Sunday, February 12, 2012

Steampunk Valentines!

Hello! I'm so excited to share with you today fun twists on traditional Valentine's cards! Can you believe it's almost Valentine's Day? Here in America, Valentine's Day is a big day and we send out as many Valentine's cards as we can possibly do! Valentine's are for all the special people in your life; a special neighbor, your best friend, your family, and everyone you love!  I remember when I was younger it was so exciting to count up the Valentine's my friends would sneak in my locker or on my desk at school!


Isn't this combination of Inkadinkado stamps and Jolee's Stickers just perfection?!

Here are simple directions to make one of your own:
1. For each Valentine, fold a 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" piece of black cardstock in half to create a side-folding card. Cut a piece of white cardstock to 2 7/8" x 4 3/8" and mount to the center of the card’s front panel. Set aside.

2. Cut white cardstock to 2 3/4" x 4 1/4". Stamp the Cogs image with black ink as desired on the panel, choosing the density of the ink color by either stamping directly after inking or stamping first on scrap paper then onto the cardstock for a softer, more faded image. You can stamp the image multiple times to fill the space, perhaps making your images different densities. Colorize the full panel with your choice of one or more dye inks using a piece of sponge as an applicator. Adhere this panel to the center of your card.

3. Stamp the Clock with Wings image once or twice, depending on which card you are making. Fussy-cut the wings and colorize with dye inks, adding glitter glue to the edges. Adhere the wings to the back of the heart sticker you will be using. If layering two sets of wings, offset them slightly. Attach the wings and sticker to the card with 3D-Dots.

4. Add further embellishments such as the pearls and gear stickers.

List of supplies:



Of course we have to give a shout out to our Steampunk Design King- Tim Holtz! Check out this Steampunk theme tag he did during the 12 Tags of Christmas, we are still in love!


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Thanks for reading today! And Happy Valentine's Day (early) if I don't talk to you again before the 14th! :)

-Michelle
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49 comments:

  1. What a gorgeous Valentine's cards....I live in the Netherlands and here we use to send a card to a 'secret' love!
    xxx Margreet

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  2. These cards are fabulous! I have been trying to get some steampunk creativity going, and these cards are perfect inspiration! Thanks.

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  3. Wow, those are some really beautiful cards! I really love your style. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Wow those cards are beautiful. I used to give a Valentine's present to my husband.

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  5. wow the cards are so stunning...i love the steampunk style and Tim's tag is just so good!!!

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  6. Steampunk Valentines! Awesome.

    Ok. I'd be lying if I didn't say that my favorite Valentine's Day tradition was CANDY! LOL :)

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  7. I love these cards. They are so very different, just gorgeous! The Valentine's Day tradition in our house is this: My husband buys me a box of chocolates, being very careful to get something special. He then proceeds to eat the goodies and give me the box - LOL! Why, because when we were first married and Valentine's day rolled around I was always on a diet. So now, its become a family joke. He picks out the candy he likes and I get the fancy box to craft with - LOL!

    Elaine Allen

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  8. Fabulous cards - Valentines Day is not a big thing in NZ so don't have any favourite thing

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  9. Those cards are stunning...TFS!

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  10. Your cards are fantastic! I love the steampunk trend! My favorite Valentine's tradition is getting flowers!

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  11. Oh, I just love the card. It is so nice!!
    Have a nice and creative week.

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  12. Those valentines day cards are awesome! Really amazing! I don't have a Valentines tradition right now. I used to get taken out to my favorite restaurant. I do like to send all of the women in my life Valentines Day cards though, I always think that is nice. Thank you for sharing.

    Katie B.

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  13. WOW these are so cool. I love Tim Holst´s work and these tags from christmas was just awesome.
    e don´t celebrate much Valentines here, where I live, I´m afraid, but I would definitely love this steam punk style here or maybe some vintage, would also be pretty awesome.

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  14. Fabulous projects! Steampunk isn't my style, but looks interesting.

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  15. The cards are great...thanks for sharing some inspiration with us.

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  16. WOW! What creative cards! Excellent artwork...most excellent!

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  17. soso cool! luv steampunk...and da King Tim...u really rocked these...and tyvm for the tut!

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  18. Valentine cards of course! :)
    These cards are major cool!

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  19. Brilliant card :) I have a thing for hearts so love seeing them everywhere. There is a shop in my town that has hundreds of them all around their walls. Most are by kids :) So sweet

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  20. I really like those steampunk cards. Card exchanging was always the way we celebrated Valentine's Day. A little bit of candy was nice, too.
    Rae Ann O.
    http://joyinart.blogspot.com

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  21. I love to include sweet little notes in my kids' lunch boxes on Valentine Day!

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  22. no real tradition - i try to let my hubby know I love em' each day. =)

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  23. Perfect!Just the inspiration I needed for a Valentine I need to make-thank you!

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  24. Love the steampunk valentines. Very fun.

    I'm already a follower. :)

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  25. I just love that heart with wings stamp - wonderful cards, fab designs. I love spending valentines day with my gorgeous husband; this year will be our 25th valentines day together! Maddy x

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  26. fABTASTIC CARDS love them well we usually go out to dinner and i may get some roses too if im lucky xx

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  27. Great cards. My favorite Valentine traditions is to make heart shaped cookies or cake.

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  28. My DH makes dinner, and we have a nice quiet night together.

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  29. We don't have any Valentine's Day traditions but we do make it a point to spend lots of time together doing things we love. In return for his cooperation on Valentine's Day, we also celebrate March 14th, which is the male version of Valentine's Day which I won't discuss on here. SOME of you will know what I am talking about. lol

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  30. Those are absolutely fabulous.

    I was planning to create a steampunk card using Bombshell's Sacred Heart stamps and metal gears.

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  31. Awesome!! And my fav tradition is spending time on V-day with a loved one!

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  32. Those are great!
    We don't do much - I just always make cards for my husband and 2 kids :)

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  33. Fun cards!

    DH and I don't do much for Valentine's. I hate money spent on cut flowers, give me a plant for my flowerbed. :D And I usually buy my candy the day after because it's on sale. Am I cheap date or what!

    When our girls were little, I tried to get them to make their Valentine's but they always wanted the store bought ones. Go figure.

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  34. wow I can not believe these...they are so amazing and creative. I love it...thanks for sharing..

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  35. wonderful cards. Here in NZ, Valentines is not big... :-( I'd love to make more. And this year hubby is overseas so even no card for him!

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  36. AWESOME!! I LOVE ALL of the creations!! THANKS for sharing and have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

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  37. Steampunk is really catching my imagination (unexpectedly so). As for Valentine tradition - the only one I really know is the card given by a secret admirer to the object of his/her desire.
    Paula (PEP)

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  40. I don't really have a fave tradition. Once my daughter gets more into it I probably will enjoy it more than just eating chocolate! Beautiful vintage cards, tfs!

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  41. Lovely cards and tags.
    One of my favorite Valentine Day traditions was sitting around the table helping the kids get address their Valentine cards for their classmates and going the ones they brought home from school.

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  42. Thanks for sharing those wonderful cards. My favorite thing we do on Valentines is a quiet dinner with my husband. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  43. I love these steampunk cards! Yep, Tim is King : )
    One of my favorite Valentine traditions is to make my own cards...even in school for the big make-a-mailbox and everyone exchange party. I was young and didn't do them production line style, so I ran out of the feathers and glitter...the last few were not as pretty...a boy in class noticed his was not as fancy and complained to the teacher!

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