Sunday, August 25, 2013

Color Fairy

Fairy Wings

Yesterday I met the cutest little girl at work, she was all dressed up and told me that it was her birthday. I was taken with this little princess and thought it would be nice to make her a card. I don't get the opportunity to make girly cards too often, so this was going to be fun. Here is what I created.
I made the wings using the following techniques.
Step 1
Mix Terri Sproul Mixers onto a non-stick mat and let dry.

Step 2
Once the mixers were dry I placed them behind the wire formed shaped wings I made.
Step 3
I filled the wire wings with 3D Crystal Lacquer and let this dry.

 Step 4
Once the wings were dried completely, I was able to snip away any excess mixers from around the wire edge.
Step 5
I stamped my fairy image and colored her with Terri Sproul Mixers and Copic markers. The mixers left a beautiful sheen to the fairy. And of course what would a fairy be without a little glitter, exactly, so I added some glitter to her crown.
Step 6
 I used pop dots and double sided sticky tape to adhere my fairy to the front of my card and to keep the wire wings in place.
The finished result of this card looks so beautiful and I know this little five year old is going to love her card.  I love the fact that I can make more of these cards. However, I will need to make or find a castle image. The one I used was chipboard and I can't replace it, but I was happy to use it up.
If you don't own any of the Sakura Hobby Craft products yet, what are you waiting for? I use them all the time and will continue to find many uses for them.  This month when you make a purchase at you can use the code Aug08 and receive 20% off your entire order. That's a great deal and its a good time to stock up on some extra product, just in time for the busy holiday season ahead.
I'd like to thank Sakura Hobby Crafts and Terri Sproul for allowing me to work with and share my creations over that past 6 months. I've had a wonderful time getting to know everyone, I've learned so many new ideas and gained a wider audience.  For me this whole experience has been very joyful and filled with magical moments. I've loved every single piece I've worked on, but I wanted to share one of my favorites. Of course it has to be my mini garden album, because it utilized many techniques and lots of color.
I hope you will be adding Sakura Hobby Craft products to your creative line up today!

Friday, August 23, 2013

3D Crystal Color Lacquer 5 Ways

Hi there today I would like to share with you my final projects for the Sakura Hobby Craft Design Team and how I used Color Crystal Lacquer Five different ways!

Today I am creating embellishments. The first way I used the colored lacquer is to pour it into molds.

I had some Wilton molds for cake making and I thought it would be fun to see how the lacquer would work. I tested a few ways and the best method I found was to lay a foundation of Clear Crystal Lacquer down first and let stand to get sticky before adding my Colored Lacquer and finishing off with yet another layer of Clear Lacquer. This method worked best and I let this set for about two days before attempting to remove them.
Different temperatures and climates will determine drying time.
Here are the finished embellishments of a red rose , green leaf and a gold fleur de lis.. Perfect!

Next, I used gold color lacquer to color a pillar I made out of corrugated cardboard. Since the color lacquers came with a pen like tip it was very easy to add shine and pearly gold to my hand made pillar ready for my layout.

Then I decided to play with bottle caps. The first one I added some color lacquers (Blue and Pink) to the inside of my bottle cap (used bottle cap from beer). I filled the bottom only and let the colors blend naturally. I set that aside to dry.  The second bottle cap I decided to flatten out with my Sizzix Big Shot. **Note: this will cause your plates to be cut** I would recommend placing a shim on both sides of the cap to prevent this from happening.  I placed some Color Lacquer in strips and proceeded to use a toothpick to swirl the colors into each other.
I loved it! and decided to punch a hole into the top of the flattened bottle cap with my Cropadile Big bite. I also colored the edges with a black Copic marker and added a ball chain.
The second bottle cap (not flattened) could be used for a pendant as it matches the necklace. 
Whalla recycled bottle caps into jewelry.

Next, I found some weird looking washers in my husbands garage. They reminded me of steampunk so I had to put some together for an upcoming project. I used Gold and Silver Pearl Color Lacquer. I colored the outsides and let dry. I also thought it would be fun to add a broken piece of colored lacquer from test done on the molds. It was an owl that didn't quite turn out when trying to take it out of the mold.. I never throw anything away so I decided to use it too! I glued the whole lot together with E6000 glue.

Awesome Right?

Lastly I decided to color a domino. First I stamped the domino with a dragon fly stamp with Stazon ink.
then I added some color with the colored lacquer. Here I used Blue and Pink. I think the possibilities here are endless! This could very easily be a key chain or hung as a pendant!. I am definitely going to play some more ....
I think this would make a great key chain!

I hope I inspired you today... Because it's a great time to try Sakura's Color Crystal Lacquer. You can get 20% off your entire purchase at Sakura Hobby Craft for the month of August.  Just by entering this code:  aug08    at checkout! 

Monday, August 19, 2013

You Take The Cake



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Coloring with 3D Crystal Lacquer fine line pens can color both big areas and outline in small.  Here is a card using both 3D Crystal Lacquer fine line pens and Terri Sproul's Mixers - Ultra Fine Glitter.

After using the fine line pens, sprinkle a little Ultra Fine Glitter before the lacquer dries.  The glitter will only stick to the lacquer.  When dry, tap off excess glitter.

