Friday, August 29, 2014

Double Shot Coffee Cards

Hi, Everyone! Today I have a fun pair of cards using Globecraft & Piccolo's Accents and Embossing Enamels.

Most days I design singular projects, but sometimes I find a layout or design I really like and I make a set of cards that coordinate, but aren't exact these cards!

To make these cards, you'll need a few items from the G&P shop:

other supplies:
patterned papers: Amy Tangerine - Sketchbook
stamps: Stampin' Up! Perfect Blend, Gorgeous Grunge
cardstock: Stampin' Up! Melon Mambo, Wisteria Wonder, Whisper White
foam tape

I kept the basic design the same on both cards. I varied the patterned papers, cardstock colors, embossing enamels and accent placement.

The coffee cup on each card is embossed in Micro Black. I stamped the cup three times - once fully for the base, partially for each lid and partially for each wrap (on scraps of patterned paper). After fussy cutting, I adhered the wrap directly to the cup base and the lids were adhered using foam tape.

I had to include close ups of the accents...see how clean the edges are?! I love the natural color, but you can use markers, paint, 3D Gels, glitter glue...whatever you want to use to match them to your projects! (Sometimes there are tiny bits on the edges, but you can use an emery board/fine sand paper to smooth them away.)

The flourishes on the second card are 2 of the flourishes, one flipped over, glued close together. (These flourishes also make GORGEOUS hearts!)

Thursday, August 28, 2014

You're Invited

It's a Barbeque. Kinda. It's actually a barbeque invitation kind of day. 

The set I used is one of the new items over at the Globecraft and Piccolo shop. 

Here's the rundown on the items I used. 

-Pure Platinum Embossing Powder (the utensils and the grill rack area) 
- Deep Red 3D Gel (flames)
- Orange 3D Gel  (flames)
- A tiny Paint Brush
- medium Green stamp pad (This one from SweetStamps is similar in shade)
- a blue Stamp Pad (this one is very similar) 
- an Invitation Stamp
- Card Stock

I used a paint brush to make grass shaped lines with the Embossing Powder Adhesive and embossed the grass using the Mossy Glen Powder. Then I used my favorite tool (my finger) and smeared the green in to fill in the grassy area. Using a torn sponge, light tap a blue toned background for the sky. 

Emboss the utensils and the grill rack area with the platinum - I painted these in with the paintbrush and the Embossing Powder Adhesive. 

Add "handles" to the utensils with the Deep Red 3D Gel. and set aside to dry. 

Emboss your words from the Set with the Deep Blue Sky Embossing Powder. Stamp the You're Invited Image at an angle on the card. Align and glue the wording below the stamp.

Now the grill itself - I used three layers of the MicroBlack Embossing powder. It gives a nice texture to the grill parts. 

The flame was done by dotting the Honey Mustard and Orange 3D Gel and running a toothpick through it to mix the colors. 

Adhere everything down using Glastique - I used gloss, but it also comes in a Matte Finish. 

Add the details inside - Mail and enjoy the great food and great company of friends. 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Vintage Black Enamel

My Piccolo project for today features Vintage Black enamel.  I love the beautiful mix of black, silver and gold in this enamel.  It is such a rich color.  Please ignore the plum tones to the above picture, it was taken inside under lamplight and I am unable to adjust the color.  In real life this is warm gray/taupe color.  I used the gorgeous French Oval Piccolo as a backdrop, adding a Vintage Dress Form Piccolo.

This picture is more the true color.  I added an insert to my French Oval Frame on which I stamped Sweet Stamps French Writing with Black Soot Distress ink, then shaded the oval.  On my card base, I stamped a Flourish and again added ink around the edges.   The lovely lady, Sasha, is a new release Glam Girl from Sweet Stamps.   I thought she was perfect for this card.  Finished size is 4.25 x 5.5 inches. 

