Monday, February 24, 2014

Globecraft & Piccolo - Faux Stained Glass

Have you ever wanted to create a design in stained glass? Beautiful, translucent colors outlined in silver or black? Me, too!

Today's project is an easy faux stained glass. When I saw the Floral Eggs in the New Spring Release, they reminded me of stained glass hanging in the kitchen window when I was growing up and I knew what I would be creating next!

Gather your Globecraft & Piccolo supplies:
*French Oval Frame Kit (we're using the decorative frame)

Other supplies:
Tim Holtz Die Baroque
Tim Holtz Die Mini Baroque
Grid stamp
Vellum Cardstock
Foam adhesive
Ranger Melting Pot
Copics in your favorite daffodil colors

these are items from the Spring Release

Floral Eggs is a set of 15 - 3 of each gorgeous design. Choose your favorite and go over the design with the Mars Black 3D Enamel Gel. Let dry.

Warm up the Melting Pot. Place a craft sheet in the tray and lay the Floral Egg on top. Sprinkle the Ultra Thick Clear Enamel Powder liberally over the piece. Try to keep most of the powder over the egg, but don't worry if it gets outside the design.

Let the powder melt.

Turn off the Melting Pot and let cool. Gently press on the edges to flatten the egg, if necessary, as it cools. Once completely cool, remove the egg from the craft sheet. Use scissors to trim off any edges. 

These tiny fingers belong to my sweet girl!

Color with Copics.

Using the Daffodil Pearl 3D Enamel Gel, trace over the design on the decorative frame from the French Oval Frame Kit. Set aside and let dry.

Die cut the front of the card base using the Mini Baroque die. Die cut a green panel and the vellum cardstock using the Baroque die. Cut out the middle of the green panel using the Mini Baroque.

Adhere panels using the photo for reference.

Using Glastique, apply a thin layer to the back of your egg and adhere to the vellum. Decorate with pearls and your favorite sentiment!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Sentimental Sundays #195 - Make Your Own Background sponsored by Oak Pond Creations

Hello! Welcome to another Sunday and a new Sentimental Sundays challenge!

This week's Sponsor is:

It's my turn to host the challenge and I chose a hands on based theme...

This week's challenge is:
Make Your Own Background Paper 
(plus a sentiment)

Sometimes I have a day or two, even a week or more where Life just seems to be tough all over and I have to fight tooth and nail just to get a bit of happy! (Fortunately, I have more happy in my Life than not!)  I can't be the only one that needs a friend on those days, so when I saw the simple image, Boxing Gloves, from Oak Pond Creations, I knew it was going to be some kind of encouragement card.

Just as Life can be messy, I decided to add a little messy to my card using sprays. A simple image and some fun fonts complete my card.

To make the background, I simply dipped a paintbrush (the cheap kind - as in came in my kid's watercolor set!) into a bottle of glimmer mist and ran the brush along the top edge of my background cardstock. I repeated this until it began to drip. (If you want lighter colors use water when you repeat instead.)

If you want the looks of drips (versus run off) make sure to hit the wet drips with your heat tool before it runs off the paper!

I wanted to pop up the panel with the gloves, but I wanted it to look as if the drips had run over this panel, too. This was so easy! Lay the panel on top, hold in place with your finger and paint your drip lines to match the one below. See? Easy!

After I hit the panel with the heat tool, I tapped the brush to add some dots & splatter. Dry again.

Adhere the panels, a couple of clipped brads and done!

Okay, I'm going to stop here and enjoy my CAS card! lol

Inky hugs,

Monday, February 17, 2014

Globecraft & Piccolo - Hello Sunshine Mixed Media Sign

I love finding ways to repurpose something that is no longer needed as is. I found a Halloween sign in the clearance section of a fabric store for $.50 and decided it needed a Spring makeover...using items from the Globecraft & Piccolo new Spring Release!

The new items that I'm using on today's mixed media sign:

3D Enamel Gel Daffodil Pearl
3D Enamel Gel Satin Rose (also a pearl gel!)
Butterfly & Flowers Accents A153
Stacey's Stacking Flowers LA106

Other supplies used:
Enamel Powder Adhesive Fluid
Distress Ink Vintage Photo
Fine Line Applicator Tip
3D Enamel Gel Mars Black
3D Enamel Gel Titanium White
Enamel Powder Aged White
Archival Ink Jet Black
Dylusions Ink Spray Bubblegum Pink, Lemon Zest, Vibrant Turquoise
heat gun
type stamp
sentiment stamp
oil pastels

Here is the BEFORE picture:

Let's get started! Begin by applying 2-3 thin coats of gesso using an old plastic card. (I have found this to be The Best Way Ever for applying thin coats of paint and gesso!)  I applied 3 coats, leaving marks with the edges of the card for texture. Let each layer dry.

Spray with Dylusion Ink Sprays and then spray lightly with water to move and diffuse the ink. Use a heat gun to dry the ink as you go along. This helps to leave light texture and interesting patterns.

Once dry, use the Archival Ink and your type stamp and randomly tap the words onto your sign.

