Sunday, May 25, 2014

Metal and Steampunk and Mermaids, Oh My!

Coffee of the Day - Butter Rum

The new challenge over at Pile it On is to use metal on your projects. We are sponsored by a new to me store, Add a Little Dazzle. they were very generous and sent all of the DT several sheets of their metal for us to try. gosh, what a beautiful assortment of colors I received! the winner of this fortnight's challenge will receive a $25 gift certificate to the Add a Little Dazzle store. whoa nelly, that is a fabulous prize!!!

for my project I decided to play around with one of my metal sheets a bit. I took the turquoise one and first cut it down to size - 5" x 5". I then ran it through  my Big Shot using the Tim Holtz Steampunk embossing folder. I used several shades of alcohol inks and sponged them over the metal. it was fun to see how the colors reacted with the metal.

the image is by Rick St. Dennis and is called Atlantis.  boy howdy, did this ever take me a while to paint, and ever so intricate, too. I added pearl drops to her crown, lots of touches with a spica clear glitter gel pen to highlight the water swirlies, and then shimmerz paint to her tail & crown. oh yes, stickles were added to the bubbles. flowers are Petaloo and ferns were punched with a Martha Stewart punch to look like seaweed.

Kathy's Sketch File - May sketch
Crafty Creations - recipe: flowers, die cut, ribbon
Divas by Design - anything goes
Paper Pretties - flowers
Rick St. Dennis Progressive Ch - steampunk
Inky Impressions - bingo: punch, stamp, ribbon OR flower, ribbon, bling OR die cut, stamp, flower
Emerald Faeries - flowers, ribbon, and/or lace
Crafting Cafe - creatures
Artistic Inspirations - anything goes/punches and/or dies (both)
Craft-Dee BowZ - anything goes w/a handmade bow
Crafting From the Heart - anything goes
Digi Makeover - sting/twine/ribbon
Incy Wincy - embossing and bling
Love to Scrap - anything goes
Little Miss Muffet - anything goes
Outlawz Twisted Thurs - anything goes/use metal or foil
DRS Designs - feeling punchy
Crafty Catz - embossing
Brown Sugar - anything goes
Craftitude - anything goes/use a die
Sister Act - any card goes
SanDee & Amelie's Steampunk - Heavy Metal Steampunk
Open Minded Crafting - fairy tale or fantasy
Craft Hoarders Anonymous - use metal or glass (stash: fern punch, ribbon)
Add a Little Dazzle - Father's Day or anything goes (thank you for the wonderful metal sheets!)
Corrosive Ch - anything goes
Glitter 'n Sparkle - add some metal


Janice said...

Love what you've done with the metal sheet and alcohol inks, a beautiful background for a lovely card. Thanks for playing at Divas, Jx

lost coast scrapper said...

Wow, beautiful techniques! Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

Claudia N. said...

Awesome use of the alcohol inks - the colours and patterns are beautiful! A wonderful metal creation! Thank you so much for sharing it with us at SASPC!

Claudia x

Penny said...

Such a luscious card, Jen! Just a fabulous use of image, embossing, inks, and embellies! Love this! :^)
Hugs, Penny

Monique's art said...

Very pretty card thanks for joining the challenge on sparkle amd glitter

Anonymous said...

Hi, A lovely project, love the image and the gorgeous colours. Thank you for joining Crafting From The Heart this week. Good luck and we hope to see you again soon.
Hugs Erin DT & Co Owner x

Unknown said...

This is just stunning! I LOVE the colors.. Absolutely love the embossing.. It really is stunning!! WOW!!!! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Open-Minded Crafting Fun Challenges!!! Good Luck! I hope we see you again!!

- Susan, Co-Owner @ Open-Minded Crafting Fun Challenges
{Scrap A Thousand Words}

cass said...

Wow! Gorgeous colours and a beautifully crafted card, thanks for joining us at Open Minded Challenges this fortnight.

Crafting Vicky said...

ohhhh wow this is gorgeous!!! Totally adore what you have done with the metal!!!! Very clever. The image is fabulous as well.

Thanks for joining our fortnightly challenge here at Open Minded Crafting Fun Challenge. Hope you will join us next time co-owner Crafting Vicky.

BrendaB said...

This is gorgeous! I love the way you embossed the metal and your fabulous coloring on the image! Thanks for joining us at Love to Scrap

Shelly Schmidt said...

