Thursday, February 28, 2013

Creating a faux glass Spring pendant

Hello! Tracy here with a faux glass tutorial for Spring!

I have always loved the look of glass pendants but I was reluctant to get all of the equipment necessary to make them. However I found the brand new Globecraft & Piccolo fast cure UV Resin can create the look of glass (and so much more) but without the fuss! G&P UV Resin can be applied to paper, polymer clay, chipboard, acrylic, tissue, glitter, fabric, fibers, dried plants, metal and so much more. Giving you a wonderful scratch resistant, optically clear finish that cures in 3 minutes in UV light.

Tracy  Alden
Art Ressurected
  • G&P UV Resin
  • G&P Assorted Acrylic Tag Bezels set (using the Teardrop bezel)
  • G&P Glastique Gloss Finishing Glaze 
  • G&P Satin Honeydew Green 3D Enamel Gel
  • G&P Pure Sparkle Gold Glitter 
  • G&P Interchangeable Gold Bail
  • G&P Lavender Real Silk Cord Necklace with Lobster Claw Clasp 
  • Piccolo Easy Grip Tweezers
  • Green Mica Powder
  • Dragonfly slicker gems
  • Vine and saying stamps
  • StazOn Solvent Ink Forest Green and Jet Black

Carefully peal off the blue plastic coating from the back of the acrylic bezel. Place the vine stamp on a acrylic block and use the Forest Green ink to stamp around the edges of the back of the bezel.

Apply a thin coat of G&P Satin Honeydew Green 3D Enamel Gel to the back of the bezel and add some G&P Pure Sparkle Gold Glitter on top before it dries. Once dry add a coat of G&P Glastique Gloss Finishing Glaze and carefully apply green mica to the back of the bezel with your finger in a patting motion. Let dry.

Peal off the blue plastic coating from the front of the acrylic bezel. Stamp your sentiment on front using the Jet Black ink.

Apply the Dragonfly slicker gems to the front of the bezel.

Apply Glastique Gloss Finishing Glaze on top of the sticker gems to seal them to the bezel. Always seal anything that might be porous with Glastique to prevent air bubbles from forming in anything you want to coat with resin.

Apply two layers of
G&P Satin Honeydew Green 3D Enamel Gel to the back of the bezel. This will give wonderful shimmer to the back of the bezel while still allowing some transparency like glass.

Apply one coat of G&P UV Resin to the front of the bezel. Place in sunlight for 3 minutes to cure. Apply a second coat to give a nice rounded glass finish, cure in sunlight. Apply a thin coat on back as well to seal and protect your work, cure.

Put the Interchangeable Gold Bail on the bezel and string on the Silk Cord Necklace. Now it is ready to wear! :)

Jump on over to my blog Art Resurrected for a Leprechaun Door tutorial for Spring!

Until next time, safe travels!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Making your 3D enamel sparkle

Hi everyone, Rebecca here with a fun and sparkly tip for you! Do you love making things shine? You will need your favorite color of G&P 3D Enamel Gel, G&P Pure Sparkle Silver Glitter, and a G&P bookboard shape.

Rebecca Price
Distress to Impress

You can add quick shine to your 3D Enamel coated bookboard pieces by adding a little glitter. Just cover the desired shape with 3D Enamel Gel. While still wet, gently shake on a light coating of G&P Pure Sparkle Silver Glitter.

When dry, the glitter will be set and not flake off the piece. The result is so pretty and sparkly!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Gearing up with G&P 3D Enamel Gels

Lets learn how easy it is to blend Globecraft and Piccolo 3D Enamel gels.

Gather your supplies:

  • G&P 3D Enamel Gels in Mars Black, Metallic Silver, Dark Violet
  • Gear Bezel
  • Vintage Gears Set 

Cover the Gear bezel with Dark Violet 3D Enamel Gel by gently squeezing the fluid from the bottle.

Gently blend in the Metallic Silver 3D Enamel Gel; you want some streaks, so don't worry about it being smooth.

It will look something like this.

Cover the smaller vintage gears with Mars Black 3D Enamel Gel.

Place them into the wet 3D Enamel Gel on the gear bezel.

Sprinkle on some G&P Pure Silver Sparkle Glitter.

That's all there is to it!

Monday, February 25, 2013

Making a heart smile

'You make my heart smile' DIY Ornament
Linda here and I seem to remember that a while back I promised a closer look at the ornaments strung from my altered lamp shade I made in December. The decorated piece traveled all the way to California for CHA and then back to Michigan. I picked it up just before my Mystery Mini Book Retreat and had it on display there.

The students really liked it and thought it would make a great little piece in a little girls room or hanging in a feminine little corner of the home. Me, I just love making these ornaments. Such a nice little gift for someone. A piece they can hang from a drawer pull or door knob. I like to hang mine on lamp pulls so the light shines through them.

So here's how this one started:
  • DIY Ornament
  • Pink Rose 3D Enamel Gel
  • Burnt Umber 3D Enamel Gel
  • Vintage Hearts Charm Set 
  • Glastique Gloss
  • Gesso
  •  Embossing folder and embossing machine
  • Clip Art (this one is from Crafty Secrets)
  • Garden Moss (from a craft store)
  • Ribbon and beads to coordinate
  • thin bead wire
  • printed phrases
Linda Neff
I started by placing both the DIY Ornament outer rings in an embossing folder and dry embossed them. Depending on the embossing folder size you may be able to fit both rings otherwise emboss them separately. Then I brushed a thin coat of Gesso on all three rings (front and back of center ring and just one side of the outer rings); set it aside to dry. The thin coat will dry fast and the gesso provides the perfect white background to show off the delicate pink color or the Pink Rose 3D Enamel Gel.

