The new In’Spire dies from Spellbinders are beyond adorable! They include trendy, iconic images like birds on a wire, a typewriter, a fox, a streetlight and this cute bicycle. I couldn’t wait to try the bicycle die with the colored premium craft foils – a bicycle just has to be metallic! With the Tour de France coming up, I was thinking of ways to feature multiple bikes together in a project. I was so happy with this idea for a clock – it’s a super cute way to upcycle an old record and the bicycles travel ‘round and ‘round the perimeter to remind me every day to enjoy the ride! Watch my YouTube video tutorial to see how to make this clever clock!
Spellbinders In’Spire Bicycle Die
Spellbinders Craft Foils
Artisan X-Plorer Die-cutting Machine
Clear gel glue
White card stock
10” diameter round old record
Clock movement kit
Die-cut 1” round numbers
1” round epoxy stickers
Alcohol ink and felt applicator
1. Trace the record on to white card stock and trim out the circle. Paint a thin coat of decoupage medium on the record and cover the record with the card stock. Use a brayer on top of parchment paper to smooth it out and set aside to dry.
2. To die-cut a bicycle from a sheet of craft foil, place a scrap piece of cardstock under the die (like a shim) on the base plate, place the foil on top, then add the cutting plate and run it through the machine. Remove the cut foil bicycle from the die; repeat for 12 bicycles.
3. Punch through the cardstock to open up the hole in the center of the record. Check to see if the bolt from the clock movement fits through the hole. If the hole is too small, carve a bit out with the tip of a craft knife to enlarge the hole.
4. Position the bicycles evenly around the perimeter of the record – make sure you have a wheel properly placed at 12, 3, 6 and 9 o’clock first. Cover the back of each bike with a thin coat of glue and press into place with all the wheels an even distance apart. Use a clean parchment sheet and the brayer again to secure all the little parts of the bicycle.
5. For the numbers, cover the round paper die-cuts with epoxy stickers. Glue each number inside a wheel so they’re spaced evenly all the way around.
6. Print out the sentiment in reverse on to inkjet film and use a glue stick to adhere it, ink side down, to the face of the clock and press it smooth.
7. Dab some alcohol ink on the hands from the clock kit if you want to change the goldtone color.
8. Follow the instructions on the package of the clock kit to fit all the pieces together on to the clock face.