Wednesday, 11 December 2019

2019 #20 A Bit of Sparkle: Let it Snow! with EKC {by Miriam Grazier}

2019 Topic 20: A Bit of Sparkle

Glittery embossing with a snowman on top - how fitting for this time of the year! Loving the alcohol ink background providing a crisp, cool vibe! ~ Leandra

Hi everyone, it's Miriam with you today, and I'd like to share with you what, for me, is a celebration of sparkle.  

Those of you who know me will know that I only get the glitter and sparkle out at Christmas.  But wow, I fell in love with the sparkle of Wow powders.  Kay's stamps are just perfect for this.

I love using Alcohol Inks to make quick and easy backgrounds.  Here I used Aqua and Cloudy Blue.  With Kay's stencil PS118

It took almost minutes to cover a background and create the first bit of sparkle on the panel. 

I then sponged Versamark through a stencil and embossed these with White Wow embossing powder.

I also dragged a Versamark pad across the panel to create snow filled hills.  I loved this.  It created that bit more depth to the backgrounds.

The word 'Snow' from PS118 was embossing using a glitter embossing powder.  I have never used one of these before but oh my!  The shine and sparkle is amazing and no matter how many photographs I took, it didn't do this justice.

I stamped the snowman and used the co-ordinating stencil to colour it using Fresco Acrylic paints.  Midnight, Tango, Red Lipstick, Cloud 9.

Cloud 9 gave the perfect snowman colour for me.  Eclectica³ Kay Carley 31 (EKC31) and PaperArtsy Stencil 161 (PS161)

I had so much fun creating this card.  I even surprised myself by just how much sparkle I created - but I loved it!  

I really hope that I have encouraged you to have a go at creating a Bit of Sparkle yourselves.  You may find that one particular type of glitter and embossing powder suits you the most, but I had great fun using different forms of powder and glitter.  

Thank you for joining me this evening. Pop over to my blog to see how I created this card.

Happy crafting!

Monday, 9 December 2019

2019 #20 A Bit of Sparkle: Shaker Ornament with Ink & the Dog {by Etsuko Noguchi}

2019 Topic 20: A Bit of Sparkle

Etsuko's experimentation with printing onto shrink plastic is a wonderful example of combining digital technology with a simple product. Her end result is really stunning with some gorgeous details!      

Hi everyone, it's Etsuko My favorite things with you today, and I'd like to share with you Shaker Ornaments using Ink the dog stamps.

Nearly a year ago, Stephanie Jones Rubiano's online workshop for printing shrink plastic and making a diorama at the shrine was very interesting, so I wanted to share it on this project. How to make this shrine is explained in detail on Stephanie's site.

I have prepared three types of shrines made of MDF; a scalloped circle, scalloped oval and heart. Although I've not shown them here, I used two other shapes and they contain a piece acrylic of the same shape for the windows. I used Ink the dog WW4, WW5,

 Hot Picks-HP1506, HP1604 and LPC007.


First I stamped each image on the Smoothy A4 White Card, coloured then scanned it onto my PC. Next print the images on a white matte A4 shrink plastic. Baking shrink plastic in a oven will make it darker, so set the PC opacity to 75-50% and make the images colour a little lighter before printing. The shrinkage of the plastic is about 50%, so adjust the original image accordingly. Wait until the printed image dries well, cut it with scissors, put it in a oven toaster, and when the shape has shrunk, take it out and apply a little pressure with a tile on a flat surface.



These Papers are used for the background and the back of the shrine. The colours used are Caribbean Sea, Granny Smith and Eggplant Frescos and some Distress Oxide and white embossing powder on the Smoothy regular A4 white card. I also stamped EM48, MN61 and HP1006.

The side and inner layers are seen at the completion of the scalloped circle shrine. The boy's hat and clothes were drawn with coloured pencils on the shrink plastic after printing. The MDF in the middle is slightly protruding to receive the acrylic window and I painted it so that the blue colour was visible. The outer burnt colour remains the same as when purchased, I added silver Dresden Trim. The top scallop circle was painted silver and added with rhinestones. I prepared various materials for the shaker; mica, glass glitter, sequins, beads, etc., and I was happy that the beads did not stick on the acrylic window. This ornament size is 2.75"(7cm) circle, 0.6"(1.5cm) depth.

I painted a silver colour on the top of the scalloped circle and added rhinestones. The shaker element is silver beads.

I used EM48, WW4 EAB14. stamps for the background and the boy.  

On the back of the shrine, I used the same paper as the background, stamped the WW4 script by Distress Oxide Vintage Photo, and embossed Alison's new EAB14 quote on the black paper.

