Sunday, October 10, 2010
Bricks Along the Journey
I am already looking forward to participating in next years auction and planning my brick. I may even find a brick and start now.
Friday, October 8, 2010
Close To My Heart Jewelry
This first pendant I then sprayed with some shimmer mist. It doesn't show in the photo but it adds a real pretty sparkle!
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
And Yet Another Pumpkin! (Tutorial)
- 3" Terracotta Pot
- "Olivia" Paper Packet: 1 - 12" x 12" Backgound & Texture (B&T) paper (text weight) for pumpkin shell and 1 - 12" x 12" Terracotta color Card Stock (CS) for stem. B&T scrap for leaves
- "Many Thanks" Stamp Set
- Liquid Glass
- Paper Trimmer
- Circle Cutter
Putting together the pumpkin shell/base:
Select your B&T and cut a 7" x 12" piece. Then cut this piece into 7" strips. I cut mine into different thicknesses, of 1/2", 3/4" and 1". You can cut them into random thicknesses or all the same. One of my favorite qualities of CTMH B&T is that it's double sided. When putting my pumpkin together, the backside of the paper will show through and be a pretty orange, rather than plain old white. If you use paper that is white on the backside, consider sponging some color onto it.
Add a thin line of liquid glass to the back side of the end of one paper strip. Press it on the inside of the lip of the terracotta pot. Continue with each strip around the inside lip of the pot until all strips are used. The pieces should overlap a little. Be sure the 'right' side of the paper is all facing toward the middle of the pot. Liquid Glass is the perfect adhesive to use here. It dries very quickly so you don't have to hold the paper against the pot more than a few seconds. It also makes a very strong bond!
Turn the pot upside down and glue the strips to the bottom with more Liquid Glass. I placed my pot over a jar to keep the paper from being squished around the top. An alternate way to adhere the paper to the bottom is to put a long (1" or longer) brad through the hole in the bottom of the pot, punch a small hole in the end of each strip and secure it over the brad. Don't fret if your strips don't seem to be perfectly aligned. This is art, and the charm is in the imperfections!
This is how your accordion tube will look flattened out and glued to the circle of CS.
Cut the large end of the cone to make an even opening.
Bend these short pieces outward like a sunburst.
Place the narrow end of the cone on the center back of the large B&T/CS circle. Place a pencil inside the cone and draw a circle on the CS using the narrow end as your template.
Remove the cone. Using an exacto knife, make cross cuts from edge to edge through the pencil drawn circle. Bend back the points and flatten them against the CS using a folding tool. This is the hole that your stem will eventually go through.
Place the gluey edge on a scrap of CS and hold in place until secure. Allow to dry thoroughly.
When dry, trim off the scrap paper close to the cone. Sponge some ink onto your cone to create a distressed look for your stem.
Close the cuts of the smaller end of the cone and insert it into cut in the large B&T/CS circle from the B&T side. Open up the starburst cuts of the cone on the CS side and glue to the cardstock. You now have a stem & top to your pumpkin!
Cut two 12" x 1" strips from the green B&T. Cut out the leaves. Notice the pretty color on the back of the leaves. Again, this is what I love about CTMH papers. The leaf in the middle is turned over so you can see how the back complements the fall leaf look we are going for. How cool is that?
Now spray a leaf with the mister. Soggy is okay. Wrap a small portion of the leaf around a smooth slender object. I used my piercing tool. Any thing of this shape will work as long as it won't be damaged by heating. Using a heat embossing tool, heat the leaf until it's dry. The leaf will stay in the shape it is dried in. Experiment with twists and curves, it's so much fun and so perfect for autumn leaves! Repeat for all three leaves.
Spray one of the strips of B&T. Soggy is okay. Gently begin twisting the paper at one end and work your way to the other end being careful not to tear it. Try to get the underside of the paper to show in places as well.
View of the lid from the bottom.
View of the lid from the top.
The completed project!