Monday, August 25, 2014

A Trio of Trading Cards

Happy Monday everyone! leslierahye with a trio of Altered Trading Cards. I LOVE ATCs--they are little pieces of artwork on a 2½×3½" card! Piccolo Accents are perfect for these!
I began with some pre-designed collages on colored  collage sheets. I adhered the collages to my ATC chipboard base. Next I applied Enamel Powder Adhesive to the edges of each ATC and enamel powder to match the base collage. Enchanted Aubergine to the photographer, Temple Stone for the jewels Victorian chic, and Deep Blue for the Papillons. A bit of the powder or an accent powder like Mermaid Tears and Bahama Aqua was sprinkled and melted in a Frantage technique fashion. I love that spill of melted powder.
Accents were made with the piccolos and the melted enamel molds. A bit of glue to add them to the card completed the piece.
I hope you enjoyed my project! Thank you for stopping by today!


Friday, August 22, 2014

Beautiful Ride Altered Paint Brush

Have you seen the newest Globecraft & Piccolo release? Fun summer designs, gorgeous labels and flourishes! Today I'm sharing a few of the Accents from the Amusement Park Rides set on an altered paintbrush.

Here's what you'll need from the G&P shop:
3D Enamel Gels: Daffodil Pearl, Orange, Rose Pearl, Titanium White, Turquoise
Embossing Enamels: Aged White, Mermaid Tears
Glastique, Gloss

Other Supplies:
white gesso
white modeling paste
small alphabet stamps
glue gun
scraps of fabric, twine or ribbon

My local art store had chip brushes on sale and I stocked up - just for an occasion such as this! You could also use an old brush, too. The older the paint, the more character, right?

Paint the handle with a couple of coats of gesso. You don't have to worry about being neat. Just get it done!

Next, I mixed a bit of the Turquoise 3D Enamel Gel with some modeling paste. Dab it on randomly, creating colored textured. Let dry.

Using the 3D Enamel Gels, add more color to the handle. (I used a foam brush and a cotton swab.) Let dry between colors. (Layer away! The gels are translucent, so overlapping the colors is highly recommended!)

Use the gels to 'color' the Accents. After they are dry, coat with a layer of Glastique.

While you wait for the Accents to dry, melt the Embossing Enamels here and there over the handle and the brush bristles.

For ease and time, I used a glue gun to attach all of the embellishments to the paintbrush.

Stamp and distress the words. Trim and adhere.

I hope you enjoyed today's project! Be sure and stop by again for more G&P inspiration!

Inky hugs,

Thursday, August 21, 2014

calm ----

Happy Thursday. Teresa here again with a wonderful altered pendant. I love the way the enamels adhere to practically everything, giving us a ton of options for surface embellishing. 

Then adding the UV cure resin to seal it all gives us even more options. 

I actually made two of these - one to send to GlobeCraft and Piccolo and one that is hanging on a large lighthouse in my home.

Here is the shopping list.

real rust enamel powder
Enamel Adhesive
Instant UV Resin
Glastique Gloss 

There is full tutorial of the process for enameling the metals here and here. All it takes is time and patience for this process.

Another really great item is a toaster oven. Line the sheet with foil to protect the cooking surface and place the items under the broiler.

The Real Rust Powder is my current favorite - using the toaster oven allowed me to watch it carefully and stop the process of the melt with a lot of texture left so that the metal keeps a rust color AND texture. This powder mixes are amazing especially if you are covering a fairly large and smooth surface. This pendant has three layers of the powders on it.

While the pendant is cooling, make your accent. This one features an image from a lighthouse themed postage stamp. I took a clear glass flat backed marble (floral marble) and traced the shape on the image, then cut it out. The marble magnifies the image a bit.

I then used the Glastique to adhere the image to the marble and let it dry. Glastique is a wonderful paper adhesive. There is no wrinkling of the paper at all and it dries completely clear. Perfect for adhering images behind glass.

After the image dried, I again used the Glastique as an adhesive, attaching the image and the words (cut from a magazine article) to the pendant. I allowed all of this to cure overnight.

