Sunday, May 27, 2012

Faux Solder with Terri Sproul's Mixers

For this project you will need:
a brush and a photo 1"×2"

I began my project with printing a photo that I had cropped to a 1"×2" size. I attached the photo to the High Quality Glass Tiles with Sakura Hobby Crafts 3D Crystal Lacquer. To create the look of Faux Solder, I use the silver Mixer with the clear crystal lacquer. I painted on the mixed silver thickly covering the sides. I continued a little onto the top curve of the glass piece and to the back. I painted a thin layer of the silver mixer over the silver plated bail so that is matched the "solder." I attached the pendant to a silver chain--now I have a fun and easy pendant to commemorate the end of my daughter's kindergarten year! I hope you enjoyed my project! Thank you for looking!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Sakura Hobby Craft & Terri Sproul Mixers redo a cheese container!


Our oldest son and daughter-in-law were just here for a  week before the son leaves for a year’s tour of Afghanistan. When they got here my daughter-in-law emptied a container that had little wrapped cheeses in it. I thought that was an unusual shape and that I could make something with it so I asked her for it. Here’s what the original container looked like:

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Nothing especially fancy about it now was there? LOL I started out by mixing some Gold TS mixers with the Sakura Crystal Lacquer and applying several coats to the inside of the container.Sakura Hobby Craft Post 5-24-12 003 That looked ever so much prettier in person, but you can see that it really looks nice. The lacquer on the inside of the container gave it a lot more stability too. I then used some Faded and Worn scrapbook paper on the outside of the container. I used the lacquer as a glue to hold the paper to the container and then covered the paper with the lacquer to seal it. Now the container had a lot of stability and didn’t resemble that cheese container at all!

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Once everything was dry (which didn’t take very long at all) I embellished the piece with some stick-ons and also with a tag holder in which I added the word “Believe”. I thought this container turned out with a masculine feel to it which is what I had hoped for. I think it would make a nice little container for holding little manly things in, what do you think?

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Father’s Day is coming up you know! This wasn’t hard to do and the mixers and lacquer are very easy to work with.



Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Terri Spourl Mixers on Paper Bird Cage & Birds

This week I had the opportunity to go to the Heirloom Productions ~ Puyallup Rubber Stamp & Paper Arts Festival here in the State of Washington.  I had a great time. So much to see, people to meet and products to try.  I did buy a few things and am using a couple them to make my card: the bird die cut, bird cage die cut and the Vintag Moss Patina.

This was  fun card to create. I just love all the products! 
To make the card, die cut the bird cage 2 times (white and gray card stock) and 2 birds on white card stock.
The gray bird cage will be a shadow in the background.
Mix Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer with Terri Sproul's Mixer - Gold and paint the white die cut bird cage.  With Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer with Terri Sproul's Mixer Aquamarine paint the birds. Set aside to dry.
Once the bird cage is dry with a sponge (I used my finger) lightly spread the Vintag Moss Patina on the gold bird cage.  Now the cage has an aged look, like it has been lived in!
This is a GREAT die because the bird cage has a door that OPENS! Isn't that awesome!
Mr & Mrs Blue Bird are so excited about their little "Blessings of Joy" in the nest! 
To assemble: Cut approximately half of an acetate frame and adhere to the pattern paper. Attach the gray bird cage die directly to the pattern paper. Layer the bird nest dimensional sticker in the bird cage.  Use foam tape to pop the bird cage painted with Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer and Terri Sproul's Mixer - Gold.  Add Mr & Mrs Blue Bird with foam tape. Finally the dimensional "Blessings of Joy" sticker.   
Terri Sproul's Mixers - Aquamarine
Die Cut Bird - Memory Box
Die Cut Bird Cage - Marianne Design
Ranger Vintag Patina for Metal - Moss
K&Company Acetate Die Cut 
K&Company Pattern Paper
K&Company Dimensional Sticker

Monday, May 21, 2012

Steampunk Your My Little Pony with Sakura ®

Here is another example of the My Little Pony project with diferent 3D Sakura color scheme. I used here the Terri's Sprouls Mixers Pink Pearls and Blue Pearls for the tatoos and green pearls and black for the eyes. Sparkles with swarovski crystals.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Inspirational Wall Art with Terri Sproul Mixers

