Wednesday, October 31, 2012

DIY Ornament Kits: Hand Painted

The great thing about Globecraft & Piccolo bookboard products is that they can be enameled, embossed, stamped, painted or have an assortment of items such as lace, patterned paper, mica flakes, fabric, and more glued to it to create a beautifully finished piece.  Below you can see how the Trick or Treat Halloween Ornament and the Scarecrow Halloween Ornament kit look absolutely beautiful painted.

Collecting Love Charms

Laura here, and I am in a Halloween mood! I have a Love Charms book to share that was a collaboration between Globecraft Memories and Art Glitter recently.
Book (I used a spiral bound journal)
Enough crushed panne fabric to cover book, front and back
Foam packaging scrap large enough to cover book, if desired
8" by 10" Muslin Fabric
Xyron Creatopia
Xyron Fabric Adhesive
One Sheet White Cardstock
Silhouette Machine
Silhouette Machine Clean Cut Fabric Interfacing
One Globecraft Memories Piccolo Delicate Hearts Earrings Set
Two Globecraft Memories Vintage Heart Charm Sets
Globecraft Memories Card Decor Set #4
Globecraft Memories Piccolo Enamel Powder Adhesive
Globecraft Memories Piccolo Enamel Powder in Vintage Silver
Globecraft Memories Piccolo Enamel Powder in Siam Silver
Globecraft Memories Piccolo Enamel Powder in Vintage Gold
Globecraft Memories Piccolo Enamel Powder in 24K Gold
Globecraft Memories Cool-Set Enameling Gel in Purple Mist
Globecraft Memories Glastique
Art Glitter Designer Dries Clear Adhesive with Fine Tip
Art Glitter Dries Clear Fabric Adhesive with Fine Tip
Art Glitter Microfine Opaque 516 Gold Tone
Art Glitter Microfine Opaque 508 Silver Moon
Art Glitter Vintage Glass Glitter 903 Alexandrite
Small White Heart Shaped Brads
One Large Silver Brad
Heat Gun
Big Bite
Craft Knife
Large Stencil Brush
2" of 22 Gauge Wire
Tape Roller

1)  Cut panne fabric about 1" larger than the book both vertically and horizontally. You will be cutting one piece for the whole thing, so be sure to open the book and measure it all the way around before you cut.
2)  Cut foam packaging to fit over covers and spiral binding, if desired. Apply with Designer Dries Clear. I felt that I needed the foam to cover the spiral edge. I would not recommend this step unless you have the same circumstances.
3)  Use the Embossing Fluid and the 24K Gold Enamel Powder to emboss the heart shape.
4)  Use Designer Dries Clear to adhere the heart shape to white cardstock. Let dry.
5)  Use Glastique on the outer portion of the heart. Fill with Vintage Glass Glitter. Let dry.
6)  Use Cool-Set Enameling Gel in the center heart. Let Dry.
7)  Cover the Vintage Glass with Glastique. Let Dry.

8)  Iron the Clean Cut Fabric Interfacing on muslin.
9)  In Silhouette Studio Program, create the words and cut. I used the font Bradley Gratis. This step can be skipped if you have another way to cut out the muslin - either by hand or another machine.
10)  Set the cut out muslin in position on panne and iron on.
11)  Use your Art Glitter Fabric Adhesive to add the Goldtone Microfine Glitter to the words. Set aside to dry.
12)  Use Microfine Silver Moon Glitter around the edges of words. Let dry.
13)  Cut two straps from the cardstock. They will wrap around the binding and onto the back.
14)  Using the Globecraft Piccolo Enamel Powder Adhesive and your heat gun, emboss the straps, and all the remaining Globecraft Memories Elements EXCEPT the keys with Vintage Gold or Vintage Silver Embossing Powder.
15)  Emboss the keys with 24K Gold and Siam Silver Embossing Powder. We switched the embossing powder because this one is more detailed, which suits the detailed keys better.
16)  Make sure that all the glue is dry before you proceed. Send the leather through the Xyron Creatopia with the fabric adhesive.
17) Be very careful while removing from the background paper and covering the book. Use the extra fabric to wrap under the edges. Panne does stretch and can cling to itself. If this happens, carefully pry it off of itself and carefully press on the book. It will NOT be perfect.
18)  Use the Art Glitter Fabric Adhesive to attach all of the embossed pieces except the keys.
20)  Use Big Bite to create holes for brads. 
21)  Attach brads, leaving one just a little loose to attach the key.
22)  Use Cool-Set Enamel to cover the heart shaped brads. Let dry.
23)  Use wire to attach the keys from a brad.
24)  Brush off any extra glitter with stencil brush and remove remnants with tape roller.
I realize that this project is a little intense, but it can be modified in any way that you like. It is your book, so enjoy its creation. I loved making it so much, that I have created a second one, pictured here.
To see how I did the second one, check out my post on the Art Glitter blog at See you later, glitter on!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Design Team Call!

