Glitter, glitz and glamour

Dear Fellow Crafters,

Today, I thought I would talk about glitter. My husband has often told a story about finding glitter in his steak! (It was at a time before I had a stamp room). Anyway, there are several types of glitter:

  • Translucent thin and semi-clear. Use when you want the bottom color to show through.
  • Opaque – solid and bold color.
  • Low-grade chunks of glitter. Typically sold in Dollar Stores for youngsters.
  • Fine and micro fine – Remember Tinkerbell from Peter Pan? It is the type of “fairy dust” she would have sprinkled. Typically sold in small jars.
  • Spray bottles – Sold in aerosol cans and used primarily for large items. Use in well-ventilated areas. Works for clothing and silk flowers.
  • Liquid squeeze on -works well on wood or clothing. Dries very slowly. Also good for paper
  • Brush-on – water-based and comes in primary colors. Good for wood and plastic.
  • Vintage glass. Comes in very small shards. Use for Christmas ornaments.
  • Clear glitter glue dries clear, letting color shine through.
  • White glitter glue – dries white use for snow.
  • Fabric glitter glue -use for permanent application on fabric
  • Double-sided adhesive tape  – less mess and can be purchased in sheets or stripes

Several tips for using glitter:

  • Work over a shallow container
  • Use a plastic (empty) plastic squeeze bottle to blow away particles
  • For even control, use a small plastic spoon
  • Thin piece of cardstock can be used to  scrape away mistakes
  • always replace covers
  • For extra glitter mix with embossing powder

Ideas:

  • Add a touch of clear drying liquid glue, then sprinkle on your glitter of choice. Apply different colors to the section of your stamped images for a kaleidoscope effect.
  • Sprinkle into warm embossing powder to add texture
  • Apply glitter to clear acetate for a stained glass effect
  • Add glitter paper for matte cards

Til next time,

~Sallie

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Eyelets

Dear Fellow Crafters,

Today, I thought we could explore the subject of eyelets. To be honest, I absolutely loved this tool for a while, but then as time went on, forgot about it! While doing research for this post, I discovered it all over again! There are several tools on the market that do the same thing but in different ways. The two major types are the ones you use with a small hammer and the one that is all complete.. I have used both but found that the automatic one is easier for me.

You can use an ordinary hole puncher and regular eyelets from a hardware store. These will be standard size circles of gold, silver and brass. You can also buy specially made punching tools and eyelets found in your local craft store. The advantage of buying these is that sometimes you will find a kit containing the tools and some eyelets and you can use the eyelets anywhere on your project and not be limited to the placement due to the puncher length.

Eyelet 1

The directions are as follows:

  1. Decide where you want your  hole to be on your card. Be sure that you have a craft mat under your work! Your table will thank you. Take the metal tool with the hole punching insert and firmly press a hole in the paper. If you are not strong enough, the small hammer will help. The hole that is punched will be smaller than the usual hole punched by a hole puncher.

Place one of the eyelets on the front side, turn the page over. Exchange the parts in your tool to the ball point edge and place it in the eyelet and hammer it flat. Done!

The second type tool is the Instant Setter. This tool, one of many on the market, is made by Making Memories. It comes with the setting mat, a magnetic head for easy tip changes, and adjustable handle. and a metal box to store it in. Full instructions are also enclosed.  It sets the following sizes: 1/16″, 1/8″, 3/16″. With this tool,you can punch and set an eyelet, and use with the Making Memories Stamping Die Set.

To set an eyelet:

  1. Replace the hole punch tip with the coordinating size setting tip.
  2. Slip an eyelet into the hole and hold it in place as you turn the page over.
  3. Hold tool vertically and press straight down on the eyelet until you feel it click.

You may need to press the eyelet one or more times to achieve the desired result.

Ways to use eyelets

  • Attach vellum
  • Corner of picture mat
  • in the hole of a tag
  • borders
  • ends of a hammock

accents on journal blocks

“Til next time,

~Sallie

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Tag Art

Dear Fellow Crafters,

Do you remember this image?

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Thanks Tag by Tami Mayberry

That’ s right – it’s a tag for shipping/ tag sale items/ gift box or bag. But today, tags are not only for decorating gifts anymore. Now tags are used independently as blank canvases for cards, journal pages, elements etc. There is no limit as to what you can use these for. In the beginning tags were found in office supply stores and sold for tag sale use or shipping tags. They were usually manila colored. Now tags are found in craft stores in different colors and shapes. You can punch tags or die cut tags. Obviously, the list is endless. Here are some to whet your inspirational appetite:

CC1. Reindeer tag Candy Egg Basket. CE1

 

 

 

 

 

 

SWTagArt snowy tagMason jat flower

 

 

 

 

 

 

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