Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Terrific Tuesday Die Cut or Stamp Challenge

I have just heard that I have been selected for the Design Team for the Terrific Tuesday Die Cut or Stamp Challenge over at Paper Crafting World . Very exciting news as it is my first DT role, so I am looking forward to the next few months as I join the team and create for Melin and the other very talented designers.

The theme for the first challenge is Dr Seuss and Melin created a set of wonderful Dr Seuss cutting files and digi stamps to celebrate!

I chose to make a mobile using several of the characters from the cutting file set - Cat with Hat, which will be available from the website here.

Given that this project was going to be hanging, I needed to cut twice as many of each file so I could back-to-back them, and the backing parts needed to be flipped so they were a mirror image. Thank goodness for SCAL2 - I managed to cut everything in no time at all using my Cricut Expression!

The frame for this was also part of the set. I cut the book pieces out at 2.5 inches and the frame at 5". For all of the pieces in the mobile, I made one side first, then attached the pieces for the other side, sandwiching a long piece of thread that would be used to link all the pieces together.

The Cat in the Hat was the most challenging part to put together, but after two of them, the next 2 went together very quickly. I was very impressed at how well the little details like the whiskers cut out too.

I inked the edges of all the pieces with distress ink or Versamagic Chalk ink (cloud white)  before putting them together. This provides a little dimension for each one

I liked the Fish out of Water and used another of the frames in the set to border this with. Again, the edges were all inked with distress ink and I added little features like the mouth with a black pen.

The trees were fun to do. I welded the three trees together then cut a base to which I added the tree trunks and the tops. I embossed the red and orange tree tops using the swiss dots folder and the Cuttlebug, which added another dimension to the trees.

I linked the pieces together using the thread that I had added as I put the pieces together and tied them to some bamboo skewers. Taking a photo of this project was the most challenging thing to do as it keeps moving when you hang it up!

Green Eggs and Ham
 For this card, I used the digi stamp from PCW - Sam Bear and coloured it using Copic Markers (R14, R17, E25,G05,G07,  Y17). I then cut out the image as I wanted to layer it using some dimension.

To make the easel card, I used a piece of A5 blue cardstock, folded to create the easel. Added a die cut label which was distressed using Faded Jeans Distress ink and printed the excerpt from Green Eggs and Ham by Dr Suess. The sentiment was also printed using the same font and attached underneath the image.

The book shape used to stand the easel on, was cut from the Cat with Hat cutting file set and layered on the inner part of the card.


jackiescrafts said...

Congratulations on your first DT post Janet and I love the card you have made

Jackie x

Michelle said...

Welcome to the DT, Janet!! This mobile and cards are too cute! I LOVE that the book is the center for your easel card. I really love the details!!


Anonymous said...

Hey, Janet,
This is the first I've had time to actually visit and read your blog. You did such a great job on the Dr. Seuss files! You added so much detail!
So happy you're a fellow team-member at Paper Crafting World!

Joy said...

Hi Janet, congratulations on your first DT post. Love your mobilse and card, too cute! xx

Jenni's Jems said...

Congratulations on your DT at paper crafting World I'm sure you will be great asset, and loved the mobile brought a smile as for world book day in our nursery I dressed up as the cat in the hat! x

Linsey said...

Oh my goodness Miss Janet, this Dr. Suess mobile is truly AMAZING! I'm completely in love with it and if I ever had a baby I'd decorate the nursery in Dr. Suess theme, then I'd beg and plead for you to make me a fabulous mobile just like this too! I'd pay whatever, you name the price hehe! :) Such a superb card too and you are just an outstanding talent who I'm so inspired by! Thanks for sharing your wonderful CWC and PCP creations my friend! hugs and smiles