Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Pop-Up Steampunk Birthday Card

Hi everyone! I mentioned in my last post that, while I was working on the butterfly pop-up card, I had the idea to make a steampunk version...and here it is! My dad's birthday was last month but I was out of town and didn't have a chance to make a card for him. I thought the 'time flies' theme was perfect for a late birthday card!

Karen Burniston's Spinner Square Pop Up die is so much fun! I combined it with another one of her die sets - the Snowman Twist Circle - to create a spinning, moving card that is a delight to open. The base of the card is gray cardstock. On the front I added a silver painted and embossed panel and added a window. Surrounding the window is a gold (heat) embossed frame that I made by nesting the two largest circles together. The 76 was cut from foil-covered cardstock and colored with alcohol inks.

I thought that this sitting man from Tim Holtz's Paper Dolls was perfect sitting on/in the clock. When the card is opened, the gears spin out from behind the clock. It's so cool!

I used various gears from one of Karen's discontinued collections (Clock and Gears) and some of Tim Holtz's gear dies. The were all cut from heavy cardstock and given a metal look using my Faux Tarnished Silver technique - I haven't used that in ages!

Here's a closer look at the mechanism and gears. I used heavy clear plastic (cut from saved packaging) to create an arm that the gears could attach to. I had a hard time getting them to stay using any type of glue and ended up stapling them with Tim's Tiny Attacher. I decided it adds to the industrial look. ;-) The sentiment and words were computer generated and printed on kraft cardstock.

Here's quick video showing the mechanism operating. There are really so many possibilities with this die!!

Speaking of amazing dies, Karen Burniston/KB Riley are celebrating their new Facebook Group - Karen Burniston Pop-Up Peeps - with a sale! Through tomorrow, April 25th at Midnight CDT, they are offering 18% off of your order of $20 or more when you use the code 18OFF in the coupon box when you check out. This is a great time to stock up on some of the best dies the craft world has to offer!

You can find Karen's dies and the other supplies I used via the links below.

Below is the assembly video for the Spinner Square Pop-Up die. Once you figure out the mechanism, it's a breeze!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! If you're on Facebook, be sure and join the group. It's a fantastic, friendly group and people are sharing the most amazing cards!


  1. Fabulous card and love how you incorporated the Paperdoll. Hope you are well ❤️❤️

  2. Absolutely stunning! But how did you use both sets of dies?

  3. OMG I love this card. Absolutely Fabulous

  4. Shelly I am in awe in front of this gorgeous, outstanding card!!! Amazing...Brava!!!! Hugs xxx

  5. Shelly, this is a stunning card and I love how it moves. Must try this (my dh will love it too).
    BTW congrats on the happy news, new stage in your life and it will be awesome!! New crafts!

  6. I am always amazed at your incredible creativity with these dies. This card is really awesome, such a cool way to combine these mechanisms and the result is magnificent! Thanks for sharing!

  7. This is the best thing ever!!

  8. A WOW of a card...love every bit!

  9. I love this!! As a newbie a tutorial would be wonderful!

  10. I am mesmerized by the intricacies of this card!! I can't stop watching the video!


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