Saturday, February 9, 2013

Leslie-Rahye's Very Steampunk Valentine Blog Hop 2013

Hello everyone.  I'm so glad you decided to stop by today, because you are in for a real treat.  The ever-so-talented Leslie Rahye is once again hosting today's blog hop, and the theme is anything combining steampunk with valentines.  So get yourself a cuppa, pull up a chair, sit back and enjoy the inspiration and ideas from each of the wonderful designers participating today.  A complete list of blogs is at the bottom of this post to make it easy for you to hop along.  And as always, if you would like to enter the giveaway, please leave a "love"ly comment on each blog.  It would also make each of us very happy if you were to follow our blogs, as well.

My project for today is a steamy Valentine's Day card with a bit of punk added.

1.  Choose three coordinating sheets of printed paper from the Harper's Boutique pad.
2.  Cover ivory card with third piece of coordinating printed paper chosen in step 1, and add Spun Sugar distress ink to background.
3.  Glue two of the sheets to chipboard and cut using the Sizzix die.
4.  Set the base heart shape aside.
5.  Using the heart die, cut a heart template from white card stock, fold in half, and lay on top of "bodice" heart shape, as shown.  Trim away excess.

white card stock template folded in half
section of bodice heart to be trimmed away

6.  Reverse trimmed piece and use to trim excess away from opposite side of "bodice" heart.

trimmed piece reversed to remove excess from opposite side

7.  Keeping white card stock template folded in half, use a paper punch or cropadile to punch the holes for the eyelets.

heart bodice template

template folded in half with holes punched

heart bodice template with holes for eyelet positioning

8.  Use the paper template to punch your heart "bodice".  Attach eyelets in each hole.

base heart (L) and bodice heart (R)

9.  Add Fired Brick distress ink to the "bodice" heart shape, and Antique Linen distress ink to the base heart.
10.  Thread pink jute ribbon through eyelets and tie in a bow at the bottom.
11.  Glue "bodice" heart to base heart, then to card front.
12.  Cut layered angel wings from tan Kraft-Core paper, then place inside embossing folder to emboss.  Sand high spots and add spun sugar ink.
13.  Layer wings and attach beneath heart.
14.  Add Tim Holtz Idea-ology trinkets, as shown.

close-up of heart and trinkets

Supplies Used:

6-1/2" x 10" Ivory cardstock folded in half to make 6-1/2" x 5" card
Paper Studio 8"x8" Harper's Boutique paper pad
Making Memories 1/8" red eyelets
American Crafts pink jute ribbon
Sizzix die-Heart #1
Sizzix Texture Fades Embossing Folder - Flourish & Wings
Sizzix Tim Holtz Bigz Die - Layered Angel Wings
Distress Inks (Spun Sugar, Antique Linen, Fired Brick)
Kraft-Core Nostalgic Collection card stock
Tim Holtz Idea-ology trinkets

I hope you have enjoyed my steampunk Valentine's card project and that you will be inspired to try something with a steampunk style, too.  Now, on to the next blog, so just click on the links below and follow along.  Thank so much for stopping by, and please be sure to leave everyone a bit of love in the form of a comment. We do love your comments.

Have a wonderful week, and happy crafting.



  1. Beautiful! I love the lacing! What a perfect touch!

  2. Wow! What a neat piece! Love the bodice heart. Thanks for the step out tutorial.

  3. i love this. thanks for the tip on how to make a bodice. brilliant.

  4. Great creation, love the background paper ! xoxo Fab

  5. So, so clever, Barbara! I love the winged corset! I don't know if I have the patience to make all those eyelets LOL. You certainly achieved your steampunk punk goal! Delightful!

  6. Barbara, I love the heart corset! So cool!

  7. ohhh love this. especially the corset part. que sexy.

  8. This is so clever Barbara and perfectly steam punk. I love the laced up corset and the trinket. xx

  9. Great bodice and a lovely piece :)

  10. if you couldn't tell from the last hop, I love corsetry. this is a totally fab card.
    love it!

  11. Congrats to Barbara!!!! I absolutely love this!

  12. Your card id stunning! I really like the bodice & lacing. Very well done.

  13. This is a gorgeous card! I may have to try this one!

  14. Beautiful. Thanks for the instructions too.

  15. Stunning card, love your bodice... colors are perfect!!

  16. I love, love your card. Hearts and wings!!!

  17. I love your card! making a lace up bodice was an excellent idea, and it looks very beautiful!

  18. The vest style is an awesome finish!

  19. I love your card. Using lacing to put the heart together was
    a neat idea. Wish broken hearts could be mended as easily Signed Your biggest fan [your mother-in law|

  20. Lovely. What a great take on the traditional corset