Oh what a fun week this is going to be! During these next few days all Stampendous gals will be playing with Stampendous stamps and Armour Etch Glass cream to create some really funky home decor items.
Yes, I know. When I first heard about this product team up I thought I was really going to struggle with ideas and that it was going to be super hard.
How wrong was I?! Glass etching is not at all difficult. OK, it might take a bit of practice to get the perfect results. But who says that crafting has to be perfect? I believe crafting should be fun :) and today I hope to show you how fun it is to use your stamps to create truly unique glass designs.
For my today's project I decided to upcycle some juice bottles as additional storage for my embellishments. I already have an assortment of little jars with yellow, red and blue tinted tops so I decided to try to tint my bottles to match the rest of my 'glassware' collection.
OK, here we go. First you will need: clean glass bottles, Beacon's Fast Finish medium, selection of inks, some old containers/tins (one for each colour) and paper towels.
Mix a small amount of Fast Finish with your inks/mists in the container.
Pour your mixture into the bottle.
Put the bottle cap back on, ensuring to screw it on tightly. Gently swirl the ink inside the bottle covering the entire surface. Pour the excess ink back into you mixing container.
Next, stand the bottle up side down onto the paper towel. Allow about 30 mins for the ink to run down and repeat the swirling part if you want the colour to be more intense.
Tint the remaining bottles the same way. Leave to dry overnight (NB. some tutorials advise to bake your glassware to heat set the colour medium. I am not intending to use these as fresh flowers vases so I skipped this step).
I also used a clear plastic tray for my mixing and drying to protect my work area.
Now, the really exciting part!
Swipe your bottle with antistatic embossing buddy. Ink up your stamp with embossing ink (any colour). Stamp onto the bottle and heat emboss with embossing powder (any colour). The stamping will become your mask.
Next cut a stencil with a Nestabilities die from a contact paper. Adhere to the bottle and secure the edges with masking tape to protect the areas you don't want to etch.
I didn't have contact paper so I used a thin acetate with repositional adhesive instead. Not ideal as the etching cream can seep underneath the stencil if it's not secured enough. This is where we get to the part where ART does not have to be perfect :).
Next cover the area to be etched with a generous amount of Armour Etch cream. Make sure to wear protective gloves as the cream is highly corrosive. Ideally you want to do this step in a well ventilated area with an easy access to a sink. Leave the cream on for at least 2 minutes (I left mine for 5 mins).
When the time is up, take your bottles to the sink and rinse the cream off thoroughly. You will also see that the embossing will start to peel off - just rub it all off gently. Dry your glass thoroughly and here's the final result:
Be sure to stop by Stampendous blog to see what other creative uses for the Stampendous stamps and Armour Etch cream the girls have come up with. I can't wait to see them myself! Oh and don't forget to leave comments - the more the merrier - because as always there are fabulous prizes to be won. The winners need to have a US mailing address so make sure to let us know if you have one, in case it's not obvious from your blog profile :).
Welcome to the big Finale of this week's collaboration of the three fantastic companies: Stampendous, Core'dinations along with its David Tutera line and May Arts ribbons. I am really happy to see you here today - and I'd like to say a very special welcome to my newest followers :). Your support really means a lot to me - thank you! Ok then, please make yourself at home, grab a cuppa and let's begin! The project I'd like to share with you today is a card for my F-I-L as we are soon going to celebrate Father's Day here in the UK. My F-I-L is a very special person, a man of many wonderful talents - painting being one of them. In my project I tried to capture at least a fragment of the magic my F-I-L creates in his paintings. And with the help of some wonderful crafty products I was ready to give it my best shot!
I was recently inspired by a 'patchwork technique' I saw in the Craft Stamper magazine. I really loved the lush plush look this technique created on cardstock and just I knew I had to try it! And with a lovely linen like texture of the Core's cardstock, I hoped my patchwork would look great.
I stared by sponging some Antique Linen distress ink onto my card from the Whitewash Collection against the edge of my acetate 'template'. Moving your template down create parallel lines with your shading. Next turn your card 90 degrees and repeat the process.
Then using Coffee Archival ink I stamped the Cling Artist Elements stamp onto my 'patchwork' panel and I coloured it with water colour pencils. I also created a smaller panel using the same cardstock and patchwork technique. I used it for my sentiment Cling Color Outside.
Next I chose the postage stamp edge card from the David Tutera sets I cut to size all my patterned paper layers (7 Dots Studio, Dreamer). I distressed them all with the Sand-It tool and wiped the dust with the Cleaning Cloth from the Sand-It set.
Then I folded one side of the David Tutera's card blank in half and reinforced the whole base with cardstock from the Tim Holtz Kraft Core Nostalgic line. Next I added all my paper layers and tucked in some DT's embellishments.
To finish the card I altered some embellishments by swiping them with Boss Gloss and heat embossing them with Aged Teal EE. For the flower centre I added some Teal Mica Fragments and a metal flower embellishment from the D.T.'s embellies pack.
I layered my flower over May Arts Faux Suede ribbons and I used the Net ribbon for the base of my easel.
Thanks for visiting today and for all your lovely comments! Ah, and while you're here...:) if you like my inspiration samples for this week, including my Happy Sunflowers card, how about joining my blog to stay up to date with my future creative adventures? Be sure to leave your blog address in the comment so I can return the kindness!
Every day during this week the design teams will be bringing you new projects and creative ways to use products from this Great Trio of companies.
