Thursday, February 21, 2013

Party Time

Hello everyone! Anna-Karin here with a cheerful party decor project.

My son wants a monster & spider party for his birthday, so I decided to make some party decor and a pop-up card. You could easily adapt this to work with any theme by using other colours and stamps. Make all of them, or just one. I used four of Eileen Hull's Scoreboards dies: Coupon/Mini Shopping Bag, Square Box, 3-D Vase, and the Cupcake Holder, and Karen Burniston's dies for the card.

These projects are all pretty quick, so that it is possible to make several. Let's get started:

Die cut the Coupon/Mini Shopping Bag from white mat board and black emboss a small blueprint spider and a number all over. I'll show an even quicker version of this below, for the vase.

Paint with a mix of watered-down pearlescent paints. You don't need much paint, a little goes a long way. You can paint with a paint brush, foam brush, or, as I did, with the grey side of a Ranger Cut 'n Dry foam pad, which gives a smooth result and is very quick. You can also sponge with Distress Inks, but I picked paint instead since sticky little fingers might smear the inks.

Die cut the Townscape and numbers from Word Play from grungeboard and paint silver and red.
Before assembling, I stamped small stars on the bag with silver paint. Immediately clean your stamp after stamping with paint. The bag is easy to assemble, just place strong adhesive on the flaps of the side piece. Swipe silver paint around the edges. Glue the Townscape along the base. Die cut a label with the Heart & Label die, paint it green and glue a number on top.  Set eyelets in the sides and twist two wires together to make a handle. This would also work great as a little treat bag to each child, or as a gift bag.

Now to the gift box, using the Square Box die, which can hold a little gift, a cupcake, or in this case a big spider. You need two pieces to make the box, die cut them from white mat board. As you can see on the photo, the Scoreboards dies both cuts and scores the mat board, making the projects very easy to assemble. The sentiments were embossed with red embossing powder and the monsters with black. I later changed my mind and glued more colourful monsters to the box instead, so you can skip this step if you want to.

When you stamp the box you have to plan which is going to be the lid part and which is going to be the sides, since that determines the position of the stamps.

Paint with watered-down pearlescent acrylic paints. Paint one of the flaps too.

I stamped the box with a dot stamp and Stazon ink, to add a bit of texture and embellished with a leftover house, mirror star and number. I also stamped it with silver paint and the same little star stamp used before. Swipe a silver paint dabber along all the edges and place adhesive where shown.

die cuttingStart by adhering the part that will become the base, back and lid of the box (piece to the right). Then adhere the sides one at a time (not shown here). There are clear instructions on the leaflet that comes with the die.

I coloured extra monsters for the pop-up card and decided to use them on the box to make it happier.
Googly eyes are always popular.
I also wanted to show an even quicker way of making these, excluding the heat embossing. Die cut the Vase and the Cupcake Holder from white mat board and paint as before.

Stamp with Stazon ink (or Archival Jet Black).

Die cut three labels, paint them green, stamp, embellish and set an eyelet in the top. Apply adhesive where shown.

Assemble the vase, swipe silver paint along the edges and set three eyelets at the top. Hang the labels with string.

For the cupcake, die cut three candles from mat board, paint them with blue pearl paint and add gold Stickles to the flames.

Glue the candles to the cupcake holder and glue a number to the middle one. Swipe the edges with silver paint.

Assemble the cupcake holder with brads. I made a very simple blue monster from paperclay, moulded around a polystyrene ball. Paperclay takes about 24 hours to dry, depending on how big the piece is.

And finally, to the pop-up card. Mist a piece of watercolour paper, first with water and then with two colours Dylusions ink mist. Leave to dry.

Place the Party Phrase pop-up die in the Pop 'n Cuts Base die and place the paper on top, making sure to line up the middle of the paper with the marks on the die.

Stamp with the Blueprint spider stamp and Salty Ocean ink, using first to third generation impressions (stamp without reinking). Also stamp the stars with silver paint.

Die cut 'party' from black cardstock using the coordinating Sizzlits die. Glue it to the pop-up which forms a perfect mat. Coat with Glossy Accents and sprinkle with Rock Candy dry glitter. Let dry.