I really wanted to experiment with the mixers and with some other items with this project.  I decided to experiment with resin and see exactly what I could come up with.
1.  Materials: Quick Cast Resin, Terri Sproul Mixer - Tanzanite Pearl, paper cup, craft stick and mold (if you are messy like me a piece of wax paper)
2.  Dump Part A into a paper cup add a small scoop (less than an 1/8 tsp) and mix completely before adding Part B.  Add Part B to mixture and mix throughly.
3.  Pour mixture to mold
4.  Allow to set 5-10 minutes
5.  The color will turn a lighter shade of the mixer
6.  Un-mold

I added tissue paper with 3D Crystal Lacquer and Terri Sproul Mixers to create a layered look.  I also used Tim Holtz Distress Inks - Chipped Sapphire, Faded Jeans and Stormy Sky, StazOn Azur Ink Pad, Studio 112 Flower Stamps and Inkadinkado - Picasso Quote Stamp, Tulle Ribbon and flower petal (from my wedding), pop top for the hanger.

I love the way it turned out and was fun and relaxing to do.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Adding Depth and Dimension to Vintage Images using Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer and Terri Sproul Mixers

Happy Wednesday! Susan back again to share another project I've created using my Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer and Terri Sproul Mixers. 

Today I am adding accents and dimension to a vintage Holiday image using Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer and Terri Sproul Mixers via a video how-to.

A brief description of how I started. I purchased a digital vintage image from This is a vintage Christmas greeting {AP single 601} of a holiday storefront window. I printed out four copies onto a matte finish white cardstock. I figure four versions will be enough so that I can accent and dimensionalize the base layer, then add paint in accents to sections of the figures that I will cut out and raise with pop dots for a faux 3-D effect. I am going to accent the details using different colors of the Terri Sproul Mixers and also make the window dimensional by painting with Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer and streaks of blue colored Crystal Lacquer.

Please watch the following video to see my process {you may want to grab a snack and a drink now}.

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I let my dimensional window dry all day until the cloudiness has turned clear {this was easy because I had to leave for work LOL}. I cut out the figures and sections to build up layers with 3D pop dots. Before adhering, I went around the edges of the pieces with creamy brown Cat's Eye Chalk ink.

Completed Embellished "Holiday Window" Image

This project has gone from subtle and flat to luxurious and dimensional. I just love the reflective qualities of the micas in the mixers. I originally planned to use this as a feature element for a holiday card - but it is so lovely, I think it will have to become a shadow box that will be cherished with my collection of handmade Christmas decorations.

I hope you enjoyed today's project. I bet you can't wait to run and get your Sakura Crystal Lacquer and Terri Sproul Mixers and get to your studio and play! Please take some time to stroll around through projects from the other Sakura Hobby Craft Design Team members for more great tips and ideas! See you next time on June 6, 2012.

If you have any questions, please leave a comment, select receive e-mail follow ups on comments and I will respond. If you would like to see more of my creations, please visit my blog sbartist : painting in the dark by clicking here.

Have a wonderfully crafty Wednesday : )

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Upcycled Napkin Rings

I have been enamored with making these upcycled t-shirt roses lately and thought, I wonder how they would look with Terri Sproul's Mixers on them...let me tell you...they are FANTASTIC! These fabric flowers can be used for a variety of applications--hair and fashion accessories, paper crafting, and fabric crafting. I chose to use my flower to embellish a napkin ring for a fun spring table.

For this project you will need:
tshirt & pattern
paintbrush, scissors and hot glue gun
small piece of felt
paper towel tube

Trace your pattern onto a recycled t-shirt. You need 9 flowers for this project. Paint the edges of the flowers with Terri Sproul's Orange Pearl mixed with crystal lacquer. Then paint the inside with the Pink Pearl Mixer mixed with crystal lacquer. Trim out the flower just inside the pattern line. Paint the underneath edge of the petals with Pink Pearl Mixer.

Fold up 8 of the flowers in the same manner. First fold in half so that the petals stagger. Then fold in half again.

With the remaining flower, fold it in half so that the petals stagger. Mark the "center". Began rolling up the flower from the right using the "center" as the tip of the cone that is made by rolling up the flower. Once the flower bud is complete, add a touch of hot glue to hold it in place. Curl the edges of the petals--the crystal lacquer give the petals stiffness to hold the curl.

