It's my nephew's birthday this month. I recently saw this cute little pirate punch art card by Rae Harper (Wild West Paper Arts) inspired me to make this little pirate card that I thought would be perfect for Landon. As I did with my Frankie card earlier this month, I decided I didn't just want a card made in the shape of the punch art head, but that I would incorporate the head as the main feature of a layered card. I also decided I liked the 3/4-front fold layout of my Frankie card, so I would repeat it with "Ahoy!" as my vertical word.
While I was doing errands the other day, I found a fat-quarter at Wal-Mart with skeletal pirate heads and I thought it would be perfect for my pirate card that I planned to make the next day (though I have never used fabric when making a card before). But, I thought, "Oh well, let's give it a whirl and see if I can figure out how to make it work." I am pleased to say that I did! I took a piece of cardstock and the fabric and hand-cut them to the same size. Next, I rolled my tape gun in very close vertical and horizontal glue strips on the piece of cardstock. I adhered my fabric onto the cardstock, and it adhere very well. The cardstock gave the fabric body, and I was able to treat it just like a single piece of cardstock that had always been a unit.
Most of Captain Pirate's parts are cut with punches and used just like they punch out. But, there are a few exceptions that were a bit challenging to modified, such as the 2-1/2" circle cut for the mouth and teeth. These circles need to be re-punch cutting them into approximate 1/4 moon shapes with the teeth being slightly smaller than the black mouth. The top curve of both then needs to be hand-cut to make a more shallow curve. The mustache is part of the side of the Top Note die with the perforated edge hand-trimmed away and the lower shape hand-cut and shaped to match the top. The scarf also ended up being a bit of trial and error to get it just right. I started with a circle a bit larger than the Top Note head, but the crown was too rounded. I re-cut it, using an oval to make it shallower and trimmed the sides to fit the width of the Top Note. I ended up trimming the crown even more with scissors so it was curved just above the edge of the top note. I decided to make templates so that I would not have to re-created them from scratch if I wanted to make Captain Pirate again. Here is my finished card for Landon's birthday. . .I think he is going to like Captain Pirate a lot.
Punch Art Pirate head inspiration from Rae Harper (Wild West Paper Arts).
Recipe: SU Papers: Basic Black cs (base), Real Red. DCWV La Crème Paper Stack. SU Ink: Burnt Brown Sugar (pirate distressing), Basic Gray (verse distressing). SU Die: Sizzix Top Note (head/ mustache). SU Punches: 1/16” circle (patch punches), 1/2” circle (earring hole), 3/4” circle (pupil/ earring), 1-3/8” circle (eyeball/ eyelid/ patch), 2-1/2” Circle (mouth/ teeth), 2” Ex. Lrg. Oval (ears), Owl Punch (nose). Scarf/ Tails: Hand-drawn/ cut. Sizzix Wingo Zingo Alphabet Sizzlit. SU Chalk Marker. SU Dazzling Details: frost (alphabet glitter). SU rhinestones (Copic colored).