Friday, October 14, 2011

It's astounding, I am blogging (and time is fleeting)!

Finally back with a new project to share. This was Tiarna's birthday card this year, and I usually try to make something a little more interesting than your average birthday card when it comes to my kids - inspiration permitting! They have been getting into Doctor Who quite a bit so I decided to try my hand at making the Doctors' TARDIS.

I based my design on the original TARDIS (yes, there has been more than one) as I had better reference pictures for that, but I wanted to incorporate the woodgrain texture that is more prominent on the current TARDIS. I also would have prefered Brilliant Blue for the cardstock (turns out it has a use!) but I didn't have any left so made Pacific Point the new TARDIS Blue. I did make a few other changes such as simplifying the St Johns Ambulance logo, the wording on the phone door sign, the sign across the top, and the windows (the two corner windows in the bottom row on each door should be frosted and the others clear) - I just could not think of a way to pull them off without throwing off other aspects of the construction. The light on top is a bit of a disaster, I kept putting off dealing with it in the hopes a brilliant idea would come to mind but alas that still hasn't happened!

In the above photo you get a better sense of the 3D nature of the card (click on the image to see it full size). I wanted the sign across the top and the base/step at the bottom to be more prominent, and they also help to keep the card shut. They are essentially little boxes that were fiddly to make and attach and are a little worse for wear a month on. The top of the TARDIS slopes back towards the light with Dimensionals along the bottom holding that section up and a tab at the top folding under so it is nearly flush with the back of the card.

And as it turned out, the scale wasn't too bad for the Doctor & K9 action figures she received!

Two things I really wanted to achieve with this card: it had to be gate-fold so the doors opened in the middle as the real TARDIS doors do, and it had to be bigger on the inside as the real TARDIS is. Turned out that was probably the easiest bit of the card!

The card was an absolute hit, which I was pleased about as you can probably imagine. Only thing is I have to come up with something else for the next child's birthday in less than a weeks time... meep!

Most supplies by Stampin' Up!
Cardstock: Pacific Point, Basic Gray, Whisper White, Basic Black, brushed silverStamps: Woodgrain
Inks: Tempting Turquoise, So Saffron
Accessories: White gel pen, dauber, Crop-o-dile, silver gel pen, biro


Anonymous said...

Excellent work - you deserve a jelly baby :)

Ms said...

not sure what a jelly baby is but you definitely deserve something....this is absolutely amazing.... thanks for sharing your fantastic creativity

Carol Dunstan said...

LOL thanks Dani! A jelly baby would be the 4th Doctor's lollie of choice (the 4th Doctor being the action figure in the photos). I actually think the Doctor is offering K9 a Jelly baby in one photo ;)

Nerida said...

Wow Carol, you have been busy!

Night Owl Designs said...

This is fantasic Carol!