We have a few openings to fill in our Globecraft & Piccolo Design Team.

We’re searching for crafters who love to create home-décor projects. We’d love to see how you upcycle and refurbish items for your home using Globecraft Memories’ products and every-day scrapping and stamping products.

Here’s how to be considered: email us at

1.    First and last name, city & state.
2.    Link to your blog and online gallery if you have one (also, let us know if you’re on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc.
3.    Attach three samples of your latest home décor projects.
4.    Tell us how many, and which other design teams you currently serve on (previous design team experience is not required).
5.    Include a bio and mug and tell us why it is important to you to be a member of the Globecraft Memories Design Team.
6.    Do you teach classes in a store or online? If so, where?

Here’s what is required of team members:

1.    Post two tutorials each month. These must include step-by-step instructions and good, well-lit photos.
2.    Post a brief product highlight each month.
3.    Participate actively in our albums, Pinterest, Facebook and other media avenues.
4.    Be supportive of our other design team members.

Deadline: November 18, 2012; 9 p.m. Eastern Standard Time

Monday, October 29, 2012

A haunting we shall go!

Good morning, Steph here with a fun Halloween project using Piccolo Halloween Graveyard Haunting Accents and Happy Pumpkin Accents. What's Halloween without some spooky stuff!

Once I created my card, I had fun selecting the elements I wanted to use. I heat embossed the tree and the bats with Enchanted Aubergine Enamel Powder, covering them with three layers to get a really cool effect. Then I gave the pumpkin the same treatment using Piccolo Gilded Rose Gold Enamel Powder.

Have a Happy Halloween!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

A charming Halloween bracelet

"Hello everyone! DeeDee here, and so super excited and honored to be showing you some new goodies today! I've created a Halloween themed Dangle Bracelet in black and white.
I've used the following supplies to create it:
Piccolo Lil Pumpkin Harvest Accents (HP05)
Piccolo Halloween Graveyard Haunting Accents (HP02)
Piccolo Cool-Set Enameling Gels in Mars Black and Titanium White 
Glastique Matte Finishing Glaze
jewelry findings (head pins and jump rings)
beads and pearls
a bracelet chain
ribbon by May Arts
Snug Hug - a silky seam binding
micro beads in silver
Advantus Idea-ology dangles
a vintage Bingo marker
needle nose pliers
rounded pliers
bead reamer
paper piercer

The main part of this piece was altering the Piccolo charms to match the theme. I glazed each charm in either Titanium White or Mars Black Enameling Gel. Using a paper piercer and bead reamer I put holes in each of the piccolo charms. Combine them with beads, pearls, jump rings and head pins and we've got a recipe for some gorgeous dangles! Attach them to a bracelet chain and weave some big thick ribbon through the links to create a chic Halloween bracelet. Here's a video on fast forward to show you how I made one of the dangles:

Fill your bracelet up and put it on! With the awesome variety in charms and enamels available from Globecraft Memories you can create these in any color and any theme you choose!
Order your Piccolo products to create your very own Halloween charms!

Monday, October 22, 2012

A little Halloween Boo Boo

Linda here with a little something in time for Halloween. She's more cute than scary so don't be afraid to continue on! 

She has such a beautiful face and it's so haunting with those goblins surrounding her. I couldn't resist using her for a little Halloween ATC (Artist Trading Card). She's a free clip art from Red Lead Paperworks but there are several places to download free clip art on the web.

I started out with Piccolo Card Decor Set #6. The little compressed book board pieces punch out of the background which is the perfect size for ATCs! I painted the edges with Adirondack Pitch Black Acrylic Paint Dabber.
I brushed on Globecraft Memories Glossy Glastique to adhere the clip art to the ATC backing then used a brayer to ensure good contact between the paper, Glastique and ATC background.
Glastique works as an adhesive as well as a sealer, so when the backing was dry (it doesn't take long) I brushed a coat of Glossy Glastique over the front of the ATC as well.
I put a second coat on the front when the first was dry. This gives the card a really nice glossy and protective finish. I set it aside to dry while I prepared some elements that would be added to the ATC.

