Hi! By request, I'm posting a step by step tutorial on making my Bombshell Needle Case. I was just messin' when I made it so I had to break it down and take pics, etc... here we go!
12-inch paper trimmer
white card to stamp on
black ink pad
three hibiscus flower stamps from the Hula Girl set
q-tips (cotton buds)
bone folder or embossing tool
your favorite strong glue
craft knife or Basic Grey Notch and Die set (recommended)
And of course, needles in the box you bought them in. If you don't have the box, you can substitute a small strip of funky foam or foam core to stick your needles through.
Here's a picture of how my needles came.
As you can see, there is a plastic strip with holes in it for the needles. Detach this (or the kinky piece of plastic, that's another way it comes) from the backing card on the original packaging. You may also choose to incorporate the backing card into this project, it won't hurt my feelings.
Cut a strip of white card to the same width as the card or plastic the needles are attached to. Mine was 3.5cm wide. The length chould be sufficient to lay the needles onto the middle and fold both top and bottom over so that they overlap by at least one inch in the middle. Mine was long enough to completely overlap and then some. Better safe than sorry.
Lay the needles onto the card as close to the middle as possible. Don't stick them down.
If your paper trimmer has a channel in it where the blade runs through, make like you're going to cut the card a few millimeters from one end of the needles but don't cut... run the bone folder or embossing tool down the channel instead to score it. Make another score line a bit further down- this will make the thickness of the case, so the space between the two lines should be a little bit more than the thickness of the thing holding the needles. (Does this make sense?) Do the same thing on the other end of where your needles are sitting.
Here's what the lines will look like. (I hope they came out ok. I can see them.)
Next, arrange the hibiscus flower stamps on your block so they make a little cluster, but do leave a bit of space between the motifs.
Stamp the design repeatedly in black ink, rotating the block, stamping over the edge, etc, to make a continuous but random layout. I find it always ends badly if you try and make a repeat pattern.
Leave it for a while. You know what ink you're using, so you know how long it takes to dry.
Is it dry?
Time to colour in. Start with the flowers first, applying the chalk with a q-tip (cotton bud).
To be continued... I think I ran out of attachment allowance!