When the gesso is dry, I squeezed the Pink Rose 3D Enamel Gel onto the two outer rings (on the gesso side) and spread it around with my finger unevenly. While you're spreading it on the one the other is already dry. Then I squeezed on the Burnt Umber 3D Enamel Gel and worked it into the grooves and crevices made by the embossing. I love spreading the enamel gels around with fingers - makes me feel like a little kid fingerpainting! I let this dry and just repeated the layers allowing them to dry in-between, until I achieved the look that appealed to me.

DIY Ornament painted with Gesso then Piccolo 3D Enamel Gels for color.
I spread a layer of the Pink Rose 3D Enamel Gel on the center ring as well so the color would flow equally on all three pieces.

I chose my clip art to use inside (Crafty Secrets) and distressed the edges and inked them a bit with Walnut Stain Distress Ink. I had to reprint the phrase on white cardstock so I could cut it to fit inside the globe. This ornament can be seen from both sides so I chose another clip art piece the same size and before adhering the two pieces together ran a piece of the thin beading wire up the center to make the clip art appear as though it is floating. I wrapped the wire (that's sticking out the top of the clip art) around a wooden skewer to make some curly ques. The wire is actually long enough that it comes out the top and the bottom of the ornament so I could string some beads and hearts. I treated the Piccolo hearts in the same manner as the DIY Ornament rings to add color and dimension.

Piccolo Vintage Hearts Charm Set with 3D Enamel Gels for color.

I was ready for assembly.
  • Add a thin line of Glastique around the inner edge of the bottom ornament ring (unfinished side and about 1/4 inch from the inner edge). Lay the globe into the ring and use wooden clothespin to clip it together while the Glastique sets up.
  •  Lay the wired clip art across the center of the bottom globe (you can actually do this while the globe is clipped to the ring).
  • Determine placement for your printed phrase for this half of the ornament and adhere into place.
  • Pinch a very small amount of moss into the bottom portion of the globe and determine where your last printed phrase will sit and adhere it into place as well.
  • Add a thin line of Glastique to the backside of the center ring and lay on top of the bottom globe, carefully lining up so it is centered; clip into place with clothespins.
  • Add a thin line of Glastique to the top of the center ring and lay the top globe into it.
  • Add a thin like of Glastique to the unfinished side of the top ring and lay it over the top globe, carefully lining up all pieces and clipping with clothespins. I like to let mine set up really well before adding anything else.
DIY Ornament with 3D Enamel Gels; setting up and drying.
Once it is set really well then I added the beads and Vintage Hearts Charms - one to the top and a smaller one to the bottom. I finished it off with a piece of coordinating organdy ribbon.

Finished DIY Ornament with Piccolo 3D Enamel Gels.
I have another to show you over my personal blog. Come on over and take a gander at it and let me know how you like them.

You can order your DIY Ornament by clicking the link below. They are way too much fun to play with. You can add such a variety of items to make them for any occasion.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Recycling tip: Creating your own gemstones

Have you ever decided to use one of the Piccolo charm products without the ring on the top? Laura here, and I'm here to tell you I have, plenty of times, and I have a tip: Cut the circle off the top carefully, and don't throw it away. Recycle it!

When you remove the ring, cut it to create a circle. Then, you can use the Enamel Embossing Powder Adhesive and your favorite color of Piccolo Embossing Powders.

You need to emboss the top and sides. A pair of tweezers can keep it in place while you heat it. Use Glastique to attach the bottom of the circle to a piece of acetate. Let it dry.

After the Glastique is dry, fill the holes with your choice of 3D Enamel Gel colors. You may need up to three layers of color to fill your bezels.

Your new "gemstones" will be ready to use before you know it. The best part? Because you created them on acetate, you can hold them over your project to see which one you want to use. After you chose a gem,  simply cut around it and glue it into place with Glastique.

This is the most recent project I used this technique on. The circles were cut from the hearts that make up this Shamrock. If you want to see the rest of this project, check it out on my blog HERE.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Making a Stand-Up Card

Good morning crafters! Chrissy here to show you a neat little standing "card" you can make for the special honey in your life. You really don't need much and you can even dive into your stash and use up some paper you've been hoarding for the last year. Come on now. Don't lie. We already know you have some because we all hoard it too.

Christina Colón
The Twisted Muse

Isn't this just the cutest little "pop up" card? It's really easy to put together too. Here's what you'll need:

  • Globecraft Memories Fancy Bubble Frame
  • Piccolo Accents Small Flourishes
  • Piccolo Cranberry Wine Embossing Powder
  • Piccolo Embossing Powder Adhesive
  • Piccolo 3D Gel Enamel in Napthol Red
  • Scrapbook Paper (I used Secret Crush by Pink Paislee.)
  • Stickles
  • Sequins
  • Adhesive
  • Heat Tool

Step 1: Heat emboss the decorative frame piece. As this cools and sets, use the 3D gel to add color to the small flourishes you wish to use. 

Step 2: While the gel pieces are drying, cut your scrapbook paper to the appropriate size and shape of the individual pieces of the frame you wish to cover. I also attached the decorative frame as well as highlighted my image with my Stickles glue. You can also attach the bubble piece to its proper layer.

Step 3: Assemble the pieces of your frame.

Step 4: Add the back piece with the image. Don't forget to put the sequins in before you glue the back piece to the rest of the frame. Now is also the time to add your small flourishes.

Step 5: Sit back and admire before you give it to your honey! 

You don't have to use lovey-dovey papers like I did on this project. The great thing with these frames is that you can use any motif you desire! Head over to my blog to check out how I used the ever-popular steampunk theme to dress up a bubbleframe watch!

Thanks for hangin' out with me today!