Sunday, 13 May 2012

Alice in Derland - Black and Gold

Not a typo, the title is deliberate. It describes the way my brain is (not) working :-). Well, the Altered Alice blog has a great challenge this month and it's "Anything Goes", so I got out my lovely new Tim Holtz embossing folders and my favourite IndigoBlu Alice I stamp set and started to play. This is the result...

"Alice in Derland"

A sheet of gold mirri card is embossed and painted over with black acrylic paint using a finger. After a couple of minutes the top surface is buffed with a sheet of kitchen roll to reveal the gold embossing, leaving plenty of paint in the recesses to give a lovely aged effect and show off the embossing beautifully.

The background card blank is decorated with distress inks and a mask made by running an acetate sheet through the Gears die and spraying the back with ReMount.

"Alice in Derland"

Each of the stamped images is coloured using Distress Markers and a watercolour brush. Some of the inks are applied directly to the paper, and others are diluted with a little water before applying. Once coloured, the images are cut out, shaped with an embossing tool, and mounted in place using Pinflair.


The sentiments are stamped onto thin white card with archival ink and diecut & embossed before colouring & edging with distress inks to match the background, edging again with a gold metallic promarker, and fixing in place with Pinflair for plenty of extra dimension. This sentiment is probably my all-time favourite. Such a succinct description of life!


This picture shows the background layers quite well. The rabbit's gold watch was enhanced with gold metallic promarker around the edge and a few dots in the middle. The extra gears are cut from some scraps of mirri card, embossed with the steampunk folder and decorated with black acrylic paint before mounting with Pinflair.

"Mad Hatter"

This guy has the same initials as me - maybe that's why I like him so much :-) I love the way he is just floating above the action looking down on all the proceedings. I gave him some gingery looking sideburns to match his jacket. I can never resist placing him looking down at Alice and Alice looking up at him when I use both images on the same card. Curioser and curioser.

IndigoBlu stamp set "Alice I"
Sizzix Tim Holtz embossing folders "Pocket Watches and Steampunk"
Sizzix Tim Holtz M&S die: alarm clock
Sizzix Tim Holtz Bigz Die: Gadget Gears
acetate mask made using the above die
Sizzix Tim Holtz Bigz Die: Weathered Clock
Spellbinders dies: Labels, Ovals, Scalloped Ovals
cardstock: gold mirri, black 160gsm, white 300gsm, white 160gsm
Distress Ink Pads & Markers: Scattered Straw, Old Paper, Antique Linen, Black Soot, Broken China
Adhesives: PVA, Pinflair dimensional glue
Acrylic paint: black
Promarker: gold metallic

To be eligible for Creative Craft World's Challenge, you have to mention it in your blog post, so cosider yourself mentioned :-)
Entered for the following challenges:
Altered Alice - Anything Goes
CES Challenges - Anything Goes (sorry to see you going)
Simon Says Stamp and Show... Your Favourite Stamp
Creative Craft Challenges - Anything Goes
Just Tracys Crafts - Anything Goes (sorry to see you going too)
Creative Craft World - April Mini Challenge


  1. Ohhh wowzersss what a fabulous creation you made its absolutely stunning and all the little detaills that you have used. Fabulous stamp stoo, thank you for sharing your creation with the DT from SSS and S. Good luck, hugs terry xxxx

  2. Brilliant stunning card love all the details. Alison xxx

  3. Beautiful Card Hunny!! So well thought out!! Thank you for joining in with the Creative Craft Challenge xx

  4. Thanks for playing along with The Altered Alice! I love all the steampunky golden layers on your card! IndigoBlu is always a fave, LOVE this!

  5. Love your card, such a clever and elegant design! Thanks for joining in our very last challenge at CES :) Donna ♥ x

  6. Wow, I'm missing words, such an outstanding project.

  7. love the gold and the texture!

  8. wow this is amazing sweetie!! well done!!
    Thanks for joining us at Creative Craft Challenges!!

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  9. Ohhhhhh I LOVE this card. I just want to ask one question though, when you say you need to apply the paint using "a finger", is there a particularly special finger I need to find or buy to do this technique or will one of mine do? Im sure Im bound to have one about here somewhere! heehee. Sorry Maddy, my sense of humour is warped but I did have a wee laugh to myself when I read that line. lol. This card is fantastic. Lots to get your hands dirty with. It turned out brilliantly. And I like how you have the Mad Hatter peering down at Alice too. Lee x

  10. Super card, thanks for sharing with us at Creative Craft World.

  11. Stunning work. Thanks for joining us at Creative Craft World.
    Sue x

  12. Gorgeous card really stunning :) Thank you for joining us at Creative Craft World x

  13. What can I say, except wow wow and wow. stunning once again Love and hugs Kathy xxx

  14. WOW! The depth you've created with the stenciling and embossing is amazing! Fabulous piece of art. Thanks so much for sharing with The Altered Alice. xxD


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