After everything cured overnight, coat everything but the marble with a thin layer of the Instant UV Resin and cure that in the sun or under a UV lamp. Adding the UV Resin to the pendant both seals and adds even more security to the image under the stone.

Hang your ornament with pride.

here are some more ideas for using the Glastique to mount images behind glass.
- pendant bezels
- photo frames
- magnets
- memory jars.
- Christmas Ornaments

Have a wonderful afternoon.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Dragonfly Thank You

My card today showcases the new Piccolo Dragonfly Accents as well as one of the new Fancy Labels.   I heat embossed my large Dragonfly's wings with Turquoise Lagoon enamel then added a light layer of Mermaid Tears enamel for some opalescence.  For the body, I used Deep Blue Sky enamel then added a good layer of Instant UV Resin for a glass-like finish.   For the smaller Dragonfly, I heat embossed just with Mermaid Tears.  I used Aged White enamel on the ATC Bubble Background

For my label, I began with Deep Blue Sky enamel and then gave it a coat of Mermaid Tears.  It is a wonderful shimmery dusky blue.  These enamels combine so beautifully.  The last step was the Thank You from Sweet Stamps.  Finished size is 4.25 x 5.5 inches.

Monday, August 18, 2014

An Inspired Tag

Happy Monday everyone! leslierahye with an inspiration tag created with emboss enamels and a piece of mica along with some of the molded embellies that I created last week--it's addictive...I just kept melting and filling the molds!

I created the tag with layers of embossed backgrounds, air brushed and water stamped backgrounds. A final layer of Gilded Rose along the edges of the distressed tag and some Mermaid Tears applied Frantage Style finished the base of the tag.

Next I stamped with die ink the inspired stamp and sprinkled Micro Black on to the surface of the mica. I heat set the words and waited for my piece of mica to cool. I attached it to the tag with some copper brads. I finished the tag with some of my molded embellies and some fancy fiber string.

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

Friday, August 15, 2014

Brave Mixed Media Pendant

Today I have this sweet little pendant to share with you. It started out being a plain piece of book board, but with a few embossing enamels and embellishments it turned out to be a whole lot more!

Here's what you'll need from the G&P shop:
Fine Feathers Necklace (CA111) or a Bezel of your choice
Embossing Enamel Micro White
Embossing Powder Ultra Thick Clear
Embossing Enamel Vintage Silver
Bling on a Roll Silver
Glastique Gloss

Other Supplies:
tiny flower
scrap paper
Tim Holtz Bird & Cage Die
scrap of tissue paper
black ink
small alphabet set

This bezel is from the Fine Feathers Necklace set. Using the Embossing Enamel Adhesive, apply and heat 3 layers of Micro White. (One layer at a time.) Let cool.

Using the Glastique, apply the Bling on a Roll around the edges. I cut the Bling into 3 'stone' pieces, so I could follow the edge of the bezel, keeping the circle shape.

Using a brush apply the Embossing Enamel Adhesive the edge of the bezel. Work in small sections, one area at a time. Dip the edge into a small pile of Vintage Silver. Heat and repeat until the outside edge is covered. Let cool.

Stamp 'brave' onto the scrap tissue paper. Use a small amount of the Glastique to adhere it to the center of the bezel.

Sprinkle on the Ultra Thick Clear. (I have found that the Ranger Heat Tool works great to start the powder melting. It usually doesn't blow off any of the powder. Be patient; it does take a minute or two to heat up the power. Once it has begun to melt, I get out my regular heat tool and quickly finish.) 

Let go of perfection and watch the magic happen!

Die cut the bird. Trim to fit. Cut tiny flags out of the scrap papers.

Use the Glastique to adhere the bird, flags and flower.

I love perfectly imperfect edges and the wave in the word brave. Charming, wouldn't you say?

Thanks for stopping by today.

Inky hugs,

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Love is a many splendored thing.

Happy Thursday. Teresa here with a word canvas that would be a great gift for a special friend. There are some fun techniques in this too.

