Monday, 19 September 2011

Alice in four dimensions

No, not Alice's restaurant but Alice in Wonderland! This card is dedicated to a good friend of mine, Lee at A Wee Bit of CraftyLoops. She sent me some gorgeous embellishments and kick-started the process which culminated in this creation:

"Alice card front"

"Alice card inside"

The general structure of the card is the same as for the concertina-type book cards in my "Tunnel Cards 2" blog. The sheets were all cut from embossed gold card, then apertures removed in descending order from front to back. Each layer was inserted and a myriad of die-cut gears & cogs used as embellishments to build up a giant 3-d clockwork structure.

"Inside of card showing die-cut gears"

Gears were cut using the Sizzix Tim Holtz' & Spellbinders' gears sets. I would have liked to use Tim Holtz' Weathered Clock die to embellish the front of the mechanism, but I don't have it! So instead, a variety of embossed clock fronts were used:

"stamped and embossed clockface"

Each clockface was stamped & embossed with gold powder before being cut out and positioned. The one shown above is from a Tim Holtz stamp set.

"White rabbit panel"

The two picture panels and the image in the centre of the cameo are all adapted from images on the Graphics Fairy's blog. The white rabbit is coloured with promarkers, and his fur made more realistic with the use of a white gel pen to give some texture. A little glitter glue highlights the watch and watch chain.

"Mad Hatter panel"

All three images were digitally manipulated to remove the backgrounds so that they would "pop" from the backgrounds, then printed onto cream card and coloured with promarkers.

"Alice cameo"

The image for the Alice cameo insert was printed very small and trimmed to fit before colouring and sticking in place. The hollow was then filled with glossy accents. This was my first attempt, and you can see a couple of tiny problems - the ink ran a little, and there are a couple of tiny air bubbles. But hey, it's handmade! :)

"Pocket watch embellishment"

The pocket watch was attached to the cameo with a small book ring, and the whole embellishment threaded through an eyelet set into the front of the card, so that it might be removed and used as a key ring.

"Complete hanging embellishment"

The blank cameo and pocket watch embellishments were the items that Lee sent that started this project. I love the whole idea of "what is the nature of time", and that if you think of time as Einstein did, as a dimension, then all those moments that we have lived must still exist somewhere. All of time is there, now, we are just travelling through one aspect of it, as if on an arrow. Is this a bit deep for a Monday? :)

"detail from inside panel showing lettering"

The lettering was die-cut twice in black and gold. The gold letters were positioned over the black letters to give the illusion of shadows and depth. Be careful what you do today, remember that all those little acts will exist forever :).

Entered for The Altered Alice challenge


  1. So creative! I love the 3-D aspect of it!

  2. Oh WOW, WOW, WOW! Maddy this is amazing! You have done an incredible job on this and I love the cameo with Alice. Really stunning and such detail too. I love how you die cut both gold and black for the lettering and shadowed it. You are so talented. Lee xx

  3. WOW!!!!! this is one of the most amazing cards I have ever seen. so much lovely detailing. Definitely worth all the hours you spent on it.

  4. This is absolutely fantastic...a real work of art! Ruth x

  5. oh my goodness what a super card !! well if you can call it that !! I would call it a work of art well done ... I bet you felt sad when it was all finished ... I made a card for my Mum's 80th birthday (on my blog) and I felt sad when I had finished it ... I kept looking at it and adding bits and pieces it was like you feel when you finish a good book ... anyway your creation is marvellous happy crafting and love sandy xx

  6. I love anything that has to do with the original illustrations of Alice in Wonderland and you have highlighted them so remarkably! Wow! This is amazing! You are a true artist!

  7. wow what a stunning card, i spent ages looking at it on here so much to see, bet its even better in real life x you can see so much detail and hard work gone into making this card xx just love it and i bet your freind adores it xx

  8. Thanks so much for playing along with The Altered Alice! This is fantastic, it really is like looking into a clockworks with all the depth and dimension! Love the way you colored and textured the rabbit. The charms are lovely and add so much! Tempus fugit is certainly appropriate. Great project!

  9. Wow! This is amazing, the attention to detail is fantastic, love it !!! x x

  10. Wow this is absolutely stunning. I am in awe of your talent. Love it. Debs xx

  11. Totally AMAZING! Really stunning work! thanks for joining us at The Altered Alice! xxD


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