Saturday, 1 March 2014

Transparency at SanDee&amelie's Steampunk Challenges

Servus and welcome back, dear friends!

Time to show my creation for this month's challenge over at SanDee&amelie's Steampunk Challenges, where we have all sorts of crafts, a monthly prize to give away to one of our players, inspiring guest designers and a lot of steampunkery going on.

This month we want you to play with all the possibilities of


That means you can use transparent or semi-transparent materials, transparent objects to alter...or even make "transparency" the main theme of your creation. 

I recently stumbled upon a pop up card box over at Shelly Hickox' blog and fell in love with the idea and design immediately. There's a great tutorial on how to make one of these over HERE.

I used the template to create a birthday card for a very dear friend who loves everything vintage and steampunk too and I also borrowed some of the fabulous ideas Shelly had (the pediment and the clock key for example).

The really cool thing of this design is that it folds flat to fit with an envelope so it can be mailed and the adressant can fold it up to its full beauty ;)

I used some die cut gears, pediments, frames and flourishes on my creation. Some images I stamped and then cut them out by hand.

The zeppelin and balloon were glued to two thin strips of transparent acetate to let them "fly".

I die cut "Alles Gute" using one of the Tim Holtz Sizzix alphabet strip dies, glued the letters to the front and gave them a rub with DecoArt Metallic Lustre "Gold Rush". The die cut clock key and flourish were given the same treatment.

I am sure this won't stay my last pop up box card as it was so much fun doing this one!

Please, hop over to our challenge blog and have a look at the stunning makes from our (partially new) design team and guest designer! You will find a lot of awesome inspiration there - promise! If you want to know what's going on over at Our Creative Corner's challenge, please, scroll down to the previous post (remember: 1st of each month is double feature day over here ;).

Hugs and happy crafting,
Claudia x


  1. Omg Claudia, that is truly amazing! Your friend is going to be thrilled.

  2. supertoll & wunderschön!!!

  3. klasse Idee und echt toll umgesetzt, ich bin auch großer Fan dieser Pop up Kreationen, sollte man doch mal ausprobieren, obwohl es immer so kompliziert aussieht. Danke für den Link!

  4. Amazing Claudia! I love the steampunk edge. I keep wanting to try this

  5. Claudia, this pop up card is stunning! I love every element you have added, there is so much to see, I think your friend is going to love this. I made a few of these for the Grandkids at Halloween and they thought it was like magic, it is such a clever design. Anne xxx

  6. What a completely amazing card Claudia, genius!! I saw the tutorial on Shelley's blog and I have to say I am so impressed with what you did with it, amazing!!!

  7. Totally stunning card, Claudia!!!!

  8. Diese Form steht schon so lange auf meiner "To-do-Liste" - und jetzt weiß ich auch wieder warum - deine ist einfach nur umwerfend!!!!
    Ganz liebe Grüße, Dagmar

  9. wow, Claudia, what an amazing card this is - I really love the creativity and techniques that went into making this gorgeous piece of art. How lucky your friend will feel!

  10. Jaw-droppingly brilliant - wow!
    Alison x

  11. Was für ein Werk - megagenial.

  12. It’s so wonderful to visiting you Claudia…I am always surprised and amazed...with my mouth open looking at your creative piece! Fabulous!

  13. Wow, das sieht spitzenmäßig aus, liebe Claudia! Ganz nach meinem Gusto.......Großes Kompliment!

  14. Also Claudia, das ist nicht nur inspirierend... Das ist schon fast einschüchternd! Ich frage mich nur, wie lange Du an einer solchen Arbeit sitzt und ob Dein Haushalt, Kind und Kegel dementsprechend vernachlässigt sind, hihi... Das ist doch schon eine Doktorarbeit! Ich habe mir jedes einzelne Bild vergrößert um herauszufinden, wie Du alles angeordnet und so sauber eingeklebt hast! Die Empfängerin der "Karte" ist ein riesiger Glückspilz!
    Liebe Grüße

  15. Fabulous!! What an amazing piece, love it.
    Amanda x

  16. Fabulously inspirational Claudia, just love all the images you have combined for this amazing box xx

  17. Hach, Claudia, das sieht ja wieder soooo toll aus! So eine Schachtelkarte habe ich auch erst mal wo gesehen und deine Umsetzung ist echt klasse.
    Eine schöne Woche wünsche ich dir!
    Liebe Grüße


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