I cut a pumpkin from my clip art sheet, glued it to cardstock backing with Glossy Glastique (remember, it is also an adhesive) then inked the edges lightly with Black Soot Distress Ink. I adhered this to a scrap of my Card Decor leftovers for added dimension and stability, then coated it with a fairly thick layer of Glossy Glastique (it's also a clear-drying dimensional adhesive). This will give the pumpkin some pizazz when dry.
While the pumpkin is drying (I placed him under my Ott Lite for additional help in drying) I punch out a cat from Piccolo Card Decor Set #5. It's nice to have several Card Decor sets on hand so you can mix and mingle the pieces to get the look you want.

I used our new Piccolo Cool-Set Enameling Gel, Mars Black, on the cat and I must say he came out nice and very black - perfect for a Halloween cat! I added several small dots of Piccolo Cool-Set Enameling Gel, Cobalt Turquoise, for his collar. I also used our new Piccolo Cool-Set Enameling Gel, Metallic Silver, on some corners I punched out, but opted not to use them on this project.
I printed out the words 'Boo" in several sizes, cut them out and edged them with the Black Soot Distress Ink as well. When the pumpkin and the black cat were dry I adhered it all to the ATC. This is actually the first ATC I've made that I can remember and I quite enjoyed it. She turned out pretty darn cute!
In addition to being traded with a friend, she could be used as an embellishment on a scrapbook layout or punch two holes in the top, string some wire or ribbon and use her as a knob hangar.

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Friday, October 19, 2012

Dream- Found Home Decor Refinished!

Good morning friends!

Pinky here today with a refinished/renewed project. 

I am always on the hunt for a bargain as I am sure you all are, when I came across this broken wall decor plaque for only .10 cents I had to grab it! I knew I could fix it up and for .10 cents what chance am I taking?

I instantly thought of the Piccolo Enamel Powders.

(Below) This was the plaque before- see the big chip on the corner.  
Which means it is no longer $14.99 but $0.10!

 Step 1. Take wire brush or small hammer and chip all edges.

Step 2. Coat edges with Piccolo Enamel Powder Adhesive.

Step 3. Sprinkle on Piccolo Enamel Powder. If you get powder where you don't want it simply brush it off.

Step 4. Heat set edges with crafting heat gun - repeat for the raised word DREAM.

Step 5. Apply coat of Glastique on DREAM to make it pop out more and to protect the piece   Adding Glastigue Gloss will extend the life of your project and add a beautiful glass-like shine!

Step 6. Allow to dry (shouldn't take long!). 

That's it! Literally a .10 project and 1 hour of your time!

This would work with a frame and other home decor as well. 

I hope you enjoyed my "find" as much as I did and bringing it back to life. 

Until next time- Pinky Hobbs

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Quick Gift For Under $5!

Need a  quick, easy, and affordable gift idea for a teacher or co-worker? 

Charm Set Featured: Beautiful Horses Charm Set

Use our Piccolos for Home Decor! 

This dollar store vase was painted with a couple of layers of Rust-Oleum's stone textured spray paint around the bottom.  Coat a Piccolo charm with enamel. Then tie around the vase with a pretty ribbon or seam binding. Voila!

Friday, October 12, 2012


It's a spooky good morning today and Steph here with project that was truly fun to create. I found this paper mache skull in my local craft store and picked it up.  I had no plan in mind, but thought it would be fun to work on at some point.

Picking it up one afternoon, I decided to see how I could transform it.  I first covered the skull with Ranger Distress Stains and Ranger Rusty Hinge Distress Ink.

I tore scrap paper into small pieces and folded them into smaller pieces, then sponged some Ranger Old Paper and Rusty Hinge across each piece. 

Using The Best Glue Ever by Scraperfect, I coated an area of the skull, smoothed the glue across the skull and then proceeded to add the paper pieces. As I finished one area, I added glue to the next area and continued until the skull was completely covered with pieces of paper.

I continued adding pieces until I was happy with the look.  Then I added some additional Ranger Rusty Hinge Distress Ink around the outside of the skull to finish the areas that did not have paper.

Next, I lightly added some Piccolo Adhesive around the skull.  I didn't want to cover the entire skull, I just wanted to add some Enamel Powders randomly across the skull.  Along the top of the skull I used Temple Stone.  Around the eye sockets, I used Gilded Rose and around the mouth I used Girl's Night Out.  After adding the powders, I heat set the areas, and added more powders as necesssary to fill in the areas I wanted.

