It’s time! Time for MFT’s June New Product Tour! The Design Team has some amazing projects for you this month, so be sure to make the rounds. You can find them all listed on the MFT Blog, and to have a chance to win the blog candy, you’ll also want to comment on every designer’s blog because starting tonight, New Product Tour blog candy has been raised to $50!!!
Alrighty, then, let’s get down to my projects. I decided to make a frame using the new Inspired by Travel set. I have to warn you this is a long post—lots of pictures and a photo tutorial that I hope will inspire YOU to make a little work of art of your own.
Here’s a little closer look at the frame that is also a key holder. Form and function :)
Wouldn’t this make an awesome Father’s Day gift? With that in mind, I made a matching tag :)
Here’s a close up of the top part of the tag. You’ll see the new Die-namics Traditional Tags STAX for the base, the new Die-namics Star STAX, and Die-namics Large Leafy Flourish. I inserted a large eyelet and added some twill, and some gears to match the frame.
Here’s a close up of the bottom. The car just fit on the new Die-namics Vanity License Plate die cut and the sentiment, from Clearly Sentimental About Fathers, was stamped on a Die-namics First Place Award Ribbon flag. There’s a Die-namics Fishtail Flag STAX die cut under it all, and another Star STAX star.
It all started with an unfinished $1 frame from Michaels. Like this.
Here are the cup hooks I used:
The next thing I did was to make the center picture. Using the insert in the frame as a pattern, I cut my paper out to fit the opening. I stamped the car from Inspired by Travel where I wanted it, and stamped another one on some Eclipse masking tape.
After I cut the masking tape copy out, I placed it on the main image.
I wanted to create a little scene, so I added a tree from Inspired by Trees.
That had to be masked, as well. I’ll admit it was a little tedious to cut out but I was really happy with the results, so it was worth it.
Then I lightly drew in some “landscape” details with a pencil…
…masked that off…
…and airbrushed some sky and road.
I did the same with the greenery, then removed my masks.
I went back with my Copic markers and smoothed out the airbrushing, did some highlighting on the car, added some shadows, and colored the tree. Here’s a close up of the finished image.
Here’s a close up of one of the sentiments. I love this one so much! Words to live by. Underneath is a Die-namics Woodgrain Fence die cut and a Die-namics Large Leafy Flourish. The sentiment panel was made using part of my Die-namics Layered Label set. I thought I needed something blue to tie in with the sky, so I added a sweet little blue butterfly, made with my Die-namics Butterflies set.
On this side you’ll see the bottom of a Die-namics Fishtail Flag STAX die cut, a Die-namics Star STAX die cut, and the fabulous new Vanity License Plate Die-namics and Stamp Set with “KEYS” stamped on it. I added some sweet little key charms to the bottom hole by simply opening the jump rings, sliding them onto the hole, and closing them up. They’re held in place with some bits of foam tape.
Here’s how I line up my letters. Using grid paper, lay them out like you want…
…lining up with the grid, lower your gridded acrylic block onto the letters…
…line up again with your grid, and stamp.
The center of the left side has a ticket from my Die-namics Just the Ticket and Stamp Set. Just a bit of whimsy to add to the overall look. And some gears :)
Here you’ll see a little checkerboard banner I made with my Die-namics Bon Appétit & Stamp Set and my Die-namics Mix & Match Banners. I first cut out my banners and then stamped the checkerboard design on them, then strung them on some black twine. There’s another Die-namics Star STAX star, another Die-namics Large Leafy Flourish, and another sentiment from Inspired by Travel. It’s stamped on some paper with a Die-namics Notebook Edge and a little library clip.
OK, that’s all for that project—I hope you enjoyed seeing it as much as I enjoyed putting it together!
I also have a card done with another image from Inspired by Travel. I promise this won’t take too long ;-)
Here’s a close up of the image on the Die-namics Designer Label 2 STAX die cut.
Here are the Die-namics dies I used on these projects:
So, if you’ve stuck with me this far, thanks SO much for stopping by! Here’s a reminder to be sure to check out the list of designers on the MFT Blog and also be sure to go by and comment on each of their blogs BECAUSE the blog candy prize has been raised to $50!!! Is that not awesome??? Absolutely, it is!! So get to hoppin’ and commenting! And don’t forget to shop at the MFT Boutique!
Stamps: Inspired by Travel, Inspired by Trees, Vanity License Plate, Just the Ticket, Bon Appétit (MFT)
Paper: Kraft, Black Licorice, Berrylicious (MFT); Basics Manilla (Basic Grey); World Traveler (Teresa Collins); Rustic Cream;Miss Caroline - Fiddlesticks (MME)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black; Antique Linen, Weathered Wood, Vintage Photo Distress Inks (Ranger)
Accessories/tools: Vagabond; Mix & Match Banners, Notebook Edge, Star STAX, Large Leafy Flourish, Just the Ticket, Vanity License Plate, Fishtail Flags STAX, Woodgrain Fence, Layered Label, Butterflies Die-namics dies (MFT); twine, mini library clip, foam dots, gears (Tim Holtz), key charms, Copic markers and airbrush system, unfinished frame, brass cup hooks
Stamps: Inspired by Travel, Clearly Sentimental About Fathers (MFT)
Paper: Kraft, Black Licorice, World Traveler (Teresa Collins)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black; Antique Linen Distress Inks (Ranger)
Accessories/tools: Vagabond; Star STAX, Large Leafy Flourish, Vanity License Plate, Fishtail Flags STAX, First Place Award Ribbon Die-namics dies (MFT); twill, larger eyelet, Cropodile, foam dots, gears (Tim Holtz)
Stamps: Inspired by Travel (MFT)
Paper: Kraft, Hot Fudge (MFT); Yacht Club (Webster's Pages)
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa; Antique Linen Distress Ink (Ranger)
Accessories/tools: Vagabond; Designer Labels 2 STAX, Oval STAX (MFT); twine, button, Dew Drops, Copic markers