A Mini Work of Art

January 8, 2013

Mini Work of Art 1

Hello! I hope you all had a lovely break. We had a fantastic Christmas – Casper was extremely excited and it was the first year that Rowan could really participate even though he doesn’t quite understand what’s going on yet. Last weekend we also celebrated Rowan’s second birthday. Rowan is a typical car obsessed boy and has a particular love for Minis, pointing them out to me whenever we go out and telling me what colour they are. I’ve wanted to make something like this for him for a while and his birthday gave me the push to get it finished.

Mini Work of Art 2

I bought the box frame from Ikea ages ago and picked up this set of textured cardstock from Hobbycraft last week. I’ve seen a few versions of this done with hearts and butterflies. I created the cutting file in Inkscape and used my Black Cat Lynx to cut out each of the shapes. They are 4cm wide – I did want them to be a bit smaller so I could fit four to a row but I was having a few issues with cutting out the details. This cardstock is quite thick and I think I need to replace my blade. It did take a while as I decided to cut each one a different colour. I also used it to cut out the backing and then arranged the minis evenly, leaving 2.5cm around the edges. They are stuck on with mini foam adhesive pads, which add a bit of dimension.

Mini Work of Art 3

This could be adapted so many ways with different shapes or types of card. I’ve seen people use paint chip cards for smaller shapes too. You could also add your design to the front of a folded piece of card for a frameable birthday card. Even if you don’t have a digital cutter you could cut the shapes out with a craft knife or use a punch. Pick the right combination and they’d make great presents for adults or children.

Mini Work of Art 4


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  • Reply abby January 9, 2013 at 4:26 am

    I love this! Wish I had a digital cutter…I would never have the patience to cut them out with a craft knife.

  • Reply kristin January 9, 2013 at 6:00 am

    Very cute, Laura! I keep wanting to do art like this for my kids’ rooms. Love the rainbow cars!

  • Reply tina @colourliving January 9, 2013 at 10:10 am

    Digital cutter, eh?? You must tell me all about it when I next see you. When is that BTW? Will I finally get to meet the boys?

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the mini Art Work. Genius! Your boys must adore you.
    Now, a) will you enter my books giveaway and b) will you join the Vive la Difference? I’d love you to do one of your amazing things. It can be anything you want. Take a look at my blog…
    Happy New Year xx

  • Reply Narelle @ Cook Clean Craft January 10, 2013 at 9:00 am

    That is very cool! My son loves Minis too. Hmmm, is it time to update his wall art?

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