After the skull cooled, I added a thin layer of Glastique around the skull.  I wanted to create a shiny appearance as well as create a protective layer for the skull.  I allowed it to dry overnight, then thought it needed some bling.  I selected some Want2Scrap clear rhinestones for the teeth and several black rhinestone swirls for either side of the skull to complete it's tranformation.

I coated some bats from the Haunted Accents collection with Enchanted Aubergine and applied a light layer of Glastique once they cooled.   Then I thought I'd add some beautiful Connie Crystals in the eye sockets.

Now the skull's transformation is truly complete. 

Thanks for stopping by today.

Globecraft Memories Supplies:
Enchanted Aubergine
Gilded Rose Gold
Piccolo Enamel Powder Adhesive
Halloween Graveyard Haunting Accents
Other Supplies
Paper Mache Skull: Craft Store
Pattern paper:  MME, 7Gypsies
Ink, Stain: Ranger
Adhesive: Scaperfect
Rhinestones: Want2scrap
Crystals:  Connie Crystals

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Spooky Porcelain Pins

Pat Secrist, owner of Globecraft Memories, created these fabulous pins using our cool set enamel gel and Happy Pumpkin Accents:

Don't they look like glazed porcelain? 

We thought so too! 

Pat achieved this look by using our NEW Cool Set Enamel Gel along with our 24K Gold Enamel Powder. Aren't these pins cute?!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Creating an old-world look

Hey, it's me, Linda! I've been playing around with some different ideas and ways to incorporate these Globecraft Frames into a variety of projects. Today I took the Hanging Little Rectangles and used one to make a mini book to house ATC's.

These are great for this project because of their smaller size and there's three to a pack so you can make three mini books for very little cost!

I wanted to go for an old-world metal look so pulled out several colors of Piccolo Enamel Powders: Mermaid Tears, Vintage Gold, Temple Stone, Vintage Copper and Victorian Bronze. I started by painting all the book board with Ranger's Pitch Black acrylic Paint Dabber.
Working from the top layer down, I inked the smaller framed with Piccolo Enamel Powder Adhesive and sprinkled with one of the powders. I didn't cover the entire piece with just one color of powder. I left openings and filled in with several of the other colors. I tapped the excess off onto a piece of paper and poured it into a separate jar and saved as a party mix.
I like to heat my first layer totally so it has a smooth finish. I then sprinkle on another layer and use the heat flash method of not heating till smooth. I build three to four layers with this technique, which creates lots of age.
This frame gets glued to the next layer when cooled and secure with clothespins or binder clips to set the glue. Once set, use the dabber adhesive around the new layer and use the enamel powders in the same manner as with the first layer.
Once I decided how I wanted to bind the book (I settled on using my Zutter Bind-it-All with the space bar), I punched the last layer before gluing it the others. I also wanted to add an eyelet for the closure so punched the hole for that and inserted the eyelet but did not set it.
Finish this final layer the same way as the rest then start on the embellishments. I chose Piccolo Card Decor Set No. 5 and Heart Flourishes Set No. 2 along with the new Dragonfly Wings. I made two flowers from Vintage song sheets using Sizzix Flowers, 3D die.
I added a few pearl gems from Want2Scrap to the birdcage and inserted the heart into a memo pin and tied a ribbon around it. For the background I inked a tag with Vintage Photo Distress Ink, spritzed it with my homemade Perfect Pearl Heirloom Gold spritz and heat set. I stamped randomly on the tag with script and number stamps using Ranger's Archival Jet Black Ink. After heat setting I embossed the tag using an embossing folder then painted the piece with Clear Rock Candy Crackle Paint. When all the pieces were dry I assembled them on the tag to fit them within the globe before gluing it all down.
I love using these globes for mini book fronts because it helps to protect any dimensional items I want to add to the cover. When it all fit I glued it in place, adhered the globe then adhered the tag piece to the back of the embossed frames. I added glue to a second piece for backing and fit it in place then clipped it all together with clothespins and binder clips.
This book is far from done but I've got a good start on it. I painted another piece of the book board black for the back cover. I made the pages for the inside with pockets to hold ATC cards I intend to make. This book will have the theme of Ancestors.
I've never made ATC's so I'm excited to start this project! The book is bound and has several blank pages inside. They'll need to be inked and stamped as well. But that's another post.
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