Tuesday 23 April 2013

"Inventions" at Try It On Tuesday!

Sometimes it is scary how time flies - another fortnight has passed (better: flewn by) and it is time for a new challenge theme over at Try It On Tuesday!

This time our theme is 


As usual our challenge is "anything goes" as long as your project follows the theme.  (As you may well know, Tuesday is also the day I invite you over to FunwithATCs - so, please, scroll down to the previous post to have a look at this fortnight's challenge!)

Of course I had something "Steampunky" in mind when first reading our challenge theme and I wanted to use my new stamp from Crafty Individuals as well as the new Tim Holtz Alterations "pediments" and "layered wings" Sizzix dies, my beloved cogs and gears dies from Xcut, some of the Perfect Pearls Mists, my selfmade Steampunk wordstamp (the How To can be found here) and lots of alcohol inks!!!! 

I created a little "Steampunk engine shrine", using a left over chocolate box (yes, I have to face the truth that  I can no longer hide the fact that there are chocolate boxes to be found at my place ...er...from time to time *lol, but I guess I mentioned the sacrifices we have to make for our art earlier on...). 

I had a lot of fun creating this box, stamping, glueing and doing a lot of die cutting, layering and alcohol inking. I hope the close ups show a little of the variety of effects on the gears and cogs!

The outside of the box was covered using washi tape, blending some of it with alcohol inks too. 

The background for the gears and stamped images was covered with papers from the Prima "Craftsman" and "Romance Novels" collections.

Stamps used are from Crafty Individuals, Oxford Impressions and Tim Holtz. 

Some of the cut out gears were partially folded and glued to the inner sides of the box, thus creating some depth and additional layers. 

The moveable pointing hands with the cogs were mounted using tiny brads and the panels they are on were glued onto the back using foam sticky pads.

The words on the side read "Achtung Zerbrechlich" ("Attention! Fragile!"). Love this tape! As it was only black&white I added alcohol inks to achieve some contrast with the ruler tape on the front. 

To some of the alcohol inked parts I also added some sprays of Mr. Huey's "gold" and Perfect Pearls Mist "blue patina". 

The pediment was given the same treatment:

I wanted to create the impression of a lot of mechanical movement - even though I didn't "invent" something useful *lol. 

I hope I will see a lot of awesome entries from you over at our challenge blog!!! And you have to hop over and see the great projects my DT fellows made too!!!! 

This month's sponsor is 

who are giving away a $25  Gift certificate ! 

As I made all the rusted looking pieces used on this project from white glossy cardstock treating it with alcohol inks, patina and metal colour sprays (I used the backing of one of my Tim Holtz paper stashes...they are perfect for being used with alcohol inks using their white insides), I enter Simon Says Stamp and Show's "Color" challenge with this project.

I also enter the challenges at

Crafty Boots - "Recycle"- recycled chocolate box

Love to Scrap - "Cut it out!"- a lot of die cut gears, cogs, wings, pediment

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

die amelie


  1. Boah, was für ein geniales Werk. Ich kann mich gar nicht sattsehen an den ganzen Details, die Du so liebevoll gestaltet, gestanzt und eingefärbt hast. Ein Meisterwerk, liebe Claudia

  2. fantastisch schön Claudia! Hatte Deine posts schon vermisst.. aber jetzt ist alles klar.. Du hast ja hier geniale Arbeit inzwischen geleistet mit diesm Prachtstück. wow .. das ist raffiniert!
    diese Vielschichtigkeite ist grandios... da kommt Deine Papiertheaterliebe richtig durch!