Isn't this new butterfly so pretty?! Using the fine line applicator tip and the 3D Gels (be sure to rinse the tip between colors or make sure to have a few more on hand) to color the butterfly wings and body. Let dry.

There are *4* different sizes of flowers in the Stacey's Stacking Flowers package (and you get a total of 24 flowers). These flowers are fabulous! They have detailing on the petals and *you can even bend them up to give them more dimension.

*I brushed on a thin coat of the 3D Gel in Titanium White to strengthen the petals. After they dried I held the flower by the center and gently pushed the petals up.

I used a smattering of Aged White Enamel on the petals, too.

Under the flowers and butterfly are scrap circles of white cardstock that are hand-torn. After gluing the circles down, I used various oil pastels to color the edges and traced over it with my finger to soften the color. Draw stems and trace over with your finger.

All that is left is to stamp your sentiment with the Archival Ink. Well, there you have it, my crafty friends - a beautiful Spring Mixed Media sign to brighten your day!

Be sure to visit the Globecraft & Piccolo blog daily to see more wonderful projects made using the new Spring Release!

Inky hugs,

Monday, February 10, 2014

Globecraft & Piccolo - Too Much Happy Keychain

Did you miss the Globecraft & Piccolo giveaway? Make sure to sign up to receive email or like Globecraft & Piccolo on Facebook to get the latest updates and inspiration!

Need a quick gift? Something cute and simple? How about a darling keychain?!

Like this one.

Start with a Rectangle Acrylic Craft Charm. For this project use a piece of kraft cardstock and stamp it with a woodgrain stamp (I used Stampin' Up! Truly Grateful). Place the charm on top of the woodgrain image and trace around. Cut out the charm shape. Squeeze Glastique Gloss onto the charm and lay the cutout on top. Flip over the charm and move the cardstock and Glastique around making sure to get all of the cardstock surface. Use a slightly dry baby wipe to wipe the excess from the edges.

At this point, you can stamp a fun sentiment using an ink formulated for nonporous surfaces, such as Ranger's Archival Ink in Jet Black directly onto the charm (I used Stampin' Up! Yippee-Skippee!). Let dry.

While the ink and adhesive are drying, get your tiny hearts and stars. I chose my elements according to my kids. Using tweezers and a bit of patience, emboss those tiny bits using Embossing Powder Adhesive and your favorite Embossing Enamel Powders! I used Poodle Skirt and Deep Blue Sky.

When the ink and Glassique are dry, it's time to give your charm some faux soldering! Pour some Vintage Copper Enamel Powder onto a scrap sheet of paper. Dab the Embossing Powder Adhesive onto the edges of the charm and then dip the edges into the powder.

Heat with a heat gun and when the powder has melted and looks like liquid, dip the edges in the powder, again. Heat. Repeat until you get some overflow of melted powder onto the front and back of the charm. Let cool completely.

Once cooled, add the tiny hearts and stars using Glastique. You can also coat the charm with a thin layer of Glastique or use the Instant UV Resin to make your charm more durable.

Thanks for stopping by today! Be sure to visit the Globecraft & Piccolo blog tomorrow to see daily inspiration!

Inky hugs,

Monday, February 3, 2014

Globecraft & Piccolo - Keep Thy Heart Tag

It's another Happy Monday!

Have you seen Sandy's Spring Daisies card, yet? You don't want to miss it!
Visit the Globecraft & Piccolo blog for a chance
to win a $10 credit to the Globecraft & Piccolo store!

With Valentine's Day just around the corner my crafty thoughts have been about hearts, flowers and lace. I tend to understate the feminine for this holiday, so I decided it was time to treat myself to a girly tag!

Start with a prepared tag base (gesso, spritzed, etc.) and then add a doily, patterned papers, etc. until you like the layers. (To see how I prepare my tag bases click here.) Use the Enamel Powder Adhesive and randomly dab the tag, then sprinkle on some Aged White Enamel Powder. Gently turn the tag over to release most of the powder. Sprinkle more enamel powder, if necessary to achieve the look you want. Carefully heat from underneath until the powder melts.

Emboss the heart (A1114) with the Aged White Enamel. Next adhere a label holder using brads and adhere the heart inside of the holder to a popped up circle of cardstock using Glastique Gloss Finishing Glaze.

I used the Glastique to adhere the Medium Flourishes Accents (A139) and then using the Fine Line Applicator Tip I covered the flourishes with a thin layer to deepen their natural color and give them a bit of shine. Be sure to let this dry before moving on to the next step.

Use the Glastique to adhere the flowers. Use the Fine Line Applicator tip to apply tiny drops to the flower petals. Let dry.

Using a foam blending tool, distress the edges of the tag using Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

The finishing touch to this tag are the gold accents! Using an old brush paint the edges of the tag and the label holder using the Satin Gold 3D Enamel Gel. The Distress Ink will soften and the tag will look aged and gilded. Gorgeous!

The sentiment I printed and cut up, distressed the edges and glued to the tag. I used Glastique and a brush to paint a thin layer over the words. LOVE how the inked edges soften and the paper wrinkles ever so slightly.

Add some fiber and tulle to the top.

That's it for now!

Inky hugs,