So let's gather the things we need. (links at end of post)

A small canvas
Enamel Adhesive
Small paintbrush
Heat gun
Various Enamel Powders
     I used Deep Blue Sky, Ruby Red Slippers, Mermaid Tears, Cranberry Wine,
     Siam Silver, Victorian Bronze, Gilded Rose Gold, Royal Sterling, Mardi Gras, Bahama
     Aqua, Turquoise Lagoon, Shamrock Dreams.
"Love" Piccolo
Latex Paint (I used my favorite pale grey)

Now for the fun.

Paint your canvas with latex paint and let dry completely. I spritzed mine with a bit of watered down charcoal as well.

Trace or freehand a heart shape on the canvas.

Using the Enamel Adhesive and Bahama Aqua Embossing Powder, coat the word and emboss. set aside.

Also set aside the Ruby Red Slippers and Mermaid Tears Powder.


 Using a small paintbrush and the Enamel Adhesive, paint an area of your choice. Cover with the powder and emboss. Once the powder has cooled, you can layer other colors on or alongside it.

Keep adding small sections of the colors, until you have filled the heart shape.

I found the colors to be a bit strong for my liking, and decided to "Blend" them using a layer of Mermaid Tears Powder. To keep this layer lighter and not completely cover the other colors, I dipped my finger in the Embossing adhesive and spread it all aver the heart shape. This left a lighter, random feel to the embossing.

See those speckles? they may be my favorite part of this. I truly wanted sprinkles on my canvas. Using the adhesive left me with too thick of a background, so I experimented a bit. (latex paint is the trick here since it gets sticky when you heat it)

Pour a small amount of Mermaid Tears and Ruby Red Slippers Powder in your hand, mix well. sprinkle around the heart using your fingers (much like adding a pinch of salt when cooking).

Lift your canvas and start heating from underneath the canvas with your heat gun. As you see the powder start to melt, bring the heat to the front of the canvas and emboss to your liking.

This will complete the background.

Add your word to the canvas. Glue down with a heavy bodied, clear drying glue.

Now that was easy wasn't it?

Here are your links.....

Enamel Powder Adhesive
Enamel Powders of your choice
"Love" word piccolo

Have a wonderful weekend.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Piccolo Fun in the Sun

One of the new releases from Globecraft Piccolo this month is the At the Beach Accents.  You get a lot of pieces in this set and can create lots of fun in the summer projects.  I used the palm tree island as the main focus on my card.  Using a paint brush, I painted Enamel Powder Adhesive Fluid on just the island portion and heat embossed it using Brownstone Enamel.  Love the flecks of white and dark brown in this powder; I thought it made a good beach.  Painting just the palm fronds, I heat embossed them with Mossy Glen Enamel.  For the tree trunks, I added Burnt Umber 3D Enamel Gel.

To create my little scene, I used my Sweet Stamps Tropical Getaway clear stamp set.  First I created a horizon line with a mask and then  using my Copic makers, B00 and B01, I added the water.  Next I stamped the sun in the sky and colored with my Copic Y15.  I glued my island down on the card stock and then stamped the fronds in the foreground, coloring them with Copic G24.  

I stamped a few birds in the sky and then using Cheery Lynn Designs Tags 2, I created the little Fun in the Sun tag.  My last step was to add a drop of Turquoise 3D Gel Enamel to the tag.  Finished size is 4.25 x 5.5 inches. 

Monday, August 11, 2014

Molded Embossed Embellishments

Happy Monday everyone! leslierahye with a steampunk fatbook page that I create using embellishments that I made with Piccolo Emboss Powders. I am a mold addict--there, I said it. I think molds are awesome...from molded food and resin projects to jewelry projects and more...molds are, simply put, FUN!

