Friday 6 September 2019

2019 #14 Inchies & Twinchies: Bag Charm with Ink & the Dog {by Lotte Kristensen}

2019 Topic 14: Inchies & Twinchies

This topic is throwing up some wonderful ideas in miniature; Lotte has created a cool piece of bag jewellery plus she's got a great tip for adding coloured layers in a subtle fashion that adds, not detracts from the layer below.

Hi everyone, it's Lotte here - feeling quite nostalgic, as Inchies & Twinchies were enormously popular some years ago, and I hadn't made any in ages, so this was a nice chance to get to play with them again!  This was also a reminder that you should *never* get rid of any of your old stash, because like most things, it will come back into fashion at some point :)  Hoarder, me??! 

The original Ink & the Dog stamps were designed at a time when small was king - ATCs and the like, so I thought they would be just perfect for my 'inchie' project here.  Apart from the fact that those I&Ds are some of my most fave stamps, anyway ;)

Although I'm not particularly girly (really, not at all!!), I do like a little bag charm now and again, especially if it's one I've made myself, and I figured the inchies would work really well for this:

So I got out some MDF squares and oh look, gave them a couple of coats of white gesso (*anything* that stands still long enough around here gets coated in gesso :D) -

Once that was dry, I dry brushed with some Garden Patina Archival Ink Pad and shaded with Paradise Teal - I just looooooove those colours!

Next, I used various stamps from the Ink & the Dog rubber stamp plates One Penny #2Eclectic #2 and Dolls #3 and stamped these with Paradise Teal (front AND back):

Once that was dry, I stamped different images over the original ones in Paradise Teal, this time using Watering Can Archival Ink Pad:

After that, I decided the tiles needed a bit more of something, so I got some Seth Apter Baked Velvet embossing powder in Aegean Sea, and embossed that with a clear ink pad, again using a variety of the stamps - don't use the same stamp on top of itself, using different ones give you these lush, lush layers:

Then it was time to make some small holes to attach to the fob - I used an ordinary hand punch tool, or you could Dremel the holes, before attaching thin jewellery wire and beads, making each 'arm' about 10 cm long.

Once you've finished all the arms, attach onto the fob,

- and it's ready to be attached to your bag and be the envy of all of your friends! :D

I'd made so many tiles that I have enough to use for future projects - I thought they would make fun earrings and bracelets, and of course as always, you can totally personalise the themes and colours.  I'd love to see what you come up with, so please do share your makes on the PaperArtsy Facebook group page!

Until next time

Lotte xx

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Miriam said...

This is beautiful Lotte. And will look gorgeous on any bag!

Helen said...

Fabulous inchies, gorgeous colour.

Caty said...

Absolutely Wonderful !! Love the colours.
Have a very nice weekend,
Big hugs, Caty

Corrie Herriman said...

Absolutely love this !

Etsuko said...

Beautiful bag charm and great idea Lotte.

A Pink said...

This is such a fab idea for the topic , Lotte . Love your bag charm, the colours and how you have used the stamps you have worked with . Inspired and 'charm'ing creativity . ( Taxi for Pink ... I'll get my coat ;) ) x

Lucy Edmondson said...

This is a gorgeous project, Lotte, fantastic layering!

Lucy x

Chris said...

Beautiful and love those Ink & the dog stamps, I will have to have them at some point! x