Ivory Moon

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Army Barracks

Fernli Designs DT make 

Hello again everyone,   Today i wanted to show you this make I have made ....  I was asked by my Aunt and Uncle to make a special card for a friend of theirs who was turning 70.  My Uncle was a Staff Sargent  in the '16 Signal Regiment' .... and I have always been so proud of him and my aunt who also served for a while.    Any way having met their friend (who's nick name is REME)  in the Signals they wanted something army themed and suggested a trunk with army type stuff coming out of it ....    I got SO SO excited as we talked and had a million and one things running through my head of what I could do .... and this is what I came up with ...

I bought some Action Man items from ebay  and used these as accents around the room and coming from the trunk ... TOTALLY OUT of scale but hey its not meant to be (that is what I am sticking to !!!) 

Any way the bed is made from round lolly sticks and the flat coffee stirrers ... the mattress for the bed is corrugated cardboard cut to size, stacked and glued together,  I dyed some cotton fabric with my distress inks and made a little pillow and added wadding to it then sewed it up .

 The binoculars are made from rolled paper in different sizes (I used a toothpick to do this then used gems for the glass there are also gems on the other end too but its all stuck down so can't photograph it now ... then finished them off with a small amount of black ribbon for the neck loop.

The floor is a piece of A4 paper in a tan colour and then stamped using 'Baked Brown Sugar' Stampin' up ink and with the Stampin' up Hardwood stamp.  The boot is an Action Man one.  The boot polish is made from punched circles of card all stuck together, inked around the edge and i rolled a piece of grey card around the outside to finish it off .... i took a scrap of cotton fabric and scrunched it up and used a Sharpie Marker pen in Black and dotted it on the bottom to look like a used polish cloth.
The Trunk is the ATC SHRINE and was perfect for what i wanted as it opens .... it is very simple to put together and there is a link on the site showing you how to assemble the hinges ...  I painted it with a coat of Black Gesso then painted it in a gunmetal grey paint .
Inside I put the other boot and a green army bag and the helmet and glued these all into place then arranged the gun how I wanted it then that too was glued into place.  The name plate was made using the old fashioned able makers from the 1960/1970's which was given to me by my in-laws ....  it fits in so well with the whole look.
The walls are just paper in the colours of the regiment  and the CERTA CITO is the Regiments motto which my uncle asked me to include ... the gun on the wall was so huge and even more out of scale than all the other stuff so I decided to have it as a wall ornament.... I had some pale blue paperclips that matched in really well and I bent them twice so I could use them to mount the gun.   The locker was made from 2mm chipboard and I used an off cut of the round lollysticks on the inside as a hanging rail and also added a shelf ... once put together I covered it in Silver gaffer tape to give it a more metal look.  Added another REME sticker to the front, an off cut of the green fabric folded to look like a spare blanket is on the shelf.  
Hung the Action Man uniform onto some coat hanger paper clips I had.  Added a brad to the door for a handle and the job was done .... the door does open and close but I purposely left it open so inside could be seen.
The next thing i did was to find a downloadable image of the Regiments Badge and printed it out 5 times then fussy cut out all the bits i wanted and used Silicon glue to make then all stand out as a 3 D image .

Lastly I made a display box for the whole thing 
I added some Washi tape around the windows and added some metal corners I had to the corners of the windows at the front, side and lid ..
I printed out a tag with the wording of my Aunt and Uncles choice and backed it onto some card which matched the Washi tape. I also added ribbon to the tag and then I found a Dog Tag with the word FRIEND on it so cut a length of ball chain and added it to the tag.   

Thankfully my Aunt and Uncle were thrilled with it which is always a relief .... but I have to say I am really pleased with how it turned out .... I have done a short video which is up on YouTube ....... here is the link ......... IVORY MOON

Many thanks for stopping by 
I would love it if you could leave a comment letting me know what you think ..

HUGS Tina xxx


Naomi (Sugar Brown) said...

Exquisite. So many details. You can see how much care and attention went into that.


Mandy Twitchen said...

You just have amazing ideas - I love it and I am sure Reme will too tfs xx

Sammy said...

It's gorgeous. I can't believe you made those binoculars yourself! Just gorgeous! x

Donna said...

Aghhh LOVE IT! :-) XX

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