Today I used silicone molds which come a variety of ways. There are companies that make them special for embellishments and then there are food companies that make them for decorated cakes and there are also companies that sell the materials to make your own mold! I chose to use molds for crafting embellishments.I found that heating up the mold a bit before adding a sprinkling of emboss enamel helped the enamel to melt faster and stay in the mold rather than flying out! I added enamel in metal colors to the gear molds and built up my molten pile until it was near the edge of the mold. Once I was happy with the fill, I set my mold to the side to cool completely. Before popping out the embellishments, I zapped the edges of the mold one more time to melt the thin "flash". Once removed from the mold you can add more paint or colorants, sand or whatever. I like the shiny metal look of the gears but on some I zapped the top of the gear to give a textured metal look! I think these were perfect for my steampunk fatbook page~!
I hope you enjoyed my project! Thank you for stopping by today!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Be-YOU-tiful Altered Block

 I love making little home decor pieces, especially when they're functional, too! Today we are using a few bits and scraps, 3D Gels, bling and fun Piccolo Accents to make this altered block.

Here's what you'll need from the G&P shop:
3D Enamel Gel Mars Black
3D Enamel Gel Rose Pearl
Bling on a Roll Silver
Vintage Dress Forms Accents A125
Glastique (Gloss or Matte)

Memento Ink Pad Tuxedo Black

Other Supplies:
wooden block
14 gauge galvanized steel wire
wire cutters
sandpaper, fine
scraps of patterned paper (My Mind's Eye - Dolled Up)
small alphabet stamps
scraps of lace

Using a nail and hammer, make a hole in the center of the top of your wooden block to fit the diameter of your wire. I used flat nose pliers to shape the wire as shown.

Using the Rose and Mars Block, paint your dressform. When dry adhere using the Glastique to a white piece of cardstock and trim when dry.

Adhere scraps of paper to the sides. Use the fine sandpaper over the edges of the paper scraps to soften them.

Stamp: be  YOU  tiful  on one side of your block as shown. Cut to fit and adhere a strip of bling to the bottom of the stamped square.

Using a bit of adhesive, glue and wrap the lace at the top of the wire (under the circle) and then wind it down, adding a little glue as needed. Adhere a small strip of bling to the top of the lace.

Add your picture and enjoy!

Have you made a project using Globecraft & Piccolo products? We would love for you to share them with us on our Facebook page!

Inky hugs,

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Resin Watch Necklace

When I cleaned out my Mom's house after her passing I found a drawer full of broken wrist watches, I don't think she ever threw one away.  So I decided to preserve one of them in a necklace with my Piccolo Instant UV Resin.  I began with a Rectangle Acrylic Charm; gluing some cool watch collage paper on the back.  I disassembled the watch and glued some pieces onto my acrylic.  You can see gears in the upper left as well as the lower left corners.  The face is in the upper right and the actual spring from the watch is in the center.  Once I got them placed I began to add my UV Resin.  You want to build this up slowly, curing it either in sunshine for 3 minutes or under a UV lamp for 3 minutes.  Do this between layers to avoid any pockets that won't cure.  

You can see in the photo above the wonderful depth you get from the resin and yet overall it is only about 1/4 of an inch high.  I added a nice Bail and a Silk Cord Necklace and then sponged Walnut Brown 3D Stamp Paint on the back and edges for a finished look.  What a fabulous way to preserve a family treasure.  It has an amazing glass like finish.

Monday, August 4, 2014

The Keys to my Steampunk Heart

Happy Monday everyone! leslierahye with a steampunk jewelry project today! I love the Piccolo keys and the steampunk charm sets--it seemed only natural to create a pendant to reflect my love for steampunk!
I melted several layers of Vintage Black and when I had it nice and molten I pressed a grid stamp into the enamel.

Likewise I embossed some of the gears with Vintage Copper and added the same texture with the grid stamp.

Finally I embossed some gears with gilded rose gold and a few with Copper Kettle.

I layered the gears on the bezel and attached the bezel and some black chain to the satin cord with jumprings. The keys were embossed with Gilded Rose Gold and Vintage Copper. They were attached to the chain with jumprings. A beaded dangle was added to the chain as well!

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