Wow- this is just Gorgeous!!! Love the AI's on the metal BG, and you have colored the image- beautifully!

applejack cards by sue said...

This is fantastic! I adore how you have coloured the image and combined it with so many elements, there is so much of interest in this project. Thank you for joining us over at Rick's Sparkle and Glitter challenge.

Denise Goeldner said...

Beautiful card love the embossing & texture. Thanks so much for joining us over at Open-Minded Crafting Fun Challenges, good luck and hope to see you again.
~ Denise DT ~
Open-Minded Crafting Fun Challenges
{Denise's Patch of Creativity}

Shell Shearer Swinscoe said...

Gorgeous creation, love the metal sheet & the colours you have used!

Thank you for sharing with us at Inky Impressions this week, good luck!
Hugs Shell xx

Shelia said...

WOW!!! This is totally gorgeous! Love the background you created for this and all the details. Great use of the MS punch for the seaweed! Thanks for joining the fun at DRS Designs this week!

Glenda said...

What wonderful techniques! Love the look of your creation! Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

Donna Maligno said...

Fabulous card with deep rich colors! Thanks for sharing this on the Craft-Dee BowZ challenge this month!

Jan Marie said...

So very pretty! Love that metallic background and your design! Thanks for sharing your style with us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

Karen C said...

This is fantastic! Congrats on your win over at Incy Wincy Designs!
Karen C

Dawn said...

Gorgeous card Jennifer! That image is stunning & your colour choice is perfect!
Thanks for playing in the Creatures Challenge over at The Crafting Cafe!
Good Luck
Dawn xx

Brenda said...

Wow, this is incredible. Love the colors and all the fabulous texture. Thanks for joining us at The Sketch File.

Unknown said...

Love what you did to the metal with the embossing folder & alcohol inks. Very cool!
Thanks for sharing with us at Craft Hoarders Anon :)

Kathy/NorthCarolina said...

Beautiful colors!!! I love the embossed metal background, too! Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge #8: Metal or Glass!

Cathy P said...

What a cool card. Love the colors and the textures. Thanks for linking it with us at the Sister Act Card Challenge. Cathy xx

~Lady B~ said...

Very cool make! I love the colours and dimension! Thanks for playing along with Rick's Progressive Challenge :)

Lady B

creative lady said...

Nice card, love all the textures. Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!


Beautiful card Jennifer fabulous colour's and love the image thank you for joining us this week at Crafty Catz
Hugs Dianne xx (DT)

Bonnie Irvine said...

Jennifer, this is amazing. The embossed and alcohol inked background is amazing and perfect for this under the sea image. The flowers frame this incredibly detailed and beautiful image so well. Thanks for playing along with our Anything Goes/That's Die-licious challenge at Craftitude this fortnight. I hope we see you again soon.

Pammejo said...

Fabulous card, love the metal and how you achieved the look with the alcohol inks....glad you are sharing with us on the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog

Naomi Johnson said...

Stunning card. Thanks for joining us this week at Crafty Catz. Naomi x

Monica Weaver said...

I love what you did with the Metal. Thanks for doing such a beautiful job with our metal sheets.

I am trying to contact you and can't find an email address. Can you please email me at


Gloria Stengel said...

Wow! So much detail. I love the colors and the flowers...oh everything! Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

Julie Reed said...

Wow fab card and the metal background is stunning. Thanks for sharing with us at Open-Minded Crafting Fun. Julie DT

Unknown said...

Stunning card.

Love the image and the flowers are lush.

Thanks for joining us at G n S

Tracey DTxx

mand said...

Stunning! Gorgeous colours. Thanks for joining us at the Crafting Cafe! Amanda

Sam K said...

Wow, loving the metal, it looks stunning. Love this image too...I've just got this image myself and can't wait to use it :) xx

Sam K said...

Ooopps forgot to say Thanks for joining us over at The Crafting Cafe for this months challenge. I hope we see you again soon x

Anonymous said...

This is a great take on the Metal or Glass Challenge at Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog. Thanks so much for playing along! Hugs from Ginny at Polly's Paper Studio!

Mish B said...

So fabulous! Love the beautiful background! Thanks for joining the 200th Challenge at the Corrosive Challenge Blog!

Unknown said...

Congrads on your win at Love To Scrap! Challenge Blog with this amazing card!!! Hope to see you playing with us again!
Cathy DT