Hello Everyone, welcome to my next project for Couture Creations using the ‘Steampunk Dreams’ Collection. Here I am playing with more of the interesting elements in this collection – this time I am having a go at a layout.

I love the negative images just as much as the positive ones from foiling, so I added both images of the butterfly and locket to this project. The sentiment stamps are just as impressive. How appropriate is this one -‘Creating History Together’ for new parents. I hope it inspires you to give it a go!

All components prepped and ready for assembly.

I cut the designer paper just under the music notes, being careful to keep any overlapping flowers by fussy-cutting around them. I followed that angle to cut all other papers. I tried to create a bit of interest in the top left corner to try and balance the colours. I wanted to add interest to the borders so I off-set them with different width margins. All the edges of the paper cuts were inked.

All the foiling was done on black card. I used both the positive and negative images of the butterfly and locket. I die-cut the key and small heart (that was from the centre of the key), added glue to them, then used the off-cuts of the foil to burnish over the glued area then lifted off leaving a distressed look on them.

I die-cut the small tags, placed them into the embossing folder and then ran them through the die-cutting machine. I brushed the sanding block across the surface of the tags until the core paper appeared on the music notes.

I fussy-cut a few flowers from the designer paper, inked the edges and curled the petals to give them more dimension.

Depending on the various pieces, I used cardboard, foam tape and glue to mount them.

Once all the bulk pieces where in place I tucked and glued the muslin into areas that looked a bit bare. I added some drops of brown alcohol ink to the art stones then glued them down. I rubbed/blended a bit of white gesso around some of the elements just to soften their edges.

Materials List

CO727707 –   Steampunk Dreams 12×12″  Sheet              
ULT200006 –  12×12″ cardstock – Chasm  
CO727720- Cut & Create Die  – Steampunk Dreams – Stamp of Love
CO727721- Cut & Create Die – Steampunk Dreams – Heart Locket
CO727724 – Cut & Create Die – Steampunk Dreams – Steampunk Butterfly
CDEIPU032 – Dye Ink – Cappuccino
CDEIPU036 – Dye Ink – Dark Grey
CO727310 – Alcohol Ink – Espresso
CO724988 – Embossing Powder – Gold Gold – Sparkles
J7036-1001PAD – Versamark Ink Pad
CO725662 – Goodbye Static Pad
F1005249- 12 inch Trimmer
CO726520- GoPower & Emboss Machine (Die-Cutting Machine)
CO723950- Embossing Folder – A2 Scattered Notes
ULT157316- Sanding Block
Other Products:-     Black card, Foam tape, Double-sided tape, Glue, Distressing Tool, Heat Resistant Acetate, Muslin/Cheesecloth,  Art Stones and Gesso.