Friday, September 30, 2011

Make It Monday #34: Thick Chipboard Accents and CR84FN39

 Greetings all! Gosh, I'm getting a late start on Make It Monday aren't I? Better late than not at all, though! This week's challenge is to make multi-layer chipboard accents from dies.  Also, the CR84FN challenge this week (number 39) is to use the colors orange, yellow, and brown. 
 Here is my contribution:

What IS this thing, you ask?  It's a car air freshener!  A nice little gift you can make and slip into a card for a little surprise!  Because of the asymmetry of the die shape, I had to do a little cheating to get the stamping on the backside:  I used the "kissing" technique.  Here's how I did it:

  • Die cut two full sets of the larger sunflower, center and leaf from PTI's blank coasters using the larger Simple Sunflower die.
  • Color on the larger Simple Sunflower petal stamp using Stampin Up markers (colors:  Summer Sun, Pumpkin Pie, More Mustard, Chocolate Chip).
  • Spritz with a little pearlized water (ala Jennifer McGuire's class--see, I DID learn something!).
  • Stamp on the back of a larger stamp that has a smooth surface (I used YOF: Roses--that is one really big flower!).
  • Take one of the die cuts and carefully place the back side of it on the stamped surface to transfer the ink.
  • Stamp the front side of the other die cut in the usual way.  
  • Enhance the color on both die cuts by watercoloring with pearlized water and ink from the markers, using a craft sheet as a palette.
  • Color the leaf and flower centers in the normal way.  These pieces were close enough to symmetrical that I didn't need to do the kissing technique.
  • Assemble everything with the leaves sandwiched in the middle, glue, and add a spritz of cologne,  punch a hole, add a chain and you're done!
Here's a photo of the back side:

And here it is hanging from the car's mirror.  I used a ball chain so it could be easily unlinked then relinked around the mirror.

Well, that's it from me--have a nice day!



  1. WOW what an original, fantasic idea. Beautiful colors, great technique. Thanks for playing along at CR84FN.

  2. Next time my brain goes on a creative vacation I hope it comes to visit you! wonderful project Cyndie :)

  3. That's great, love the colors and the idea. That would cheer me up every time I get in my van.

  4. Beautiful Cyndie! Love that pretty chipboard Sunflower! Thanks for joining along with CR84FN :)

  5. Wonderful, Cyndie! The sunflower is fabulous and it looks so pretty hanging in your car! Thanks for joining us at CR84FN!

  6. You are full of such original ideas! Love this one and soooo much nicer than anything commercially available. And you went to such lengths to achieve it. Got to get the pearlised water organised, the effect is wonderful.

  7. Great idea. A beautiful freshner for the car! Love it. Thanks for playing along with CR84FN!

  8. Oh that's so clever! I just love the way you have coloured the sunflower so beautifully too. Such a pretty small gift for a friend.

  9. Cyndie, what a FAB idea for a little something to tuck in a card! LOVE the coloring and how you "kissed" the backside plus your detailed instructions! Also LOVE the photo of it hanging in your car! Great cisual! THX for playing with us at CR84FN!

  10. Sorry! that was supposed to say Great Visual!

  11. Oh my gosh this way to cute of an idea. Amazing!!!!!

  12. What an ingenious idea....and it is like a 'watercolour' finish on it!


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