Place a dot of hot glue on the felt. Add 4 folded petals to the felt so that each petal takes up one-fourth of the felt. I placed the petals in the same direction all the way around.Next add another dot of hot glue on top of the layer of the 4 folded flowers. Continue in the same fashion only have the petals center over the seams of the petals underneath. When all 4 of the second layer of petals are in place, add a dot of glue and hold the flower bud into place in the center. Add short lines of glue to the flat surfaces of the 2nd layer and bring the petal up to adhere to the bud to "fluff" the flower up. Add as many as necessary to shape the flower. Once you are happy with the shape of the flower, curl under all the petals to make the flower look more rose-like.

A dusting of Terri Sproul's Ultra Fine Glitter gives the petals that extra sparkle I love...I thinly touched the edges of the petals with crystal lacquer to get the glitter to adhere to the flower.

To create a ring worthy of my upcycled t-shirt flower, I started with a paper towel tube that I cut into 1¼" sections. I adhered a piece of yellow t-shirt to the tube with crystal lacquer, folding under the cut edges for a more finished look. Pink Pearl Mixer was added to the ring to help it match the rose.

A simple leaf was fashioned from a piece of grosgrain ribbon and the leaves and flower was attached to the napkin ring with hot glue.
Thank you for looking! I hope you enjoyed my tutorial on making upcycled t-shirt roses with Sakura Crystal Lacquer and Terri Sproul's Mixers.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

A Neat Redo on a Terra Cotta Wine Cooler

Yes I do mean a neat redo! I went to Hobby Lobby a while back and they were trying to get sell a bunch of Terra Cotta Wine Coolers that they had been using to hold there florals. They had changed out the whole department and were selling the coolers for $1 a piece. Score!! I bought four because I thought once they were fixed up in some way that they would make a cool gift. Here’s the beginning:
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Oh my goodness doesn’t that just look super? I love how this project turned out and I think this wine cooler will make a fantastic gift for someone don’t you? I know I’m impressed with the way the Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer and the Terri Sproul mixers work so well together.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

TOP TEN Embellishments!

My post today is my "TOP TEN" Embellishments to make using Sakura Crystal Lacquer and Terri Sproul Mixers.
Save bottle caps, adhere images to the bottle cap with a dab of Crystal Lacquer.  Add a thick coat of Lacquer and set aside to dry overnight.  Above there is a hint of color --- Terri Sproul Mixers - Tanzanite Pearl and Pink Sapphire Pearl. 
The bottle cap on the right is dressed up with a ring of gold seed beads added to the rim. 

These could be used on cards, packages or even as tree ornaments. Use Fancy Pants Frames and Graphic 45 papers cut to fit, cover with Crystal Lacquer.  Set aside to dry 24 hours.

First Image bottom to top:  Add VLVS! Miracle Tape to the edge of card, remove protective covering, add trinkets and fill in with seed beads. Cover with Crystal Lacquer, set aside to dry 24 hours. Learned this from Terri Sproul on one of her Monday Night Shows!
NUMBER FOUR: CREATIVE PAPERCLAY®  Objects created with Creative Paperclay can be painted with Crystal Lacquer mixed with Terri Sproul Mixers. Dries in about 20 minutes. Face and Dolls - Gold and Paris - Pink Sapphire Pearl.

Silver charms can be made any color you desire with Crystal Lacquer mixed with Terri Sproul Mixers - Tanzanite Pearl and Pink Sapphire Pearl.
Game pieces make great embellishments, above Scrabble pieces are painted the Crystal Lacquer mixed with Terri Sproul Mixers - Pink Shimmer.
Bingo numbers topped with Crystal Lacquer are another idea for an super embellishment. 
Take ordinary brads and make them glitter.  Paint a dab of Lacquer on the top of the brads and dip them in Terri Sprouls Ultra Fine Glitter.
With Creative Paperclay® cut small hearts, paint them burgundy and dry. Cover with Crystal Lacquer, add watch parts and gears. Set aside to dry overnight. 
Don't have the right color of buttons?  Then paint white buttons with Crystal Lacquer mixed with Terri Sproul Mixers - above are Shimmer Violet.
You are only limited by your imagination... Please comment and let me know what embellishments you have made with Sakura Crystal Lacquer and Terri Sproul Mixers! OR what you are thinking you might create!