Tuesday, June 10, 2014

MFP Blog Hop Day 1 - Gears to You and Gear Up

Welcome to the Marks Finest Papers, a Heinrich Company

June Blog Hop! 

This month's New Stamp Set Releases are

 Featured  June 10
Gears To You & Gear Up

Featured June 11
Pretty Pears

 Featured June 12
Great Flowers & Flower Blocks

Featured June 13
Please Snow

Please hop along with us! You have a chance to win one of the above stamp sets! Just comment on the following blogs (don't forget this one), each day for more chances to win! (You do NOT have to comment on all the blogs each day! The names are drawn randomly!) All six winners will be announced on 
June 14, 2014 on the Mark's Finest Papers blog. You can go back and comment if you missed a day. (HINT: The more you comment, the more chances you have to win and comments on the MFP blog count twice!) 
The deadline for 
commenting is 10 PM EST on Friday June 13, 2014

My first card is a simple one. I stamped the image onto an encyclopedia page. I colored several of the gears using a gray colored pencil. I added screws made out of wiggly eyes. If you would like to see my tutorial on how I made them, scroll down to my next post.

My second card took a lot more time and was a lot more labor intensive, but I love how it turned out and I hope you will like it too. 

When I saw the gears, I thought steam punk for inspiration. I did a lot of experimenting with this card and learned a little along the way. I wanted to make it look like I added a tin type photo. I used the image from MFP set called FAMILY. I stamped it using black stazon ink onto white cardstock. I took a black marker and colored around the image. I rubbed the whole image with copper inka gold metallic rub. It looked ok, but I thought I could do better.

 For my second try I stamped the same image. Using the same ink, but I used black colored pencils to color around her. Instead of rubbing the inka gold, I put it on the image with using the water coloring technique. I took the metallic rub and put it on a plastic lid. I added water and painted it on. It looked better. As you can see in both my first and second tries, I thought that she had something lacy in her hair, but as I worked on the image, I decided it was shading.

 So here is my final try the one I used on my card. I colored around the image using gray colored pencils and did the water coloring of the inka gold.

I also used MFP set called TAKE THE TIME  I stamped the watch 2 times. Once was on floral black and white cardstock and the other (for the face of the watch) on white cardstock. I rubbed inka gold on the base. I cut out the face and glued it on top of the base. I added a brad.

The base of the card was my favorite part of my project. I stamped the large gear onto white cardstock. I stamped it 4 times, cut them out and glued them on top of eachother. It took a lot of time so for my second gear. I just stamped the gear onto a cardboard box (crunch n munch- if you were wondering.) I also cut a hinge out of the cardboard box. I used punches to cut out 3 circles. All the pieces I ran through my cuttlebug. I added brads, drywall tape, metal spiral paper clips and other metal embellishments that I could find. I glued them to cardstock. I also drizzled hot glue from my hot glue gun over the top. I painted it all black and then rubbed it all over with the copper inka gold metallic rub.
I also added 2 more gears and a little key.

I made my card an easel card. I put drywall tape under the sentiment. For the sentiment I printed this quote about time onto white cardstock. I colored the background with gray colored pencils and rubbed the metallic rub over the top. The flower brads, looked kinda like small gears to me. They were originally yellow. I took a sharpie marker and colored them black and then added metallic rub.

 Thanks for reading through my long post. I hope you enjoyed learning how I made this card. Check out what the other designers have done with these two sets.

Here's the Design Team:

Come on back tomorrow for more creativity.


  1. MariLynn I love both of your cards, but the second really is a masterpiece. Well done, it is an amazing work of art.

  2. I love this and reading how you made it. An amazing amount of effort and perseverance but what a great end result.

  3. There was a lot of love and effort put into that easel card! The result was well worth it. Awesome card!!!

  4. Oh, Marilynn!!! yes, I have to say I do like your easel card the best! it's fantastic! all the great details! thanks for sharing how you created it.
    stamping sue

  5. WOW!!! I am totally impressed with all your cards! What a great combination of embellishments. Love the Steam-punk theme!

  6. Wow, you did a fab job on these sets. I like the first one on the newspaper and how you made the screws. The second one is a "Wow" card. I love it.

  7. Oh my goodness your cards are amazing especially the second card it is a work of art!!

  8. Wow, wow, wow...these cards just are amazing...
    Such wonderful work you put into them..

  9. I though steampunk when I first saw these gear stamps too. Love both of these cards.

  10. Wow, both cards are awesome, but your second card is GORGEOUS! It totally looks vintage and punk - I love, love it!! What exactly is "metallic rub?" hope that's not a dumb question.

  11. What a creative way to use these stamps! Love the one stamped on book pages but that second Steam Punk inspired project is AMAZING!!

  12. wow great cards. Love the steam punk card. Lots of work but it turned out awesome. All your cards are great.I like how you used the page from a book to stamp on. Going to have to remember to try that. Thanks for telling how you did them.

  13. Wow good looking cards here wheel done
    Thank for showing

  14. Incredible projects! Love how stamping on the encyclopedia page makes your "simple" one very intriguing. Your steampunk project really has some major wow factor going. Amazing!!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  15. Fabulous cards! Love the stamp set. Thank you for the blog hop Karen P x

  16. Wow! I LOVE both cards, but especially LOVE LOVE LOVE the steampunk style card! I have some metallic rub and never think to use it! Thanks for the inspiration!

  17. Very creative idea to make googly eye screws and your second card is awesome!

  18. Wow! You sure put work into that second card. But it looks worth it. I really like both of your cards.

  19. Love that second card - the extra time you put into it really produced some wonderful results!!

  20. Marilynn, both cards are amazing. I love the stamping on top of an encyclopedia page on your first card. Your second card is just a wonderful piece of art. So much work, but SO worth it!

  21. Wow, What a classic creation on the second one!!! I love the metallic effect and lots of hard work put into it!!!

  22. All these cards are great and so different but must admit the second one is awesome and worth the effort. I do like the gear stamps.

  23. Wow!!!! Your easel card is amazing. It is an absolutely mixed media work of art. All your efforts were definitely worth it for the end result and who would know there is plain old cereal box hidden in this beauty.

  24. Fantastic steampunk card, Thanks so much for giving the details!

  25. WOW! You really created a masterpiece! I am in awe!