Sunday, March 7, 2010

You Want Details...HERE THEY ARE!

As I told you, I made this card for my grandson Emmett.

Not having any dimensions to go by...
and only an hour before his birthday party...
I set to work.
The finished size was larger than I planned,
but to a 3 yr old...BIGGER IS BETTER!!!
I hope you will enjoy making this card, I DID!

I thought you would like to have the details on the Thomas Train card.

Products used are from Stampin' Up!
Here's what you will need to get started.

  • Circle Scissors - or something to cut circles

  • Punches- 1/2" circle, 3/4" circle, Full heart

  • Paper Cutter and Paper Snips

  • Cardstock: Blue, Bordering Blue, Real Red, Basic Black, Whisper White, Textured Gray, Really Rust, Creamy Caramel, YoYo Yellow

  • Ink: Classic Stamp pad-Close to Cocoa

  • White Gel Pen and Black Stampin Write.

  • Adhesives--SU Snail, Stampin Dimensionals
The face: textured gray~3 3/8 circle
(cut on the SU Circle Scissors)
2 white 3/4" circle and 2 blk 1/2" circle (eyes)
 2 pink 1/2" circle (cheeks)
1 blue 1/2"circle (nose), 1 3/8 circle punch for
 mouth (white)

The mouth: punch a  1 3/8" circle in
white then move your punch slightly
 and punch again. You will have a
crescent for the mouth

We will move on to the main body of the train....
using Bright Blue cardstock (CS) (or color of your choice),
cut a piece 3 5/8" X 10 1/4" and round one end--I used the Circle Scissors set on the largest setting (6") 

Now take Basic Black CS, for the very top of the train...4"X4 3/4"
round with Circle cutter (6"), move down slightly and cut again...
giving you a rounded strip 3/8" and save the rest for behind the face.

Smokestack: BB  1 1/2"X4" notched on one end, 3/8" from one end and 1/4" in on both sides of one end. Crosspiece of stack:
BB 1" X 2 1/2" rounded on both ends. Place the bottom edge of crosspiece at top of train. 

Punch 2 yo-yo yellow 3/4" circles and 2 BB 1/2". With black on yellow circles, place one on either side of smokestack.
Take the BB that you saved from th e top and place it
                            2" from the top of train, trimming the sides to  3 5/8"

Let's keep moving...All Aboard?

We are now adding the Blue horizontal piece, 1 3/4"X4 7/8" to the top of Black CS (refer to pic) AND Creamy Caramel (I used To The Nines DSP) 1 1/2"X 4 5/8" round both ends with BB 3/4" circles at each end.

Real Red CS 4 1/4"X4 1/4" trim one end to
3 1/2"  refer to pic.

Using the same method as the Red CS...
take Really Rust CS 3"X 3 3/4".  trim 3 3/4" end
to 3 1/4"/ stamp with Close to Cocoa using (109294)
Sanded background stamp and sponge the edges with
the same ink. Cut Really Rust into 2 pieces 1" and 2"
and  adhere to the Red CS. Add 1/2" X 4" strips of
textured Tan CS for the tracks.

Add 1 3/4" X 3 3/4"  Red CS backed by 2" X4" BB CS -sponge the edges of the Red with Close to Cocoa ink.
Place this piece  at the top of the tracks, under the body of the train.

Almost ready to roll outta the Station!

Attach the finished face to the card front as shown in the picture.
Don't forget to add some eyebrows and a glint to his eyes!

Punch 2 hearts from Whisper White CS or...
I used Shimmer White for extra sparkle. attach
with Stampin Dimensionals to the smokestack.

One last step...
Cut BB CS 3 1/2"X 12" and score at 3 5/8"
 and another BB CS 3 1/2" X 8 3/8". I attached
 with Sticky Strip for Extra-Durability,
able to withstand whatever a 3 yr old dishes out!
finished size:4 7/8" X 13 7/8"
yeah, you might have to "make" an
envelope too! ;o)

 outta the Station.....


Hope you had a fun ride...c'mon back soon!

Happy Stampin ~ Pixie


  1. WOW! Great tutorial Pixie, well done!!!

  2. WOW - thanks for sharing Pixie! Great job!

  3. Oh my gosh! My son LOVES Thomas the train. This is just too cute and perfect for him. Thank you so much for sharing the directions!

  4. You created this card in an HOUR???

    I couldn't have done it in an entire WEEKEND!!!

    Thank you for sharing your creative process. One of my daughters-in-law is pregnant -- just gotta hope for a BOY and I will have a YEAR to design this card for his first birthday!! (You only THINK that I'm kidding! :)

    You have just acquired another admirer (subscriber)!