Thursday, 17 December 2015

Have a Merry, Grungy Steampunk Christmas!

Servus and welcome to my very first post as a proud member of the fantastic Emerald Creek Dares DT!

With this challenge lovely Kim Evans (my new boss) and all the ladies from the DT want to wish you a safe and happy holiday - and so do I!
The aim of this challenge is also to celebrate the holidays around the world and learn a bit of the traditions and other things we all love about this favourite season of the year.

My family and I celebrate Christmas on the evening of the 24th lighting candles on the decorated tree, singing Christmas carols, unwrapping presents (which is accompanied by a lot of "ooohs", "aaahs" and "yays") and having lovely food like roast duck or Wiener Schnitzel with our traditional "French Salad" afterwards.

Many people in Austria also have fondue on Christmas eve and quite a lot of Austrians have simple bratwurst with sauerkraut (which is mainly a habit in the countryside). I am more the roast duck type, but enjoying a tasty bratwurst on an advent market (alongside some hot and sweet punch) is something I love too.

So here's my card with which I want to wish you all a safe and happy Christmas:

I was mainly inspired by the gorgeous Christmas Tree and Victorian- and Mini Victorian Snowflake charms from Emerald Creek. I knew immediately that I had to make one of the beautiful snowflake charms the topping star on my grunge Christmas tree!

The tree shape was cut from a sheet of Nostalgic Kraft Core by using Tim Holtz'  Sizzix Evergreen die. My sentiment was cut from Kraft-Core too, using the gorgeous Tim Holtz Thinlits "Handwritten Holidays" die set.

The background was made by sticking pieces of Ranger Metal Foil Tape Sheets onto some cardboard and running it through my Sizzix using the Tim Holtz Riveted Metal embossing folder.

To cover the white spots with a metal tone too I dabbed on some brushed pewter Distress Stain and wiped back the excess on the foil tape with a soft damp cloth. I knew that even if it both looked silver-y the foil tape areas would react differently to paints and stains than the areas with just the brushed pewter on them. Adding a bit of "randomness" this way always helps with adding more depth and detail to grunge projects! It is as if you trick yourself and thus prevent yourself from working too neatly (which always looks kind of "strange" with grunge projects).

 After that had dried I dabbed on some Antiqued Bronze Distress Paint and sprayed it with water to create drip lines.

As I always try to make most of my paints I decided to swipe my cut out tree through the run down paint on my desk. That also helped blend in my tree with the metal looking background.

While my tree was drying, I dabbed on more Antiqued Bronze and Black Soot Distress paint to my background, wiped some of it off with my cloth or went back in to add more with other spots until I was content with the look.

I also used the Antiqued Bronze Distress Paint to make my silver snowflake charm match the bronze look of my background.

As I found the loops on my charms weren't needed for use on my card I simply cut them off using large cutting pliers.

The die cut sentiment was swiped through some Brushed Pewter Distress Stain on my Ranger Craft Sheet to blend it in as well.

Next I sprinkled some diluted Barn Door and Picket Fence Distress Paint onto my tree using a soft fine tip brush.

To make my tree shape stand out from the background I dabbed some more Picket Fence Distress Paint on and spread it with my fingers. While it was still wet I wiped back most of it, moving my cloth from the outside towards the center of my card thus creating a kind of shading.

For a finish I glued the tree, my sentiment and the charms in place and dabbed some Black Soot Distress Paint around the outer edges of my card to create a visible "frame" that draws the focus towards the center.

To tone down the clean white edges of the card I wanted my finished piece to mount onto, I loosely dabbed on some Antiqued Bronze Distress Paint here and there.

The last finishing touch was to add some half pearls for a little more bling.


 If you hop over to

you will find more inspirational projects made by my teamies! By playing along you also get the chance to win a fantastic $25 voucher for the Emerald Creek online store! (they ship world-wide by the way ;)

 I hope you have enjoyed your visit with my little creative spot!

I wish you all the most wonderful Christmas eve and holidays!!! 

Hugs and happy crafting,


  1. Stunning card, Claudia!! Love love love!

  2. Superfeine Weihnachtskarte! Ganz toll!

  3. Oh WOW...Your grungy Christmas is PERFECTION! Great tutorial and BIG Congrats on your new "creative" home. I can't wait to see what you dream up!

