Saturday, October 1, 2011


I regularly take part in the monthly Darkroom Door Artist Trading Card (ATC)swap.
For the September swap, I borrowed my friend Lynne's Steampunk set. I made 10 of these

I created the background on a A4 sheet of white card before cutting up into ATC size
The background is created using the wrinkle free distress technique. You can view a fab video tutorial here
by the Duke of Distress himself :)

I think the colours I used were Vintage Photo,Faded Jeans and maybe another brown.
My hubby was kind enough to let me raid his garage for some metal washers.
I put the washers in a small zip lock bag with a few drops of rust colored alcohol ink. Shook the bag until the washers changed colour.
Then laid the washers on my craft mat to dry. Painted over in black paint then wiped off excess.
Stamped some words onto masking tape.

I had made two A4 background sheets. Some left over so I made a matching card

I thoroughly enjoyed making these.

Here is one ATC and the card together

It is World Card Making day, so I hope you all get the chance to get inky this weekend!


  1. these are fab Shirley :) Great background for them as well!

  2. Shirl, these are FABULOUS... love that background and the stamps you have used... and the rusty look washers are awesome...

    Jenny x

  3. Fantastic steampunk creations Shirl, my favourite BG technique too! xx

  4. These are so cool Shirley!!! ABsolutely love that background effect. May just have to go have a look at the tut. :-)

  5. ooh I love these Shirl! Esp the card... great for a man card!! xox

  6. I do like this rusty/vintage background, it looks great. I also like the lady in red in the later post.