Monday, August 10, 2015

Karen Burniston Designer Challenge - Inspired By

Happy Monday, everyone! Today I have such a cool card to share with you! For this month's Karen Burniston Designer Challenge, we were asked to choose another designer as an inspiration and create a card based on one of theirs. I have been intrigued by Donna Wright's Westminster clock card from the time she made it and jumped at the chance to make one. I think it's one of the most clever ideas I've ever seen!

How awesome is this opened?! I couldn't resist making this into a steampunky Halloween clock (am I the only one who's ready for fall to get here?). I was lucky enough to have a few sheets of these amazing Steampunk Spells stickers from Graphic 45 - it made it so easy to get the look I was after.

I  took a few photos along the way to show how mine came together:

Start by cutting a piece of manila cardstock to 11" x 6". Score down the center and cut using the Pop it Ups Spiral Circle Pull Card die. Close the card and trace an outline around the circle that was cut with the die (I used a jelly jar that was about 1/4" larger than the die cut area. Next, align the wavy edge die as shown - this will cut the clock edge. Run the card back through your die cutting machine to cut the edge. It should cut through both layers of cardstock with no problem. After the edge is cut, carefully trim your clock outline and fold the card front back along the score line. You've made a clock! Note: it's a good idea to practice this on an inexpensive piece of scrap paper before you cut into the good stuff. It took me a few tries to get it just the way I wanted it!

To create the look of wood, use an inking tool or sponge to apply brown distress ink to the cardstock. Add grain by dragging a brown and black ink pad down the surface, trying to keep the lines as straight as possible. Ink the clock face background with orange ink and stamp with a gear stamp. Cut the clock face from cream cardstock and the backing piece from black kraft core'dinations. Layer together and adhere to front of card.

Next, add gears and start decorating your clock! I used a set of Graphic 45 stickers that I found at Tuesday Morning. Unfortunately, these have been discontinued, but you could use something you have on hand, or one of their other lines.

I added flowers that were dyed to match using Ranger's Distress Stain Sprays. The clock face was stamped with Tim Holtz's crackle stamp. The large Steampunk Spells sticker is only attached to the left side, allowing the card to be closed using the tab.

I used the spiral die that comes with the Spiral Circle die to add a 3D element to the inside. After decorating the inside of the card, I die cut a piece of transparency with the spiral and adhered one end to the right side of the card (you can barely see it attached just under the bicycle handlebars), and the other end to the left. I die cut gears from Shimmer Sheets and added them along the spiral. They fold up perfectly when the card is closed, but unwind and are suspended when the card is open.

The gears stamp is from Oxford Impressions' Steampunk Works set and the crow is from their Haunted collection (one of my faves!)

Finally, here is a video to show how the clock face pivots when the card opens. I love those gears!

All the supplies I used can be found at Elizabeth Craft Designs and Simon Says Stamp via the links below.

Thanks so much to Donna for the amazing inspiration! Be sure and check out the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog on Wednesday to see a fantastic tutorial from Karen as well as all the design inspiration cards from the rest of the team.


  1. Soooooooo AWESOME Shelly again I'm just in Awe of how that mind of yours works! LOVE LOVE LOVE!!

  2. Fabulous, love the faux wood, perfect for clock which in itself is a fabulous idea. Love how you adorned with graphic 45 and gears. Tracy x

  3. OMG, Shelly, it is your time of the year again!
    AWESOME project!!!

  4. Oh wow wow wow. This is absolutely fabulous. THANK YOU for the step by step photos too, and I love the little videos you share of the card opening and closing.

  5. Just one word - FABULOUS !!! x

  6. this is so fabulous Shelly I can hardly stand it!!!!

  7. Wow Shelly- this is so way cool! Bravo!

  8. Shelly, you continue to amaze me with your adaptations of Karen's wonderful dies. This one is speaking to me! Can't wait to see if I can make it work like you did! Thanks for inspiring us all the time!

  9. Amazing! Of course! You continue to inspire like no other! Honestly, whenever I see there is a new post from 'StampTramp' I immediately click on it...and of course save it and marvel at your imagination. I love your projects! So unique and different than the ho hum usual stuff. Love the tutorials too! Thanks for sharing! :)

  10. Fabulous card, I feel honoured that you felt inspired by one of my creations.

  11. Awesome and I love the gears. So cool.

  12. This card is awesome! I love the way you combined steampunk with a Halloween theme. They go together perfectly. What an inspired piece of work!
    Sue Erickson

  13. I love this card so much!! I wish I could make it with the directions you gave but I know I will mess it up and I only have a small amount of Steampunk Spells paper left and that is 12 by 12! Man! I wish our Tuesday Morning sold stuff for papercrafting!!
    Any way I can talk you into doing a video tutorial on this?!!!

  14. OMG ... how did I miss this one ( must have been the week I was with my brother at hospital ) ... this is awesome , love the pop out clock ... every detail so amazing and the paper so perfect !!


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