Saturday, February 26, 2011

Super Saturday Tutorial: Tape Gun Easel

Welcome to the Super Saturday Free Tutorial from Created By YouThis week, I have a special 3-D project share at the request of several friends and readers:  A Tabletop Tape Gun Easel!

Tape guns, framing supply guns, or whatever you may call them… many of my customers and readers own them.  Some have painted them in with plastic sprays, stamped them, or decorated their tape gun to make it their own.

This Tape Gun Easel project was inspired by one in an old magazine… but it has been re-designed so that it is stable, protected from adhesive residue, and featuring 4” cuts of your favorite Designer Series Papers!  It also folds completely flat and is very transportable to and from crop and stamping events!  P101014Finished0

Wouldn’t it make a fabulous gift for your favorite paper crafter?  Pair it with the Petal Cone Scissor Pouch, and a pair of Stampin’ Up! Paper Snips.. what a fabulous gift!

Supplies and Cutting Directions for Today’s Tape Gun Easel Super Saturday Tutorial:

On Board Chipboard:

  • (1) 7 ¼” x 4”
  • (2) 3 ¼” x 4”
  • (1) ½” x 4”

Designer Series Paper:

  • (1) 7 ½” x 4”
  • (2) 7 ¼” x 4”
  • 1”x 4”
  • (2) 3 ½” x 4”

Medium Window Sheet:

  • 4” x 7 ½”

Big Shot Multipurpose Sheet

  • 7 ½” x 4”

Other Stamping and Paper Crafting Supplies: 

  • Multipurpose Adhesive
  • Sanding Block
  • Bone Folder
  • Mat Pack
  • Paper Piercing Tool
  • Antique Brads or Flower Brads

Super Saturday Tutorial:  Tape Gun Easel – Step by Step  Instructions:

Step 1: 

Remove one protective backing from Big Shot Multipurpose Sheet, and attach to 7 ½” x 4” DSP. 

Step 2:

Remove second protective film from Big Shot Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet, and attach Medium Window Sheet to same Designer Series Paper Piece.

Step 3:

Place the window sheet covered DSP shiny side down, position two  3 ¼” x 4” pieces of Chipboard (DSP UP), justifying the right edge and leaving a fat 1/8” between the two chipboard pieces.  The bottom sheet will extend past the chipboard pieces at one end.


Step 4 :

Attach 7 ¼” x 4” to the left of the smaller chipboard pieces, using Multipurpose Liquid Adhesive and leaving another fat 1/8” gap.P1010129oneeigthgap

This is what it will look like on the back:


Step 5 :

Use Multipurpose Liquid Adhesive and cover the two small, exposed chipboard layers with DSP .


Step 6:

Use Multipurpose Liquid Glue to attach 1”x 4” DSP to ½” x 4” On Board Chipboard piece. Use bone folder to crease edges and glue down too. Your goal is to wrap the two long edges of the chipboard with DSP.



Step 7:

Attach ONE 7 ¼” x 4” DSP piece to On Board Chipboard using Tombow Multipurpose Adhesive.

Step 8:

Align ½” x 4” DSP wrapped chipboard at the 3” mark and attach to 7 ¼” x 4” DSP covered piece. Use a mat pack and paper piercing tool to pierce holes for Antique brads. In this sample, the 5th hole from right and left edges were pierced with a paper piercer.  Be sure to pierce all the way through ALL layers. P1010135matpackpiercing

Step 9: 

Enlarge the holes you just made to allow the brad legs to fit through the hole.  Use a Japanese paper punch or the tips of your Paper Snips to do this.P1010137makingscissorhole

 Step 10:

Attach the two pierced layers from Step 9, and then insert brads through all layers, flattening legs on back of uncovered chipboard.

Step 11:

Attach remaining sheet of 7 ¼” x 4” DSP to the remaining exposed piece of chipboard using Multipurpose Liquid Glue… this will cover the brad ‘legs’.

Step 12:

Your project is now complete! To make it open/close and hold it’s position, fold along the gap lines and force the crease into position with your bone folder.  The Clear Window Sheet will protect the DSP from being torn or damaged by the tape as it rests on the easel!


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Hope you enjoyed today’s Tape Gun Easel Super Saturday Tutorial!  See you tomorrow  with a special line up created just for you!



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Madeline Morcelo said...

Sharon; What a lovely, I can take my tape gun out of the box where I always keep it to avoid falling off my'll be so accesible now! Thanks so much!

Charlotte said...

What a GREAT idea! Thank you for sharing it!

Myrna said...

Such a great idea.
Would work for that pesky glue gun that keeps falling over too.

RuthieB said...

Sharon!!! This is so wonderful!! You are soooo creative!

Ms said...

Sharon, you are my hero. I love my tape gun but have to keep it on it's head when I'm not using it. Now this is one of the best ideas I've seen in ages!!! Thanx for not only coming up with it but for sharing it!

Leslie said...

I am loving my ATG Stand. I made one for my up line and posted it on my blog today with a link and full credit to you. Thanks again.

Stamp with Sandy said...

I love this idea! I have an ATG and it needs a home like this. Thanks for sharing this idea and the tutorial!


BunnyFreak said...

Thanks so much for this. I just made mine and love it.