Why, good morning! I hope I didn't startle you. I don't think you were expecting a giraffe in your face today, were you? I wanted to wake you up a bit and get you thinking about these long-necked, and quite possibly the oddest, land mammals because I'm holding a Mom & Me class this week and one of our projects is going to be a giraffe head made from the Hamburger Box Bigz XL Die.
- See the resemblance? We'll call her Sophie, after the baby toy giraffe that every infant seems to cuddle these days.
- The base is the Hamburger Box Bigz XL Die, which I used for the first time. I die cut it from Crushed Curry cardstock. You need a piece about 6" x 11" so it uses most of a whole sheet of cardstock to make it.
- I got a lot of the ideas for my giraffe from Betty Traciak from Kitty Stamp. She has done some amazing animals using the Hamburger Box Die.
- When die cutting the box, you want to cut out the shape cleanly but still be able to see the score lines. You don't want the score lines to cut through either, so there is a limit to how tight you want your Big Shot sandwich to be when it goes through. After some trial and error, the sandwich that ended up working best for me was the die, the paper, the Extended Premium Crease Pad and an Extended Cutting Pad. Coloured cardstock works better than Whisper White or Very Vanilla because they have a smoother surface that is not quite as thick as the coloured.
- The nostrils and the spots were made with Chocolate Chip cardstock mounted on the Adhesive Transfer sheets and either punched with a 1 1/4" Circle Punch or hand cut in random shapes. The backing can then be pulled off and they are, effectively, a sticker. This makes applying them super easy.
- Betty had a wonderful idea for the horns. They were die cut from both Crushed Curry and Chocolate Chip cardstock using the safety pin framelit from Baby's First Framelits. I cut the top off the Chocolate Chip one and adhered to the top of the yellow one. The bottom of the Chocolate Chip shape then becomes the inner ear piece to the giraffe's ear cut with the largest Floral Frames Framelit and trimmed to ear shape on both sides.
- The eyes are created with a 1 1/4" Circle Punch of Crushed Curry, cut in half and sponged with Chocolate Chip Ink around the edges to help them stand out. The lashes are Basic Black and cut with the Fringe Scissors and curled. The rest of the eye is a 1" Chocolate Chip circle, a Whisper White circle die cut with the smallest Circle Framelit and a 1/2" Basic Black circle. I used the Adhesive Transfer Sheets with all and they were easy to stick on one another. A Signo Gel Pen was used to get the little highlights on the Basic Black.
If you are interested in bringing your child to the Mom & Me class, these shapes will be all cut out and ready to apply, so it will be an easier project. The class is this Wednesday, July 23 at 1 pm and you can get more information and register here. Today is the last opportunity to register!
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