Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Free Vintage Papers

Sizzix has a new surprise in store for all of you - or rather a free gift! 4 amazing vintage papers for you to download and use on your projects!

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Floral Beauty To Dangle Under My Ears + Tutorial

When I first saw the Tattered Floral challenge on TH blog, my immediate idea was to make plastic jewelry!
I started out by die-cutting tattered florals from a Sizzix embossing folders packaging.  I just love how Bigz dies cuts right through materials as such - even through two layers at once. This material proved to be absolutely amazing with this technique.
Then you heat each petal - not whole flower - over a candle. Be careful not to burn it. You need for the plastic to start curling - just slightly. This means it has become soft and it is able to ply it however you need.
I then use different sized instruments with wooden balls on end. That soft petal must be put on some soft base - I use soft mouse pad for this purpose. Curl all petals to resemble more realistic flower.
Then I color underside of my petals using alcohol inks - first I apply single color and when it's dried, I applied silver color on top of the previous layer - this makes the color to pop out more.
then I just pricked a hole in the middle of all my flowers and stacked them on top of each other. Use a nice brad to keep them all together. Then I used some superglue to attach my flower to an extra large hair clip.
My girl wasn't very happy about me making her be my model, but she did like her new hair clip :)
 After making that hair clip, I decided that I need something for myself as well.  My most often used piece of jewelry is definitely earrings, so I went for that.

I used two layers of middle sized flowers and one smallest flower. Then I added quite large pearl brad that I also colored with alcohol inks. All I needed more was to attach few jumprings and an earring hook.

Hope you like these, and if you create something similar, I would sure like to see them.