  3. This is just brilliant, Claudia! A left over chocolate box has never looks so good! haha I totally love everything about this! from creating your own word stamps to all of the gears you've so perfectly intertwined, this is just amazing! Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful creativity and the how to's with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

  4. OMGosh this is breathtaking. Such a lot of details - just love love love it! Absolutly cool!
    Outstanding work of art!
    XOXO SanDee1899

  5. This is amazing Claudia, so many details and techniques, just love it.
    I must say - having to eat chocolate for boxes is so hard - but worth it!!!
    Hugs, Avril xx

  6. WOWZEERS !! That looks like a lot of work!! Very creative!! Love the steampunk look with all the layers, fabulous job! Thanks for joining us at Love to Scrap! Challenge Blog

  7. Wow, so many layers and details. Just love the gears and all the inking. Fabulous!
    Hugz, Z

  8. oooo, I like this, I love the layerd cogs and the depth. very cool,I also love the effect the alcohol inks give. x

  9. wow - einfach unglaublich - diese viele Details - ein Hammerwerk!!!
    LG Dagmar

  10. Na was sagt man dazu? Es ist unglaublich, wieviel man aus dem Thema Steampunk heraus holen kann. Das Washi Tape in Zollstock Optik ist der Brüller. Klasse wie die Alkoholfarben darauf wirken. Eine tolle Inspiration, deine Schokibox, zumal ich den Stempel auch besitze und bis jetzt nur auf ATC's angewendet habe. Die 3D Optik ist genial geworden (:o)

  11. What a completely stunning make, Claudia! It's sensational... I love all the cogs and gears with the brilliant alcohol inky effects, and the dimensional construction is so cool! Fabulous stamping too... I just got the Pediments too, but I'm guessing they're mostly going to get used for dollshouses to start with!
    Alison xx


  13. Wow, an awesome project. Love all the details thank you for showing us the fantastic close up photos.
    Yvonne x

  14. Wow, Claudia, just lovew all the effects yo've got on this. Fantastic little shrine!! Hugs, Cindy x

  15. An amazing steampunk box Von...so detailed!!! Compliments it's gorgeous.

    kind regards, Alie :-)

  16. Outstanding! I could only dream of doing steampunk this well! Thanks so much for sharing your talent with us in the Love To Scrap! Challenge Blog's "Cut It Out" Challenge!
    Leslie, DT

  17. A stunning piece of art! The gears, textures and embellishments are amazing!!!

  18. oh my gosh Claudia, I love all your steam punky goodness and they way you make it work together. I use one cog and think, there I can do steam punk, lol I could never achieve your level of it! Gorgeous! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina ♥

  19. Fantastic and the cogs look amazing!! I love this hugs trace x

  20. Wow, what a stunning make Claudia, so very, very clever! Love all the different effects you have achieved, a brilliant make!!

  21. Just love this fabulous Steampunk shrine Claudia, what an amazing 3D work of art with brilliant colours and techniques.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

  22. Alcohol inky heaven Claudia!! I adore this project for its many layers and those superb colours. Hugs, Jenny x

  23. Great textures on all the cogs and elements! Shame you have to eat all those chocs (bad as me with my champagne!!). xx

  24. Wow. This is absolutely amazing. Great work.

    I'm glad you make sacrifices for your art! (chocolate)

    I'm pinning this for reference!

  25. What a wonderful, magical creation. Amazing!

    Thank you for sharing your work with all of us at Crafty Boots Challenges.


  26. WoW oh WOW I could stare at this for hours taking in all it's fabulousness!! Thanks so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show :)

  27. Meine Güte, das sehe ich ja jetzt erst.....was für ein grandioser Steampunk-Shrine, liebe Claudia! Ich bekomme ***SCHNAPPATMUNG***
    Ganz großes Kompliment!

    Würdest Du mir verraten, wo Du die "cogs and gears dies from Xcut" gekauft hast? Gibt es da einen deutschen Shop?

    Ein schönes WE wünsche ich Dir!

  28. Oh my, Claudia! This is amazing! Love all the rusty colors! And I so love gears! So this is right up my alley! Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. Hugs, Sandra

  29. Wow!!!! Ich bin sprachlos!!!! Das ist ja wohl echt der absolute HAMMER!!!! Echt grandios!!!! Ganz, ganz toll!!!! Wow!!!! :-)


  30. stunning! this work is amazing! Love all details! Barbarayaya

  31. Wow I am speechless, incredible creation!!!


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