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Monday, October 29, 2012

A New Punch Art Subject

Welcome to a brand new week everyone.  I hope your weekend was a good one.  I know we were busy at our house with our pumpkins but as always, it was a lot of fun.

For my card today, I made a new punch art critter.  This was a challenge given to me by my daughter.  She went to Sea World earlier this year and brought home a picture frame with a shark on it.  She asked me to make a shark for a card and I have been pondering it ever since.  So this weekend I set to work on one.  Today I want to share what I came up with and see what you think.  Ready?

Now you may be wondering why my finger is in the photo holding the card.  Well the shark's mouth actually opens so get a picture with it closed, I had to hold it down.  Now let's start at the beginning.

I started with a base card of Night of Navy cut at 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", scored at 4 1/4".  To start the background for this particular card, I cut a piece of Whisper White to be 4" x 5 1/4".   I took out my pastels and chalked a sky background all over the card stock.  Once it was finished I took out of scrap of Marina Mist card stock and cut it to be 4" wide.  I used a pair of shape scissors called waves and cut strips off of this piece.  I layered them across the card stock and adhered them using runner adhesive.  Once it was secure, I added a glitter to the pieces using a white glue and a glitter I picked up at a stamp convention a few years ago.  Once the entire piece was finished, I attached it to the base card using runner adhesive. 

For the greeting, I turned to my stamp set called Perfectly Penned.  I stamped the greeting directly to the top of the card stock using Night of Navy ink.  I tried to center it as best as I could.  Now let's look at the shark with its mouth open.

All the large ovals I used for my shark were cut out using my Cricut machine and the Plantin SchoolBook cartridge.  I started by cutting two 4" ovals from Basic Gray card stock.  One of the ovals I left whole and the other one I cut in half.  The whole one serves as the main head of the shark.  I attached 1/2 of the white oval to this and the other half was attached to the gray half which allowed the mouth to open.  But we will talk more about the mouth in a minute.  The fins of the shark were punched out using the Petite Pennants punch from Basic Gray card stock.  I pretty much attached the side ones so they would fit on the card.  For the top one, I trimmed it to give it a little curve so it would look more like a fin.  The white of the eyes were punched using the large circle from the owl builder punch and the black part is the small circle from the itty bitty punch pack.  I added white gel to this part.  

For the mouth, I cut another oval using my Cricut out of Whisper White that measured 3 3/4".  I then cut a Basic Black one that is 3 1/4".  I layered the black to the white using runner adhesive.  Then using my white gel pen, I drew on the teeth and colored them in.  Once they were finished, I attached the top of the mouth to the half piece of the gray oval.  I scored the entire piece where the 1/2  gray ended on the white.  This would be my bend.  I bent it in half and attached the bottom portion of the white to the full gray oval.  All pieces were attached to one another using a liquid glue and runner adhesive.  The finished shark was attached to the card using dimensionals.

For the greeting inside the card, I used a saying from the stamp set Word Play.  I stamped it using Night of Navy ink onto Whisper White card stock and cut it out to be a 2 1/2" square.  I punched out the corners of the card stock with the edge of my 1" square punch and sponged the edges with Night of Navy ink.  I then took a piece of Marina Mist card stock and ran it through my big shot using the Top Note die.  Once it was cut out, I turned it sideways across the die being sure to center it and ran it through the big shot again.  The white was layered onto this piece with runner adhesive and the entire piece was attached to the inside of the card with the same runner adhesive.

Well what do you think?  I thought it was pretty okay for my first attempt.  I have a few ideas of some things I would like to either add or change so I will be making another one at some point in time.  My goal is to perfect it by my daughter's boyfriends birthday next month so I can give it to him.  

That's all for today.  I hope you all have a wonderful Monday and that your week gets off to a great start.  I will be back tomorrow with another share so please come by to see me.  Thanks for stopping by today!!


  1. This is adorable. I think my great nieces and great nephews would love to received this from their Aunt in Florida.

  2. Just made this for my shark crazy grandson's birthday this weekend- thanks so much!

  3. You are oh so talented! I will use this for my son in law's 40th birthday card - he loves sharks - I'll just add the # 40 inside the mouth. Thank you so much for sharing this and inspiring me.

  4. Love this card. Your instructions were very detailed too. Thanks so much for sharing.

  5. I just saw this on pinterest. I want to try this for my great-nephew's third birthday. I know he will LOVE it!! Thanks for the detailed tutorial. You have an amazing talent. :-)

  6. What a fantastic card. You are very creative and hard working.