Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Altered Tins for Gift Giving

Altoid Tins are the perfect size for jewelry gift giving!
Gears - Oriental Trading CO.
Keyhole - Tim Holtz
Large Gem
Pattern Paper 
Gift for Giving!

Press Creative Paperclay® onto the tin. Press gear and keyhole into the wet paperclay. Set aside to dry, may take several days. When dry paint with Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer and Terri Sproul Mixers Copper Penny Pearl. Adhere gold microbeads around the edge with Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer.  Then adhere fabric and trim inside and trim outside.  Ahdere large gem to one of the gears with Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer.  
Cut pattern paper to cover the bottom and inside lid of the tin and adhere with Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer.  
Have fun creating gift boxes this season!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Outline stickers and Sakura Crystal Lacquer and Terri Sproul Mixers


Awhile back the team members each received an envelope with outline stickers in it from our team leader, Terri Sproul. Now I wanted to make a card to send to a friend and was trying to get some things done before I had my back surgery so I choose some tulips and a butterfly to use on my card front. 2023-01-04 14.32.36Aren’t these outline stickers just awesome? You can use them as a stencil rather than an outline. I placed the outlines on my card front and mixed up some TS mixers with Sakura and filled in between the lines on the outline. I thought it turned out beautifully don’t you? A beautiful card for a friend.

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Don’t you love this card front? I know I do and would love to receive it as well as give it.


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!!!!


What is Thanksgiving without cute Turkeys on the table! 
I haven't decided if I am going to write names on these for each place setting or use then in the centerpiece and save them for next year! What would you do?

To make them roll out a thin sheet of Creative Paperclay®. 

Cute out turkeys using a hand shaped cookie cutter. I added the beak and waddle, I know they aren't perfect... set aside to dry.

Once dry sand to get rid of the ruff edges.  Paint with Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer and Terri Sproul Mixers! Adhere a a seed bead with Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer for the eye.

Creative Paperclay®
Cookie cutter
Seed Beads


Monday, November 19, 2012

Card Using Mixers in a Mold

Cute Card Using Mixers in a Mold

Saturated Canary Digi Stamp
Terri Sproul Enchancer Effect
Copic Markers
*Sorry I'm unable to tell you which color mixers I used this time. I'm usually really good about it but I've probably went through at least one 4 oz. bottle of the 3D Crystal Lacquer and all the colors of mixers that I have making various things out of molds and experimenting. :)
1. Put Mixer in the mold, then color enhancer, and 3D Crystal Lacquer and mix with something such as toothpick. If it is a deep mold you may see the next day that you need to add more Lacquer because it went down some so I add and wait another day.
Patience is always the key.
Adhere it to your card and enjoy!
Thanks for visiting,

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Faux Stained Glass with Sakura 3d Crystal Lacquer and Terri Sproul Mixers

I love stained glass and Renaissance art and using Sakura 3d Crystal Lacquer and Terri Sproul mixers I can make my own.

Sakura 3d Crystal Lacquer
An assortment of Terri Sproul Mixers
Terri Sproul Color Enhance Effect
Black puff paint
Piece of clear glass
Paint brush
Image to paint, same size as glass

Start of with your piece of glass. I had a 20 X 10" piece of glass left over from a room divider I bought for 30 bucks since most of the glass was broken. What I did with the room divider is a whole 'nuther project.

Print out of your computer an image you want to transfer to glass. Since it is glass, you just put it under the glass and trace. Use the tile feature with your printer and you can print a image out as big as you want!
Make sure to clean the glass first. You don't want to paint over a smudge that can now never be cleaned. 

Then grab your puff paint and outline the main design.  You may even want to go over the image with a marker in the spot you want to outline before you begin to outline. I love the Birth of Venus painting and have used it numerous times in designs so I was comfortable tracing over it without any lines drawn on my image under the glass.

 This is what it will look like. Don't paint yourself in a corner. Start at the top and work your way down. Be careful to not place your hand or arm in the wet paint. For example, don't do all the hair first and then go back to do to the face. You will never be able to balance your hand and draw a steady line without getting your arm in the paint. Believe me! I know!

The puff paint will serve as a wall to keep the paint inside a certain area. They even make faux leading for gallery glass but I find that is too thick and you get a cramp in your hand and thumb from squeezing the bottle. If you'd like a gray color just get gray puff paint. I like the black so that is what I use. 

The next step is to start to paint. With the mixers you can either pre-mix the colors or squirt out some lacquer and mix the mixers in as you go. If you go that route make sure you mix the mixers in with the brush, if you don't you may end up with some spots that didn't mix well. If your lacquer dries before you notice, you can either leave it or peel up that area. 

In the image below, I noticed I hadn't blended the mixers well and went back while it was still wet.

For the skin tone I mixed some Citrine Pearl and Red Pearl together.
I used Garnet Red for lips and
Gold and Gold Dust for hair.
Violet was used with some Terri Sproul Color Enhance Effect for the ribbon, eyes and background. The Enhance Effects changes the color so that I can use the same mixer but it looks like another color (since I had no blue).

Just adjust the ratio of citrine and red for shadows and highlights.
Image over a white sheet. You could frame the image with a white backing sheet for this effect

Or you can  hang it without the backing paper so that you can see through it for the full stained glass effect.
On my next piece, I think I will solder the edges so that I can attach a chain.
My dog in the background likes it too.

