Hi lovely internet friends!

I started on my Valentine’s cards but with a twist!


Origin of the Idea and Process

This idea was a very simple one, the phrase “my steampunk heart” kept popping into my head so I decided to act on it immediately and make a card.  I knew I wanted to use this 3D die from Tim Holtz but I wanted to grunge it up a bit and make it look a bit distressed and like corroded metal ie rust but not the rust you get on copper, but the rust you get on other metals – dark and gritty looking.

I made my heart from red metallic cardstock, and laid them out on this great red paper from AB Studio, snapping a photo for reference later, before preparing the paper. I’m working on two very different cards at the same time, so the paper on the right is for the second card, so pretend you don’t notice that one for now 🙂

In my IG stories, I showed some photos of some box recycling I was doing, using the cat food boxes to die cut a bunch of letters all at once.

I used three different alphabet dies to cut out multiple letters to use on future projects, or you know, this one right here!

Now because I wanted to treat these letters with various paints and waxes without getting it on my card, I stuck them down on some Sticky Grid to hold them in place while I painted them and left them to dry.

I heat embossed all the little chipboard elements and the heart, using this great Wrought Iron embossing powder from Emerald Creek that I recently bought in a sale and it is AWESOME and turned out to be perfect for this card – I do love it when a plan comes together lol.

After gluing everything in place, I touched up the letters and around the edges of the card with more of the silver wax and that was the card done.


I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Country View ChallengesLove
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Rust It Up
Bleeding ArtJanuary Challenge
SanDee&amelie’s January 2020 Steampunk ChallengeJanuary Challenge
Funkie JunkieTic Tac Toe – I used the diagonal – heat embossing, sentiment, die cuts



AB Studio Red is Bad paper
Tim Holtz Handmade Alphabet Bigz XL die, Faceted Heart die
GSL cogs and gears chipboards
Emerald Creek Wrought Iron embossing powder
Gina K cardstock
Finnabair metallic and liquid acrylic paint, waxes
Nuvo Deluxe adhesive
From stash: cardboard packaging (cat food boxes)

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February 14, 2020 10:38 pm

Gorgeous!!! Thanks for joining us on the Bleeding Art Challenge!

Rachel Fisher
Rachel Fisher
February 1, 2020 7:55 am

Stunning make – I love it all! Thanks for joining us at Countryview Challenges and Good Luck in the draw! Hugs rachel x

January 26, 2020 8:55 am

I love this heart die. You made a fabulous work with it. Thank you for sharing with us at Sandee&amelie’s Steampunk Challenge!

January 25, 2020 3:49 pm

Beautiful rusty steampunk card! Love the rich colors around the heart and the heart itself. Thanks for joining us at the Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge “Let’s Play Tic Tac Toe”.

Susan Janicula
Susan Janicula
January 24, 2020 1:15 pm

Thank you for sharing with us at SanDee & amelie’s Steampunk Challenges. Great glow in your dirty, gritty Valentine’s card. Hugs, Susan

Sara Emily Barker
January 22, 2020 1:57 pm

Great steampunk card! So perfectly rusty and crusty! I love that Wrought Iron EP, too! (Well, I love any EP, but this one is at the top of the favorites list!) Thanks so much for sharing your artwork with us at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog.Hugs! Sara Emily

January 21, 2020 1:56 am

Awesome looking card! Thanks for joining us at Bleeding Art!

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