Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Build it up week - Neil

A lovely spring like project today made by Neil, who chose the "on the edge" die by Tim Holtz to make this beautiful tray.
Isn't it something you would love to have on your desk? 
Neil takes you step by step through the process of making this tray. Hope you will like it as much as I do. 
Let us know in a comment below.

I've used the on the edge Butterflight die to make a "tray" 

I have to say that I enjoy looking for different things to do with dies, so though these are intended to be used to create decorative edges for albums, I wondered how complicated it would be to create a box or tray from them....
And it isn't difficult really, though it is a bit fiddly! Worth it though.

I started off by using 2 6 x 6 chipboard and cut the butterflies from both sides and then cut them in half to give me four pieces. I then used some washi tape to attach them to another piece of 6 x 6 board (Using tape on one side only) I then used a selection of the new Distress paints and water to add colour to both sides.

When it was dry I used the butterfly stamp from Tim's Spring Sprung to add detail to the butterflies. I used a mask and white paint to add detail to the base of the tray.

 I used a Crop-A-Dile to punch holes on each corner. I threaded ribbon through and fastened them through to create the tray. I then used Tim's Tissue tape to go around the edges to strengthen the base and sides. 
I used dominoes for feet to lift the tray off the ground.

 So, what can you use it for? Well.... you can fit 25 Distress paints on it....

Or, in my case, I discovered that I had four metal containers fit it so I'm using it to keep my brushes, markers and stuff inside and it works perfectly.

Tim Holtz Stamps - Spring Sprung
6 x 6 chipboard 

See you tomorrow


  1. so clever, it looks fabulous!

  2. A great idea Neil and very pretty!

  3. Fantastic idea! I love the possibilities for legs or a pedestal for this tray.

  4. Lovely. Pretty and practical, a perfect combination

  5. well, as always very innovative and it looks lovely, bonus it is useful. Brilliant

  6. YaY - how cool is that !! The man's a wizard - totally brilliant :-)
    IKE xxxxxxxxxx

  7. Completely brilliant make!
    Alison x

  8. Pretty and practical! Fab!


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