Tanya Ruffin

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Fun with Sakura and Outline Stickers!

Today I had the opportunity to work with Outline Stickers from Sparkraft Enterprises with Sukura Hobby Craft products. The Outline Stickers are various colors and textured PVC foil adhesive backed sticker sheets.
For the first technique, place the Outline Sticker on a Miracle Sheet and cut the size of the panel to be used. Then over one of a little pan  pour Terri Sproul Ultra Fine Glitter, shake off the excess.  With a piece of paper over the image burnish the glitter into the Miracle Sheet with the side of a bone folder.
Use Copics to color the image. 
This butterfly was fussy cut 
and attached to the card directly. 
The second technique, place the Outline Stickers on a transparency.  Add desired colors of Terri Sproul Mixers to  to Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer. Paint the images with a rainbow of colors to create a stain glass look. 
Fussy cut the images from the transparency and create one of a kind cards! 
I didn't have much luck staying in the lines when I painted them, I was a bit impatient. Once dry, MY TRICK IS, since I used a transparency I was able to use the back side of my images as the finished product. The Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer and Terri Sproul Mixers are transparent and look great on the Sparkraft Enterprises Outline Stickers!

Please click on the images to get a closer look at how cool they look!!!


Thursday, November 8, 2012

A Cute Little Memo Board and Sakura Crystal Lacquer


I have a few wood pieces that I’ve never done anything with and thought now might be a good time to do so. As I said in my last post, I had back surgery which fused my L4 and L5 vertebrae together (or at least it will be when it heals). I’m very limited in what I can do right now. This though should let you know that you can make many things even though you might have limitations.

I started out with this:2003-01-04 17.50.37 I used Crystal Lacquer to paint the washboard and then sprinkled glitter on it. Once the glitter was on and it dried, I glued some picture buttons on it. I think this could be so neat hanging somewhere----the laundry room, kitchen etc. so that anyone could leave a note……………………….

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What do you think? I would love to know. I used some sticky notes as an example of a way to leave notes but you could also use magnets to hold paper onto the metal.


Monday, November 5, 2012

Necklace Pendant

Necklace Pendant
I decided to make a simple yet pretty pendant for my son's girlfriend. They are getting married next month and wanted to give her something for her stocking since they will be spending Christmas at my house. I am unsure of her favorite color but know it's not PINK.
Good for me because that means I don't have to share any of my pink goodies. I'm almost certain it is purple though for some reason.
I began with the idea of using glass particles in it but decided against it once I saw it the way it was already. It just needs a chain.
1. Pour some shimmer powder around lightly into the jewelry finding.
2.Then add a few drops of color enhance effect to different places on top of the shimmer powder.
3. Fill the jewelry finding with 3D Crystal Lacquer, be careful not to overfill.
4. Mixed it all together. (I used a plastic knife to mix it all up and get the rich color!)
5. Then gently drop ultra fine glitter on different areas of the pendant and allow it to dry and then put ribbon or chain through the whole so it can be worn.
The picture doesn't do it justice. The glitter causes the picture to reflect light back during the camera process. But I was so happy with the color of it at this point I didn't want to take it any steps further and add texture as I originally planned and feel she will love it.
Thank you for visiting!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Embellished Business Card Case


1 Business Card Case 
Sakura 3d Crystal Lacquer
Terri Sproul Mixers- Ultra Fine Glitter
Silver Puff Paint
Flower Embellishment


These are similar to the case I had. I peeled the covers off (they were only stuck on). I found some on "1 Sale a Day" a while back for $1.99 so I bought a few. 

Select your paper and cut it to fit inside the business card holder cover. Mine had a little edge around it so I made sure mine fit inside the edge. That edge would come in handy when filling the inside with the lacquer.

I am making this for my niece who just won student body president, so I am making my very girly. 

Spread a little Sakura 3d Crystal Lacquer on the front cover of the case and place the scrapbook paper down inside. You don't need to let this dry before going to the next step.

After you place the scrapbook paper down, you can begin to coat the entire surface with Sakura 3d Crystal Lacquer. Then sprinkle in some Terri Sproul Mixers- Ultra Fine Glitter. The iridescence of this can not be given justice by the photograph. 

Now add your embellishments. I do this while my lacquer is still wet. If yours has dried, just glue it down using a drop of the Sakura 3d Crystal Lacquer. 

The crystals and the rose will be anchored in the lacquer well. 

The rose I used was from a set of childrens earrings. I found 10 pair on one sheet for $1.00. I just snap off the post and glue it down. I love them!!

I then used the silver puff paint to write "IVY" in the bottom right corner. You may want to let your lacquer sit awhile before this step. Mine was still very wet and the puff paint ran a little.

The surface is smooth but the lighting makes it look a bit like it has a ripple. It does not. 

I wanted to keep this girly, yet simple. 

Since it ran a little I wanted to bring out the name more so I went in with a fine tipped sharpie and outlined the letters.

I like!

My Girly Business Card Holder is complete. These will also work well for Gift Card holders or just for cash. I love it!! And I hope my niece does too!

Tanya Ruffin