Thursday, August 11, 2011

VC Rocks August Blog Hop - Punches Galore

(The hop officially starts on Saturday, August 13 at 10AM EST, so come back if you're here before then!)

It's time for the final VC Rocks blog hop of the season.  It's hard to believe VC is almost over for the year!  But, before we have to say goodbye, we have time for one last fabulous blog hop.  If you've been hopping along, you should have arrived from InkPaperStamps with Holly and the Dog.  If you'd like to start at the beginning of the hop, click here.  This time around, we're focusing on our awesome punches.

I am leading a week of day camp with a Harry Potter theme, so I made a bunch of owl boxes.  The kids will get Owl Post every day!  Fun!

The face is a flap, so you would just lift up the face to access the inside of the box, which is the body.  The face/head is made with the Top Note die for the Big Shot.

The first owl is a barn owl.  He's made with Whisper White card stock for the body, Pretty in Pink for the beak and feet and Basic Black for the eyes.  He is sponged with More Mustard.

The second owl is a Tawny Owl.  It is made with Crumb Cake CS, Barely Banana (retired color) beak and feet and Basic Black eyes.  It is sponged with Chocolate Chip.  I also made a little stencil for the white blaze between his eyes and sponged it with Whisper White craft ink.

The third owl is a Snowy Owl (like Hedwig!).  She is made with Whisper White CS, Basic Black for her beak and feet, and Daffodil Delight, Whisper White and Basic Black for her eyes.  She's sponged with Early Espresso.

AND NOW FOR THE PUNCHES!  I used both scallop circle punches for belly feathers, the small heart for the beaks, 5-petal flower for the feet, and various circle punches for the eyes.

I used our white gel pen to add accents to the eyes and beaks on all the owls.  They were all glued together with Tombow Multi-Purpose Adhesive (love it!).

The directions for the box body are as follows:

5.5" x 7.5"
Put your CS horizontally on your Simply Scored.
Score at 3" and 4.5".
Turn CS vertically and score at 1.5" and 4"

Holding the CS horizontally, cut the two vertical lines from the edge to the score line.  You should make four cuts.  If you like (and I do), you can cut a small triangle out of the center flap so that it is better hidden when you assemble your box.

Fold on all score lines and assemble your box.

I had to make little hinges for the backs of the heads so they would sit properly.  I just folded up some scrap CS (about 1.75" long, 0.5" wide) and made little triangles.  I glued two on the back of each to hold the head on.

I hope you like my owls!  I'm quite pleased with them, myself.  I especially hope my campers like them!  I think they'll have fun getting messages from Hogwarts professors all week.

Your next stop on the hop is Stampin' Stace.  I'm sure she'll have something great to share!

Happy Hopping-