors and I thought that would be perfect for him!

I took the plastic TCW Mini Gears Stencil (262s) and taped it down to a piece of black cardstock. I applied Dreamweaver Translucent embossing paste and then after removing the stencil I applied both Shazam and Abracadabra (separately) before heat embossing the entire background.


The Happy Birthday is a Die Versions Die Cut (DVJ-081) cut out of white card stock to which I applied Versamark ink and then heat embossed with Copper Dreams. To make it look a little more rusted and worn, I added some more Versamark and then sprinkled on some Magic Speckle and heat embossed with the heat tool from underneath (to stop the powder from flying all over - which it will do if you heat from the top - just saying!) Love that look - I mean the rusted look - not the powder flying all over the place!

I had the self-adhesive numerical silver stickers in my stash, so trying to keep the card with the metallic look, I stuck them in the space of the cog. The background was attached to black cardstock (which is white on the inside). Happy Birthday was attached with Dimensional Foam and the card was complete.

Happy 60th Paul!

I'd like to enter this card in the Scrapy Land Challenge: No. 22 - Vintage/Steam Punk

Hope you've enjoyed stopping by today.




  1. A stunning card for you bil. He is just as talented as you are.
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  2. Paul will thoroughly enjoy his geared up card, Miss Shona! Loved seeing snippets of his workshop and then the explanation of your card! Hope his 60th is the happiest and healthiest yet! xo

  3. Now that is a steampunk card!! Love all the embossed gears and that huge Happy Birthday! Looks like a perfect card for your brother-in-law! Thanks for playing along with us at Scrapy Land Challenge #22!

  4. Awesome card and so nice you designed it personally to the recipients interests.

  5. Wow, easy to see that crafting/and artistic talent runs in your family. Love the idea of the repurposed table (and no,might not want to say from whence it originated!) but how very perceptive of your BIL to see what else it could be. Love seeing the painting & still life also. Always amazed at the artistic eye of some people, and not only do they 'see it', but then are able to reproduce it. Your wonderful & very dimensional card is absolutely perfect for this fella, and he will LOVE it! TFS & Hugs

  6. This is a PERFECT card for a creative guy. Those gears are going to get him going LOL.

    A fantastic painting by him too, as for the table, let us see the final result if you can!

  7. WOW Shona love the amazing texture on your card...its super gorgeous
    Dr Sonia
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  8. Wao! this is so so cute!!! Thanks for playing along with us at Scrapy Land Challenge!

  9. What a wonderful masculine card, Shona! Love his painting too. The table thing kinda gives me the willies, tho, lol!

  10. WOW what an awesome steampunk card! I didn't know the Magic Speckle would give you a rusty look (will definitely have to try that). Your brother-in-law is super talented too. Love the sculpture he created so he could paint it! Thanks for sharing your birthday card with us for the Scrapy Land Challenge.


Thanks so much for stopping by and letting me share in part of your day. I would love to hear what you think about my latest creation!