Friday, December 30, 2011

Celestial Candle

Do you love candles? How about alcohol inks? How about combining both into a fun project? Well, then I have the perfect project for you today!

I started by taking a plain jane white candle and completely covering it with several shades of alcohol ink.

Next, apply a couple drops of Kurecolor Ink in Orange and Snow Cap Mixative to an applicator felt and apply to an acrylic star from the Basically Bare Bare Basics Celestial Set.

For this last step, you'll need to raid your pantry! Yes, the pantry. The moon shape, also from the Celestial Set, is covered completely in foil and then ran through a Cuttlebug for a bit of dry embossing. Carefully cover the raised portions of the moon with embossing ink, sprinkle with embossing powder, and then heat set the powder. I used WOW embossing glitter in Metallic Platinum Sparkle. It's a perfect match in color to the foil and also provides a fun texture to contrast to the smoothness of the foil.

For a last bit of embellishment, I added a metal sentiment and a few beads.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

White Christmas Canvas

Today I have a fun Christmas canvas to share. I hope you enjoy!

Step One: Cover entire canvas, both the top and all four sides, with a thin layer of gel medium and cover with tissue paper. Set aside to dry.

Step Two: Dip a paintbrush into white paint and flick the paint onto the canvas. Repeat with silver paint.

Step Three: Attach a thin strip of punchinella.

Step Four: Trim around the edge of four strips of fabric with pinking shears and adhere to the canvas.

Step Five: Using a paintbrush, add a fairly thick layer of SnowTex to the bottom of the canvas. Then, using a dry brush technique, add random bits of SnowTex to the remainder of the canvas. While the SnowTex is still wet, sprinkle with glitter and tap off any excess. Set aside to dry.

Step Six: While the canvas is drying, ink a couple of Grungeboard snowflakes with white Distress Stain and dip into glitter while they are still wet. Set aside to dry.

Step Seven: Completely cover one side of an acrylic bird with glitter glue and set aside to dry. Once dry, adhere to bottom right corner of the canvas.

Step Eight: Add remaining embellishments and sentiment.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Christmas Wreath

I'm back once again with a fun Christmas idea! Can you believe there's only 12 days to go? How about some lights, a couple stockings, and a nice fire to get you in the holiday spirit?

Now let's zoom in close on the ornament hanging between the two stockings. And what do I spy but the cutest little wreath made with a Basically Bare Chipboard gear and buttons.

To make the wreath shape, I simply cut a circle from the middle of the largest gear in the set.

The button "berries" were first inked with Festive Berries Distress Ink, then heat embossed with Polysparkle Embossing Powder, and lastly covered with Glossy Accents.

The gear "wreath" was heat embossed with two layers of Ranger's Verdigris Embossing Powder and then with a layer of Polysparkle Embossing Powder. It is Christmas time after all, everything must have a bit of sparkle and shine! :)

Lastly, I added a couple of holly leaf shaped stickers that had been coated with Lime Green and Holly Stickles.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Christmas Tag

Ready for another Christmas project idea? How about a cute little hand sewn tag? It would be the perfect addition to a gift bag or box. I hope you enjoy!

Step One: Cut two pieces of fabric and a piece of quilt batting to tag size.

Step Two: Using a Christmas tree stamp and two shades of StazOn, stamp image onto one piece of the fabric.

Step Three: Using gold Brilliance ink, stamp snowflakes.

Step Four: Adhere the pearl "ornaments".

Step Five: Stack the fabric and quilt batting so that the unstamped piece of fabric is on the bottom, then the layer of quilt batting, and lastly the stamped image on top. Pin the layers together so they don't shift.

Step Six: Stitch the tag shape. This can be done with either a sewing machine or by hand.

Step Seven: Trim all edges using a pair of pinking shears.

Step Eight: Lastly, add a flower, ribbon, and the sentiment.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Ornament Wreath

Today I have a fun wreath. Shhh, don't tell anyone how simple this is to make. It's our little secret. The wreath itself is made using a sewing hoop with has alternating colors of tulle tied all the way around. It only takes about 30 minutes to make and is also a great way to let the little ones help with making projects.

Now, on to the decorations. I used a set of Basically Bare Stack-a-Bellies Holiday Ornaments and lots of fun techniques. To start, I took an acrylic ornament and inked one side with alcohol inks. Once the ink was dry, I flipped it over and stamped a Santa and snowflakes with StazOn ink.

Next up is a chipboard ornament. For this one, I painted the entire ornament white. Once the paint was dry, I ran it through my Cuttlbebug for a bit of dry embossing. Then I inked the raised portion with red and green Distress Inks.

For the last ornament, I misted the entired piece with Adirondak Color Wash and then with Perfect Pearls mist. While the inks were still wet, I sprinkled on some white and glittery clear embossing powder and then heat set the powders. I also embossed around the edges with a dark green embossing powder. Lastly, I added a felt strip and stitched on some beads.

To finish off the wreath, the ornaments were suspended on monofilament.

Can you believe there's only 21 days left until Christmas? Are you ready?
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