February 10, 2015

Vintage Balloon - A Steampunk Journey

Good morning everyone and happy Tuesday! Monica here from Taylormdecards4u to share with you a couple of projects I made recently with one of So Suzy's new release stamps Vintage Balloon.

Image:  Vintage Balloon

I think this is one of my favorite stamps in her new release. I have made several cards already using it, But today is all about Steampunk, and this stamp is perfect for that.

So what is Steampunk? In the most simplistic terms it is about featuring steam powered machinery rather than advanced technology. But in card making, it is really much more than that. It  has grown into a whole visual style with a mixture of old and new combining vintage, distress, metal elements and many times goth.

If you have seen some of my projects, you know I love vintage. It is apparent in many of my designs and steampunk is just one more element that works well with that style.

The paper I used is from Graphic 45. It is an older collection called Steampunk Spells, but it worked oh so well with Suzy's Vintage Balloon Stamp.  I also used paper from Momenta called How it Works.

I used gadget gear die cuts from Tim Holtz's alteration collection to cut out the black gears. I then embellished them with metal objects.

I even decorated the back of the card. I LOVED how this card turned out, so I had to take it a step further and make a matching box. This box started it's life as a cigar box. These boxes are perfect as altered items and make great storage boxes for cards, craft supplies and little trinkets. They also make great gifts.

If you have never altered a box, it is pretty much like decoupage. The key is to make sure you cut out all your paper first before you start adhering it to your box.  I had my husband stain my box, but you can also use acrylic paint if you want to add color. I used Mod Podge to adhere my paper outside as well as inside. This is a waterbase sealer, glue & finish. It works great to adhere all your paper elements on the outside as well.

Once I had my paper securely glued, I distress the box using distressing paint called Rusty Hinge. It looks orange in the bottle, but once you add it to your box, it really gives it an ages look.

Finally I added all my little elements. I used my glue gun for the metal elements as I wanted to make sure they stuck. These cards are great for so many occasions, Journey is the theme on these and I found some of the Idea-ology word bands work great.

So remember, Suzy's fantastic stamps are not only great for cards, but altered projects as well. Imagination has no limits!

Thanks for stopping by.

By the way...don't forget to sign up for the February Challenge AND join us on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter!

Share this PostPin ThisEmail This


  1. Ahhh-mazingly cool! Love the saturation of color and that matching box is sheer perfection! GREAT designs.

  2. Monica! I am totally BLOWN AWAY!!!!!!!!! I love this card. I love this box. I love what you have done!!!!!!!!!


Woo hoo! Comment time! I totally do a little happy dance every time a new one pops up!