Monday, November 7, 2022

Amazing Paper Grace November Die of the Month: Pop Up 3D Vignette Alarm Clock

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As soon as I saw this fabulous Amazing Paper Grace Pop Up 3D Vignette Alarm Clock November Die of the Month, I just knew I wanted to create a patina finish to give a vintage feel to this amazing design.

These cards show patina two ways. The 3D vignette card uses mixed media products to create the patina. I explain this process below in the Tips and Techniques section. On the flat card I used patina printed paper to show you a quick and easy way to get this effect with just paper. While they look very similar in this photo, the metallic finishes truly look like old patina copper.

I'm always looking for ways to create masculine cards for the special men in my life and either of these cards could be used for a guy. The flat card even has a touch of steampunk with the black gears tucked behind the clock.

Please scroll down through the Tips and Techniques section to find close-ups and all the details on how to create these two vintage clock cards.

Many thanks to Amazing Paper Grace for providing the dies used in this project!

There are 21 cutting dies included in the Pop Up 3D Vignette Alarm Clock.

Pop Up 3D Vignette Alarm Clock

Flat Steampunk Card

Tips and Techniques
To create the patina effect, I started with a lightly patterned teal paper and rubbed Salvaged Patina Distress Oxide Ink randomly over the die cut paper, I went back and added a few touches of Uncharted Mariner Distress Oxide Ink. I then spritzed the inked paper with a fine mist of water to activate the oxide inks. Once dry to the touch, randomly rub Finnabair Copper Metallique Wax over the surface. Then go back and repeat the oxide ink process with the same colors so the oxide looks like it's coming out of the copper from years of oxidation.

Pieces that are "oxidized" include the scrolled clock frame, center decorative piece, ring with minute marks, alarm bells, hammers, sentiment strip and base.

The clock hands are cut from metallic copper cardstock and rubbed with the oxide inks. They are held in place with a mini brad which is colored with more of the copper wax. 

The number ring and backing for the center scrolled piece are cut from black metallic cardstock. The cream paper backing the entire design is a grungy masculine printed paper. This paper has touches of teal in it that works so perfectly with the patina finish.

This close-up of the bells shows the shimmering copper blended with the patina finish. It truly does look like old metal.  

The center scrolled piece backed in black is popped up with thin foam squares to give dimension and so that the clock hands will be raised up above the number ring. 

This fabulous 3D card folds flat for mailing. 

And tucks right into an envelope.

This card is cut from patina printed paper for a similar feel. If you don't have the mixed media products needed and want a quicker card, this is a great way to go. 

The background paper and gears give this card a more masculine industrial steampunk feel for that special guy in your life. The focal paper is inked with Pumice Stone Distress Ink to add to the vintage vibe. I wanted to keep this card simple, so didn't do any other inking. 

The card frame layer is cut from the same patina paper used to cut the clock design. 

The number circle and center background piece are cut from regular black cardstock and the clock hands from the same metallique copper paper used on the 3D card. I found this sentiment in the Idea-ology Small Talk pack that works so perfectly with the clock image. 

The cream clock base is the same paper used for the 3D clock card. 

These chipboard gears are heat embossed with black embossing powder for a rustic industrial feel. The clock image is popped up with foam tape so that the gears can be tucked underneath.

Below you can find the products I used to create this project including some with compensated affiliate links to and Spellbinders. These links are at absolutely no cost to you. When you shop through the links below, I receive a small commission from the companies.  These commissions help me cover the costs of my blog and other expenses, which allows me to continue to provide you with FREE inspiration along with detailed Tips and Techniques provided for every project. Thank you so much for your love and support!

Amazing Paper Grace Sets:



Mixed Media:

  • Idea-ology - Tim Holtz - Mini Fasteners
  • Idea-ology - Tim Holtz - Small Talk
  • Stash - Chipboard Gears



The Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month is available exclusively at Spellbinders Paper Arts during November 2022, Pop Up 3D Vignette Alarm Clock along with other membership perks.

View this month’s Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month!

Thanks so much for stopping by to view this patina alarm clock ensemble. I hope you've been inspired.

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