Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Glitzy Baubles with Tammy Tutterow
If you had the opportunity to CHA in Chicago this past week and visited the Glitz Girls, you may have noticed some fun jewelery they were wearing featuring the rub-ons from the new Scarlett collection. The Girls received a ton of compliments on them! I thought you might enjoy a quick tutorial on how to make them.
You will need a piece of pattern paper, a rub-on, and a acrylic pendant (Tim Holtz's Idea-ology Fragments or his new Facets). Although any rub-on or stamped image will work, I particularly love using the Scarlett rub-ons because they feature a great selection of florals in really rich colors and also really fun vintage style black silhouettes that are the perfect size for the Fragments and Facets.
Apply the rub-on to the pattern paper. Place the acrylic piece over the image and trace around it. Cut the piece out along the pencil line.
Cover the back of the Fragment or Facet with a thin layer of Glossy Accents.
Place the image face down into the Glossy Accents. Use a flat edge of a cool or craft scraper to burnish the back of the paper. Burnishing will help to spread the Glossy Accents evenly between the paper and acrylic and will push out any air bubbles.
Use a dry towel to wipe away any excess Glossy Accents that comes out of the sides. If you get any smudges of Glossy Accents on the front of your piece, use a small squirt of glass cleaner (like Windex) on a dry cloth to clean it off. You will want to clean off any smudges before they dry.
Set your piece aside and allow it to dry. I prefer to let them dry at least 2-4 hours before trimming any excess paper away from the edges using a craft knife or fine tip scissors.
After trimming, lightly sand the edges of the paper to smooth them.
Use the tip of a pair of scissors, a craft knife, or a round metal file to poke through the hole and smooth it.
Although it is optional, I like to put some sort of sealant on the back of the pendant over the paper. I like to protect the paper from moisture and soiling so that it stays nice looking. There are many types of products you can use, but my favorite is clear nail polish. One coat soaks into the paper and dries with a nice almost matte finish that doesn't get tacky around moisture.
Once the clear coat is dry, you can add a jump ring and hang the pendant on your favorite type of necklace. In this example, I added one of Tim Holtz's Idea-ology Baubles.
In this example, I combined the Scarlett rub-ons with the Scarlet Paper Layers.
For this pendant, I added a bit of Ranger's Alcohol Ink to the inside edges of the Fragment before adhering it to the paper.
Thinner paper like the Paper Layers actually have a bit more give in them when they are wet. You can add other thin elements on them and still get a good bond and seal with the acrylic. On this piece, I added Teeny Alpha Stickers in red and black to a piece of Paper Layers.
This piece combines a Scarlet Glitzer with Paper Layers for a fun piece with bling inside.
Glitz's new Peek-a-Boo printed transparencies can be used in place of paper for a totally clear piece. (Give pieces on transparencies extra drying time before trimming and sanding.)
Add another layer of paper behind the Peek-a-Boo and get a piece that has a design that looks almost like it is floating inside!
You already knew Glitz could bring some awesome style to your papercrafts, now it can bring awesome style to your look too!