For the card base, I cut a piece of Black Soot Core'dinations cardstock (4.75x12 in, folded in half). Emboss the front with the Cracked folder, which looks like a spider net. I sanded it a bit, then inked with black ink and swept a bit of silver paint here and there.
  Stamp monsters with Archival Ink Jet Black on watercolour paper, or another paper that can handle some water. Smear Distress Inks on your craft sheet, mist lightly with Perfect Pearls mist and then watercolour the monsters using a paint brush. Cut them out.

Die cut two poles from white cardstock, fold them up and glue together. The one you see to the left is not folded yet. This clever die makes a sturdy pole. Paint them silver.

For these pretty borders, I used the new Borders Thinlits die and cut it three times from a scrap of red patterned paper.

I cut two labels and four stars from a Tim Holtz Mirrored Sheet. The labels were stamped. When you remove the protective film, these really look like mirrors. I haven't removed the film on the stars here, so you can see the difference.

Time to assemble. Fold the pop-up and adhere it to the base with double-sided adhesive. Glue or staple the poles to the word, at a slight angle - making sure they won't show when the card is closed.
I cut out a photo of my son, matted it on white cardstock for stability and let him run around among the monsters on the card. One little monster peaks through behind the word.
I glued three little monsters together as a banner and attached them to the poles.
The finished inside of the pop-up card.

This is what it looks like from the top.
And finally, the front of the card: more monsters, a glittered number, mirror shapes and another blue spider panel.

Thank you so much for looking!

Happy Crafting!


die cutting supplies

Surfaces: Core'dinations Tim Holtz ColorCore cardstock; Tim Holtz Idea-ology Mirror Sheets, Grungeboard; watercolour paper
Stamps: Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz: Mini Blueprints, Ultimate Grunge; Hero Arts: Monster Fun CL391; Graphic 45 Antique Typewriter Stamp Set
Ink: Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Barn Door, Salty Ocean, Mowed Lawn, Peacock Feathers, Dusty Concord, Black Soot; Ranger Archival Jet Black; Stazon Jet Black; Versamark ink
Mist: Ranger Dyan Reaveley Dylusions: London Blue, Vibrant Turquoise; Ranger Perfect Pearls
Paint: Ranger Adirondack Silver, Lettuce; Ranger Jenni Bowlin Chili Powder; Ranger Liquid Pearls: Baby Blue, Royal Blue, Peacock, Avocado, Key Lime
Embossing Powder: Ranger Black Detail, Red
Stickles: Ranger Golden Rod Stickles
Glitter: Distress Stickles Dry Glitter Clear Rock Candy
Clay: Martha Stewart Crafter's Clay white and blue
Embellishments: googly eyes; wire; We R Memory Keepers eyelets
Adhesive: Ranger Wonder Tape, Glossy Accents
Tools: Sizzix Big Shot machine

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  1. Very cute collection! I love that you added your son's photo to the pop-up card!

  2. Oh My Goodness! You totally knocked this project set out of the park. It is now my new favorite AK thing! LOVE IT!!!

  3. Wow! Every single piece is a feast for the eyes! My favorite part (hard to choose) is the monsters holding hands strung across the poles - love that!

  4. what fun - thanks for the inspiration!
    Sandra ltb

  5. Oh wow- Anna-Karin- how adorable! Every piece shows a creative technique and it's great how you customized it all fit the theme your son asked for. He will love it. What a great idea for the candles on the cupcake wrap...and the dangling monsters... and the cupcake box... just everything!

  6. Great ensemble, so much fun with the details. Your son is going to have a GREAT party!

  7. This is a monster of FUN!! Great party this will be.
    I love all the artwork.

  8. Gorgeous and fantastic. Love those monsters.

  9. Oh Anna-Karin: I want to be a kid again! Your work reminds me of Monsters, Inc. movie. I love looking at whimsy things. Great tutorial.

  10. omg!! loving all of the fun ideas and the detils!! thanks for sharing and have a fabulous week!! =)

  11. Anna-Karin, your creativity never ceases to amaze me - this is one of the most amazing project, ever!! Love it!


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