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Saturday, July 01, 2017

How to Upscale a Clock With a Sports Theme

Today I will be showing you how to upscale a clock with a sports theme, or your favorite sport's team name anyway.

This clock started it's life out as this jelly bean themed clock, which was cute, but just didn't fit anywhere in my house's decorating scheme, but I had looked at the back of it and realized that the back could be removed with just a few screws, and I could add any theme to the clock I wanted by just changing the outer circle paper insert.


So I knew I wanted to use the color's orange and black because that was the colors of our towns football team, which everyone loves. I also wanted it to be super sparkly.  So off to Style Tech Craft to look at the new Tape Technologies products Ultra Metallics vinyl color chart. 


For my black I chose this Ultra Metallic Black #128. It's beautiful, has a great thickness, and adhere's perfectly. These vinyls are perfect for inside or outside applications!


For my orange I also picked from the Ultra Metallic line, and chose the Orange #148. It is gorgeous, and I can see lot's of uses for this on some super cute Halloween decorations later this year!


So here is my clock with the insert removed. Whew, I like it better already! That jelly bean pattern was just a little too busy for me. 


So I took the jelly bean circle and used it for a pattern for my new black cutout The black vinyl has a white back so I just laid the circle down and traced around it then cut it out with some scissors. Here's a tip for you when cutting anything out with scissors: Watch the tip of the scissors when cutting, not the middle of the scissors, and you'll get a much smoother cut out.


So here is my new clock insert piece.


In this close up you can see all the glitter! Lovely!


So after cutting out the vinyl I placed it on a poster board to give it more strength since the jelly bean cut out was too thin, and flimsy.


After adding the vinyl cut out to the poster board it had a white edge showing which I didn't like. so I took a sharpie marker and colored the outer and middle edges. In this photo the inner circle has been colored already but not the outer edge so you can see what it looked like prior to me coloring it.


Here is the clock with just the black insert, without the rest of the letter's in case you just wanted a one color theme for your clock.



Next I used my cutting machines to cut out the letters, and the pirate cross bones.I used both a Sizzix, and a small Cuttlebug, to cut out these pieces, and both machines cut this vinyl to perfection. These vinyls also work great with other machines like Cricut, etc. In this photo I laid everything out before gluing them down so that I could be sure I had correct placement of everything exactly where I wanted it to fit.




Here's a frugal tip for you: Save all of your left over alphabet shapes for another craft later. Just be sure and save the tiny pieces that fill in the middle of the "R" for example! I'll try to make another project later showing you how to use these left over bits and pieces.


For the skull and cross bones, I used the brand new color in the Ultra Metallic's line Rose Gold #167, it's an unusual blend of gold and silver, that is really pretty. I added more of the #148 Orange for it's hat as well.


Here is the insert all glued in place and ready to be installed in the clock.


I'm leaving you with several photos of the completed clock face. Since the clock was domed it was really hard to get a good shot of the clock face that didn't catch the glare of the camera flash.


I love that you can see the glitter sparkle so well in this photo!


The best thing about this project is that if I get tired of this clock I can change it again! Well I hope you enjoyed this project today and until next time Happy Scrapping! Love Penny


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1 comment:

janet trieschman said...

What a great project. And it goes so well with the face of the clock.