Yesterday being my 25th anniversary, here’s a pic of a tag I made a few weeks ago using a photo from our wedding.


Such kids we were!  Times and finances being what they are, we aren’t doing much anything by way of celebration, but I figured I could at least make him a nice card.


This card was inspired by a similar one by Lisa Somerville in Just Steampunk 2011 (p. 83.)  I loved her use of Jim Croce’s lyrics, but thought it would be an excellent excuse to buy opportunity to use some of the Tim Holtz Mini Bottles.


The computer font is called Beyond Wonderland and can be found for free at DaFont.  

After printing the words onto my cardstock panel, I embossed the left side with the Steampunk embossing folder.  Before embossing, I inked the top portion of the embossing folder with Shabby Shutters Distress Ink.  This got the ink down into the lower portions of the design and left the raised areas the color of the card stock.

I inked around the right side of the words with Shabby Shutters to try to blend it in and create a sort of halo around the verse.  All the edges were inked with Vintage Photo or Walnut Stain Distress Inks.

The gears were cut using the Gadget Gears Die and were then lightly rubbed with several different Metallic Rub-Ons.


The bottle was filled with glitter, seed beads and tiny watch parts.  The I filled the whole thing up with Glossy Accents and stuck on the cork.  (It just occurred to me that if I put the cork on, the glossy accents on the inside may never dry.  Hmmmmm…..)


The inside panel was decorated with the clock stamp from Tim Holtz’s clear stamp set The Journey. I used a variety of blue & green chalk inks.  The “Happy Anniversary” is from Hero Arts’ Everyday Sayings clear stamp set.

This was a fun card to make, although it was kind of a pain to put together because he was working from home the whole time.  Every time he came upstairs I had to throw it under something and start making like I was working on something else, lol.

May all your days be special and creative!


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4 thoughts on “Time In A Bottle Steampunk Anniversary Card

  1. I think that’s my favorite of all the cards I’ve seen on your blog. I love steampunk, clocks, Jim Croce, and the sentiment–not to mention the color and composition. *sigh* Very nicely done.

  2. Love your tag! Congrats on your anniversary. I was teary reading the lyrics to time in a bottle. They mean more to me now after having lost my hubby and now remarrying..I take no time for granted. Such a lovely touch to your card!

    1. Awww, I’m glad you liked it, Winnie. Yes, we really need to be thankful for every moment, cuz life can change in an instant.

      Now if I could only get the song out of my head…

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