My dad has been looking at replacing some of his tools recently, so as part of his Christmas present this year I'm giving him some money to put toward whatever tool he chooses. I didn't want to just hand him cash, though, or put it in a regular Christmas card. So yesterday I made a special tool-themed card with a pocket (literally) for holding the money.
Supplies (all Stampin' Up!® unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Alphabits, Just Jeans, Expressive Flexible Phrases
Card stock: Buckaroo Blue, Going Gray, Close to Cocoa, Crumb Cake, Basic Black, Night of Navy
Ink: Jet Black StazOn, Night of Navy
Accessories: Woodgrain embossing folder, large oval punch, Word Window punch, 2-1/2" circle punch, 3/4" circle punch, 1/4" square punch, large tag punch, pinking scissors (unknown), small and medium metallic brads (Making Memories), screw brads (unknown), hemp twine, white gel pen, Tombow Mono Multi liquid glue, Dimensionals
I used this great punch-art tool card by Carolynn on SplitCoastStampers as my inspiration. (She also provides links to a couple more samples of punch-art tools.) I changed a few details, but it was exactly what I needed to get started.
I decided to make four tools (a hammer, a screwdriver, a wrench and a saw) as well as a toolbox. I wish I'd had more time to make step-by-step directions with pictures while I was creating this card, but here is a basic description of how I made the tools and toolbox:
Screwdriver: For the handle, punch a large oval from Basic Black card stock. Use a scissors to cut off a small portion of the left side of the oval and a little larger piece from the right side. Use the oval punch to make small notches on the top and bottom near the right side. Use a scissors to make the angled cuts from the flat right side to each of the notches. For the shaft or shank, cut a 3/8" wide strip of Going Gray card stock, hand cut the blade and adhere it to the handle. (I didn't measure the length of the shaft; I just trimmed it to what looked like the right length.)
Wrench: Punch a Word Window shape and two 3/4" circles from Going Gray card stock. Hand cut the notches in each of the circles and then adhere the circles to the Word Window shape.
Saw: For the blade, diagonally cut a 1-1/2" wide piece of Going Gray card stock with a pinking scissors. (Again, I just eye eyeballed the length of the piece to what seemed right.) For the handle, take a 1-1/2" wide piece of Close to Cocoa card stock and insert it through the circular opening in the bottom of the 2-1/2" circle punch. Close the punch to remove just the end of the strip and create the rounded edge. Lightly draw and then cut out the opening for the handle. Adhere the handle to the blade and add three small metallic brads.
Toolbox: Cut a 2-3/4" by 3-1/4" piece of Crumb Cake card stock. Use a ruler to draw the handle (about 1/4" wide on the top and sides) on the card stock and then cut away the extra pieces. Emboss the toolbox with the Woodgrain embossing folder and, if desired, add the word "Tools." (I used the Alphabits stamp set and 1/4" square punch to create the letters, which I glued on the toolbox.) To adhere the toolbox to the card, place adhesive just on the handle and the edges of the sides and bottom of the box. That way the tools can be removed from the box. (I did, however, adhere the saw to the card with Dimensionals.)
And then there's the inside of the card:
Whew! Sorry this was a long post, but I wanted to share as many details as I could. If you still have any questions, post a comment, and I will respond as soon as I can. Thanks for stopping by!