Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Holly Hair Clip!

Today, I am presenting a cute, easy hair clip.  It isn't only for hair.  It can be used for the Christmas tree, or decorations, or even as a clip on a purse or coat.  It was really simple to make.  Let me show you how.

Art Glitter Ultrafine Transparent 167 Rain Forest
Art Glitter Dries Clear Fabric Adhesive
Art Glitter Designer Dries Clear Adhesive
Tombow Marker Dual Brush Pen 296 Green
Tombow Marker Dual Brush Pen 158 Dark Olive
Tombow Marker Dual Brush Pen 192 Asparagus
Tombow Marker Dual Brush Pen 837 Wine Red
Tombow Blending Mister
Paper Towel
Small Stencil Brush
3 Connie Crystals from the Red Suncatcher
Hair Clip
22 Gauge Floral Wire
Muslin Fabric (any plain cotton will do)
Canvas (or Duck Cloth)
Tim Holtz Holly Leaves Die
Manual Die Cut Machine (or you can use scissors and a drawing, if you like)

1)  Use the Tim Holtz die and a manual die cut machine to cut out holly leaves from muslin and canvas.  You could also just use your own design and some scissors, if you prefer.
2)  Color the muslin with Tombow markers.  Make sure that you use a lot of color.  You can shade them any way you like, but I prefer 2-3 different colors of green and one "surprise" color--in this case, Wine Red.
The coloring doesn't have to be particularly good, as you can see below.
3)  Fill your mister with water and spray the leaf.
 You can see the "bleeding" that happens when you have it full of water.  At this point, if you want to "pick up" some of the color that has dripped off the side, you can just slide the leaf over those spots of color.
 4)  Blot with paper towel to remove excess water and let dry.
 This is the three leaves dried.
 5)  Squeeze a little of the Art Glitter Fabric Glue onto your work space.  In this case, I actually used the inside paper of a just opened bottle of glue.
 6)  Pick up some of the glue with your stencil brush.
 7)  Blot the stencil brush on the paper towel.
 8)  Rub onto parts of the leaf that you would like glittered.  I always make sure that I glitter the areas that have grayed out with the spraying.
 9)  Pour glitter over the glued areas.  You can use any color that works with the project, but when layering like this, transparent glitter is the best choice.  Let it dry.
 This is what one leaf looks like done.
 10)  Match up the fabric leaf with the canvas leaf and glue together, using fabric glue.  Let dry.
 This is what all three leaves look like done.  Notice how the glitter is in different spots on each leaf.
 11)  Glue the leaves onto the hair clip with Designer Dries Clear.  You only need a little glue--don't use too much!  When gluing the first one on, be sure to hold it into place for a few minutes while it sets.
 12)  When all the leaves are on and dry, use the wire to attach the beads.
It was really easy and fun.  The coloring and spraying could even be done by a child. I hope you enjoyed this project today.  If you would like to get started using some beautiful transparent glitter with the awesome Art Glitter Fabric Glue, use the code TB20 on the Art Glitter Site to receive 20% off any order of $25 or more.
Until next time, glitter on!

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