I used Glass Blue and Caribbean Sea for the scalloped oval at the top and golden Dresden Trim on the side. The MDF in the middle part is painted gold. Size is 3.14"(8cm) height, 2.55"(6.5cm) width, 0.6"(1.5cm) depth.

Inside the shaker is holographic colour beads.

Stamps used for shrink plastic- HP1604 and HP1506.

On the back, I used Alison's new quote stamp 'Happiness' EAB14.

With the heart-shaped ornament. I've used gold leaf on part of  the sides. Size is 2.55(6.5cm) height, 2.75"(7cm) width, 0.6"(1.5cm) depth.

Stamped with MN75 by Jet Black Archival on the Smoothy white card, cut into a heart shape and stuck it on top MDF with shrink plastic gold stars added to it.

Stamps used for these plastic- WW5, HP1506 and the crown LPC007.

On the back of the shrine I added a quote from Alison's new set EAB14.

A cord was added so that each ornament could be hung on a wall or tree.

This is the last topic this year, and I've had a good time this year. I'm always happy to be able to do what I want by crafting every day although I'm constantly struggling with things that don't go well.
Huge thanks to Stephanie for these great fun ideas.
Thanks to PaperArtsy too for giving me a great opportunity to create these projects.
Have a great week. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Thank you so much for visiting.

Etsuko xxx

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Sunday, 8 December 2019

2019 #20 Topic Introduction: A Bit of Sparkle

 2019 Topic 20: A Bit of Sparkle

Hello everyone, Keren here with some seasonal sparkle. If we can't add a little glamour now, well there's no hope for the rest of the year! I have tried to be restrained; as the title does suggest a smidgen of sparkle rather than full blown glitz!
Starting off close to home, I've chosen something subtle, subdued but still sparkly! I remember these stars from Raquel Burillo a few years back, so thought they deserved a second outing.

There are many ways of tackling this topic, but I thought I'd show examples that gave a nod to a product that we could use to incorporate sparkle in our own creations. Firstly- real glitter. As we are becoming increasingly conscious of the way that our lives affect the world we live in, the makeup of glitter is changing. Whilst many glitters are plastic based (and causing problems of pollution and damage), it's encouraging to see more widely available eco-glitter which can be a mix of all sorts; one creator uses a eucalyptus extract and aluminium.
This first project is a super simple idea, but a great way of adding sparkle in a fun way. Apart from the ensuing mess everywhere, it would certainly be a beautiful introduction to a gorgeous greeting.

If glitter is simply too much, how about mica? They're tiny flakes of silica minerals with a real sparkle and luminescence. Mica is found in crafting sprays, glitters, rubs and more. It's a little more pared back for those glitter avoiders amongst us! This picture reminded me of mica.

There are times when abandoning caution is appropriate. How about finding natural elements and dosing them in shimmer like these wonderful leaves?

To go down another level on the subtlety scale, we could visit gold leaf. Granted, it's verging on sheen rather than sparkle but this stunning piece of art is reminscent of flaked gold.

Looking at a more familiar idea, we can see chunky glitter that's extravagant without seeming too blingy. This is a beautiful example with hints of glimmer everywhere you look!

Sparkle is everywhere at Christmas. This beautiful chandelier and glassware are catching the light with so many different angles. Imagine this table lit by candles with the flicker of flames bouncing off the surfaces.

This resin geode design with striations of gold, blue and teal is simply stunning. The sparkle is provided by real crystals encased in the resin. What a piece

Artistic sparkle is courtesy of this incredible installation using hand cut Fresnel lenses interspersed with glass beads and strung onto stainless steel. They catch the light of the sun as it moves.

Sparkle can come in the form of glitter dust and this vintage-styled tag is pared back with a gentle shimmer.

For the ultimate in sparkle- how about bedecking your toilet roll...only the most valuable in the world. You'd only need $1.3 million to glamorise your life as you visit the littlest room! I'm sure you could get a similar effect with gold leaf!!

You might recognise these beauties from a previous topic, but I've bought them back because of the gentle glitter and shimmer. Perfect for a Christmas tablescape too!

You can get a nod to sparkle using embossing powder or white splatter. Using water reactive inks and sprays would give a great effect too!

For some true sparkle, vintage jewellery will always wow. These look incredible as a group.

A bit of sparkle is the perfect way to finish off the year! If you want to create along with us and this topic, please share on our social feeds so we can see what you get up to. The best places are Instagram @paperartsy or post in PaperArtsy People Group on Facebook. Make sure you tag us in your contributions, we love to see what you get up to in your creative world! 

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