Jun 28, 2011

Ooodles of Doodles Summertime Blog Break ... DZD Doohikey Projects!

It's been fun hasn't it?!  But I'm in need of a summertime break and so does the wonderful Design Team Coordinators, Valerie and Rosalien. A "big shout-out for them!" However that doesn't mean I'm not busy working on new ideas and designs! I'm just taking this time to relax while doing so. We appreciate your participation in the DT Challenges and patronage of DZ Doodles images ... hope you'll be patient with us while we do some re-vamping and make some necessary changes as well.

Because my second love is sewing and needlework
I came across this article and give credit to So September. Within this "light bulb" moment I began thinking "foamboard + cardstock + decorative paper," and came up with a "paper" version of something similar and dimensional. As I began grabbing tools and templates and punches together the ideas came quickly ... so I thought I'd share this one with you now!! :0) More designs are still in the development stage and I'll show them as they get done. With the dog days of summer upon us and keeping most of us inside, hope it's a project that will inspire you to give it a try!

I took some step-by-step photo's to give you a quick overview of  how it was done. The products used in this project were, CTMH My Acylix Stamp Set #D1308-All Decked Out, and Oriental Trading Christmas Card Title Stamp Set, Circle Template I used it's 6-inch for this project, Christmas 12 x 12 Paper Pack. Hobby Lobby 1/4-inch foamboard, poster board, foam dots, Best-Test Rubber Cement, Aleene's Fast Grab Tacky Glue, Scribbles Crystal Gel Sparkle. Martha Stewart Aspen Snowflake Punch-Around-The-Page Set (small flakes embellish the frame/ring).  Dick Blick Prisma Color Colored Pencils.  X-acto Knife with #11-blade. TIP: Using an X-acto Knife to make your cuts and splices makes work easier and quicker than using scissors.

Make a template from poster board using the 6-inch circle template. Oriental Trade Circle Template makes the perfect 6-inch half-inch width ring/frame.
Draw circle and cut out one foamboard base. From poster board draw and cut out one ring/frame to apply dimensionally to the top front.

Ahere poster board ring/frame to decorative paper using rubber cement glue, cut out leaving 1/4" to a 1/2" paper allowance outside and inside for splicing and folding over for a finished edge (be sure to clean-up excess glue). With your embossing tool, to better help you fold, score along ring poster board edges. Draw and cutout circular piece from decorative paper selected for your projects back-side. Draw and cut out a circular piece from decorative paper selected for your projects front-side.

Splice inside and outside around ring/frame paper edges (as shown) and fold decorative paper edge in. Working in sections, run a "bead-line" of Tacky Glue along poster board - with finger, spread glue on ring/frame and paper edges. Work quickly because you have to both spread glue, fold edge pieces in (both sides) as you go along, as well as run your embossing tool around each section of the poster board edge to keep a smooth and rounded appearance.
As shown, your poster board ring/frame is completed. Cut 1-1/2 to 2 strips of decorative paper (to use for the edge of the foamboard), make it 3/4" wide, scoring each paper strip 1/4" twice before cutting. I do 1/4-inch score from the edge, 1/4-inch score from that marking, and cut the next 1/4" marking - quick and easy! This leaves you with a 1/4" edge + 1/4" center + 1/4" edge. The foamboard fits so that both sides overlap each side. Slightly crease score marks inward and splice along both edges "from" your score marks out to the papers edge.
Working in sections run a bead-line of Tacky glue along foamboard cut-edge AND both sides of foamboard and spread glue with finger, again working in sections, apply your strips. Run the foamboard cut-edge on working surface as you work around foamboard piece to sharpen your sides. Make sure you are spreading an even coat of glue ... watch out for globs of glue.
Now you've got your ring/frame and foamboard base work completed ... with your rubber cement adhere front and back decorative paper circles onto foamboard being sure there's no lumps and bumbs in the paper. Allow to dry a bit. Clean up any glue left behind.
Now your surface is ready for you to apply your projects embellishments onto. As you apply pieces, use your ring to calculate piece placement as you go along. Once all your embellishments are glued into place, apply foam dots on inside of ring/frame and apply to foamboard front side, and "wel-la," your framing job is done! Embellish the ring/frame ... add bows, flowers, sentiment banners, etc.
The Martha Stewart Punch-Around-The-Page Aspen Snowflake set was used to "dot" the ring/frame and I dabbed the Scribbles Crystal Gel onto each one, as well as dabbing some to the snowman figure and swirls.

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