Saturday, June 9, 2012

Steampunk Debutante Book Card for Wow Embossing Powders

Hello again, everybody!

This is my second post for today.  I totally forgot that my team's projects for WOW Embossing Powders would be published on the WOW blog today and didn't schedule my post to coincide with that one.  Sorry, WOW fans!

This month, I created a book card that was inspired by a tutorial I found on You Tube by someone on Split Coast Stampers, I think.  I modified it a little with my own touches because I wanted to create a piece that could withstand years of being on display.  This is not your ordinary card.  It's a 3-dimensional piece of paper art!

I used Graphic 45's Steampunk Debutante collection for this one.  I truly adore their papers and coordinating embellishments and this is one of my very favorites.  I also love everything Steampunk so this was a natural selection for me.  There was no way to improve on the title so I used it for the title of my "book".

Lots of pics in this post so get comfy!

I just love the colors in this collection and the graphic designs are outstanding.

 You may be able to tell in the above photo that I constructed the cover for my book with chipboard and covered it with the papers, very similarly to the way a bookbinder does it.

A sneak peak of the inside.

When you open the book, the inside is a shadowbox display containing gears, flowers, butterflies and metal embellishments. The "pages" of the book are an illusion created by fan-folding four pages of beige cardstock and attaching them to one another to make the shadowbox.  I ink the edges of the pages with brown distress ink to make them look like aged paper.

The large clock face on the inside cover was made with a Tim Holtz Alterations Bigz die by Sizzix. 

I coated it very liberally with Versamark embossing ink and then covered it with WOW Primary Ebony embossing powder.  After I heat set that, I used an embossing pen and inked the edges of the clock and sprinkled it with the Regular Gold embossing powder and heat set it again.  I also used the Gold on the hands of the clock.

The flowers were arranged and glued in place one by one using Beacon's 3-in-1 Advanced Craft Glue. The edges of the white rose in the bottom right corner are embossed with the Regular Gold WOW powder as well.

This is the back cover of my book.  The label at the bottom is intended to write a little note to the recipient and is, therefore, left blank. 

After the above photos were taken, I changed the inside cover just a little.  I found some cute metal gears by Tim Holtz that I had bought ages ago and that worked perfectly with this project so I added them to the bottom of the clock.  I moved the little chipboard domino to the shadowbox side.  Here's how it looks now.

Here's a detail shot of the little gears.

So there you have it.  These book cards take a little time and patience to make but they are so worth the effort.  I'll post a tutorial later for making it so you can try it for yourself if you want to.  Ha! I can't believe that I just noticed that I forgot to put the "E" on the end of "Debutante" on the spine of the book!!  That MUST be corrected right away!  I just don't want my readers to think I don't know how to spell. LOL!

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I hope you enjoyed this project and that you'll visit me again soon.  I'll have a card using a Mo Manning digi tomorrow that I really like.  Until then...

Happy crafting!


  1. I don't get steampunk at all, but I know this book card is beautiful! Truly a piece of art!

  2. Absolutely beautiful. This is stunning work, in fact, all your work is. Great job.


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