G45 Sneak Peek Week: Imagination Steampunk Card with Handmade Flowers

Imagination Steampunk Card with Handmade Flowers: New Collection!

Hello, G45’ers!  It may be the last day of April on the calendar, but it’s the first day of Sneak Peek Week on the Graphic 45 Blog!  Today through May 2nd, G45 will be revealing the Spring Release Collections.  I’ve had a sneaky peek and I know you are going to be super excited, too.  Lucky me!  I received a few pages of the new Imagine collection last week, and went to work making samples for the reveal party.  This Imagination Steampunk Card uses gorgeous papers and Ephemera Cards along with two of the new G45 Dies.  Let’s take a peek, shall we?

Imagination Steampunk Card Imagine by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 01

The color palette and images in this collection are inspiring!  It’s as though A Ladies’ Diary bumped into Steampunk Debutante, and Imagine was the result.  This is a softer, more feminine version of steampunk and I found it super fun to work with.

Imagination Steampunk Card: The Clock Focal

I am loving the vintage clock face paired up with this collection. The Square Tag and Clock Dies are fast becoming a “go to” item in my workbasket.  This time, I cut the doily frame from a pearlized bronze cardstock.  Then I cut the clock face from a soft floral pattern from the collection.

Each layer is raised up with dimensionals to give the clock a strong presence in the design.  The center dial is cut from one of the gear corners on the signature page.

And if you love butterflies, you are going to swoon over the gorgeous ones found in this collection.  I fussy cut quite a few, layered them up and added them all the way around the perimeter of the clock.

I’m finding lots of good ways to use the lovely little flourish from the Square Tag and Clock Dies, too.  These corner accents really help tie everything together as well as anchor the design.

The sentiment panel is made from one of the cut apart panels on the border strip page.  I matted this on kraft cardstock.  Then I backed it with waste chipboard to add height.  Finally, I fussy cut the “Imagination” plaque from a second panel, matted it on dimensionals and matched it up carefully.  I love the dimension and simplicity this adds.

Imagination Steampunk Card: The Handmade Flowers

I finally had a chance to play with the G45 Large Tag, ATC Tag and Flowers Metal Dies.  Oooh la la!  Look at these fun steampunk posies!  I cannot get over how beautifully these dies cut through G45’s heavy papers!  One pass through and you’re done!  I added button centers, some Prills and custom dyed seam binding ribbon.

By the way…did you know you can use G45 Decades Dye Ink Pads to custom color ribbon?  Here’s how I did it:

  • First, smoosh the ink pad on your non stick kraft sheet, glass mat or other non-porous surface.
  • Next, mist the ink with water until droplets begin to form.
  • Now, dip and scrunch white seam binding ribbon into this inky pool until it is all soaked up and well distributed.
  • Set aside to dry naturally, or if you are impatient (like me) gently heat dry.

I used Decades Precious Pink to color this ribbon, and it’s a perfect match for the papers.  You’ve gotta love that!

Imagination Steampunk Card: A Peek Inside

The ephemera cards from this collection are soooooo gorgeous!  These are the back sides, if you can believe it!  I’m in love!

Imagination Steampunk Card Supply List

Graphic 45 Supplies

Other Products: A Penny Saved Prills, Seam Binding Ribbon, Kraft Cardstock, 1.5″ circle punch, Bronze Metallic Cardstock, Copper Brad

I hope I’ve shared some tips, trick and ideas that you can use in your own paper crafting adventures.  I’d love to hear your thoughts and reactions to this gorgeous new G45 collection.  Please share with me in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!





13 thoughts on “G45 Sneak Peek Week: Imagination Steampunk Card with Handmade Flowers

  1. Sara Emily Barker

    Wow! What’s not to LOVE here???!! That clock and those prills are going on my wish list! You have showcased these beautiful papers so wonderfully, as always, Kathy! I particularly am drawn to the imagination panel you made and those stunning butterflies and flowers! Your bow is yum, yum gorgeous and this entire project wows me inside and out! Hugs!

  2. Helen

    I’m not usually a steampunk enthusiast, Kathy, but this project is delightful. The clock is such a great focus. This Imagination collection looks to be so versatile. It’s definitely going on my wish list! tfs

  3. Suzy Q

    Beautiful , beautiful card Kathy! Luv this new Imagine creation from G45! So awesome! And yes I’ve been down and internet too …both of us down for the count! I can see I’ve got some serious catching up to do! Hugs from Suzy Q. P. S. Just luv the buttons in the center of your flowers!

  4. Pat Ford

    I don’t know how you do it! This card is gorgeous! The Imagine collection makes it all so easy

  5. Cindy Wilson

    If a Genie popped out a bottle and granted me one wish it would be to have as much creative talent as you. Your cards leave me awestruck.

  6. Martie Rollin

    LOVE the button flower centers! This card is beautifully designed and executed. Looking forward to seeing this new collection in stores. Well done!

  7. Marti_L

    This feminine version of steampunk is just delightful! And of course I love the design you came up with. The diecut clock, the butterflies, flowers and soft, romantic ribbon are dreamy.

  8. Gena Krannig

    What a beauty, Kathy! I’m love this new collection and that clock die is awesome. As usual your attention to detail leaves nothing to be desired. I just love the buttons in the flowers. Thank you for sharing!

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