Thursday, March 7, 2013

2013 Leprechaun Top Note Box

Several years back, I created THIS Leprechaun Top Note Box...and today I am featuring an updated version:




It takes a bit more time to make, and a bit more attention to detail than some other Top Note boxes I've shared, and I'm just sharing the dimensions and supplies today in text. If you want to see a tutorial video, leave me a comment and let me know--your voice counts :-)

INSTRUCTIONS:
1) You'll need one full sheet of Gumball Green card stock. Cut it in half to get two 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" pieces. Trim one of those pieces to 5-1/2" x 6", this will make the "box" shape in the middle, in step 15. (set the 5-1/2" x 2-1/2" piece aside, you may want to use it for step 12)
2) Cut the remaining half sheet of Gumball Green to two pieces at 4-1/4" x 5-1/2", and run each piece through the Big Shot using the Top Note Die. Lining up the tips in the track of your Stampin' Trimmer, cut one of the Gumball Green Top Note Die cuts in half, in the short/fat orientation.
3) Take a 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" piece of Pink Pirouette card stock, and cut to two 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" pieces. Run one piece through the Big Shot using the Top Note Die, and hang onto the other half for step 9.
4) Using a Stampin' Sponge, dab a bit of Cajun Craze ink over the front of the Pink Pirouette Top Note Die cut, to give it a slightly ruddy look.
5) Using the Boho Blossoms Punch, punch 13-15 of the biggest flower out of Tangerine Tango card stock (I used 13). Arrange these around the bottom half of the sponged Top Note Die cut, for the beard. When you have the look you like, adhere them in place. For this project, I have used Tombow Multipurpose Glue except where noted.
6) Take one of the Gumball Green half Top Note Die cuts, and adhere it over the top of the Pink Pirouette Top Note, for the hat.
7) Punch two 3/4" Circle Punch pieces from Whisper White card stock, for the whites of the eyes.
8) Punch two 1/2" Circle Punch pieces from Basic Black card stock, for the pupils of the eyes. (Optional: punch 3/16" hole in pupils for a "twinkle" in the eye by using a "confetti circle" from the Cupcake Builder Punch, or use a White Gel Pen to create it)
9) Punch one 1" Circle Punch from a piece of Pink Pirouette card stock and cut in half, for the eyelids. Punch one 1/2" Circle Punch from a piece of Pink Pirouette card stock for the nose.
10) Sponge around the edges of each half 1" Circle Punch piece, and the 1/2" Circle Punch piece with Cajun Craze ink.
11) Adhere the pupils to the whites of the eyes, and adhere eyes on Leprechaun face, just below the Gumball Green hat. Then add the 1" half circles with Mini Glue Dots over the eyes, at an angle, for eyelids. Adhere the 1/2" circle with a Stampin' Dimensional for the nose.
12) Using the writing end of a Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker, you can freehand the smile. Or, if you prefer, use the 1-3/8" Circle Punch to punch a hole in a scrap piece of card stock. Then, lay the open hole you punched out, over the face and center the nose in the hole. Then trace along part of the open circle with the marker to make a uniformly curved smile. Add a few dots on each side of the nose with the writing end of the marker, for freckles.
13) Using the Petite Curly Label Punch, punch through a piece of Brushed Gold card stock (or Champagne Glimmer Paper). Center that hole in the middle of the larger Curly Label Punch, and punch again to get the "buckle" for the hat.
14) Layer the "buckle" over the center of a 3-3/4" x 3/4" strip of Basic Black card stock. Lay the layered "buckle" and "band" about 1/2" above the edge of brim of the "hat" and adhere in place. Trim away excess around curved edge of hat.
15) Create box from 5-1/2" x 6" Gumball Green card stock: Score 1-1/4" in from the left and from the right parallel to the 5-1/2" side, and score 2-1/8" in from the left and from the right parallel the 6" side. Snip along all four of the score lines on the 6" sides, up to the 1-1/4" score line, then fold sides in and adhere to create an open-topped box.
16) Adhere face to box, making sure that the bottom of the beard does NOT go past the bottom of the box, so the box can sit flat on its bottom.
17) Adhere the full-size Gumball Green Top Note Die cut to the back of box, again making sure the tip of the Top Note does not extend past the bottom of the box. You will also want to ensure that the back Top Note is adhered at the same height on the box as the front one. Adhere the remaining Gumball Green half Top Note to the back side of the Top Note you just adhered to the box. This extra bit helps reinforce the back Top Note with a second layer at the top.
18) Leave top of box open for gift giving, or close box at top of "hat" with self-adhesive Velcro dots, or punch holes at top to close with a black brad.

Stampin' Supplies: Gumball Green card stock, Pink Pirouette card stock, Whisper White card stock, Basic Black card stock, Tangerine Tango card stock, Brushed Gold card stock (or Champagne Glimmer Paper), Cajun Craze ink pad, Stampin' Sponges, Top Note Die (used in the Big Shot), Boho Blossoms Punch, 1" Circle Punch, 3/4" Circle Punch, 1/2" Circle Punch, Curly Label Punch, Petite Curly Label Punch (only available FREE during Sale-a-Bration), Cupcake Builder Punch (optional), White Gel Pen (optional), 1-3/8" Circle Punch (optional), 3/16" Neutrals Brads - Basic Black (optional), Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker, Stampin' Trimmer, Paper Snips, Tombow Multipurpose Glue, Mini Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals.

Please let me know if I can assist you in finding these items in my ONLINE STORE, or if you would like me to place your order for you :-)

~Kimberley Morris
Stampin' Up! Independent Demonstrator since 1994
Colorado Springs, CO
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1 comment :

Heidi Michel said...

A video would be WONDERFUL! I am a visual person and love to follow along. :)