The challenge this month was to use circles in a creative way. OK, circle cards, circle shapes, circle?
Well how do I use circles and the kit without out just making circles. After much thinking, I decided that the circles needed to be a part of the construction. So what would be my theme. Well I love Star Wars and R2-D2 and C3PO are 2 of my favorite characters. So robots and circles.
Let us see how they are made. We will start with the easiest and move the the more complex.
Card 1: Telescoping Circle Card
Easy Peasy, die cut some circles and put them together.
Then they were assembled with brads. Closed a nice little circle card, open a larger card.
Card 2: Yo-Yo Head Card
Well this one is easier is some ways from the final card, and more difficult in other ways (getting that head to turn).
Lets take a look at the construction:
Masking for layered images As a last step, added a layer of Wink of Stella to give a shine. These were fussy cut. The robot whose head will turn, was stamped an additional time and colored.
Circles were cut out of fun foam and acetate. I used the smallest circle in my die set and it is about 1/2 " in diameter. Fun foam with adhesive applied to both sides was attached to the image that will be the card. Next an acetate circle was adhered to the fun foam, a second acetate circle, with glue on one side was attached to the "second head" and all were sandwichd and attached with a brad to the image. A piece of twine with a ribbon was attached to the outside head and then wound around the outside of the fun foam. When pulled the head turns around. There is a Splitcoast Stamper instruction with video here: Yo Yo Spinner Card
Anyway, this sentiment matched the image, So I made it fit. I stamped and embossed and then holding it to the card, started trimming and cutting until it fit perfectly. I think it is the sentiment that makes this card. Busy, interactive, yes, but so is life. This card is not technically challenging just fussy.
Card 3: This was the first card I made for this challenge and the most frustrating. It took one whole day just to get it to work. When I look at the card now, it seems so simple. Oh well, you can just copy it, but I will share the technique and some issues along the way.
First I cut the teal paper down to 4X 5.25, and the shiny glitter paper 3.5X 5.25. Die cut a circle in the glitter paper.
Valentine Shaker Card. All the details are in that video.
I placed the glitter paper over the teal paper and glued glitter and rhinestones to the paper. The attached the
Let us move onto the next issue: The Robot
I cut out 1 paper robot and a fun foam robot. The fun foam had stick-it applied to both sides and die cut. The stamped robot in the picture was my "test Dummy", you can see he is not cut perfectly or stamped.
I use the negative to center over my stamped image, then place the die in the opening, tape down and cut. Perfect every time. Then I cut a heart out of the center. Colored the robot, so far so good. Attached the colored image to one side of the fun foam and filled with microbeads and glitter.
Micro beads are a nightmare in such a small area, the static sends them rolling, then after I removed the backing paper, knocked it over and they all stuck to the stick-it. START OVER. Except I am out of stick-it. So I switched to Scor-Tape, which is thicker and my die would not cut all the way through. And I could not get it off of the fun foam. So, I stuck a heart crystal in the opening, glued the fun foam pieces together and attached it to the window on the card, in the wrong place. Now I have glue all over my acetate. Thank heavens 91% alcohol dissolves glue and not the acetate.
Embellished that baby, shut out the lights and called it a day.
|close up of robot, all colored and cute|
Next day, I added the sentiment. Cut out a circle, stamped and heat embossed in clear. I used the circle die to get the top line and position correct and then shaped the bottom of the sentiment to fit. I had also curved and shaped the stamp prior to stamping. One thing I love about unmounted stamps, I am in charge!!.
So that is it for this challenge. In the end, I learned a lot and I love my Robots. I love this kit and the stamps are wonderful. I have not even explored all the wonderful swirls and circle stamps in this kit, stayed tuned there is more to come.
Your next stop is: Debbie
Only other supplies used: Copic, Wink of Stella and MSTN Bionic Bots
Assorted circle dies, adhesive, Stick-it, Scor-tape, glitter and crystals.