Wednesday, November 28, 2012

guest tutorial with the Gentleman Crafter

This week our challenge is "a project with heart" and we invited Jim The Gentleman Crafter to join in the fun! You can check out the rest of our design team's creations here, as well as enter the challenge (and your chance to win a $50 voucher to Simon Says Stamp!) here. Now, before we get to the tutorial today, let me take a moment to thank Jim for joining us today, and introduce him to you as well.
Father to many dogs and ducks and a cat named Buzzy out on a farm in Granger, Texas. I love to use my hands and mind to create anything! There is nothing I love better than sitting down with a fresh roll of scor-tape and some chipboard! You never know what will happen!
I will step back now and get out of the way - as Jim takes you on a fantastic creative journey to create a steampunk-inspired masterpiece...

The Tricycle Heart

A fast and easy altered art heart with a steampunk feel. The heart box glides along on three pulley wheels. Once the Bead Chain is “unhitched”, the inside reveals a little mini book perfect for pictures and memorabilia.

Step 1:
Paint the Paper Mache heart box with the Pitch Black Paint Dabber on the outside. Allow to dry. Paint the inside of the heart box with the Red Pepper Paint Dabber on the inside. Allow to dry.

Step 2:
Using heavy cardstock make a heart template by tracing around the box top and bottom. (There will be about a 1/8-inch variance.) Next, cut template out and trace around this pattern onto a page of Tim Holtz Destinations Paper Stash. I used the patterned paper with the gears. Cut the two heart shapes out. Using the same piece of patterned paper cut out a strip that will cover the sides of the box. For the 4-1/4 heart box used, the measurement is 2-1/4 x 12. Distress edges with Vintage Photo Distress ink and adhere to respective places.

Note: For the outside section I folded the paper in half and started at the fold of the heart and the fold of the paper working downwards. The paper will not be long enough to cover the whole box and the next step will deal with this.

Step 3:
For the bottom of the heart box where the paper does not cover the tip of the heart, cut a piece of Grungepaper to 1-1/2 x 2-1/4. Round the edges with a scissor or a corner chomper. Next, apply Vintage Photo Distress Ink or Stain to the Grungepaper piece. You may choose to stud it with brads as I have done. Adhere the piece over the edges of the paper and onto the box.

Step 4:
Cut a strip of Grungepaper to 5/8 x 12-inches and ink or stain with Vintage Photo. Measure and pierce every 3/4-inch. Insert Tim Holtz Long Fastener Brads into the holes. Next, adhere the strip to the edge of heart box lid. Once again, the Grungepaper will not reach to cover the entire edge.

Cut another piece of Grungepaper to 5/8 x 3-inches. Ink with Black Soot Distress Ink. Use a scissor or corner chomper and chomp both ends rounding off the piece. Come a 1/2-inch in on each end and pierce once with a piercing tool and apply brads. Adhere over previously adhered edge piece and to box edge.

Step 5:
For the next step you can either use hot glue for speediness or Glossy Accents. First, adhere two Tim Holtz Idea-ology Pulley Wheels opposite each other, next to the Grungepaper piece. Last, adhere a third pulley wheel to the right side below the previous wheel. This will allow the piece to stand.

Step 6:
Wrap a piece of Tim Holtz Idea-ology Bead Chain around the box to get a measurement. With wire cutters, cut the length of chain needed. With a piercing tool, pierce through the backside center of the box. Next, insert a Tim Holtz Long Fastener Brad over the chain and into the hole folding the brad legs to the inside of the box. Note: Place a little dab of hot glue over the brad legs to secure. Touch up the paint with the Red Pepper Paint Dabber. Take one end of the Bead Chain and glue a Tim Holtz Hinge Clip to one end. This clip will act as a closure for the box by holding one of the beads in its grip.

Step 7:
Adhere two sizes of the Tim Holtz Regal Adornments wings together using VERY HOT hot glue. Start by placing a dab of hot glue on the smaller wing and applying it to the larger, pressing firmly for a secure bond. Do this for both the left and right wing pieces.

Next, bend a Tim Holtz File Tab, to a 90 degree or right angle. On one side cut off the rectangular end pieces so you have just the round part of the tab. Once again, apply a dab of hot glue to the rounded part and adhere to backside of wings near the edge. Repeat for other wing piece. Last, apply more hot glue to the other tab end and adhere to each side of the heart box.

Step 8:
Cut a piece of cork into a “V” shape, cutting at the smaller end. I used one of the larger stoppers from the Tim Holtz Corked Vials. Apply glue to bottom and adhere to the center top of the heart box. Next, adhere a Tim Holtz Knob to the top of the cork. Last, apply a dab of glue to the backside of the knob and adhere a small portion of the Tim Holtz Bead Chain around the knob securing again with glue on the backside.

Step 9:
To adorn the front of the box, I simply used a brad to hold together a Tim Holtz Timepiece, Sprocket Gears, and a Word Band and adhered to the top right corner.