Design, collage image as you would do to create a birthday card.

Cre8tivelea Yours - Lea

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Crystal Lacquer Embellished Book Covers

Hi everyone!
Dale here, with my final DT project.  THANK YOU to Sakura Hobby Craft, Terri Sproul and the whole DT for a LOVELY experience.

As I have stated before, I enjoy shopping at thrift stores.  When I see old unloved books, I usually bring the real sad ones home.  I can use the pages for collage, or art journaling or make into paper fabric.
The book covers sometimes are falling off and that is where this week's project originated.

A set of book covers (sorry forgot to take photos right at the start) that I gessoed, then added all kinds of chipboard or textural embellishments with gel medium. I let them dry completely then gessoed the whole cover again.

This is where the FUN of 3D Crystal Lacquer and all the Terri Sproul Mixers comes in.

I put a blob of 3D Crystal lacquer onto my palette in 6 areas, then added the Mixers and mixed well. I, then, painted the areas on the book covers that I wanted with the bright colours.

Any leftover mixed 3D Crystal Lacquer/Mixer I painted on all the other areas, then used a baby wipe to rub off so it was a faded look.  Then, I cover the whole front and back covers with a layer of 3D Crystal Lacquer.

The coating of 3D Crystal lacquer made the covers more durable I think.
I added a hairband with a brad to the back cover, then used duct tape to make a centre binding (2 layers) before gluing thick scrapbook paper to the inside covers.

 I had a few sewn pages left from another journal, so I added plain copy paper (2 signatures) inside the 3 already sewn up pages and took them to the sewing machine. I set the stitch length longer than normal so it wouldn't tear the pages and slowly sewed thru all the layers.  Because of the duct tape, you will have to toss the needle after as the glue builds up on the needle.
To the front cover, I tied one of the bezel fobs to the hairband.

Now is a great time to try a project like this or one you like it, because you can get 20% off your entire purchase at Sakura Hobby Craft for the month ofAugust.  Just enter aug08 at checkout!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Crystal Lacquer Treasure Chest

Treasure chest with jewels 3 (800x626)
I got a cute treasure chest charm on a chain and thought it would be fun to put some Crystal Lacquer treasure into it.

Here’s the charm:
Treasure chest (800x600)
It opens up like this:
Treasure chest open (800x600)
I partially filled the chest with clear Crystal Lacquer.  I added some gold Crystal Lacquer with one of Sakura’s Pen Style Applicators
Treasure chest with Crystal Lacquer (800x547)
Then I sprinkled gold glitter over that.
Treasure chest with glitter (800x600)
When the Crystal Lacquer started to set up, I shook off the extra glitter, then added some “jewels” with the other Pen Style Applicators.  Finally, I added some crystal clear glitter while the “jewels” were still wet.
Treasure chest with jewels 2 (600x800)
Won’t this be fun for a fan of Pirates of the Caribbean to wear?  Or for Barbie on a hunt for buried treasure? 

I hope this will inspire you to transform plain objects into something special!

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Saturday, August 10, 2013

Chipped Tile

Chipped Tile

What my desire was when I started creating this piece, was to use up my Terri Sproul Mixers chips. Now these chips were made over many months, but could be made in an hour. They are the leftovers of Mixers and 3D Crystal Lacquer that were stuck on my work mat at the end of every project. I peeled them off and saved them, hoping for an idea to come together to use them. Thus the following project was the perfect time to use some of these chips up. At the start of this project I had no idea what direction I would go in. I let this piece create itself. I know that sounds weird. But my only starting point was the tile and the chips. I just let the creativity flow after that. I hope you like it.
I took a domino tile and started layering on the paint chips. Now I'm really glad I did it this way, because if I had just painted on the colors, I would have had to wait for each color to dry or I would have had some blended colors. Blah, I didn't want that!
I used the 3D Crystal Lacquer to adhere the chips to the tile.

When I had the chips where I wanted them and everything was dry, I started putting on my rub-ons. I did try to use rubber stamps and Stazon ink, but I found the rub-ons were much easier to use. And had a crisper image.

 I used the 3D Crystal Lacquer to attach the necklace bail.
I'm very happy with the result of this pendant. It holds a lot of meaning to me and will ever be a reminder of the life I've led for 18 yrs. I do want to sand some edges and smooth this out a bit more. I will add a couple more layers of the 3D Crystal Lacquer to finish it completely.
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Monday, August 5, 2013

Painting with 3D Crystal Lacquer Fine Tip Pens

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A pin is created and colored with 3D Crystal Lacquer Fine Point Pens.  The website has many sets to choose from, or you can create your own colors by using an empty pen, and adding a mix of 3D Crystal Lacquer and Terri Sproul Mixers blended to form the color you want.

Basically, this is a piece of Friendly Plastic, heated, and stamped glossy cardstock shape pressed in.

Color the stamped image like coloring book with lacquer pens.  Let dry.  Cover whole piece with Clear 3D Crystal Lacquer and let dry.

A hole was drilled at top and wire added, then rhinestone adhered using clear lacquer.  Pin back adhered on back with jewelry glue.

Cre8tivelea Yours,  Lea