Thursday, 21 March 2013

Hatter's Birthday Spinner Game

Welcome to my third post for Out of a hat creations, where today's challenge 52 celebrates the Hatters 1st birthday and Janet has set us a challenge to create a project using the spinner at the bottom of the post.  Luckily for me my spinner landed on Steampunk as I love everything about this theme. 

Whilst at the Hels Sheridan workshop at Birds in the Barn in November one of the Ladies brought in a top hat which she'd made and it was lovely...when she offered me a copy of the template I couldn't say no.  Now I didn't want to cut my template until I'd photocopied it on to my PC so I started off by pressing through the template onto a piece of the Tim Holtz kraft resist paper stash for my base.  The template didn't come with instructions and although I remember this being done in a Craft Stamper magazine I hadn't found the article when making the hat meaning that I had to alter my design as I went along and I didn't quite put it together properly.  I am still happy with the basic shape and will definitely be having another go using grunge paper when I get a chance.

I spritzed the top hat with chocolate Dylusions spray ink and then rubbed Tim Holtz brushed corduroy distress ink over the top followed by a light brush of the silver adirondack acrylic paint dabber.  I then added gold mesh before covering the whole piece with Claudine Hellmuth matte multi-medium to attempt a leather look.  Next I attached silver brads in the holes on the front and a strip of silver ribbon to the bottom of the hat above the brim.  To embellish the hat I created 2 small flowers using the Tim Holtz tattered florals die and glassine paper which I crumbled, inked and spritzed with Tattered Angels marshmallow glimmer mist before adding a spinner made from grunge paper.  I attached these to the hat with gold brads.  I stamped the Hampton Art lady with cog hair on to kraft card stock and covered her with Tim Holtz distress crackle paint rock candy.  I found a swirl which was the left over from previously cutting the Tim Holtz elegant flourish die in cork, a punched ticket and I created a cog again from kraft card stock, I attached all of these items to the side of my hat.
And this is the spinner with options that we've used to play along with this week's challenge game.

Thanks for looking!
Tracey x


  1. Fantastic hat Tracey and some great ideas for decoration. Thanks for sharing the ideas with everyone and for being our guest designer again this week

    Love Chrissie xx

  2. great hat, and the use of products. Please give me the template i would love to give it a go. I love spinner idea its good to challenge yourself

  3. A fab piece and the spinner is a clever idea too trace x

  4. A wonderful steampunk top hat Tracey I just love it. Hugs Sandra X

  5. This is fabulous, Tracey! I love how you decorated it with the lady stamp and distressed flowers. Just terrific!

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  7. WOW! Well done Tracey awesome hat ! :)
    Von ☺


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