Monday, January 18, 2016

Karen Burniston Designer Challenge - New!

Hi all! It's time again for Karen Burniston's Designer Challenge. The theme this month is 'New'. Anything goes as long as we use at least one of the dies from Karen's new collection. Since I'm just a bit obsessed with the Hanging Charm Pull Tab die, I decided to give it a steampunk look and create a Valentine's Day card for my husband.

Oh, if you've never seen this die, I'll bet you didn't see that coming!! How insane is that?! When you pull the tab, it pops up the frame and reveals a message hidden underneath. How perfect is it for a mechanical, interactive steampunk card? I love love love this die!

A few quick details on how I made my card. The bottom layer is painted corrugated cardboard. Next, I cut a panel from a cereal box (cheap chipboard!) and painted it with Brushed Pewter Distress paint, then stamped it with a number stamp and jet black ink. The next layer is more chipboard, this time painted with Tarnished Brass Distress paint. Oh, and prior to painting it I dabbed some DecoArt Media Texture Sand Paste here and there. The rivets are the waste from the center of Karen Burniston's large gear die.

The pull tab mechanism was cut from cardstock, dabbed with sand texture, then painted with DecoArt Payne's Grey and English Red Oxide to give it the look of rust. After making this, I would recommend avoiding any part of the mechanism where the texture would cause it to snag (I scraped a lot of it off!). The heart charm (included in the die set) was cut from chipboard and painted with DecoArt Crackle Paste. After it dried, I adhered numbers that were die cut from black cardstock using Karen's clock die, then covered the whole thing with DecoArt Liquid Glass, to give it the look of enamel.

The frame was cut from cardstock using a rectangle frame from the Flourish Gift Frame set, and the medium-sized oval from the Accordion Oval die set. I love being able to mix and match these dies to get the perfect look. I trimmed down the frame a bit to get it to fit, then embossed it with a gear stamp from Artistic Outpost, and painted over it with more Payne's Gray, wiping off the excess. Finally, I added embellishments from Tim Holtz and a stamped sentiment and I was done!

I didn't have my husband to act as my trusty cameraman today, but I managed to take a quick video to show you how the pull tab works. Seriously, it's so cool - you need this die! Check out this video from Karen that shows how easy it is to use this die.

The dies I used can be found at Elizabeth Craft Designs via the links below, the rest of the supplies I used can be found at Simon Says Stamp and Amazon.

Thanks so much for stopping by today and for all the lovely comments you've been leaving on my CHA posts. I'll have another designer challenge project to share tomorrow, so be sure and check back!

I'm also submitting this to the latest SanDee and Amelie's Steampunk Challenges - my first time!


  1. I bow to the Queen of steam punk! Excellent card. Your short videos are always a treat!

  2. Simply fabulous Shelly - love every bit of it.

  3. That is amazing. Love the look of this piece...and of course that pull tab die is genius.

  4. Karen's die is a feat of engineering but you have brought it to life Shelly in this fantastic card!

  5. Wow! Another of your cool and stunning steampunk creations, Shelly!
    I am always impressed how you manage to incorporate moveable parts with your cards! That definitely takes them to the next level! Absolutely brilliant!
    Thank you for playing along with us at SanDee&amelie's Steampunk Challenges!

    Claudia xx

  6. Hot diggity dang! There are so many thoughts in my head about this amazeballs creation! Gorgeous, grungy yumminess, wowzers, stunning, fantabulous, genius, marvelous-I could keep going! Love love loves this design and your attention to detail! The fact that this moves is even more icing on the cake and now that die is on my wish list! Awesome sauce! Brilliant and Bravo!

    Thanks for joinin us at SanDee&Amelie's Steampunk challenge! Hugz. ~Niki DT

  7. i thought the card itself was amazing and then to see what it does..holy moly!! LOVE it and yes it is a NEED i'd say!


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