Monday, March 31, 2014

Globecraft & Piccolo - Altered Frame & Embossed Accents

This project has been sitting on the back burner for a few weeks now, but until recently it didn't really come together. At first I couldn't decide which Embossing Enamels to use, then it was deciding which Accents to use (there are so many choices!) - there was always something not quite right...have you ever had that much trouble getting a project to work?

Today the stars aligned and I love this mini frame!

"Together is my Favorite Place to Be"

I wanted something vintage-ish, clean not grungy. Worn and well loved was what I had in mind...

Let's get our supplies!

Globecraft & Piccolo:
Butterfly & Flowers Accents (A153) (or you could use Tiny Hearts, Flowers, Stars & Flourishes A144 or any other set with a small heart)
Vintage Lock & Keys Necklace (CA125)

Thrifted silver frame
Foam tape
cotton (crochet) thread
scrap patterned paper
heart punch
printed sentiment

The How To:
This project is pretty straightforward. Begin by dabbing on some Embossing Powder Adhesive Fluid and then emboss the frame with the Gilded Rose Gold. Don't be too precise. You want to leave areas unembossed. Tip: once the metal frame begins to get hot, you can dip the frame into a pile of the embossing powder without the adhesive.

I didn't have any more tiny hearts, so I used a small flower accent and snipped 2 petals into the shape of a heart. The book board cuts cleanly with scissors.

Using the adhesive fluid and embossing enamels, emboss, the heart, the lock and the key 2-3 times. Tip: to get the texture on the lock - melt 2 layers, while the surface of the lock is still hot, dip the face of the accent into the embossing powder. Heat only just enough to make the powder stick.

Punch out a heart from the scrap paper. Print your sentiment and then trim out the words. (I used a free font: Jane Austen for a little old world writing.) Distress all the edges using Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

Adhere the papers and accents using the Glastique. Use a small brush for the word strips.

 I wanted the frame to have a kind of shadow box effect, so I layered foam strips. (When I was putting the frame together, I had forgotten to account for the thickness of the glass, so I ended up only using 2 strips of foam.) 

String up the key and place one string between the foam strips and the other string over the top. Secure both strings on the back of the white cardstock.

Put the frame back together. That's it!

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Inky hugs,

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HIMCR #143 - Freestyle
Craft My Life - All Crafts Challenge
Craft It Up & Link It Up Party #28 - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Anything Goes
Crafty Girls Challenges #14 - Anything Goes

Monday, March 24, 2014

Globecraft & Piccolo - Altered Clothes Pins

Now that Spring is officially here, I have been on the lookout for fun ideas that involve plants and pots and found a project that is definitely my kind of art - it involves creativity, things I have around the house and can be made in a short amount of time!

Isn't this a great planter?! 

Let's get our supplies!

Globecraft & Piccolo:

Tuna can, cleaned & dry
19 clothes pins (or enough to go around your can)
Various word stamps
Archival Ink Jet Black
Distress Stain Tattered Rose
Distress Stain Picket Fence
Distress Ink Vintage Photo

The How To:
Start by pouncing the Adhesive Fluid around a small portion of the can. Because the can is nonporous, the fluid will bead up and create your random splatter. Easy peasy! Roll the bottle of embossing enamel. Sprinkle on the enamel and heat. (Be careful! The can will get HOT!)

While you are waiting for the can to cool, work on the clothes pins. I dabbed some Distress Stain in Tattered Rose. (My pins were coated, so they didn't absorb the color well. Next time I will lightly sand the clothes pin faces.)

Dab Adhesive Fluid only onto the bottom portion of the pins. Melt the powder and set pins aside to cool. Love the silver in the Temple Stone powder and how it all comes together now!

Lightly swipe the Picket Fence Distress Stain across the pins and let dry. Using your favorite blender, apply Vintage Photo Distress Ink to the sides.

 Using your favorite word stamps & Archival Ink, add words to the pins. (I used stamps from Studio Calico, 7 gypsies, Stampin' Up!, Studio G...) Let dry.

At this point, I adhered Piccolo Accents with Glastique. After the embellishments dried I added Glastique to the tops of the accents to add shine and durability.

Time for the 3D Enamel Gels! Apply the gel to one or two of the small portions of the pin. Let dry.

If I decide not to use this as a planter, I can easily use this as a pencil/pen/marker cup. If I add magnets to the pins I could use this on a metal board or refrigerator...oh the possibilities!

Love the gloss of the 3D gels on the clothes pin tips!

Use number stamps for special dates, times, addresses...

Even if the whole stamp doesn't fit onto the clothes pin, you might be able to use! See the chevrons?

I think I'm going to have to make a few more of these to contain the mint!

Inky hugs,

Monday, March 17, 2014

Globecraft & Piccolo - Embossed Hopes & Dreams

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Spring is right around the corner and I'm already thinking about warmer weather and blooming flowers! Today I have a CAS (Clean And Simple) card using a couple of Globecraft & Piccolo 3D Enamel Gels and a few Embossing Enamel Powders and the following Piccolo Accents: Butterfly & Flowers Accents (A153) and Daisy Floral Accents & Frame (A129)(Click on the pictures to see the details.) 

