Sunday, May 30, 2010

UTEE fun medallions

I've been playing with my embossing powder and alcohol inks and came up with these fun medallions.  I punched 1 3/8" cricles out of chipboard, it needs to be a strong material, cardstock didn't work as well.  I made an embossing 'handle' out of an extra piece of 5"x1/2" chipboard bending it at an exaggerated 'L'.  Apply temporary adhesive to the little end of the 'L', this will be where the circle will go so you don't burn yourself while heating the powders.  Apply embossing ink to your circle and coat in UTEE, heat, dip in UTEE, heat, and repeat.  I found 4-6 layers to be enough.  The UTEE will look like citrus peel at first but it does even out.  After the last coat let the circle cool a bit then take it off the handle and place on a heat resistant nonstick surface.  Apply embossing ink to a stamp to act as a release, heat your circle up until the UTEE is gooey and place the stamp on top.  Leave the stamp while the UTEE cools and then remove it.  I experimented with adding colored powders to the mix and found that adding the color first gives a more colored glass feel, but if you put the colors on as your last layer it's a solid color and your stamped image will be that color.  The glass like ones have the stamped image as clear.  And that's the best I can explain that so I hope you get what I'm saying but I think it's something you have to see for yourself.  Check out the photos of the gold and silver medallions, they show the glass vs. solid difference the best.  So once I had my medallions I applied alcohol inks to some using the applicator for the raised part and the depressions with a paintbrush my prepared alcohol ink paint tray.  If you have alcohol inks I highly suggest making a paint tray.  Drop a few drops, 3 max, into each paint tray bubble, a different color for each bubble.  Let dry and add a few drops of blending solution to reactivate the inksfor paintbrush application.

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More freezer paper tees

Here's two more freezer paper tees I made for my boys.  My son picked out the Flash symbol and my hubbie picked Carl Sagan... yes, my boys are geeks.  I'm okay with that.  It keeps them out of trouble.  Most of the time.  I cut out both designs using my cricut and SCAL.  The Flash symbol is part of a dingbat set and Sagan was found online.  I had to do some editing of Sagan for it to cut just right.  Just a quick tip: I found it easier to iron the entire cutout, positive and negative pieces, to my shirts and weeding out my pieces to paint.  Wait for the paint to dry and you can reapply the paper over the area so you can use a different color.  
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Dew drop follow up

Okay, so I finally got around to further experimenting with hot glue dew drops.  I tried to take photos of my results but couldn't get the focus and light right.  So here's my result.  Pearlx or perfect pearls applied to my non-stick craft mat first, then placing drops on top: it worked but the result was very subtle and the warmer golds, bronzes, and coppers showed the most.  Pearlx or perfect pearls sprinkled on top of drops while still gooey: splotchy and uneven but still an interesting effect.  Glitter applied to craft mat first: overall subtle but less so with more vibrant colors.  Glitter sprinkled over top while still gooey: my favorite effect, the drops looked like flat gum drops that I had a hard time not eating.  I can see these as decorations for the paper houses that aer the rage to make and decorate.  For gift tags and cards, too.  So many colors of glitter...which one next?

Monday, May 10, 2010

Homemade dew drops experiment

After watching several videos on youtube about how to make your own dew drops I wanted to give it a try.  My son has been into science experiments lately so I thought I might as well treat this endevour as one so I can find what works best for me. 
There are several methods and techniques  for achieving dew drops.  I got out freezer paper, wax paper, parchment paper, and my non-stick craft mat.  Gathered my collection of clear dimensional glues (glossy accents, paper glaze, sepia, and antique glass).  I even pulled out some glitter fabric paint.  Plugged my hot glue gun in and I was ready to start.  I applied dots of each product to each surface and waited.  Nothing like waiting for glue to dry. 
Let's start with what's the best surface to work on.  The non-stick craft sheet was by far the winner with every product.  If you don't already have one, get one.  It's worth it and if you're in to saving the planet, the reusable nature of it really ups the ante. 
So now what product works best.  While the clear dimensional glues worked, they ended up very flat.  You can build them up but you would have to wait for each layer to dry and weeks later when you finally have enough layers to reach the height you want, you can finish your project.  If you needed something thin, these would work.  I did like how the sepia and antique glass looked but again, thin.  Hot glue was my favorite.  These drops looked the most like actual dew drops and you can whip up a whole bunch in a few minutes.  It might take longer for the gun to heat up than to make them.  I do suggest using high temp so the glue has time to self level and ONLY the craft mat.  They stuck to everything else.  Not fun to peel off.  There may be strings but they come off easy once the drop has set up.  They do kinda stick to each other in storage but they come apart easy with no damage.
Now that you have your homemade dew drops you can use them as is or color them using alcohol inks.  I want to try sprinkling glitter and pearlx on my craft sheet before adding the drops to see what will happen.  I'm hoping it will work well because I don't think trying to sprinkle over the top will be easy with the quick drying time of the hot glue.  But that's an experiment for another time.    

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Star Wars freezer paper tee

One of the first projects I did with my new SCAL software.  Custom tees for my DS using freezer paper.  I found some great dingbats online and used these for the designs.  When ready to cut, use freezer paper on your mat, shiny side is what will later stick to shirt, important to note so your design doesn't end up accidently reversed.  Once cut, use a hot iron to temporarily adhere freezer paper to shirt.  I've found it easier to try to get the entire sheet off the mat as a whole, iron both positive and negative pieces to the tee, then go back and pull off the positive pieces to leave the spaces for the paint.  For simple designs it doesn't make too much difference but for more intricate pieces I found this to save my sanity.  It also makes it easier to use multiple colors by keeping the other areas masked.  I use the fabric paint that comes in bottles with small nozzels so I can squeeze onto a  pallet or the use the nozzel.  There are tons of colors and textures to choose from.  Once all paint is dry, I heat set and it's ready to wear.
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Saturday, May 1, 2010

A few cards

My mojo has been missing.  I'm taking advantage of this time out of my craft room to clean and organize.  All those things that go by the wayside when we enter our creative world.  I'd rather be crafting but I have got a lot done.  Collected more files, gathered more supplies, added to my idea folder...  I should be ready to get my hands dirty again but...  I have lots of ideas buzzing around in my head like annoying little bees.  I can't blame them.  They want me to make them real.  I just have to wait for them to get a little more fully formed.  I need to stop stressing about how behind I am on my scrapbooking.  I'm not sure how it happened but I am and I need to stop feeling guilty about it.  So to help inspire me I got out some of the cards I've done from scraps to post here.  Cards are easy little projects to start getting the creative juices flowing.  All are made from scraps; the first two are joy fold, and the others are A2.
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