Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Great Idea for Christmas Gifts

My grandma lives in an assisted living home.  She has always been hard to buy for, but now that she has limited space and her needs taken care of, it is almost impossible to think of something she can use. Fortunately, she has a bird feeder outside her room, that our family is responsible for filling.  She has always loved cardinals and glitter, so when I spotted this beautiful cardinal stamp, I just knew it would be perfect to use with this glitter painting technique!

Art Glitter Designer Dries Clear with Fine Metal Tip
Art Glitter Dazzlers D40 Green Vibe
Art Glitter Microfine Opaque 500 Ruby Red
Art Glitter Ultrafine Transparent 243 Gingerbread
Art Glitter Ultrafine Opaque 291 Fire Engine
Art Glitter Ultrafine Opaque 7 Red Rose
Art Glitter Ultrafine Opaque 139 Leather
Art Glitter Ultrafine Opaque 41 Green Goddess
Art Glitter Ultrafine Opaque 349 Garnet
Art Glitter Ultrafine Opaque 114 Leaf
Art Glitter Ultrafine Opaque 12 Sage
Art Glitter Ultrafine Opaque 155 Red Velvet
Art Glitter Ultrafine Pearlescent 182 Astro Turf
Art Glitter Ultrafine Pearlescent 175 Retro Red
Art Glitter Ultrafine Pearlescent 189 Pearl
Stampendous Jumbo Cardinals Stamp
Stazon Jet Black Ink
Empty Orange Juice Container
Self Adhesive Metal (I used Lifestyle Crafts)
Dreamweaver Stencil LG 708
Stamping Details Rubber Mat
Mercart Embossed Metal Backing Paste
Mercart Teflon Coated Metal Tool
Manual Die Cut Machine (I used Cuttlebug)
Glue Dots
1)  Measure acetate so that it goes around the orange juice container.  Cut.
2)  Use Stayzon to stamp the birds on acetate.  Also, stamp 2 of the holly sprigs on a separate piece of acetate.  Let dry.

3)  Flip acetate over and start to fill in the glitter colors.  Remember that you will see the first color that is laid in place.  You will need the fine metal tip on the edge of the glue container to get into the smaller areas.  You can use any colors that you like, but I used the ones listed at the top.  I did the berries and leaves with Red Rose, Garnet, Leather, the Dazzlers, Green Goddess and Astro Turf, in that order.  I used the lighter colors for the highlights, and the darker for the shadows.  For the female bird, I first laid down a layer of the Gingerbread over all the areas that were not black or red.  I let that dry pretty well before adding Sage and Leaf right over the top of it.  That way, the colors would show through the transparent areas.  I used Fire Engine on the reds.  I used the Microfine Ruby Red on both birds beaks and Pearl behind the black areas to ensure their opacity.  I used Fire Engine, Retro Red and Red Velvet on the male bird.  Let this dry thoroughly!

4)  Meanwhile, run your bird stencil through your manual die cut machine with metal using the rubber mat.  For the Cuttlebug, use this sandwich:  A Plate, stencil face down, metal face down, rubber mat, and two B Plates.
5)  Remove backing from the metal.  Fill in embossed areas with Mercart Embossed Metal Backing Paste.  Just squeeze it into the wells you find from the back .  Let dry thoroughly!
6)  Place Glue Dots on the back of glittered birds.  Hide them behind the opaque glitter.
7)  Press in place on orange juice container.  Secure acetate on back with Glue Dots as well.
8)  Cut out the holly sprigs, place glue dots on back and secure into place.  Use one to try and cover seam.
9)  Use Glue Dots to secure the ribbon.
10)  Place metal piece on lid of orange juice container.  Press down.
11)  Use regular scissors to trim around the lid.
12)  Add strips of metal around outside of lid and use Mercart Teflon tool to press into the grooves.
13)  Lid is finished!  Add bird seed to container and cap and you are done!

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and can come up with your own take on painting with glitter!