"I Spy" Game Tutorial

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

I'm so glad you all told me the official name of this game. I had no idea what to call it! I'm not a big tutorial poster so this will be very primitive. (Also, as far as I know, I have not seen one of these made with SU products. It's fun to come up with something unique and I'm happy that so many like it. Just asking that if you decide to duplicate this idea, use it for workshops or to sell, please make sure to give credit where due and direct them here. Thanks!)

What you will need:

Textiles: Clear Shrink Paper (Shinky Dink), Thick Felt, Thick Plyable Plastic

Inks/Colors: Colored Pencils, White Stazon Ink, White Craft Ink, White Embossing Powder

Accessories: Sizzix Scallop Circle Die and Machine, Sewing Machine, MicroBeads, Circle Cutter, Cropadile, Ribbon

First, stamp your images with StazOn ink on rough side of shrink paper. I chose white as my images were bold but if you have line art, I would use black. Then color them in with colored pencils, cut out and bake to specifications on your shink paper instructions. Remember the pieces become 1/3 of the original size so be care not to use images that may be too small or too big.For the blog hop I was limited to the set I was using. I only have about 16 pieces here but I've seen these games that have 30 to 50 so go for it!

I then used my circle cutter and cut out two large circles of the plyable plastic. (I recycled a bag from a comforter I just bought). Then machine stitch (very close stitch) your two pieces of plastic together leaving an opening to put in your shrink pieces and microbeads. Don't over fill with the microbeads as you need to leave room for the pieces to shift and move easily.Next, stitch your circles completely shut. This was a challenge as the microbeads kept creeping to the opening. You may have to stitch a bit, take it off to shift the pieces away from your needle and start again. As you can see by my oh-so-wonderful sewing, I had to do that several times and even stitched around it again just to make sure it all stayed inside.This is the point where I stopped taking pictures of the process but the rest is fairly simple. I cut two pieces of felt with the circle cutter at exactly the same size that the plastic was cut. (I'm thinking you could use craft foam as well). I then stamped on the felt with white craft ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder. The felt I had was very thick and as long as you keep your gun moving, it won't hurt your felt a bit.

Then, take your Sizzix die and cut the scallop out of the middle of one of the felt circles for your front piece. I found the center of my felt circle by folding it two ways and marking on the back where they intersect. Then found the center of the die by measuring two ways and making a mark.

I then printed a list of the "I Spy" items on cardstock and cut a piece of the thick plastic to the size of my list. I placed the end of a piece of ribbon about 6 inches inside the list and used the heat gun to melt the edges together.

Take your back piece of felt, fold in half and cut a slit just large enough to fit your list into.Next, sandwich your plastic pouch between the two felt circles, insert the other end of ribbon attached to your list and sew together making sure that you stitch a bit further out than you stitched your plastic pieces together. That is important as you will then use your cropadile to punch holes on the outside to lace your ribbon - be careful not punch into the inside of the pouch and lose all the beads! (The pieces may slide as you sew so use pins if needed! And make sure to keep your list free of the needle so you only sew in the end of the ribbon)

Punch holes along the edges with your cropadile, then thread in your ribbon using a whip stitch. Tie the ends on the back and Voila! All done!

18 comments:

The Wired Angel said...

Wow... you're creative. That's a lot of work.

Gina said...

Thank you so much for this! I definitely will be making some of these for waiting times in the car.

kat said...

Very cool. I love this idea. Great work. TFS

Liz said...

very cool! Thanks so much for the step by step instructions with the photos!

Valerie Durham said...

Such a great idea! Thanks for the tutorial.

Becky said...

What a great idea, I have never seen this before, but his looks fab.

Jean from jlfstudio said...

Thanks for the Tutorial Amy!

Blessings - Jean

Leigh Ann Baird said...

You are super duper creative. THis is awesome!

Scrubbysue said...

how CUTE is this!! what a great idea!! you are so clever amy! I just love my visits to see what other creative and beautiful things you come up with. Thanks for sharing this tutorial with us. :)

Katy said...

Very cute idea!

Karen from PA said...

You are so clever and creative.

Lesly said...

WOW! This is incredibly clever! TFS.

"Luv 2 Glitter" by Brenda M. said...

Wow...........what a fun card.... I definitely need to do something like this. Love it.

specialcraftmom4 said...

VERY FUN! Thanks for sharing (:

Twila said...

Thanks for the tutorial. This was such a cute and fun project. Hey "Congrats" on winning the So Shelli Challenge for Father's Day with your little tool box for father! How exciting!!!

Dru said...

Great idea, and cute too!!

Melissa Sauls said...

Are you kidding me?!?! This is AMAZING!!! Wowowowowow! LOVE IT!

Michell said...

So, so cute! This is one of my very favorites!!!! You are so creative...
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Michell
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