Have you tried the Real Rust Enamel Powder? It's a gorgeous mix of colors and resembles the look of rusted metal without all the time and fuss! Don't forget the Enamel Powder Adhesive Fluid! It's the best adhesive to use with the Enamel Powders.

The Mossy Glen Enamel Powder is a beautiful green for stems and leaves. I used a toothpick dipped in Titanium White and then Daffodil Pearl 3D Enamel Gel to paint the flowers. If I was painting more flowers I would use the Fine Line Applicator Tip instead of the toothpick to fill in the detailed areas.

Oh how I love the look and texture of "splattered" enamel! This time I used Temple Stone Enamel Powder with its mix of silver, gold, black and tan. The perfect match to the glossy enamels and the muted colors of the Real Rust Enamel Powder, wouldn't you say?

So glad you could stop by today. Be sure to stop by daily for more Globecraft & Piccolo inspiration from the rest of the Design Team!

Inky hugs,

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Globecraft & Piccolo - 'Washi' & Words

Hello, Friends!

Welcome to another Monday with Angi! Do you scrapbook? I have never been a traditional scrapbooker (is there such a thing anymore?!), but I have always used pocket pages/page protectors. I love collecting ephemera: tickets, receipts, stories of the every day...anything that tells or represents the story.

Royal Sterling Embossing Enamel
I also love embossing powder. Seriously. It's my favorite, never want to be without, go-to supply item. You can add shine, texture, richness, color, etc. to a project with this simple powder that magically transforms with heat! And have you seen the Embossing Enamel powders in the Globecraft & Piccolo shop? They're fabulous!

Mossy Glen Embossing Enamel
I'm a list maker, note jotter, doodle in the notebook kind of girl, so I used supplies I have on hand to make a few simple 3x4 cards to throw in my purse to jot down the stories, quotes, things my kiddos say or whatever is on my mind. Eventually, the cards will be placed in our family album.

Aged White Embossing Enamel
Supplies Needed:
Globecraft & Piccolo Embossing Enamels in your favorite colors

Here are the Enamel Powders I used for these cards:

Aged White
Bahama Aqua
Deep Blue Sky
Mossy Glen
Poodle Skirt
Real Rust
Royal Sterling
Temple Stone
Vintage Copper
Enamel Powder Adhesive Fluid

white cardstock cut down to 3x4 (round corners, if
Ranger Archival Ink
Misc. Stamps: words, 'washi', flags, etc. (I used various washi and word stamps.)
Heat Tool

Bahama Aqua Embossing Enamel
Ink up your stamp using the Adhesive Fluid, sprinkle on your powder and heat. Ink up your words/sentiment and stamp them on the card.

Real Rust Embossing Enamel

Temple Stone Embossing Enamel

Did you like the cards? Which one is your favorite? If you make a card or two, be sure to share it with us on the Globecraft & Piccolo Facebook page!

Inky hugs,

Monday, March 3, 2014

Globecraft & PIccolo - Faux Stained Glass Take 2

Happy Monday!

Last week I shared with you the Faux Stained Glass card using Enamel Powder Ultra Thick Clear. What I didn't share was my first attempt using the Gloss Glastique! Have you ever had an idea and somehow it didn't quite work out the way you wanted? My first idea with the Faux Stained Glass was to glue the accent to the vellum cardstock and fill in with the 3D Enamel Gels and the Glastique. When it was dried, the vellum had wrinkled and the gel had moved with it. Ugh.

While it wasn't too terrible, I wasn't able to use it on the card...but I did save it and made the tag! So, here's what you need to make one, too:

leftover frame (you can find these in several of the Piccolo Accents
these are items from the Spring Release

Other Supplies:
Distress Stain Vintage Photo
manilla tag
word/sentiment/type stamp
washi tape
seam binding
non-stick craft mat
spray bottle

Start by gluing the accent to the vellum cardstock and filling in with the gel and Glastique. Let dry.

Spritz the mat with water. Dot on the gels (white, gold, turquoise) and add tiny dots of Glastique. Lay the tag on top of the dots and turn the tag while it is still facedown. Lift the tag, reposition and repeat until all the gels have been picked up onto the tag. Let dry.

Once dry, stamp over the tag with a permanent ink and your type stamp. Let dry. (When dry the areas with the gels and Glastique will be non-porous. Notice the sheen and subtle shimmer!)

Trim off the excess vellum. Use the E6000 to adhere all of the pieces to the tag. Trim off the excess frame and save it for another project.

Apply 2 thin, uneven coats of Titanium White to the frame. After it's dry, swipe Vintage Photo over the frame. Let dry.

Color the flourish using the Rose Pearl gel. Attach to the frame using the Glastique. Add bits of matching washi tape. Using your finger, wipe the Rose Pearl gel along the edges of the tag. Make dots of Titanium White 'here and there'.

Tie on the seam binding to finish it off!

It wasn't until after I started this project that I realized that I don't have any of the green gels...but I will be taking care of that this week and will go back and fill in the leaves. The Avocado looks like a pretty spring green! Which gels do you like best?

Inky hugs,