Saturday, June 28, 2014

S is for...

noun: steampunk; noun: steam-punk
  1. a genre of science fiction that typically features steam-powered machinery rather than advanced technology.

The Snarky Sisters are back with a new challenge... STEAMPUNK! Edna is looking very fine in her steampunk garb, don't you think? I find steampunk as a design genre much easier to recognize than define... and much easier to admire than create. So of course I had to attempt this twice. ;)
For my first card, I went to the always reliable Pinterest to do the bulk of the work for me...

After trying to find the origin of this fabulous cat on both Google and Tin Eye, I concede defeat. It was just too much fun not to use. I paired Captain Mittens with some patterned paper that I sponged around the edges. I added some faux cogs and gears thanks to some washers and a metal button. All of them were soaked briefly in vinegar and salt to add a little ageing. 
Then I remembered I have one almost-steampunk stamp! Attempt #2:

I split the sentiment into three, partly so I could selectively ink the third word. This time I had real gears, thanks to a visit to my mother-in-law's basement and the discovery of a '50s era alarm clock. 
Of course I'm entering my cards into Simon Says Stamp's current Anything Goes challenge. 
And there you have it! Steampunk meets clean and simple. :D For some true steampunk inspiration, you need to see what my snarky sisters have created, as well as this challenge's guest designer, Shelly! And let's just say, if I can do steampunk, anyone can, so let's see your creations! 

Supplies: (Ambrose Mittens) black cardstock, Staples photo paper, Studio Calico Abroad patterned paper, Memnto tuxedo black ink, Marvy-Uchida corner-rounding punch; (dream, fly, imagine) white cardstock, Heidi Swapp No Limits patterned paper, Unity stamps, Versafine onyx black & Colorbox mango tango ink, Zing clear embossing powder, Memory Box woodland branch die

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Annie said...

Fabulous makes Lindsey :-) I adore your first one with that amazing cat.

Annie x

Donna said...

Hee Hee these are awesome Lindsey!! I am loving that steampunk-y cat!!! Great job on both!

Lee aka Violent Kittie said...

Ambrose wins my heart, because I am a cat lady. The bird is awesome also, but we refer to them as "lunch."

Jo Nevill said...

Fabulous card

Thank you for joining us at Simon Says Wednesday Challenge this week.

Jo x

Jessi Fogan said...

I love the tip on soaking metal bits in vinegar & salt - geniusness. Also, even if the image wasn't already freaking perfect, the name Capt. Ambrose Mittens just couldn't be resisted. lol! Also, show off :P

Chelle (PhotoArt/MaybeCreative) said...

Incredible job, make the rest if us look lazy.

Princess Judy Palmer said...

I love Ambrose. Can I marry him? I'm with you, steampunk is easier to recognize than define. Then you get mazo hardcore steampunk people who jump all over you for lack of authenticity.... when its all made up start with?!!!! Anyway, love your second card as well. Now I know how birds fly. They are filled with cogs and gears. And here I thought it was magic.

Pink Unicorn said...

Captain Mittens just made me laugh out loud, what a great card!