Thursday, November 28, 2013

Festive Flurry Ornaments for Sew-Funky Ornament Swap

For a Christmas Ornament Swap that I am involved in here in New Zealand, this week I have mailed out 7 of these gorgeous Festive Flurry Ornaments.  I just love them in the traditional colours of red, green and gold. 

To construct my Ornaments, I followed the Stampin' Up! tutorial on YouTube to score and concertina a couple of the layers of my Ornament to give it height and dimension.  

Working from the bottom-up, I have:

- largest ornament, gold glimmer paper
- largest ornament, Old Olive CS, Whisper White Kraft Ink
- largest ornament, Very Vanilla CS, Cherry Cobbler ink, scored and concertina'd
-2nd largest ornament, Old Olive CS, gold embossed
-2nd smallest ornament, Cherry Cobbler CS and ink, scored and concertina'd
-smallest ornament - gold glimmer paper

The Ornament is finished with a Very Vintage Designer Button which is vanilla coloured, and ties in the VV layer of the Ornament.  The ribbon is Old Olive 1/8" Taffeta and is hot-glued in-between two of the bottom layers.

The box was created with the Envelope Punch Board, I just love how versatile the Stampin' Up! products are, at creating things other than what they are immediately designed for.  

Normally for an envelope you would just follow the dimensions posted on the front of the Punch Board to tell you what size cardstock you will need, and at what point to make your first punch & score mark.  To turn it into a box, you also need to decide what thickness the box will be, (mine is 3/4") and then calculate that much extra to both the long and short edges of the cardstock.  In this instance, I chose the 4x4.5" card size which gave me a 7 1/4 x 7 1/4" a square of cardstock, so I added 3/4" to each edge and got 8x8".  Then you also need to add a second score/punch at that same distance along from the first score/punch - my guide tells me the first score is at 3.5" so I add 3/4" to get my second score at 4 1/4".   Do this on each of the 4 sides of the box (note, this works because it is a square - for a rectangle you only do it on the 1st edge, and then turn your paper 90degrees and follow the score guide instead for the remaining 3 edges).

Then assemble your box as usual, creasing all your folds with a bone-folder and cutting your tabs for the side closures of the box.  I used Sticky Strip for a nice sturdy hold.  I forgot to use the corner rounder (which is built into the board) on the top and bottom flaps before I assembled this box, but I was able to still round the top flap after assembly.  It still looks okay without it, but I made sure to do it for the rest of the boxes I made.

I used Old Olive textured cardstock for the box, which seals closed (loosely) with the Old Olive Washi Tape from the Season Of Style range.  To decorate the front I used another snowflake from Festive Flurries, paired with another couple of stamped and punched images in Old Olive as well (Artisan Label Punch and Label Love stampset / That's the Ticket stampset and Ticket Duo punch).

For more information on the Ornament Swap, check out Sew-funkys website, she will be adding pictures of all the swap Ornaments as they start rolling in.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Police Sergeant Card

My husband got a promotion at work last week, so I made him a fun card to celebrate.  He has always admired both Punch Art and the Pop Up cards, so I knew from the first moment that I wanted to incorporate both of these.  This was a real labour of love, it took HOURS of snipping and Google-imaging to get accurate pictures of the New Zealand Police uniform and cars and then transfer them onto paper (I am no artist!!!), but I love how it turned out.

The envelope is made with the new Envelope Punch Board and Soho Subway DSP - I love being able to customise the envelope to match the non-standard card size.  I stamped hubbys name onto a label made from the Deco Labels Framelits, and added the "Sergeant Stripes" which were made with the Circle Card Thinlets Die set.  The car's body, windows and wing-mirrors were hand-drawn and hand-cut, the tyres are Large Ovals and the siren and registration plate use the Word Window punch.  The headlights are wings from the Bird punch.  I've used both the white gel pen and the white chalk marker to highlight and add details.  The Police decals are stamped from the Tape It stampset, and I used Crushed Curry and Pacific Point markers to alternate the colour-way.  The Yippee-Skippee sentiment is stamped onto a label from the Chalk Talk Framelits, and I repeated the chevron arrows from the envelope.

Inside the card I used the Pop 'N Cuts Dress Form insert to create the stand for my Police Sergeant (note: I hadn't drawn the Sergeant Stripes onto his shoulders yet when I took this pic).  I decided I wanted a plain square-edged card-base for this card so I used the insert without the card base - you might be wondering how I did this - the sandwich contained two cutting plates and a shim on the bottom (the shim was the thick cardboard backing from a pack of Glimmer Paper), then the Dress Form insert, cardstock and 1 top cutting plate.

I then used the Tuxedo template from Karen Burniston for the Police Number One's, and I adapted the lapels to suit, and I added the tie, pockets and gold buttons.  The hat is made by double-punching the Extra-Large Oval - the star (which is NOT true to the actual NZ Police uniform :o ) and buttons are the only non-Stampin' Up items used for this whole project.  I have used Pacific Point and Soft Sky as my main colours.

This time you can see that his Sergeant Stripes have been drawn on with the Chalk Marker.  The picture hanging on the wall in the background is the World Map stamp and I used the tutorial from the Annual Catalogue for the inkpad-to-paper colouring technique (colours are Soft Sky, Pear Pizzazz, Summer Starfruit, and the image is stamped in Always Artichoke).   I used an Early Espresso Candy Dot as my 'picture hook', I contemplated using linen thread to hang it, but in the end I just used my Marker.

I hope you've enjoyed this project, it certainly was fun to make!