Thursday, July 31, 2014

flight of fancy

Good morning everyone. Teresa here, actually not, I am at the beach, enjoying a little sand and salt water. I am however enjoying the advice of today's project.
A little airship advising to "Dream a little dream"
So let's get started. This one takes a little longer, but it is a lot of fun.

Note, the links to the supplies are at the bottom of this post.

Unpack and carefully punch out the components of the airship. (there is also an accessory package available) I also used a few of the "waste" parts from other kits as extra embellishments. 

Using a piece of clear acetate and a stamp of your choice, stamp and emboss an encouraging quote. I used the Embossing Adhesive and Micro Gold Embossing Powder. I allowed the static of the acetate to "keep" the fine dusting of the powder without the adhesive. By heating from the backside of the acetate, this left a faint dusting of the gold looking like a scattering of fairy dust.

Now lay the center of the airship over the stamped image. Mark this and trim to fit.


Now, using a paintbrush, carefully paint the Embossing Adhesive on the gears and emboss, them one at a time, using assorted Steampunk style colors of enamel. I used Copper Kettle and Vintage Black on these. Emboss both sides.

Emboss the remainder of the center piece of the Airship with  Starry Sky Enamel. This is a great space color. Dark blues, blacks gold's, and silver tones.

Go ahead click that next photo for a close up of the enamels.

Now the trim rings. I used Siam Silver for the base layer and since these are glued down, I only did one side. Then using my favorite and most versatile tool, my finger, I smeared the adhesive around the rings and sprinkled with Micro Black. I smeared off the excess and then embossed this, leaving a splotched, textured finish. 


For the embellishments, I used the smallest stars from the Star Charms kit, along with those "spare" bits that I keep. I coated these with the Metallic Gold 3D Enamel Gel and sprinkled them with glitter. The gel acts as an adhesive for the glitter. 

Glue the stamped acetate behind the center piece. Add the stars to the acetate front using Matte Glastique.


I did not want to be able to see through the ship, so I took the Metallic Gold 3D Enamel Gel and, again using my finger, smeared it all over the back of the acetate piece.

Glue all the layers together using the Glastique. And for a tiny bit of sparkle accent, I rubbed the plastic globes on some yarn, creating static and sprinkled with the glitter, then shook these off. This left just a dusting of the glitter and created a very dreamy effect.
Stack the layers, clamp and let dry overnight. Add the Embellishments to the nose and tail of the ship. let dry and it is ready to add a hanger and display.

Micro Gold Embossing Powder
Enamel Embossing Adhesive
Vintage Black Embossing Powder
Copper Kettle Embossing Powder
Starry Sky Embossing Powder
Siam Silver Embossing Powder
Micro Black Embossing Powder

This link goes to the main page for the powders. There are many to choose from .
 Embossing Powders

star charms CA126

Matte Glastique

Satin Gold 3D Enamel Gel

Clear acetate sheet

Stamp of your liking

copper extra fine glitter

Now have a little Steampunk fantasy of your own.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Heirloom Pro Stamp Show, Novi Mi

Globecraft Piccolo will be at the Heirloom Pro Stamp Show this weekend, Aug 2nd and 3rd with our parent company, Sweet Stamps in Novi, Michigan.  Stop by our booth and join the fun with this great make and take featuring a few new Piccolo's, embossing powder, Instant UV resin and a wonderful background technique (designed by owner Stacey Richardson).  Hope to see you there!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Alice's Wonder-Pendant

  Happy Monday everyone! leslierahye with another jewelry project today! This creation was made using royalty free Alice in Wonderland images and a variety of charms with the Piccolos, Gels and Glastique.
I printed my Alice image to fit the skinny rectangle bezel and adhered it to the background. I heat embossed my keys and steampunk airship accents with Victorian Bronze. I added emboss powders to the edges of the bezel as well. I used glastique to adhere the embossed chipboard to the bezel and then added a layer of glastique over the top of the Alice image.

The charms were colored with 3D Enamel Gels and an additional coat of glastique was added over the top.  Charms and bezel were joined with black jump rings and chains.

  I hope you enjoyed my project! Thank you for stopping by today!

Friday, July 25, 2014

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.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

oh deer

It's summertime and a storm took out the WiFi at home, a reason for the late hour of my normal Thursday post. Teresa here and I have a very quick birthday card. After all it is summer and we are all busy busy. 

It is very masculine, but I have several female friends who would be amused by this too.

Easy shopping list

- on the hunt accent kit
- Brownstone Enamel Powder
- Enamel Adhesive 

- a blank card
- decorative paper
- glue stick
- glue

Emboss the Large stag head from the set using the brownstone enamel. I stopped halfway down the deer for this picture so you can see the way the finished powder compares to how it looks straight from the jar. This one becomes much lighter.

After the deer head is embossed, simply glue up your stack of papers and then add the deer. A Happy Birthday sentiment completes this one.

Finished completely in less than five minutes. Now that's an enDEERing quick card.

Life is beautiful.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Santa's Midnight Flight

For my Piccolo card today, I have used The Night Before Christmas Accents set.  I applied Piccolo Enamel Powder Adhesive Fluid to the sleigh and reindeer and then heat embossed with Piccolo Siam Silver Embossing Enamel.  Just look at all that sparkle! 

For my background, I used a wonderful deep blue metallic paper with lots of sparkle.  I die cut a circle which I dry embossed with my Cheery Lynn Cheetah embossing plate.  I thought it looked like craters on the moon.  Along the bottom of the card, I added Cheery Lynn's Winter Neighborhood border.  Finished size is 4.25 x 5.5 inches. 

Monday, July 21, 2014

Butterfly Hair Accessories

Happy Monday everyone! leslierahye with a great hair accessory craft. Recently I needed some vintage looking comb pieces to put in my hair and thought the Butterfly Piccolo Accents would be perfect! I was right!
 I began by applying Enamel Powder Adhesive to the butterfly chipboard and heat embossed Mermaid Tears EP to three, and Vintage Black EP to three more. All butterflies had two or more layers of heat set embossing powder. The backs of the butterflies were finished with black paint.

 The embossed butterflies were then adhered to plastic combs using E6000. They were held in place until dry.

  I hope you enjoyed my project! Thank you for stopping by today!

Friday, July 18, 2014

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,

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Faux Enamel Number Plates

Hello again. Teresa here - with another very simple idea today. 

I love these vintage number plates. I've seen them all over the place - labeling drawers, boxes, even as house numbers. 

When I saw the rectangular piccolo and the 3D enamel paints, I quickly decided to see if I could recreate this look. I am very please with how this turned out. 

The above picture is just one of SEVERAL that I have collected as inspiration.

So like always, let's gather.

You will need
- Rectangle Bezels
- Deep Red 3D Enamel  
- Cream 3D Enamel

I printed the numbers in a font I loved simply using my word processor.

Using this tutorial, I transferred the graphic to my bezel. (yes I again cut off the ring tab) 

Using the cream 3D Gel and a Fine Applicator Tip, I filled the graphic in.

Let this dry completely. I waited over night. 

Now fill the bezel completely with the Red 3D Gel. 

Let dry completely.

That's it. Your Faux Enamel Number plate is ready to glue to a great surface or card front. 

Hope you all have a wonderful day.