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Thursday 17 September 2020

Leigh SB's Stay Crafty at Home Blog Hop (Aug 7 through Sept 25) #42


Stay Crafty @ Home Blog Hop 2020

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Join our 2 month "Anything Goes" hop & stay inspired, creative & safe while crafting to your hearts content @ home!
HOP POST for details and rules!
Play fair and have lots of fun!
Stay Inspired & Stay Safe!

Because of this hop and the severe restrictions of lockdown in Melbourne, I have been trying to find myself different projects every day just to keep me going!

I am writing this on September 17th - Day 42 of Leigh's hop - but as I am in Australia I may be a little ahead... but here is today's make:

I have made a set of 4 steampunk ATCs.

Because I so enjoyed making the background in Niamh Baly's workshop in the virtual retreat with Hillbilly Scrappin', I thought I would have another go.
This was my original journal page made while playing along with Niamh.

To make the ATC background I gesso-ed a piece of mixed media paper and then masked it off with a grid of washi tape. I then added acrylic paint, stamped it with Archival ink in violet and black - using stamps from a set of Steampunk stamps most of which I had never used before - I will link these ATCs to NBUS
I then stencilled with purple and white paint and Tim Holtz stencils and finally added some purple and yellow neon paint... I then removed the washi.

I scribbled round each section with silver and black pens.

I then sliced the sheet up with the guillotine into rectangles just smaller than 2.5 by 3.5 inches and matted them on silver card of ATC size.

My next plan was to stamp directly onto these with larger Steampunk stamps from the same set - and some of the smaller ones in the background.

I decided the large stamps were not really visible enough - so I stamped the larger images on white card (which links up with the borders) and cut them out.

Finally I added a few embellishments.

I  will add these to Leigh's Linky

I will also add them to the Steampunk Challenge #1

Happy Crafting!


  1. Now I can’t decide what to do today! I was going to have a go at the Scrappy Strip technique, but I do like your technique. Decisions, decisions!

  2. I love your journal pages and seeing your creative process, Susan! Thanks for sharing your steampunk ATCs with everyone at NBUS! Hugs, Darnell

  3. Fab ATCs..my favourite would be giraffe and rhinos!

    Val S - LeighSBDesigns DT

  4. Fabulous mixed media background Susan, they stamps are perfect finishing elements!
    So happy to have you playing in my Stay Crafty @ Home blog hop!
    Stay Safe!

  5. Great techniques on the background for the awesome steampunk ATC's! They look spectacular!

  6. These are great ATCs, love those steampunk animals - what amazing stamps! Thanks for joining us for our first challenge at Steampunk Challenge Blog - Elle xx


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