A toddlers first birthday, it’s a boy and what to make? I love this die cut and embossing train set by Marianne Design and thought it would be great to put some critters in it enjoying their ride to the party.
I used only the locomotive and the carriages dies.
For the locomotive I used a scrap piece of black cardstock and run that through my machine to die cut and a second time to emboss the details. When this was finished I kept the cardstock in the die and coloured the open spaces (which are the embossed areas) with a silver gel pen. I used the gel pen because my silver ink was to shiny. I putted this aside to dry.
For the 4 carriages I used scrap pieces of blue cardstock. These little dies are great to use with your scrap pieces of cardstock. I die cut and embossed them one by one and used for the embossed areas Distress Ink Black Soot to colour them.
Then I made a black and red cardstock strip (also scrap pieces) with some painters tape holding it together in a way that when I put my die on it, the wheels would be cut out of the black piece and the roof out of the red.
In this way I only have to run the die once for cutting and once for embossing trough the machine instead of doing it separately for each colour. I left the cardstock in to the die to colour the wheel cap in silver with the gel pen.
I cut off the wheels of the blue carriages with a scissor and glued the black ones under the blue carriage.
The red rooftop was glued on top of the blue one. In this way you also get a little dimension by putting the layers on top of each other.
I wanted to use the critters from 2 different 3D Decoupage sheets by Marianne Design but the critters where too big so I printed them smaller to fit better with the train. Because the sheets are no longer for sale, I had already scanned them to my computer (only for my own use) in the past.
I printed them on a little thicker paper then normal printing paper but you can use anything you like.
Because the outlines of the critters are a very light grey, I drew the lines again with my black Polychromos pencil and a minimum of pressure. On some of the critters I used some pencils to deepen the colour.
I puzzled and looked how I could best place the critters in the train. After I was satisfied I took a picture with my phone so I could place them the same way in the train later on.
I noticed that when I put my carriages in a row, the coupling connecting the carriages was not long enough. The roofs overlapped. I cut a thin strip of black cardstock to the right size. I cut the piece of the carriages off and used the thin strip I cut instead.
And then I made a mistake, I glued the train together. This wasn’t a bright idea, it made the train not easy to handle. So if you want to make a train like this, put the train together on your background instead of what I did.
After I glued the critters in the train. I put the train aside.
I die cut with my Joy Crafts Die set 2 clouds that would be my steam clouds, the third cloud I didn’t cut all the way. I didn’t place my cutting plate to the end of the die because I wanted to look like this one came out of the locomotive. The last part I drew and cut out with my scissors. I stamped with a alphabet stamp set the words Hip Hip Hooray in Dutch on them.
I needed a balloon that fit with the critters, I found it on my TH Mini Bird Crazy & Things stamp set. I stamped the balloon on a piece of Bristol Smooth scrap paper and coloured it with my Zig marker.
I looked through my dies for a number die that fitted the balloon. Unfortunately none fit so I drew the number 1 myself on a red piece of scrap cardstock and cut it out with my scissors.
I used a Joy Crafts Alphabet Die and yellow cardstock for the name of the birthday boy and glued them on my carriages
Time to make the background.
I cut my panel as big as I needed to fit the complete train and left some room next to it, I am sorry I forgot to write down the right size. I made the sky using a stencil I made a while ago with a die from Leane Creatief and Distress Ink Tumbled Glass.
I used different shades of green pencil to make my bushes, it doesn’t need to be perfect, the train is covering most of the space.
To make my rails I used a strip of brown-gray cardstock and added some Distress Metallic Stain Brushed Pewter on some parts of the top. For the sleepers underneath a strip of brown cardstock that I cut with my scissors in little pieces. I glued the rails and sleepers on my panel. On the bottom of the panel I used some gray and brown pencils to make some pebbles and the ground under the rails.
I used a Marianne Design die set to make three trees. Scribbled a bit with a darker green pencil to add the look of dimension in the canopy of the tree and made some shadows with a brown pencil on the trunk.
After finishing the trees I put 0.5 mm. foam tape behind the canopy and glue on the trunk (no foam tape) and adhered the trees on to the background. This way the canopy is standing out a little relative to the trunk.
To finish my the card I added the panel on to a folded base card.
I adhered the train to the background, using 0,5 mm. foam tape for the wheels and 1 mm. foam tape for the carriages, paying attention that I didn’t put foam tape behind the train on the space that would be in front of a tree. Because I already put foam on the canopy, if you use it on the same spot on your train, the train wouldn’t be equal on the paper.
With a piece of 1 mm. foam tape I adhered the balloon on its place in the sky after I put a little thread around the end in such way I could glue it on the elephant trunk as well.
That finished my card but…the card wouldn’t fit a regular envelope.
I looked through my scrapbook design papers, they would be big enough to make the envelope out of one piece. I found a lovely paper with a blue and white plaid. I decided that I also wanted to decorate the envelope.
I used a Marianne Design Balloon Die for that and die cut it from 5 different colours of cardstock.
I adhered them with 0,5 mm. foam tape on my envelope.
And my birthday train with envelope was ready to leave.
The used materials are under the image and if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask.
Various colours of cardstock, most of them were scrap pieces, for die cutting.
Neenah Classic Crest Cardstock for the panel and folded base card
Marianne Design Die set LR0308 Train
Distress Ink Black Soot
Edding Silver gel pen
Marianne Design Decoupage sheet AK0043 Eline’s Cuddly Babies I
Marianne Design Decoupage sheet AK0044 Eline’s Cuddly Babies 2
Joy Crafts Die set 6002-0199 Clouds
Crealies Bits & Pieces Stamp sets 501 – 503 -504, all letter stamps
Tim Holtz Mini Bird Crazy & Things stamp set
Canson Bristol Smooth Paper
Zig CCRB marker 051 Lemon Yellow
Joy Crafts Die 6002-0140 Alphabet & Numbers 2
Leane Creatief Lea’bilitie 459012 Houses ( for the sky stencil)
Distress Ink Tumbled Glass
Faber Castell Polychromos pencils
Distress Metallic Stain Brushed Pewter
Marianne Design Die Col1383 Village decoration set 2
Scrapbook Design Paper
Marianne Design Die PP1401 MD Heart Balloon