Tag: The Male Room

3D Paper Cut Light Box

A new month and therefore a new task to begin with. For The Male room challenge, this month we have an interesting task ahead of us., But this month we’re shaking things up a bit and asking you to forget about cards and show us your creativity in a different way. So scrapbook layouts, tags, art journal pages, 3D, ATCs will be the order of the day. Inspired by the artist, Jennifer Maker and her beautiful artwork I decided to create a 3D paper cut light box this month.

A lightbox can be used as a wonderful home décor, or a unique birthday or wedding gift. You can mount it on a wall, or place it on a desk and enjoy its charming beauty. Basically, this light box consists of paper cut outs layered on each other in a box with a glass panel. LED lights are placed behind all the layers, which makes each layer glow, giving this 3D look.

After referring to Jenifer Maker’s videos , I created my custom design for this light box on Cricut space. And cut them I using 130 grams white card stock, because it’s stiff enough to stand up and thin enough to let the light pass through. The layers are reassembled with foam spacers in between each one. This gives the image the appearance of depth and creates a 3D effect. It was placed inside a shadow box frame sized 9*9 .

If you put your custom shadow box design in a display frame, you can add LED lights to the back to light it up and see all of those layers and shadows so much better! I prefer to use LED light strips, but some people just use fairy lights. Either way, they go behind your layers of cardstock. I usually put my LED light strips around the edge of the frame for a nice even glow. You’ll want to position the lights so your cord can hang out one corner — if necessary, cut a small notch in the corner of the frame for the cord. Now just replace the back of your display frame, plug in your light, and enjoy the magic!

Hope you liked my 3D Paper Cut Light Box. Now have a look at the challenge blog here for all the challenge details and to see the cards from the rest of the Design Team. https://themaleroomchallengeblog.blogspot.com/2021/03/challenge-148-not-card.html.

The whale and the bird Pop up card

Hi friends, I’m back with an another pop up card. But this time it’s based on a poem. The whale and the bird. The theme at the male room craft challenge this month is Animals. So I thought this one is perfect for it.

Once there was a bird who fell in love with a whale. And a whale who fell in love with a bird.

The bird loved the whale’s beautiful smile. He loved the way she swam through the water so gracefully.

The whale loved the bird’s handsome white feathers. She loved to watch him soar through the sky.

And they both loved to eat lots of tiny fish.

All summer, the bird and the whale met in the bay. They talked and talked.
They talked about the moon, and the tides, and the ships in the ocean.
The bird told jokes and made the whale laugh. The whale sang beautiful songs that made the bird cry (even though he didn’t know why).

“One day, you could meet my family in the ocean,” said the whale.
“And you could meet my friends on the land,” said the bird.

Everything was perfect.

But the world does not stop turning just because a bird and whale fall in love. Summer turned into autumn, and autumn turned into winter. The ocean turned cold, and all the other whales left for warmer waters.

“Come with me to warmer waters,” said the whale. “It’s a wonderful place. It’s always warm, and there are so many fish to eat.”

“I love to eat fish,” said the bird. “And I love you. I will follow you anywhere. But first, teach me to be a whale?”

“Like this!” said the whale, “follow me!”, and she dived deep into the water.
“OK!” said the bird, and he also dived deep into the water.
Deeper and deeper he went. “I’m swimming!” he laughed. “I’m a whale!” But soon he couldn’t breathe. He returned to the surface, gasping.

He tried and tried and tried again, but he ran out of breath every time.

“I don’t think a bird can become a whale,” said the bird. “Come with me instead. I live up on the cliffs. It is a wonderful place. It’s warm and cosy, and every morning you can watch the sun rise.”

“I love to watch the sun rise,” said the whale. “And I love you. I will follow you anywhere. But first, teach me to be a bird?”

“Like this!” said the bird. “Follow me!”, and he flapped his wings and soared into the sky.

“OK!” said the whale. She squeezed her eyes shut and flapped her fins, just like the bird. She flapped and flapped, up and down. Water splashed everywhere. “I’m flying!” she laughed. “I’m a bird!”

But when she opened her eyes, she wasn’t soaring in the sky. She was still in the water.

She tried and tried and tried again, but she could not fly.

“I don’t think a whale can become a bird,” said the whale.

“But if you can’t fly, and I can’t swim, where can we live together?” said the bird.

“We will stay here — in the waves!” said the whale.

But the bird shook his head sadly.
“You love to swim deep in the ocean,” he said. That is your favourite thing to do. You would never be happy here.”

The whale sighed.
“And you love to fly and soar into the sky,” she said. “That is your favourite thing to do. You would never be happy here either.”

And so, because the bird and whale loved each other so much, they said goodbye.

Have a look at the challenge blog here for all the challenge details and to see the cards from the rest of the Design Team. https://themaleroomchallengeblog.blogspot.com/2021/01/challenge-146-animals-dt-call.html?m=1

Carousel Box

When you think of masculine Christmas projects tartan or plaid always jump into my head. So that’s what this month’s challenge is all about at the male room craft challenge – tartan or plaid . I thought about doing something special, and here is what I came up with. 

To start off, I cut the svg file from creative cuts in my Cricut Maker. This file was easy to cut as I did not alter the size anymore. I just had to ungroup the images to be able to cut the shapes in the color of cardstock that I wanted.  This SVG was a pop carousel box. But as I wanted to create my project with the touch of tartan or plaid, I printed down them as pattern papers and glued them over .

What better way to celebrate a special occasion than with this fun Carousel (or Merry Go Round) gift box. The base of the Carousel is a pretty box that you can fill with goodies and treats. You can even make the box by itself for a versatile gift package. The finished Carousel is approximately 8 3/4″ tall by 4 1/2″ wide.

Have a look at the challenge blog here for all the challenge details and to see the cards from the rest of the Design Team. https://themaleroomchallengeblog.blogspot.com/2020/12/challenge-145-tartan-plaid.html