Sunday, February 5, 2017

Mini Top Hat for CHA

So excited to finally being able to share this top hat I designed for Kim of Emerald Creek Dares. She has a new stamp designer, Gail, of Crystal Media Arts, and asked if I would like to have a go at these new stamps. The stamps are burlesque themed and so perfect for a mini top hat! I couldn't refuse and was so thrilled to get started.
I started the usual way and used craft foam and my template to cut out each piece. This hat is made from scratch. It doesn't matter what color your craft foam is because everything gets a coat (or two or three) of paint.
Good scissors and contact glue are so important! You just can't make this hat without contact glue. Here is a shot of the gluing process. 

I left the top of the hat off because I wanted to stamp one of the Crystal Cookie stamps on it and heat emboss the image using the new Epaulette Blue powder from Emerald Creek. The base of the hat is painted with metallic blue paint. The stamp is called Boots Before Corset

Once the hat was completely glued together I went to town on decorating it to achieve the burlesque theme. Black lace with some bling went around the top and the bottom. Black feathers and a black rose, with a mini metal rose in the middle are a must! I applied black alcohol ink to the little boot and added those near the black rose 'cause these boots are made for walkin, and that's just what I'll do!

I used a metal frame that I heat embossed with another new Emerald Creek EP, Metabaloid Blue. I then stamped the Playful and Full of Life lady onto some tissue paper and then glued the tissue paper onto some tinfoil. 
I then cut the foil to fit inside the frame and hot glue it to the front of the hat. 

Some more feathers were added and I wanted a surprise pop of color so I added bright purple feathers as well. I found these purple feathers on a rather cheap mask and since it was falling apart at the store they sold it to me for a dollar! Score!

Then I got out some clear vellum and stamped the words "Boots Before Corset" using Versamark and heat embossed it with the Metabaloid Blue powder as well. 

Every girls needs a sassy hat and this one sure turned out sassy. Haha. Huge thank you to Kim for the opportunity and also to Gail for creating these wonderful stamps! Hugz and Carpe Diem! ~Niki

I would like to share this hat with these wonderful challenges:

I used the feathers and the overall blue hues and the sentiment inspired me as well.

I used Boots Before Corset. These words are special to me because this was my first design made for CHA and without this stamp, it wouldn't have been possible. 


  1. Fantastic top hat, love it! Hugs, Valerie

  2. Oh my goodness, you are so amazingly creative my friend!! I wouldn't even know where to begin to make something like this!! It's absolutely stunning!! I love seeing the photos of how you created it!! You decorated it perfectly!! I am in total awe!! It's so spectacular!! I hope you have a wonderful Sunday, my sweet friend!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  3. I saw this wonderful creation on a video that someone took at CHA and when she (Kim, I think) said Niki had made it I was out this world excited for you. It is an incredible piece of work (engineering!!), so beautifully decorated and the fact you made it from scratch - well wow!! How very clever are you?!! Fabulous dawling - lol. Love it!! Hugs, Anne xx

  4. PS - Thanks so much for joining in our 'Words That Are Special' challenge at A Vintage Journey. Hugs, Anne xx

  5. This is JUST so cool Niki! I am so very proud of you, my amazingly talented friend. The hat looks fab in every single photo I see. I love it and am thrilled to see your talent on display at CHA! Biggest hugs, Autumn

  6. Huge congratulations to you Doc!! Your hat is fantastic! I just love that fabulous blue, how regal and a real eye grabber at the show for sure! I adore how you lay out all your laces, so perfectly placed! I'm sure this was a hit!! Amazing job, it must have been a real treat to have something on display for all the crafting world to see!! hugs :)

  7. Gorgeous work Niki! Love the colors and the way you embellished the hat. Fantastic make my dear!
    Paper Talk with Samra

  8. Amazing Niki! Thank you for using my stamps for this wonderful creation!

  9. Amazing creation wow lovely thanks for playing at Mixed Media Place challenge !!!

  10. Woooow, Niki, this is out of this world stunning! I wish I could create something as fantastic as this is! I am completely blown away by your huge talent! So happy to see that you explained the process in details! Awesome!
    Huge congratulations, my sweet friend! This is definitely my new favourite of yours! You have outdone even yourself with this spectacular piece of art! Big hugs! Branka xx

  11. Wow, such a theatrical and glamorous interpretation of our challenge in MMP!Amazing project, i love it!!Thank you sweetie for your entrance!

  12. Wow! Just stunning! Thank you for playing along with us at Mixed Media Place.

  13. LOVE it! Such a fab and clever project, and the colour is gorgeous! Thank you for sharing with us at Altered Eclectics this month. Sammy-x

  14. Such a fun project, and a great steampunk look. Thanks for joining us on A Vintage Journey.
    Alison x