Friday, July 25, 2014

Globecraft & Piccolo - DIY Glow in the Dark Galaxy Pendant

So many crafts, so little time...

It's a good thing you can make your very own Glow in the Dark Galaxy Pendant in less than an hour!

Here's what you'll need from the G&P shop:

optional items:

glow in the dark acrylic paint
old toothbrush or paint brush

This is unbelievably easy!

The basic technique is to sprinkle on small amounts of Enamel Powder and heat. Keep adding Enamel Powders while the surface is still warm, heat and repeat until the desired effect is achieved. Then cool completely and cover with your choice of finish.

It's always good to have a before and after picture of a craft, but it's GREAT to have pictures of the here you go! I've included what colors I used when and any tips I learned along the way.

Start by peeling the blue liner off of only one side of the acrylic charm. (Carefully use the tip of the tweezers to lift the edge of the liner.) This will keep the backside clean until you're done.

Cover the surface of the charm with the Enamel Powder Adhesive Fluid. Sprinkle on the Micro Black. Heat. While still warm, add more Micro Black. Heat. Repeat one more time. (The picture below is after the first layer was heated.)

Using a small scoop (Trimmed slurpee/slush straws are great for this!) add bits of Vintage Copper. Heat.

Add Deep Blue Sky. Heat.

Add Royal Sterling. Heat.

Add Micro White. Heat.

Add Poodle Skirt. Heat.

Add Deep Blue Sky. Heat.

Continue to add Enamel Powders until you love what you see. Heat. Let cool.

If you want the cool glow in the dark stars (is that really a question?!), dip the toothbrush bristles into the glow in the dark paint and run your fingernail across them to splatter 'stars' on the pendant Practice on a scrap of dark paper first, so you can see what the splatter pattern looks like. Let dry.

Finish by topping off with Enamel Powder Ultra Thick Clear, Glastique or Instant UV Resin.

It will be even better in person. Trust me.

Inky hugs,

Friday, July 18, 2014

Globecraft & Piccolo - White Christmas in July x2

Welcome to the weekend!

I've seen a lot of "Christmas in July" projects lately and that got me thinking about designing CAS (Clean and Simple), but elegant cards. I love the white on white, but can't seem to get the hang of

I love how simple these cards are! Once you get the technique down, you can make a set of these in no time!

Here's what you'll need from the G&P shop:

Other supplies (linked items will take you to our sister store: Sweet Stamps):
snowflake stamp (such as THIS one)
foam tape/squares/circles
white cardstock

The first card is your standard ink up your stamp with the Enamel Powder Adhesive Fluid, sprinkle on the powder and heat. 

I found the easiest way to make sure my squares were centered was to adhere the bottom squares first, beginning with the center square. Then place 5 foam squares on the back of the embossed squares and adhere.

Another reason to love Ruby Red Slippers! It's the perfect Christmas Enamel Powder - look at the gold and all of the flecks of colors...simple gorgeous!

After I finished the first set of cards, I decided to make a 'negative' and try another technique. This one takes a little time and preparation, but it's so worth the WOW!  (Click here for the basic tutorial on how to stamp into the embossing enamel.)

A few tips: Dab the adhesive fluid on cardstock in an area large enough to cover your stamp and more. I did 2 layers of the enamel, then stamped. Be sure to press firmly and give it a minute to cool before pulling off the stamp. Don't forget to ink up the stamp with the Adhesive Fluid and then the Tuxedo Black before melting the powder, so you'll be ready to stamp!

That's it! If you have any questions or comments, be sure to post them below!

Inky hugs,

Monday, July 14, 2014

House of Cards - Add a Bow (or Bows!)

I'm a work at night person (who enjoys sleeping), but I love mornings. There's so much promise at the beginning of the day...and I want to start the week with a high

Happy Monday!

Today I'm happy to share with you some good news - Mynn of the House of Cards challenge invited me to join their Classic Design Team! It's a great, easy going challenge with lots of inspiration. A monthly challenge with a new style represented each week. Something for everyone! Check out the DT's blogs in the right left fab!

This month's challenge is ADD A BOW (OR BOWS!). Here's my card...

We've got dry embossing on the background, out of the box stamped & Copic colored image (colors coming soon!), thermal embossing on a tiny punched tab and, of course, bows - 2 of them!

Link up to our challenge HERE. Be sure to visit the HOC blog each week to enjoy the different styles.

Hope you don't mind the short post. I've had a busy weekend and I've got an even busier week coming up (more details and crafty posts coming soon!). So glad I was able to work a little coloring in!

Inky hugs,

Playing along with these challenges:

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Sentimental Sundays - On Break!

Happy Sunday!

The Sentimental Sundays Challenge Blog is on break for 2 weeks. Time to organize the studio and dare I say 'Purge!' a few supplies? (I'll say it very quietly...then I won't have to get rid of as much, right? lol)

Hope you have a great week and find some time to get your art on!

Inky hugs,

Friday, July 11, 2014

Globecraft & Piccolo - Cock A Doodle Doo Frame

Welcome to the weekend! Today's project is a cute altered frame using the fun Cock A Doodle Doo Accent!

Here's what you'll need from the G&P shop:

Other supplies (linked items will take you to our sister store -
small frame (thrift stores/secondhand shops are great places to find frames!)

Begin by squeezing a small puddle of the Adhesive Fluid. Dip your paintbrush and paint the tail feathers (don't forget to leave space for the other color!) Sprinkle on the Micro Black. Heat and let cool. Repeat using the Ruby Red Slippers for the tail feathers, the comb and wattles.

When cool, use a small sponge or cotton swab to add the red, orange and yellow inks to the rooster.

The fence has 2 layers of embossing enamel. The first layer is Brownstone. Apply it randomly, leaving small open spaces. Heat and let cool. Add the Aged White layer to fill. Use Vintage Photo to ink up the edges of the fence.

Adhere the rooster/fence and other Accents using the Glastique. Coat the small flourishes and flowers using the 3D Gel in Titanium White. Let dry.

That's it! Enjoy your upcycled mixed media frame!

Inky hugs,

Friday, July 4, 2014

Globecraft & Piccolo - Patriotic Celebrate Card

Happy Birthday, USA!

For those of us in the USA (and Americans abroad), this weekend is a time to celebrate the Independence of the United States of America. With a few Globecraft & Piccolo Enamel Powders, we can make a quick patriotic card that shines!

Here's what you'll need from the G&P shop:

Other supplies:
white cardstock
red cardstock
Stampin' Up! sentiment (Feeling Sentimental)
Tim Holtz Tissue Tape (Marketplace)
foam tape

Isn't that shine of the Enamel and the Glastique gorgeous?!

1. Cut a strip of white cardstock 4.25"x1.5".  Ink it up with the Enamel Powder Adhesive. Sprinkle on Deep Blue Sky and heat. Let cool. Repeat.
2. Cut a panel of white cardstock 4.5"x4.25".  Using the dabber top, tap the Enamel Powder Adhesive along one of the short sides. Sprinkle on Pure Platinum and heat. Let cool. Repeat.
3. Dab the Enamel Powder Adhesive on the sentiment stamp. Stamp on the Pure Platinum panel. Sprinkle on Micro Black. Heat. Let cool.
4. Tear off a strip of tissue tape and adhere under sentiment.
5. Punch out heart (or use G&P heart Accent).  Apply Glastique. Let dry.
6. Adhere blue strip to card base. Adhere platinum panel using foam tape.
7. Adhere heart using Glastique.

That's it! Be sure to stop by this weekend for more Globecraft & Piccolo inspiration!

Inky hugs,