Saturday, 30 March 2013

Tim Holtz Time Travelers 3D Pop Up Card

Maybe some of you know that I started my paper passion with Toy Theatres' reprints from British and German publishers (Jackson Pollock or Schreiber for example).Some of them can be seen with my other blog "VonPappe".

So it should be no surprise to you that I love everything 3D like showcases, moving paper cards or paper dioramas. This time I tried to create a mechanical card on my own using my freshly arrived Tim Holtz "Time Travelers" stamp set! (Wow, I LOVE it!) and a model from a book about mechanical cards made after originals of Valentine cards from the Victorian and Edwardian eras.

When closed the card folds flat to fit with an envelope, but when you pull the label on the bottom it unfolds into a 3d showcase with three layers by a card and ribbon mechanism well hidden from sight within the card's design.

First I stamped the traveler, the airplane and the suitcase pile onto white card, coloured the images using watercolours and fine tip brush and then cut them into shape.

They were glued to the cut out and folded frames afterwards and these were then glued exactly into position to provide easy folding for the closing and opening process.

The images work together perfectly with the Tim Holtz "Destinations" paper stash! So I used these for the front of the card, the front of the pull tab and the background of the showcase. The backsides (which are mostly doubled due to aquired stiffness to get the mechanism working without tearing or bending anything) are made from heavy white card.

For the front I did some additonal embellishing with a dry embossed and sanded frame from Kraft Core, some die cut Tim Holtz letters, an idea-ology fastener and an idea-ology hinge clip holding a stamped, cut out and aged ticket.

The explanations in the book were not that detailed and the template way too small so I had to do my own to fit the size of the stamped images. That meant a lot of measuring, calculating, failures and cursing as well....but finally I succeeded!!! Woohoo!

Hope you like it!!!
Thank you for stopping by!!!

With this project I enter Happy Campers challenge "Add Dimension", Our Creative Corner's "designer paper'" challenge and also Simon Says Stamp challenge "anything goes"

Happy Easter to you all!!!!

die amelie x


  1. wow raffiniert und kompliziert und SCHÖÖÖÖN!

    bitte mehr.. ich bin ein großer Fan Deiner Papiertheaterkunst!
    Genial wenn DU es nun kombinierst mit neuen Techniken...


    jo wünsche wir uns eben 10 x frohe Ostern...

    ist ja schön!


  2. Great card, love the images and layout, thanks for joining in at happy campers, Pauline x

  3. Wow, Hammerteil!! Ich sitze hier mit offenem Mund und kann mir immer noch nicht erklären, wie das funktioniert...Wahnsinn!

  4. G O R G E O U S!!!!!

    Happy Easter, Alie :-)

  5. Wow, what an amazing creation!! So very, very clever! The fold out mechanism looks amazing, - I am full of admiration!!! The finished effect with all the Tim Holtz stamps and papers etc, suits the whole project so well. Fantastic make Claudia!!

    Have a wonderful Easter, hope there is not too much snow where you are....

  6. Fabulous, fabulous creation! Like you I had Pollocks toy theatres as a child - endlessly fascinated by them... And this project is just so perfect - as Astrid says, a brilliant combination of the TH products with a traditional technique to create something really wonderful!
    Hope you are having a lovely Easter weekend,
    Alison x

  7. Toll!!!! Absolut genial!!!!


  8. Fantastic card, I love the way it pops up. It was worth all that measuring and cursing.

  9. Hands up! I also had a Pollocks toy theatre from a shop in Covent Garden, London and loved creating it. Even more beyond excited to see the fabulous possibilities you have shown for this stamp set as it's winging it's way to me too!!! Hope you and the family have a wonderful Easter, hugs Jenny x

  10. Hi Claudia, this is absolutely fabulous, great images and design. Haven't made this type of card before. Brilliant work.
    Avril xx

  11. Fabulous project! Great image! Love the neutral colors! Thanks for joining us for the Simon Says Stamp Challenge!

  12. Simply wonderful creation and very interesting blog post. Was great fun to read and loved the pics. Thank you for sharing with us at Happy Campers. Good Luck. Vee x

  13. GREAT creation! I love all the layers & how the airplane is behind your main image instead of the only image... very creative. Thanks so much for joining us at Our Creative Corner this week :-)


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