Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Shortie: Winter Card with Mechanicals - tutorial:)

I was thinking about a project like this for a long time, but there was always something that was taking my attention, time or simply - energy (most of the times these were travels, classes or preparations for the classes, lol). After talking with students and shop owners I had the impression it will be good to show more ways of using my products - in particular "Mechanicals" by Prima Marketing. When I was coming with the idea of them I wanted to create something that will inspire people to play, construct, mix - not only with other Mechanicals but  with flea market stuff, findings and other embellishments to create unique looking pieces of altered art, mixed-media elements, jewelry. I'm not sure yet if I succeed, but the more I find projects with them in the web the more confident, happy and more inspired I am! But on the other hand - wouldn't it be cool to come up with some ideas to give a hint what's going on in my head when I use them? That is how the idea of "Shortie" - very short, simple tutorial come to life...
I'm really wondering what do you think about this idea - and do you like the form of it?
I really hope you will enjoy!

Shortie: "Winter Card" - simple, dimensional project with Mechanicals

Card with Mechanicals

Supplies: Prima Marketing: Vintage Vanity A4 Journaling Pad, Elementals - 12x12 Resist Canvas Sheet - Checked, Mechanicals (trinkets and small flowers), big paper flower, vintage pin. Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L: 3D Foam Squares, E-Z Runner. Luminarte: Primary Elements mixed with water, Sizzix doily cut-outs, paper doilies, thread, crystal embellishment, crochet flower, pins, staples, craft glue, hot glue gun, white and cream cardstock (for cut-outs and card base).

And here is how it was all done...


The layers of distressed paper were glued together with E-Z Runner, then I constructed the part of the main embellishment: metal flowers layered with crochet flower and washer, fastened with a brad.


Next step was layering and more layering... 3D Foam Squares and hot glue gun may be very helpful!


More elements - sprayed pieces of canvas, thread, pins, staples... and a big crystal element as a cherry on the top!


What I love about Mechanicals is how they are versatile, easy to cut or re-shape. In this project I cut one of the trinkets into smaller pieces and used it as a decoration, inserted between the layers of doilies and Sizzix cut-outs. Voila! Done! :)

If you like the card above you may be interested in other, coresponding projects which were posted on Sizzix.uk blog in he past weeks - I've got one more card and a paper bag there for you! Now, looking at my "Shortie" I'm sure you know how they were made, right? :)

Card with Mechanicals

Winter Bag

So - let me ask you again - what do you think about the project and this kind of tutorial idea? Would you like more of "Shorties?" If yes - what kind of small projects you'd like to see? I'd be happy to know your opinion!
Sending warm hugs

40 comments:

Camille said...

It's such a good idéa ! Thank you for this short tutorial, it's perfect as it is.
Biz !
Camille (the singer;-) )

Lynn Good said...

Great tutorial, easy to follow and of course fantastic card. Definitely look forward to seeing more :)

Danielle Champagne said...

Magnifique! Absolutely fabulous. As much as I love the all white card, I have a coup de coeur for the lovely aqua color on your bag. So so elegant! to answer your question: I discovered you not so long ago, but every time I come, everything I see is pure eye candy, it does make me happy! thank you.

Sue Young said...

Yes please!!!
Great idea!!!

betsi said...

Finn, I love the idea of shorties. Anything you post is good, so keep going!

Linda Cain said...

Love it!!!

~Linda

Julie-Ann said...

This tutorial is awesome, your work is brilliant. I don't have any mechanicals, so will have to be getting some of these!

lilouscrap said...

It´s just awesome !! I'll try this project Thanks

Sandra said...

Finn I love anything you share with us but I especially watching videos and the creative process.

Sharon Y said...

Love the shortie. More please! I like the cards and bag. Would love to see more flowers made with the mechanicals. Thanks for the inspiration.

Peg Robinson said...

I am enamored with all of your work. Your shorties can also be worked into page enhancements, box and gift adornments and body jewelry. All so lovely. Hope to see you in person in January.

Barbara said...

tak poproszę!!!

Karyn S said...

I love these "shorties" and yes I'd like to see more card and tag ideas :)

Helen said...

Fabulous, gorgeous shorties!

Buttons said...

Love this idea and the beautiful cards. Hugs, Jenny x

Scrapalex37 said...

Thanks for this tutorial.
Like Betsi said: anything you post is good for us, to learn how !
Have a good day

Panna Totti said...

Mam nadzieję, że Twój "romans" z małymi formatami potrwa dłużej, bo to co stworzyłaś jest piękne! Przez cały dzień będę miała tą kartkę przed oczami. Pozdrawiam:)

isisimaginings.com said...

That is SO beautiful!!! I love the idea of 'shorties'.

Astrid Maclean said...

Great idea Finn and I am sure a lot of crafters out there will really love this and it's wonderful to see how it is built up step by step!! Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to show us!

Hope things in Glasgow will go well this coming weekend. I know a lot of my friends are so looking forward to it. Wished I could be there....

Carol McCready said...

Love your tutorial. Yes I would
love to see more tutorials. Cards,
gift boxes, canvases and more.

Redanne said...

Love the idea of shorties and yes please to more tutorials. Gorgeous work!

Ava Gavloski said...

love love love the white grunge

dekoMagJa said...

Rewelacyjne kartki, napatrzeć się nie mogę.Pozdrawiam

Lynda Beazley said...

What beautiful projects. Lots more shorties please!
Lynda B x

Patti Katai said...

I LOVE the shorty!!! Can't wait for more...thanks Anna

Carla Silva said...

Wow, incredible, thank you so much for sharing, you are amazing!!

Michele Mathews said...

Very beautiful! Love this tutorial!

Brenda said...

Ohh this is fantastic love your idea its just perfect will tune in again soon.. TFS Finn

MezzaNotte said...

This is a great tutorial- I love it! Thanks for sharing your ideas! It is great with shortiis!

Hugs Katja

Helen Tilbury said...

Absolutely LOVE Shortie!! Hope to see a lot more of him in the future :)))))

Plume said...

I love the last project you did. I really prefer your pages, your longer projects, thats where we really see your talent at its best.

Laura said...

love the ideas of using mechanicals with cards & all the great layers. Wonderful ideas & thanks for the tutorial.

kateri said...

I LOVE this!!!!!! Thank you, thank you for showing us another way to use your products. You are so talented!

On another note, I cannot find your 7 Dots paper anywhere. I contacted 7 Dots and they responded by directing me to their site (been there before but was for retail only) and it's in another language. I tried going to your store but it wasn't "up" last weekend. Any suggestions?

Debbie said...

Super visuals and understandable notes! Thank you for taking the time to do this.

MARCH said...

yes des tuto !
magnifique et thank you
corinne

craftytrog said...

You are the queen of layering Ania! These projects are all gorgeous! Thanks for sharing your process.
Alison xx

Gigi Viveiros-Black said...

Yes, I like the shorties but my favorite are watching the videos. What you create is GREAT both ways!

bellebeaut said...

I love tutorials, it allows me to better understand how a project takes shape so I would thank you to keep making them! As far as the type of project, I would say anything, I really appreciate your work! Thanks!

Scrappegal sørlending said...

Yes yes yes yes!!!! ♥
Would LOVE more tutorials!!!! Both with pictures, videos and text!

I love layered projects, mixed media projects, and how you use different products!

Love the big flowers you have used! And nice touch with the sewing thread! :D

Shutterbugg said...

I love the idea of shorties. I would also love to see more canvas work or journal shorties. I adore your journal pages I've seen online and would love to see you do some of those.

Thanks much
Erika