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Katies Rose Cottage: Mercury Glass Family Fun

Katies Rose Cottage: Mercury Glass Family Fun

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Birgit's Daily Bytes: How to make your own Alcohol Inks, Shimmer Mists, Mod Podge and more As I mentioned in my last post, I’ve been experimenting with some more cost effective alternatives in the crafting/scrapping/art journaling area and I want to share some of those with you. 1. Alcohol Inks and Spray Inks. They are easily and cheaply made with every day ingredients. They may not be of the highest ingredients, but they work for what I need them for! The first one I want to show you is the cool aid spray! Get yourself an empty small spray bottle either from the dollar store or from Target (Pharmacy department.) Place the cool aid powder in the bottle, fill it up almost to the top with rubbing alcohol. Of course you can add more or less powder, depending on how intense you want the color. The other option is the RIT dye alcohol inks. And of course, food coloring, egg dye and re-inkers can be used too! And then there is the Gelato way! Incidentally you can also use the gelatos to color modeling paste. 2. Love the stuff, but after a while it can get quite expensive. 3. 4. Water

Typographic Wooden Box I recently went on a Christmas crafting frenzy so I could stock my space at the shop with some cheerful goodies for those early-bird holiday shoppers. I gave you a sneak peak of some of them in this photo a couple of posts ago. And today I'm going to give you a closer look. I've said it before and I'll say it again- I am not terribly original but I can copy just about anything. These mason jar snow globes are an Anthropologie knock-off. I made some more this afternoon and considered doing a full tutorial, but they're just so easy it seemed silly. You'll need:mason jar (mine are from Hobby Lobby)mini fake trees (got mine at Dollar Tree in a 2-pack with one big and one small)any other little items you want inside, like mini pine conesfake snow (any craft store)glitterhot glue gun and sticksribbon or rope to decorate Hot glue your trees and other knick-knacks to the inside of the lid. Moving on... I really love old sheet music and have collected quite a few vintage hymnals.

DIY Marbled Glassware When graphic designer and artist Joanna Bean Martin shared with us her technique for marbling the bottoms of glassware with nail polish, we couldn’t wait to try it ourselves. Who knew it would be such an easy way to add color and pattern to your next tablescape or party? Remember, the brighter and bolder colors you use, the more the glasses will radiate and glow. Have fun! You’ll need:flat bottomed glasswarevariety of colorful nail polishclear nail polisha disposable plastic containernail polish removerpainters tapetoothpicks Mask off the bottom of the glass with painters tape. Fill a disposable, plastic container with water. Layer the colors one on top of the other. Submerge the bottom of the glass into the polish. Allow to dry completely before applying a layer of clear polish. Once everything has dried, remove the painters tape and touch up with nail polish remover and a cotton swab. Your glowing glasses are finished! Bottoms up!

Spirit of Creativity Tutorial & Tips Blog: Rubber Stamping Tutorial #1 - Ink Pads & Inks These are just a small sample of my ink pad stash! Many people are put off rubber stamping by the huge array of ink pads that are available. Trying to find the right ones for what you want can be an expensive matter of trial and error so the object of this workshop is to help you to find the right type of ink for the job you want it to do. Although I've given the names of some of the brands as I've talked about the different types, this is by no means an exhaustive list of what is available and is just intended as a guideline. DYE - WATER BASEDAdirondak, Memento, Memories, Marvy, Impress, Kaleidacolor, Big & Juicy, Ink it up These are just some of the water based dye inks available. They are available as single colours and some, such as Adirondak, Kaleidacolor and Big and Juicy also do a range of multicoloured pads which are wonderful for brayered backgrounds. You can add colour to images stamped with these pads if the media you use is non water based such as dry chalks or pencils. PENS.

The Concrete Cottage: How to Make a Faux Cork What?So not everyone NEEDS a faux cork?I know that's what you're thinking!Hogwash!Fiddlestix!Yeah, I know. The FAUX kind. Wanna learn how to make one? Well I'm gonna show you anyway. So here's the nitty gritty.You'll need some brown craft paper, Mod Podge, one of those styrofoam cone thingies from Michael's, a sponge brush and a serrated knife.Oh, and a cutting board might be handy unless you're into that "mess up the table and pretend it never happened" kinda thing. And the steps go something like this...One. Here it is all dry.Do you see the issue that had me all fussy and irritated at this point? My Mod Podge Is Showing! Ok, so this isn't quite as big of a problem as say, "my roots are showing" or "my bra is showing" or my all time favorite "my butt-crack is showing". Butt (pun intended there!) I put it on so thick that even after it dried it was still white in spots. Butt (pun again! I slathered on some Annie Sloan dark wax and I think it did the trick! Mod Podge Managed! So here it is!