  4. WOW Claudia, this is amazing. I love the background and fabulous tree. Thanks for sharing how you celebrate too! Merry Christmas xx

  5. This is all kinds of amazing!I love your background technique using foil tap and silver paint. How clever! I need to try that.
    Thank you so much for all the awesome inspiration and I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas!

  6. Wow! Absolutely gorgeous Claudia! I love how you added the charms to the tree!

  7. Love this card!! Love seeing how other people use those great snowflake charms! The background is great, I think you may have made me add that embossing folder to my wish list! :)

  8. Fantastic work Claudia!
    Merry Christmas to you!

  9. Oh My gosh Claudia! Even after the sneak peak I could not imagine how you pulled this off. I am sooo grateful for you and your talent. This post was awesome, I learned new techniques. I am so sorry your package never arrived but I am thrilled with what you were able to pull together for this first post. This is so exciting!

    1. I am still convinced that the parcel just got stuck at customs (as that's what tracking indicates) and will arrive as soon as the last Christmas hectic has ended...;)
      So happy that you like my first DT make for the Emerald Creek Dares site! Mwah! X

  10. Love this fantastic steampunk take on Christmas - the background is so cool, and the tree decorations look great.
    Alison xx

  11. Eine ganz tolle,fetzige,steampunkige Weihnachtskarte hast du da kreiert,wow!
    Eine genau so schöne kam dieser Tage von dir hier bei mir an,lieben Dank dafür, hab mich riesig gefreut.
    Schöne Festtage und guten Rutsch ins Neue Jahr.
    Liebe Grüße
    Sabine xox

  12. Wunderschöne farbliche Hintergrundgestaltung mit einem Hauch Steampunk, super!! LG Kerstin xx

  13. Wow! This is beautiful! And as always, thanks for sharing the steps in how you created it. (It is very helpful to novices like me.) Your Christmas tradition sounds wonderful. In case I don't get back over to your blog again for a bit: Merry Christmas!

  14. welcome to the team Claudia!! your card is SPECTACULAR!! holy moly...and a wonderful tutorial. i have always wanted that embossing folder and now need it even more! i love how this turned out..totally love!!
    Merry Christmas to you & yours!! xo

  15. This is way way cool! Love the awesome elements and the splatter that ties it all together!

  16. You had me at foil tape C! Haha! Love the grunge and that Christmas tree is awesome sauce! Gorgeous! Huge congrats on your new DT. Looks like you will be having more fun! Hugz to you muffin! And Merry Christmas! ~Niki

  17. Congrats on being in the DT for Emerald Creek, just had a look on their website a few weeks ago (for a reason, wont't tell you now hehe, maybe later... )

  18. This card is an absolute masterpiece !!! I'm speechless! WONDERFUL PIECE!!!!!!!!! BArbarayaya

  19. Absolute gem! What a fanatic combo of steampunk and vintage Christmas. Love it! xx

  20. Wow - this is AMAZING!! Love, love, love everything about it - and your step-outs are fantastic - learned a lot! Have followed your blog for a long time (and still hoping to make one of those beautiful bugs!) Happy holidays and best wishes for a wonderful 2016! xxx Lynn

  21. Oh, such a steampunky Christmas card, Claudia!! Congrats on your new DT gig!! How fun is that!! Merry Christmas to you and yours!! :) :) XOXO-Shari

  22. Das sieht ja klasse aus! So schön steampunkig kann ne Weihnachtskarte sein! Ich bin echt überrascht und begeistert liebe Claudia.

  23. This card is absolutely stunning, Claudia!!!

    Merry Christmas to you and yours; may the New Year keep you safe, healthy, and creating more art so I can continually be inspired.

    Sending big hugs your way,

  24. OOOOH! I've been meaning to get over to have a closer look, and I've been pleasantly surprised with your awesome tutorial! Fabulously done! I'm a lover of grunge, so this card just speaks to me! I have got to get that embossing folder; been telling myself that for ages, but it never seems to make it to the shopping cart! You have convinced me! Thank you for your amazing inspiration, and congratulations on joining the team! I'm looking forward to your awesome designs! Happy New Year!


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