Step 10:
Using the heart template I made for the outside bottom, I cut a 1/4 of an inch off around the edges forming a new 3-1/2 inch heart template. Next, I traced this 16 times onto various pages of the Tim Holtz Destination Paper Stash. I then cut these pieces out.

Next, use the same template and trace out 8 heart shapes onto chipboard and cut them out with Tim Holtz Tonic Scissors. Adhere the patterned paper shapes to the front and backsides of the chipboard pieces and distress with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. First, Punch two holes on the top left edge of two of the heart pieces together with a WeRMemoryKeepers Cropadile using the 1/8-inch punch. Apply Tim Holtz Jump Rings to the holes. Next, open up the heart pages and place one of the heart pieces behind the right page. Punch two holes on the top right side of the heart pieces and apply jump rings to those.

Repeat this process working from left to right making an accordion book for pictures or memorabilia. Last, adhere a Tim Holtz Label Pull to the front cover center for ease of pulling the little mini book out.

Voila! A Tricycle Heart Box with a Mini inside!

Thank you so much for sharing with us Jim! Be sure to enter the challenge here - and for more of Jim's creations be sure to visit his blog here.

Supplies Used:

4-1/4 Paper Mache Heart Box Found at Many Craft Stores

Medium Weight Chipboard

Tools Used:


  1. To be honest, it would be a great pleasure, to craft with this cool guy a loooong weekend, don't you think? Since i've seen his first creation nearly one year ago, i was in love in his unique and stunning craft style. (:o)

  2. Fantastic project, love the dimension and the pop of red added to the interior of the box. Wonderful Crewtive use of Idea-ology. Love it. Wonderful to have you as our Guest this week. Tracy x

  3. Wonderful project and it looks amazing de-constructed too!!

  4. This is very cool! I'm not into steampunk at all, but I love the Heart Tricycle!! Thanks so much for sharing the tutorial!

  5. Wowwwwwwwwwwww this is great.
    thanks for sharing the tutorial.

    Greetings Janny

  6. Fantastic project and step by step, thanks for sharing.

  7. As with everything else that you do...this is totally awesome! So creative and fun! I love how your mind works!!! Just amazing, Jim! Love it! <3 Candy

  8. Ok, 3rd & final from me (don't worry Jim, nowhere near Texas).
    Love that Jim says easy to make. For YOU maybe. Fantastic tutorial but i would never achieve this. Would love to have such a mind. Many thanks Simon Says. What a treat!! :)

  9. Totally awesome wowww love the tutorial and love the result wowww Jim your the man wowww Hugs Terry xxxxx

  10. You rock Jim! Amazing as always. Thank You so much for the step by step instructions. You are generous like that. Just saying.

  11. Oh my goodness, Jim! The details! The details! And again, the details! I love the riveted patch on the base of the heart...I love the wings...and the fact that there are 3 pulley wheels instead of 4. So much thoughtful design here. You amaze me, over and over and over again!

  12. This is beyond fabulous! So fun!

  13. Utterly fabulous down to the last detail Jim. Way to go!

  14. You did Tim Holtz proud.
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

  15. So totally you Jim!!!!!!! I love it.

  16. Jims heart mini is AWESOME! I love everything he does, he has so much talent. And he's sweet enough to share it with all of us. Thanks for the great tutorial JIM. Shari (cricutrookie)

  17. Fantastic Project and such an inspirational piece. Thanks for sharing.
    Hugs, Dangina

  18. WOW!! LOVE your heart, Jim!!! Thank you so much for the step by step tutorial, too!!

    I love everything you create.

  19. Oh Wow! What more can I say? Such a stunning project.

  20. Love, Love, Love this! Again another great project. Will definitely have to try this one.

  21. Just WOW! Fabulous! So glad you are playing along with the DT this week!

  22. Such an inventive project! Thanks for hanging out with us this week and sharing your talent! - Ashli :)

  23. Thank You All! It was a blast! Thanks for letting me play!


  24. 'Fabulous', 'amazing' & 'gorgeous' don't even come close to describing how cool I think this piece is.

  25. Love, love, love this marvelous piece, thanks for sharing it with us!

  26. Gorgeous Jim! I thought it was much bigger when I first saw it. I love that it's smaller. It would make a great gift idea for a guy! He might even put it on his desk.
    TFS Hugs,Jiss

  27. I love hearts and this is fabulous! Love how you did the wings. Thanks for always sharing your work with us. You're work always leaves me rock, Jim!
    Hugz, Z

  28. As always, Jim creates an amazing project. I'm so thankful that he shares his talents and creations with all of us.

  29. Awesome project, Jim! Thanks for the great tutorial and supply list you provided. What could be better for Valentine's day?

  30. WOW, this is superb, I absolutely love it. The wings and wheels are awesome. Love it.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

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  32. Wow, I love jims creations and this one is no exception. Wonderful work! Maddy x