Happy Birthday to You Jess!
and it took a while to finish everything, but here's that silly circus box tutorial.
& you can click
the back button to return here.) :O)
plastic lid that slides open...
1...prep & line the box (& circus text file)
2...Cheap tricks: emboss digital images (on Coredinations Whitewash!)
3...(scenting your crafts)
4...how to make the magic pattern tent
5...digital freebie (giraffes)
This was for the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog
Here's the challenge link
(#41 altered projects or re-purposed objects)
...prep & line the box
- any wooden or other box you like
- Coredinations cardstock (this uses Whitewash & Super Assortments ROY G. BIV)
- Patterned paper (I used Basic Grey's Gypsy/Romany-Hippie GYP-539)
- White cardstock
- Embossing folders/plates (Provocraft Textile Texture folder & a homemade cloud embossing plate)
- Sanding block
- Tombow Monomulti-or your favourite adhesive
- Optional: text file with circus story (and printer)
Step 1} Prep the Box & line it:
A) Paint a box or use as is. I used white gesso-what else?)
B) Add Embossed paper:
The grass was made with a green Coredinations cardstock (with a white core) from Super Assortments ROY G. BIV embossed with the Provocraft Textile Texture folder, sanded & torn.
The sky is also Coredinations cardstock (from Whitewash Watering can WW500, which has a blue undertone.) Here's the stuff I did...
Step 1} The Coredinations was printed with a text file (I looked for a circus story online, but ended up typing one up. If you'd like to use it, please do)
Depending on your printer, the ink takes a bit to dry and is much better when heat set.
Step 2} The clouds were embossed with a homemade cereal box folder.
Step 3} Then, I sanded the clouds & the Whitewash cardstock edges.
Step 2} Adhere patterned paper (I cut out some flowers and stuck them along the sides)
Step 3} Cut & emboss lining pieces (this is white cardstock embossed with that Textile Textures Cuttlebug folder again.)
Step 4} Adhere white cardstock lining pieces-good ol' Tombow monomulti!
...emboss the digital images
(with Coredinations Whitewash)
Copic markers have a really neat effect on it too (very similar to gesso without the mess) and of course it has all the properties of Coredinations trademark style...especially the colour that's revealed when you sand & tear it.
Traditional Stamping also works on Whitewash, of course, in case you just want to try the Copic effects on Whitewash (details about that effect below.) Please note: some colouring mediums may need heat setting or embossing to stay put.
- any Coredinations Whitewash cardstock (this uses Grandma's Rocker ww440)
- digital image
- clear embossing powder
- heat gun
- IMAGES used here: The sweet tent, lion, elephant, seal, rainbow wig & snack images are all digital "Circus Stamps" by Zenware Designs (from My Grafico here.)
- Copic Markers
Step 1 A} Print images & Emboss or stamp them, if you prefer.(Circus images are from Zenware at My Grafico here)
The WAY cool part about printing on Whitewash Coredinations is that you can easily print & emboss on it!!! (Not your average paper.) I swear, I live for that process! (I haven't tried other Coredinations types, yet.)
Step 1 B} Just avoid overheating the paper, the way I did while I was trying to melt the embossing powder and not fully awake yet. Yup, I crawl outta bed and emboss digis, LOL. ;o)
If you do overheat it, just smells and the colour shows through-see that yellow splotch on the clown's balance ball? Weird, huh? The overheating must burn off the "whitewash"
Step 2 A} Colour the images... Have you ever seen anything cuter than this seal? Nuh-uh!
Step 2 B} Whitewash & Copics: the Whitewash Coredinations cardstock takes Copics in a very similar way that paper treated with gesso or metallic papers do:
- not soaking in for traditional colouring (which can saves ink)
- And lets you achieve stippled areas or brush strokes
- the key seems to be not overworking or too much colour gets pulled off
- fabulously, it lets you remove mistakes and...
- it lets you pull of colour if you're like me & forget to leave highlights
Please note that a little of the white(wash) may come off on Copics. However, I'm still delighted with the way my Copics work after abusing them heartily (and heck, the nibs are replaceable!) but I thought I'd let you know.
If you use other markers/mediums: some markers may need embossing on Whitewash Coredinations cardstock (especially Stampin' Up!) That can let you achieve some wicked sweet effects though!
Step 3A} Adhere the Circus Critters in their homes. I used dimensionals (foam tape)
Step 3B} Add layers, if you like. It was such fun layering these digital guys. They're designed really well--in that their tails are all drawn on the perfect way so you can cut & curl them a little. The rainbow wig (in that picture up there) is actually from one of the clowns, and I Don't know why but I couldn't resist layering it onto the lion!
Step 4} Reinforce pieces to adhere on the outside: if you like, you can add strength to small shapes with an extra layer of cardstock. That Coredinations is sturdy with one layer (80lb) but every bit helps, right?
(scenting your crafts)
When you open the circus box,
it smells like cotton candy!
This is my favourite par. :o) GRIN! I had some cotton candy perfume that seemed like the perfect scent for this little circus.
I could eat it up!
Raising the roof at the circus, heehee.
The trick was to get the black lines to emboss before stamping the "magic pattern" on top (clear embossed background layer.) It does requires a step or two to get colour to stay on the gel medium. (It may be a good idea to use a spare mucky colourless blender for this):
1) Coat the patterned paper in gel medium to make it emboss on the really porous basic grey paper. Might sound pesky, but it is actually super speedy.
2) Print digital image & heat emboss it in clear embossing powder.
3) Stamp a background on & emboss in clear.
4) Rub the gel medium away with a colourless blender. (Embossing may feel sticky, but it will cure/dry fairly quickly.)
5) Colour with markers & wipe off the excess
6) Heat embossing powder again (to make the pattern show up more & restore shine)
Optional alternative: If you want a matte/non-glossy look, you can gently sand the embossing powder.)
for this technique, please let me know? :O)
(P.S. those 2 squirrel buddies are rubber stamps from
the retired Hip Hip Hooray Stampin Up! set)
Click here to download giraffe PDFs on SCS
(or click these pictures for the PNG versions)
More close ups of the characters in this box
are in this post here:
as it was for me!
P.P.S. no post until Friday.
(This kookie clown will be juggling some schtuff) ;o)