Sherlock Holmes Inspired Steampunk Card

Sherlock Holmes Inspired Steampunk Card2017-12-27T11:25:35-05:00

Project Description

The Game Is Afoot - Steampunk Card

Are you familiar with steampunk? It’s a style that involves a setting where steam power is still widely used—usually Victorian era Britain or “Wild West”-era United States—that incorporates elements of either science fiction or fantasy. Works of steampunk often feature anachronistic technology, or futuristic innovations as Victorians might have envisioned them.

Gaslight romance or gaslamp fantasy is an offshoot of steampunk. Steampunk stories are most commonly set in a romanticized, smoky, 19th-century London, as are gaslight romances. But the latter category focuses nostalgically on icons from the late years of that century and the early years of the 20th century–on Dracula, Jekyll and Hyde, Jack the Ripper and Sherlock Holmes.

This card is inspired by Sherlock Holmes and his quote, The game is afoot!, from the The Adventure of the Abbey Grange. The same way a cat might chase down a mouse, Sherlock Holmes would chase down his quarry. Here’s how I made this card.

Steampunk Background 4x4 #16468The background is dry embossed aluminum that’s been painted black and then sanded to highlight the embossed design. The silhouette of Sherlock Holmes was cut out using a Zing electronic cutting machine.

Brown paper and a cotton ball were adhered behind the background to form the pipe and smoke.

The silhouette is filled with gears, using the Steampunk Background 4 x 4 #16468 stamp from Viva Las Vegastamps! It was stamped on metallic gold paper using StazOn ink.

Steampunk Cat 2 x 2 1-2  #17720The cat is stamped on metallic bronze paper using the Steampunk Cat 2 x 2 1/2 #17720 stamp from Viva Las Vegastamps! using StazOn ink.

The mouse was cut from metallic black paper on the Zing and then filled with small clock gears.

The quote was created using a vintage Dymo label maker.

Viva Las VegaStamps!I hope you enjoyed this card and learning a bit about steampunk and gaslight romance. For more great projects, check out the Viva Las Vegastamps! Design Team blog.

Happy Crafting!




  1. Sandra Strait March 19, 2012 at 5:16 am - Reply

    Totally awesome card!

  2. Shirley Wheeler March 21, 2012 at 3:56 am - Reply

    This card blows me away!!! The silhouette is superb! Joe, how do you keep coming up with such out of the box amazing ideas? Love this card. The background is wonderfully done. Just a couple more stamps I have to have now! LOL

  3. Barbara Rankin March 22, 2012 at 11:37 am - Reply

    Joe, this is such a cool card. I just love it. My husband and I are big fans of Sherlock Holmes, and all I can say is, I wish I had come up with this idea. 🙂 You are so creative and inspiring!!

  4. Chris Patton March 25, 2012 at 9:24 am - Reply

    Joe, It was such a pleasure meeting you and Carol and Joe at the Columbus Memories Scrapbooking Expo this weekend! My sister and I were truly amazed at the knowledge you have and the willingness to so kindly share it with others. I can't wait for my new Zing machine to arrive! I am soooooo excited! Thanks again. Chris

    • Joe Rotella March 26, 2012 at 6:01 am - Reply

      It was great meeting you too!! Your Zing and accessories have been ordered. They should ship today and I bet you get them Thursday (or even Wednesday!). I know you're going to love it and remember you can always contact me if you have questions! Thanks again!

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