Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Lego Nexo Knight Clay Punch Art


Have you seen the newest Lego obsession yet?  If not, let me introduce you to the Nexo Knights, just released December/January.  My son first caught a sneak peek of these new "wicked cool" (his words, not mine LOL) characters in his Lego magazine towards the end of last year and went crazy with anticipation for their release.

As with most boy toys I've come across in my six short years as a mom, I haven't a clue what they do or whom their saving but it apparently requires hours on my Ipad to play a game involving shields...I'm sure he'd fill me in if I asked but I'm not sure I'm up for the explanation I'm sure I'd get LOL.

He's acquired 2 sets so far and I'll admit Lego has outdone themselves yet again.  The moving parts on these things (trust me, they look like monster blobs on wheels) is pretty amazing.  I love watching him build and watch his excitement as he gets closer to finishing.

In honor of his new obsession I wanted to see if I could re-create at least one of the characters in punch art form.  I imagined it would go fairly smoothly since I've made a couple Lego characters in the past.  Well, was I wrong.  This guy took hours to create and figure out.  They are extremely detailed and layered.  If you follow any of my work you'll know that I don't like to leave any details out, to a fault most times, which turned against me on this one!

All that being said, once I figured out a system of assembly the second one I created went much quicker.  I created a template that took all the guess work out of what went were and what needed to be drawn/colored.  I love the creative process but its so nice to have a simple trace and cut method to fall back on if I want to re-create one of these again.

Here's the first card I made Griffin for Valentine's Day.  I think he would have looked awesome on a Step Card or a Card in a Box but I opted for a simple card this time around.  The great thing is he is so versatile simply because he's in punch art form; you could even leave him free of a card so he could be used on a Lego scrapbook page!

If your interested in trying your hand at Clay, I have a tutorial for purchase in my Tutorial Store. Included in the tutorial I have tons of step by step photos for assembly, as well as a template for each piece that I've hand drawn and cannot be "punched".  There is also a "breakdown" sheet included so you know exactly how pieces you should have (40!! on this particular guy), what color the pieces should be along with a sponging color guide.

I'm sure any Lego fan would love to have this one - and he's so new you'll be a "wicked cool" card maker who is waaaaay ahead of the times! LOL

Supply List:

Stamp sets: N/A
Cardstock: Daffodil Delight, Basic Black, Smoky Slate, Night of Navy, Soft Sky, Pumpkin Pie
Ink: Night of Navy, Hello Honey, Pumpkin Pie, Smoky Slate
Markers: Pacific Point, Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black, Basic Gray
Big Shot: N/A
Punches: Owl Builder, ½” Circle, Word Window
Misc. : Template, Carbon (Transfer) Paper, White Gel Pen, Tombow, Paper Snips, Sponge Daubers


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Friday, February 12, 2016

Jake & The Neverland Pirates Treasure Chest!

Hello Everyone!

With Valentine's Day only a few days away I thought I'd share the Valentine I made for my youngest son.  He's currently entranced with Jake & The Neverland Pirates so I used that as my jumping off point and created Jake's Treasure Chest!

Most elements I cut by hand; including the shape of the treasure chest and Jake's sword which decorates the front of the chest.  Instead of using plain card stock I dressed up the edges and details with Gold Glimmer paper; a perfect addition to a Treasure Chest!  After making the chest I still felt like something was missing so I added Jake's parrot, Skully perched atop.  I think he turned out sooo cute - right down to his skull hat!  Here's a peek at the inside of the card...

As you've probably noticed the card isn't meant to stand upright like a standard card.  This could be easily fixed by adding a small stand at the back or adding another bottom layer attached at the hinge point.

I can't wait to see what he says when he opens it on Sunday!  I'm pretty sure I've struck gold with this one!

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I'll be back next week to share some exciting new punch art with you!  And here's a hint - its LEGO themed!  Hope to see you then :)

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