My Son-In-Law’s birthday is tomorrow, November 12th. I’m already late on getting this to him but I hope he will forgive me when he finally gets it.
I had asked my daughter what his favorite color was and what kinds of things he likes. I told her I had planned on making him a bulletin board for his home office when he does the monthly budgeting, which he is really good at, by the way. She told him what I was doing and asked what he wanted. His response was “Red and silver. Like Craftsman.” First it threw me for a loop because she TOLD him what I was doing then I went all wonky because I had no idea what to do now.
I had planned on making his bulletin board on Lynn Claredge’s (liveupstairs) “Grid Card” thing. I was going to have a photo of Carissa and Jaime attached to the cork then have little thought bubble like things all over the board with things they are planning and thinking about. A desired trip to Italy, a cruise to some exotic port, a new house. Well…that idea was now out of the picture.
Handyman Bulletin Board
This is what I came up with. Since he desired “Craftsman red and silver”, I’d give him something sort of like he wishes.
The papers used on his cork board are all retired Stampin’ Up! “Thoroughly Modern” and Real Red textured 12 x 12 card stock.
I’ve used the White Gel Pen on the face of the tool box in a couple places. You will see where in the photos later in this post.
I have used some embellishments I had to get from a local craft/hobby store since I don’t have stamps of these images. I’ve also used foam core board to strengthen the embellishments for using as push pins as I’ve designed them to be.
I’m surprised this turned out to be fairly simple to do. Once I got off my “High Horse” and came back down to the real world then the wheels began turning.
Image from the internet
I went to a well known tool internet site and looked at the images of their tool boxes. They all looked pretty complicated and I was not sure how I was going to do this. I hit on this tool box. Dragging the image to my desk top I selected the print option on my computer and chose to make this image 8 x 10 and to fit the entire page.
Once I had that printed out to a good size I went into my room and began to seriously think about what I was going to do.
First, I used Repositional Adhesive on the outer edge of the paper and secured the image to a self healing mat I have.
Craft knife to cut pieces out
"Drawers" placed on black card stock
Using a craft knife I cut the image into pieces that would be placed on the Real Red 12 x 12 textured card stock and on Basic Black 8-1/2 x 11 card stock.
This was a bit of a challenge for me, since I’ve not done this before, and I was not sure where to begin so I just “winged” it.
Shading the card stock
Using the image as a guide in shading
I carefully cut the copy paper image so I could fold it away and use a Sponge Dauber and Chocolate Chip ink to do the shading on the “lid” of the tool box.
Folding the copy paper back in the areas to be shaded is the technique I used. The results were pretty good.
Highlighting with the gel pen
Highlighting and shading completed
Using the white gel pen and the Chocolate Chip ink I did the shading and definition of the lid and highlighting of areas.
Really, this is quite easy to do. Fold the copy paper back to the desired area and do your rubbing with the ink or lightly trace the area with the gel pen. By this time I was beginning to feel less out of my depth and getting more stoked about what I was attempting.
Marking the drawers and the handles
Scoring the area of the handles
Marked and ready to paint
Using my ruler I placed it on the lines of the copy paper image and then pulled it away from the card stock. Using the gel pen to mark the “drawer” definition and the Bone Folder to mark the area to be painted with silver acrylic paint for the drawer handles was not very hard to do.
Test fitting the pieces
Making sure I have not missed anything before it gets glued
After I was done with the shading, highlighting, and painting I gave these pieces a “test fit” to make sure they would all assemble together and look somewhat like the original photo did.
Looking pretty good right now, so it is time to get the cork board/bulletin board ready to mount papers and this piece pattern thing I just finished.
Cork board/bulletin board
Papers attached and pattern piece adhered
I mounted the “Thoroughly Modern” paper to the cork using Mod Podge. The Creamy Caramel polka dot paper is supposed to be a “Peg Board” with the darker, Close to Cocoa paper as the frame.
Using Mod Podge I attached the tool box pieces to the red side of the board. Looks pretty awesome, if I must say so myself 🙂
Sticker embellishments from the craft store
Reverse side of the embellishments
As I selected each embellishment I removed the foam tape from the backs of the pieces. I would not be using it in this application. It would just be in the way so the foam tape is carefully removed.
I’m going to be using some heavy duty adhesive to permanently stick these embellishments down so a bit of the foam tape left on the back is not going to cause a problem.
Trace around the embellishment on Foam Core board
Use a craft knife to cut the shape out of the Foam Core board
These embellishments are going to be push pins. They need to be very sturdy and strong. Chipboard is just not firm enough to keep from bending. I’ve opted for 1/4″ Foam Core board.
Tracing the shape of the embellishment to the Foam Core board then cutting it out with the craft knife is what I am doing. It is so much easier to use the craft knife when cutting on this stuff than scissors. The scissors tend to pinch the Foam Core and alter the shape of it at the edges.
Applied to the Foam Core board
I don’t want the embellishment to separate from the Foam Core so I’ve chosen to use E6000 adhesive. This is the really strong stuff.
It is also quite strong smelling stuff. You don’t need to use in a well ventilated room, and it is not going to make you “high” but it does have a very strange odor. And it is kind of sticky slimy when you get it on your fingers. Washes off your hands with soap and water. Not sure if it will come out of clothing though so just watch what you are doing.
Marking the "Peg Board"
Everything has a place and everything in its place
Once I had all the embellishments mounted on the Foam Core board and they were finally dry, I took each piece to the “Peg Board” side of the cork board and drew around the embellishment with a Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker.
The cork board is now beginning to come together and look like what I had envisioned it to be. 🙂
Generic Push Pins
E6000 to adhere push pin
On the back side of the Foam Core embellishments I used the E6000 to attach the push pins to the embellishment.
The push pins are just generic ones I got from my craft/hobby store.
A good dollop of the E6000 on the push pin head then pushed down on the back of the embellishment and allow the adhesive to puddle around the head to seal it on.
Oops, that's not good
Mechanics in the truck dealerships we go to from time to time, to have a truck worked on, display photos of family and friends on the inside lid of their tool boxes.
I printed out some really cute photos of Carissa and Jaime on copy paper and attached them to 1″ square pieces of Foam Core board and E6000 adhesive. As the adhesive was drying the black of the Foam Core began to bleed through the copy paper 😦 Not a good thing. I printed the photos again but this time on Photo Paper and that was much better 🙂
Putting the remaining embellishments on the outside frame, I left the foam tape on them and used it to adhere the pieces to the frame.
This project took about three days to do. It will take quite a bit less time on the next one because I won’t have a slightly panic stricken hole in my brain, nor will I be saying “How am I going to DO this?”
I sure hope Jaime likes this 🙂