Monday, June 1

The Ravages of Time

Old ruins are interesting, ancient ruins, ravaged by time, are fascinating! This month's challenge at SanDee and amelie's Steampunk Challenges is "The Ravages of Time". Think peeling wallpaper, patina, rust, peeled paint...think old! Be sure to check out all of the wonderful projects the team has created. The first and fifteenth of the month will showcase the team's creative ideas. We hope you will play along with us here! Our challenges are for all to participate in, whether it is your first steampunk creation or your hundredth!

Time to make birthday cards for my adult sons. As they get older, they might be feeling some of "the ravages of time" so this seemed like a good theme for their cards. Time to think about old things and steampunk...


I am working on some heavy watercolor paper to give the cards support. I started by adding some time themed remnant rubs by Tim Holtz. These are fun and easy to work with.

Next I wiped three distress ink colors on my mat, spritzed them and wiped the paper through. I took the brown ink, did the same step and placed my paper down on it to get the little speckles. Be sure to wipe off the remnant rub areas after you ink it to keep it white.


Next step, I used the brown distress ink and the blending tool and went over everything to give it an aged look.


These are the colors I used, a mix of new and old.


Ok, next up stamping! These are the stamps I chose: Time-Stampers Anonymous, Flying Man-Deep Red, Compass-Lazerstudiowerx, Stonehenge-Rubber Stamps of America, Rome-Tim Holtz, Stampers Anonymous, inside saying-Stampin Up. I used my go to ink with these, my Ranger Archival black.



I stamped Rome and Stonehenge on cork, distressed it a bit with ink. Ancient ruins, ravaged by time, how fascinating! I have been to Stonehenge years ago, and totally awed by this magnificent structure. My imagination ran wild thinking about what it would have been like to be here thousands of years ago. I would still love to get here for the solstice!

Distressed up the edges, and time to add metal! Rusty keys, gears, watches, spinners, oh yeah!

Layered them up onto the cards.

I can't wait for their birthdays to see what they think. I will probably not tell them about the ravages of time, I don't want to make them feel too old! LOL!

I hope this inspires you to join us in our challenge! You can make a tag, ATC, card, collage, art journal page, alter something...the choice is totally up to you! Be sure to check out the awesome projects from my teamies!! Have a creative month, and see you soon for our summer challenge.



  1. Fantastic Maura!! great combi from colours, textures and my favourite steampunk stamp, love it!

  2. I just love all of your steampunk creations Maura! Genius idea to use the cork board and stamp into it. The mix of old and new distress Inka is fantabulous and make your cards pop! Awesome designs my friend! Hugz! ~Niki

  3. Really good colors you've chosen for your cards, and instructive tutorial. I really get the feeling of old time. Good idea to stamp on cork.
    Hugs, Susan

  4. Hello Maura....These steampunk cards are fabulous! I have always loved Wendy's flying man! I have NO IDEA why I don't have that stamp! You have reminded me that I NEED it! :) Your background colors are awesome and everything that you have used to embellish the card fronts looks like they were just made for each other. Love your idea of using the cork board to stamp ingo. I'll have to remember that one. Thanks so much for always leaving such nice, uplifting comments on my blog. I appreciate them so much. Have a wonderful day! <3 Candy

  5. I love that flying man! I haven't known it is stamp also...I want it, I desire it now! :)
    Cards are stunning!

  6. Well designed cards depicting the Ravages of Time--love those architectural stamps and the colors you used. And such a great way to use Tim's Remnant rubs! Fabulous inspiration!


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