Monday, May 3, 2010

Pure Innocence 'Beach Bum' Towel Topper

Not sure what you'd call this?

MFT Beach Bum

A towel topper?

(It's a pop-up scene on a wee scrap of towel....
made with a brand new MFT Pure Innocence stamp:
Beach Bum. Isn't she too sweet?)

I thought this might be fun to top a gift with, but what I really wanted to do with it is bake a big ol' cake, ice it in a sea of blue waves, add a wee island of brown sugar sand in the sea, and put this bathing cutie on there, BUT I promised myself not to go quite so berserk today (not to mention cake has no business in this house on these hips) hehehe

1... New & Nifty: Pure Innocence Beach Bum & friends!
2... How to make this towel topper


My Favorite Things Teasers!

Enabler Alert: There are three new MFT Pure Innocence
clear stamps to tease & tempt you today:
You'll find all of today's projects linked up here on Kim's Blog
--at 11:00 AM E.S.T. today.


...make a towel topper
(or whatever you wanna call this thinger) ;-)

Step 1)
Stamp the image
(this cutie is heat embossed in black ink & clear embossing powder and a heat gun.)

Step 2) Colour her & cut her out. (I cut into the image so that her hand could hold the shovel.)

Step 3)
Paper piece a bathing suit & texturize it:

  • Emboss the bathing suit in black on patterned (digital) paper.
  • Cut it out & scratch it with a paper piercer in a cross hatch pattern to make it fabric-like.

Step 4) Emboss the little shovel, colour it, and cut it out.

Step 5) Stick her bathing suit on her & put her shovel in her hand.

Step 6) Pop her up on a towel:
  • Cut a scrap of towel (this is a thin dollar store towel scrap)
  • Fold it & cut a small slit (for the pop up tab)
  • Cut a scrap of cardstock (about 3" long)
  • Score & fold it so it makes a rectangular shape
  • Stick one of the long sides of that rectangular tab on her back
  • Put the bottom of the rectangle through the slit to the bottom of the towel...

...adhere the tab under the towel. (I also added a little strong glue under her.)

Step 7) Build some sand castles, colour, shape with your hands & add one in the same fashion as the Beach Bum figure (with a smaller rectangular pop up tab.)

Airbrushed look using
chalk pastel on a paintbrush

I wanted the castle to have a sandy air brushed look, but I don't have an air, it's just brushed with chalk pastels.

To get highlights on the castle just rub some of the chalk off.

To get darker shaded areas of stippled chalk colour, dampen your brush (rub off excess water) and use it in the chalk that way. The stiffer the brush the smaller the stipples, or dots, will be. Testing it on a scrap of paper is a handy way to tell if you'll like the effect.

Step 8) Make oyster shells:
  • Stamp 2 shells & colour them
  • Cut them out (leaving a tab on one)
  • Glue the fully cut shell on top of the tabbed one
  • Shape the double shell with your fingers
  • Glue on a pearl
  • Add them to the scene...
...and then you have a little Beach Bum towel topper thingy:


StampOwl said...

so cute Mel

Erum Tasneem said...

Hey this is so adorable! Thanks a lot for the pastels tip!

Alice said...

too fun! such an adorable project!

Mickymunchkin's little space said...

wow, this is such a cute idea! simply love it!
greetings from germany!

CinnamonSally said...

Wow this is fabulous Mel, love that cute image.

Peggy said...

Absolutely adorable Mel!! I love this! Probably would love the cake too!

lilscrappers said...

love it. What happened to slowing down, Mel??? I swore no more images, but off to MFT to browse (enabler!!!) I am going to try yesterdays project today if I get a chance. I loved it!

Dawn said...

so stinkin cute! and I love the cake idea!!!

Cindy Haffner said...

Mel beyond SWEETNESS, you are so clever, FABULOUS!!

C said...

You are just toooooo talented!! I love the Pure Innocence images. Love how you colored her hair...looks like she's been wet!

Jessie/knightrone said...

Seriously??? Can you get any more fabulous?? wow.

Tiffany said...

This is too dang cute Mely!! Cutie patootie alert!!

Michele B said...

TOTALLY adorable, Mel! Seriously sweet! (LOVE the bathing suit and pearls!)

Margaret McDonald said...

so cute!
did you get my offer?

Erica W. said...

You are so creative. I think I'd like to see the cake. You know, with that new Cricut Cake maker thingy now out, I fully expect to see edible creations from you.. ;) J/K! I am following you now, just couldn't resist. I'm new to blogging, and I love your style.

Axes DesigNs said...

Like always.. this is so beautiful.. I love it!

Barbara said...

ACK!!! I love this little scene!! Fabulous, as always!

Anonymous said...

WOW! Love it!!
Carrie C

Holly Young said...

Super adorable Mel! I have to say I LOVE your cake idea!

Megan said...

This is soooo cool!!! Those pearls inside that seashell?!?!?!?!?!?! SO cute! On top of a cake---that's perfect!

CraftCrave said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [03 May 03:00pm GMT]. Thanks, Maria

Julie said...

This is so sweet and such an original idea!!! Clever you!!! Juliex

Barb said...

Another adorable bit of wonderful!

Sissy Faulkner said...

You really outdid yourself on this one - it is FABULOUS. All the detail work - thanks for the tutorial. GREAT JOB!!!!

Shirley N said...

So adorable Mel, she is the CUTEST and I love her outfit!

Anonymous said...

Awckkkk!! To stinkin' cute!!! That's SO adorable!! Love the cake idea. I love her little paper pieced outfit. I hope that you're sticking to your revised posting schedule!! Ahemmm.......
Love your great scene.
Beth Greco

Scrapcat 1 said...

she is so cute, hope you are taking care of yourself.

Manasa said...

Wow...this is sooooo cute...actually i think your art reflects the way you are :) U must be as cute and adorable as your work :) I can try this one...but not with the stamps :(

Broni said...

This is just adorable, Mel!!

Shantaie said...

this is beyond fabulous!!!

Anonymous said...

SHUT THE FRONT DOOR!! I think I have said that to someone else already today but it needed it here!! You are brilliant! And oh god, I did the pearl in the shell too on my card for tonight, sorry! I hope you didn't think I copied it...either way, you are the amazing one!

Vicky said...

Addorable, you really put some work into this, I like it.
I have been thinking about getting copic markers and there different tips on them, but I am not sure what kind I would need. can you give some insite.

PepPop said...

Nope you're gonna have to make the cake so we can picture it better ;) Jaqui x