Friday, October 2, 2009

Skeleton Spoiler

Warning - Spoiler for Hot Swappin Mama's October Swap - "Cute" Round.  Don't look if you want to be surprised.

I mean it.

No peeking....

I warned you.

Early in September I shared a Skeleton on a gift bag.  Now, I'm using the same fellow on a border for a Scrapbook Element Swap.  Since the Skeleton side was pretty attention grabbing, I decided to leave the other border pretty simple.  (We do want people looking at the cute Halloween photos not just the pretty paper accents)

I've had a few requests for the 'how to' on Mr. Bones but he is really pretty simple and I think you can get most of him just by looking. 
Parts List
Hand - snowflake
Arms, Legs, Ribs, Spine - thin strips from paper trimmer
Shoulder and knee joints - small  heart from Heart to Heart punch
Ankle and Elbow - standard hole punch
Pelvis - Heart to Heart punch, snipped at leg with standard hole punch
nose - tip cut from slot punch
eyes - standard hole punch
feet - same heart as pelvis - trimmed with scissors
head - designer label
hat - gray large oval, white small oval,  gray rectangle 1 x 1.25 inches
flower - Boho Blossoms

Here is a photo of the head/hat progression.  Designer Label rounded by sticking the end in the 1.25 circle punch.

Small oval on the rectangle - trim off the parts that stick out on each side.  Cut a curved slit in the large oval for the head to "barely" slip into.  This is very similar to the crow tutorial.

Follow the photo and you should be building bones in no time.  No calcium required.

Tip - BUY the $3.50 Adhesive Remover #103684.  These thin little pieces are hard to glue down without a trace of adhesive showing  - the adhesive remover works just like magic to rub it off.  LOVE that little guy.

I was an idiot to do these for a swap - it was very time consuming to glue down each piece  and this photo doesn't even begin to show the mess at its worst.  Bad decision on my part but I really think he is cute so I did it anyway.  Hope the ladies like him!

And I think finishing this swap completes all my commitments for awhile - I am back free to PLAY !  Woo hoo - lets get punching!!!!


Gaby said...

Wow, really cool.
Thank you so much for the tutorial of "Mr. Bones".

Have a great weekend.

Linda Tarolli said...

Your punch tutorials are so darned clever. I really enjoy them. TFS

lifesabeach32940 said...

WOW, Ellen! This is FANTASTIC!! I am sure the ladies in your swap will LOVE this page!! The result is clean and simple ... no one would guess the work that went into it!! As usual, simply AWESOME!!

Carolyn Sharkas said...

Ok, you are just gonna keep on torturing me about this round of HSW aren't you? Now, once again, I
wish I had joined.
He is too cute, you know. Makes me want some Halloween candy, and you KNOW I can't have it.


oh, and don't forget to check out my blog today, I DID NOT do a bird card.

Unknown said...

This is wonderful anyone would be lucky to get art from you.

Creations by Patti said...

I am lovin' your site with all the fun punch ideas! Thanks for sharing.....Patti

Anonymous said...

I am Loving your site with all the punch ideas. Thanks for sharing! hugs, Patti