52 Week Mini Art Card/Tag Challenge

Saturday 4 March 2023

Lavinia Stamps "Tock" Retirement Card

A clean and simple card featuring the timepiece from the new Lavinia Stamps steampunk collection and two of their new stencils to make this retirement card.

I started by dusting the card with an anti-static bag, then using Wow! Clear embossing ink to stamp "Tock" the pocket watch.  I coated the stamped image in Wow! Rich Gold Super Fine embossing powder then heat set.

While the watch was cooling, I stamped another pocket watch on to a post it note, fussy cutting the image to create a mask.

I positioned the mask over the heat embossed pocket watch image, then secured the new Lavinia Stamps "Filigree Stencil" over the card using a piece of low tack tape.  I then applied "Garden Patina" Archival Ink through the stencil lightly, keeping relatively close to the bottom right hand corner of the card.

I removed the Filigree stencil then positioned the Lavinia "Red Brick Stencil" in the same way.  This time using "Shadow Grey" Archival Ink through the stencil.

Removind the stencil and the mask, I coloured the face of the pocket watch using "Antique Linen" Distress Oxide Ink to give it a more vintage look.  Using a black pastel pencil, I created a slight shadow on the bottom right of the card.

I couldn't fine a suitable Lavinia retirement sentiment in my stash, so chose one by Clarity Stamps, which is part of their "Entwined Sentiments" stamp set.  I used Wow! Clear Embossing Ink and once again the Wow! Rich Gold Embossing powder and heat set the sentiment.

I decided the card needed something else, so I dug out some metallic paint, popped a blob onto my mat and added a littel water, this was enough to make the consistency right to splatter droplents of the gold paint from a fan shaped paint brush on to the card.  Once the paint was dry, I mounted the card on to a piece of gold card then on to a kraft card blank.


  1. Sensational Sam, great embossing x

  2. CAS at it's best a beautifully designed card Sam

  3. This is such an elegant and beautiful CAS card Sam and I love the pocket watch and the really lovely stencilling in the background...a super retirement card! x