Having said I'm a big softy, I don't like giving TLOML something that is too sweety-sweety. In the past I've done mini-albums, minimalist white-on-white, a CD slideshow - all sorts of things. This year I've gone Steampunk (we both love the style - just as well really!)
I began with a papier-mache box (one of a nested set of three. This is the middle-sized one) and covered it with aluminium insulating tape (I got some 50 mm wide from the DIY store, and I also got some 100 mm wide from Ebay). I followed the technique demonstrated by Tim Holtz here.
I die cut some gears (from the Chronology range by Docrafts) and the letters (Sizzix Bigz XL - Word Play) rubbed on Gilder's Paste in shades of gold, silver and bronze and antiqued them all with a very dilute wash of black acrylic paint. When they were dry, I stuck them all to the lid of the box.
That's part one done and dusted - now I just have to make the card to go inside. But before I go on to make the card, I'm going to enter this in the Anything But A Card blog challenge nd the Hostshot Craft Blog Challenge.
See you in Part 2!