And before you ask, yes - we again have LOTS of prizes for the participating hoppers, so be sure to hop along, visit and comment on as many blogs as possible to increase your chances to win some amazing crafty stuff.
Here's the first project I have to share with you and I will be back again on Friday for the big Collaboration Finale.
I've made a summery birthday card using a card blank and a die cut decorative panel and border from the David Tutera collection. The background paper was from my stash.
To create my main panel I first stamped the lovely cling Sunflower Ladybug stamp with Coffee Archival directly onto the die cut Core'dinations card.
Then I coloured my image with STAEDTLER Ergo Soft Aquarell pencils. I blended the colours with my water brush.
Next I stamped a swirl in the opposite corner, the swirl is from the Peruvian Lily set. I also added some distressing around the edge of the panel with a Rusty Hinge DI. In the next step, I heat embossed the whole panel with 5 layers of Deed Impression Chunky Clear embossing enamel. I sprinkled some Shabby White embossing enamel between the layers - the white dots look as if they are floating :).
Once the melted powders cooled off I cracked the enamelled layer in a few places for a cracked glass effect. To highlight the cracks I swiped more of the Rusty Hinge ink.
For my flower arrangement I used some paper flowers from my stash and gorgeous ribbons from May Arts. Check out this fab orange Twill/Chevron Stripes ribbon! And that sweet little ladybug was in the blog candy package I recently won from from the lovely Laura (thank you honey!).
Leave a comment on each blog for the best chance at winning. PLUS... visit our facebook page and SHARE on your Timeline one of this week's posts about this Blog Hop. We'll choose 4 random winners this week from the "sharers" - 2 will get to choose ANY roll of May Arts ribbon and two will get tag packs from Core'dinations. (this is beyond the regular prizes already mentioned!).So visit our facebook PAGE - click the word Share underneath one of our posts, and choose "Share on your Timeline" to enter.
If you missed my previous post with the cute bezel pendants, be sure to check it out here.
To close the fabulous week of inspiration with a bang we're also hosting a big blog hop! And I'm sure you know the drill, hop along, get inspired, leave some love everywhere and you might be in a chance of winning some AMAZING goodies. I mean SERIOUSLY amazing stuff!
Soooo.... let's get started!
The sample I prepared for today is a plant label that is soon going to make its way to my new garden & patio. I haven't decided yet whether it will be free standing or hanging so I left it without any 'attachments' for now.
If you follow my blog you might recall my Garden Journal where I am going to document how my garden grows and what will grow in it. This project will give you the first clue - can you guess what I am going to plant? LOL :).
- following the instructions closely measure equal parts of components A&B
- mix thoroughly - have a look at this helpful video here
- roll the clay into long strip/s and mould it around the label. It should sit nicely on the acetate
- make sure the rolled strips are at least 2 mm taller than the plaque to create a raised edge
- using tweezers embed the mosaic tiles into the clay (make sure to leave a raise edge)
- you don't need any glue for this, clay does it all for you!
- don't panic - clay has up to 2 hours working time, so you don't need to rush
- dust the clay with Perfect Pearls and set aside to cure for 24 hours
- when the clay has cured, add a layer of Jewerly Resin over the stamped image - follow the instructions here.
- leave it to cure for another 48 hours
I must confess, I was quite nervous about using these products at first... But soon enough I learnt that the biggest difficulty about working with jewerly resin and clay was actually... staying away from your project during curing time! But you must be patient. Disturbing your samples too early will very likely spoil your project. But if you wait patiently, you will be rewarded with a truly special make!
I hope you enjoyed your visit here. If you did, please let me know in the comment below. And while you're here, why don't you have a little look around my other projects? If you like what you see, how about joining my blog to stay up to date with my future creative adventures? Be sure to leave your blog address so I can return your kindness! :)
Now it's time to check the rest of the AMAZING projects prepared to awe, inspire and take your breath away. Happy hopping!
I love jewellery (UK English spelling lol) so being able to incorporate stamps to create truly unique (and durable!) designs was great fun. This has really opened a new world of opportunities for me! Today I am sharing a couple of pendants I made but I will be back on Friday with another exciting project. On Friday we will also host a fabulous blog hop, full of amazing projects as well as...yes, you guessed it - lots of prizes to win, too!
I coloured the images with STAEDTLER ergosoft aquarell pencils and blended the colours with a water brush.
Next I fussy cut the images and arranged them over some pressed flowers. Again, I used Matte Multimedium to glue them in place.
Before you add resin, you need to seal any paper elements - I used Beacon's Fast Finish to seal mine.
Now you are ready to add resin. I didn't take any step out photos for this as I prefer the experts guide you through it :). So have a look at the video below to get all the deets:
And here's the finished piece.
For the second pendant I used Pearlised Mica fragments for the background. Then I stamped the sentiment from the Rose Thoughts clear set onto tissue paper which I glued and sealed with Fast Finish. The tissue blended in quite nicely letting the subtle pearlised background to show through. To embellish the pendant I sprinkled some Multi Crystal glitter, Lavender Glass Glitter and Silver Glass Glitter. And I added some gems and a jewelled flower from an old broken jewellery piece.
I really enjoyed playing with resin and I hope you approve of my first attempts :). Be sure to check out all the other projects shared - hop over to the Stampendous blog for all the links. I can't wait myself to start blog hopping!
Have a fabulous week my friends and I will catch up on my visits soon!
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