Homemade Flattened Glass Bottles Glass art is a beautiful way to decorate your home while recycling. You can use old wine, beer, vinegar or fizzy drink bottles to create your own flattened glass bottles to decorate your home. You can place wire hangers into the mouth of the bottle to allow you to hang it on the wall, or flatten a wine bottle to create a unique serving tray for cheese, butter or appetisers. Skill level: Moderate Things you need Oven Glass bottles Copper wire Parchment paper Kiln Kiln wash Paintbrush Show MoreHide 1 Remove all paper labels from your bottle, and wash it thoroughly. 1 Remove all paper labels from your bottle, and wash it thoroughly. Tips and warnings Make sure you remove all paper from the bottles before baking because paper ignites at 230 degrees C (450 F), and you don't want to have a fire in your oven. More slideshows

Gesso and Stencils Using gesso with stencils is a really fun technique with neat results for journal pages. For my first page I painted it with with water soluble oil pastels. Yes, you read me right – water soluble oil pastels! Water Soluble Oil Pastels First thing you need to do is to place your stencil over your page and apply gesso. Gesso covered stencil Then carefully remove the stencil and just like magic the image appears! gesso on page Before you go any further, wash the stencil right away. For the next directions, I’ll have to show you a different stencil I used. Now that the gesso is dry, wet your paint brush with water and apply to the whole page. Applying water to page Then take the oil pastel, wet it with the paint brush and slide across the paper. And the finished background. Finished background Here is the other stenciled page. And another one. I am just learning to use the oil pastels. Another day, just another fun way to make backgrounds for those journal pages. Yesterday we had some strong winds.

{Vintage} Metal Stencils Last month when I did a post called, "Think Big", I showed you a terrific industrial-looking display of metal stencils from Restoration Hardware that I love. At $16 per letter, I didn't love the price. Getting the whole alphabet would have cost $416 + tax and shipping! I spotted a set of paper stencils with a similar look at Staples for $3.99 -that's more my price range. They are almost a card stock thickness. Aside from displaying them all together, there are tons of fun things to do with them. Number Baskets & Bins Add them to a vignette Make a Banner Use them as embellishment on old books with or without covers. Play with them! They were SO easy to make. Left like this, they are a little too shiny, so I rubbed on some Valspar antique glaze. Now they resemble aged metal. The glaze gets into the texture of the paper and gives them "patina". The longest part of this project was separating the squares and punching the insides of the letters out. Fast, Fun & Frugal! Angie

The Technique Zone: Raster Screen Supplies needed: Masking tape, chalks, cotton wool balls, card stock Tear your masking tape into thin strips and stick on the card Once you have got your masking tape in a pattern you like, lift it off your work area and onto a piece of scrap paper, making sure it is firmly fixed Next apply the chalk in your preferred colour, ensuring you work it into the edges Cover the whole piece, you can use more than one colour if you wish Carefully peel off the masking tape ensuring that you don't touch the card stock Once you have peeled all the masking tape off, bang the card stock on your work area to get rid of the excess chalk You can spray your card stock with a cheap hairspray to set it, but personally I don't bother

World Piece Whenever I ask my husband “What do you want for xxxx holiday?” (Christmas, Birthday, Valentine’s Day) I get the same response. “World Peace.” Said, of course, tongue in cheek. So I started taking him at his word. The first year I gave him a photoshopped Japanese Ukiyo-e print of Traditional Japanese Women carrying very very large Snow Pea Pods. Above, I took apart an old globe, cut out a continent-like shape, and pinned it in a shadow box. But the gift that totally confounded him: Water from Scotland. I also made him a lovely book about all of Birdie’s parts and pieces. This year I have wondrous plans in place for his Valentine’s gift.

Artangel: Mixed media crumpled tissue technique - tutorial As promised, a little tutorial on how I made my mixed media canvas (above) for last week's IAE challenge. 1. Take a sheet of tissue paper (any old tissue paper will do - I save the stuff from old shoe boxes!) and give it a really good crumple so it has tons of creases - the more the better! 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.Other collage elements I've added are a beautifully aged vintage book page, and a wooden button and letters (these have a very light coat of gold acrylic paint so they glisten a little but the letters still show through). I've also used some scrapbook paper leftover from an old project, and a fragment of the paper that I had underneath the laundry bag when I was painting it (perhaps worryingly, sometimes I like the scrap paper underneath more than my actual work!) 7. The crumpled tissue technique also works really well with landscape pieces - I've also used it here -