Friday, April 26, 2013

Mermaid Paper Crown

For my final project as an Art Glitter Design team member, I am going to make a Mermaid Paper Crown, similar to the Spring Queen crown I made for my very first project a year ago. Wow, how time flies!!
Here is what I used:
  1. #358 - Jungle Green - Ultrafine Opaque Glitter
  2. #232 - Michigan Moss Green - Ultrafine Opaque Glitter
  3. #46 - Summertree Blue/Green - Ultrafine Opaque Glitter
  4. #113 - Sky Blue - Ultrafine Opaque Glitter
  5. #89 - Martini - Ultrafine Transparent Glitter
  6. #71 - White Gold - Ultrafine Opaque Glitter
  7. Faux Snow Glitter
  8. Fantasy Fiber - Mint Sparkle
  9. Want 2 Scrap - Nestabling pearl frames #4059
  10. Assorted seashells - all sizes - including 2 small sand dollars and two small starfish - Michael's sells little boxes of random colored seashells in various sizes and shapes
  11. Fresh water pearls and loose pearls
  12. Hot glue gun
  13. Assorted thick paper
  14. A few acrylic paint colors - you pick!
  15. 2 different colors of crepe paper
  16. Ribbon - I used May Arts BM66 - 3/8" Blue/Green Reversible Ribbon
  17. 2 rivets
And I used 3D Embossit Art Glitter Adhesive to give the areas I glittered a little bit of a lift. The beauty of this "under the sea" themed crown is that it doesn't have to be perfect or symmetrical. It should have imperfections, have an organic feel to it and don't plan it out too much. Have fun, make a mess and let loose! I started with my paper elements first. I traced a crown onto a thick white construction paper and cut that out, and then I quickly free-handed some seaweed "s" shapes and curves and cut those out. All these pieces got a super quick coat of acrylic paint. I used a deep turquoise green and a more avacado green on the seaweed. Use whatever colors you like! Pink, purple... have fun! I then added a crepe paper fringe to the bottom of the crown in green and blue.
I then added the Want2Scrap pearl self-adhesive bling frame to the center of the crown and cut up another frame to use on the sides of the crown. These are so easy to use and will really give this crown a finished look.
More glitter on the seaweed! I used all the green colors on the seaweed to give it lots of color, shimmer, sparkle and texture.
I then glued down the seaweed to the crown and added the fantasy fiber on the base of the crown using a hot glue gun.
Next, I took my seashells and glittered about half of them in random blue and green glitter colors. After these dried, I hot glued them to the bottom of the crown in a loosey-goosey sort of way. I also glued down some fresh water pearls I had laying around and wound them around the shells. I had two sand dollars and those each got a covering of the clear Martini glitter and the starfish got the complimentary white gold glitter. I think that's my favorite part!
After the shells went down, I added more pearls, some faux snow, the rivets on the ends of the crown and laced through some ribbon. The finished crown was quite heavy, but it looks so fun!

And of course, Meg wanted to be a little mer-dog for the afternoon ;)

To see more projects and art by Carrie, check out her blog Violet Cottage.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Stars And Stripes

The patriotic side of glitter ... Hi! Linda here and I wanted to share these adorable little glittered patriotic stars I've created.

The star shapes are cut from corrugated cardboard using the Sizzix Stars, Primitive die. I then coated them in Claudine Hellmuth Gesso, ran them through my Xyron 5" Create-a-Sticker then sprinkled them generously with Art Glitter No. 27 Navy Ultrafine Opaque, No. 500 Ruby Red Microfine Opaque and No. 533 Mini Pearl Microfine Pearlescent glitters.

I think they'll look adorable hanging about the house from Memorial Day through the Fourth of July!

Visit my blog for the tutorial to create these for yourself!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Light It Up with Art Glitter

Today is my last post on the Art Glitter blog. I have had such a great time designing for Art Glitter. I have learned so much about their products, and have become slightly obsessive with all of it. This position has helped me grow as a person, and I have truly loved every minute of it. I want to Thank the entire Art Glitter staff for all of the support, inspiration, and glittery goodness over the past year. It has been a fun, rewarding experience.

My life is always an adventure, and since we are here in Hawaii, I am going to be living more of the Hawaiian way... a slower pace, relaxing, and I want to see as much as I can while we are here, so my time will be more limited. I promise I will not stop crafting or using glitter. Glitter will ALWAYS be a part of me.

For my last project, I wanted to do something fun, a little recycled, and glittery (duh, isn't that what this is all about)!

I made party lights, perfect for spring and summer!

Products used:
Art Glitter: Ultrafine Opaque in #355 Sunrise, #44 Kelly, #233 Blue Hawaii, Chunky Opaque Hologram in #124 Jet Eye.
Designer Dries Clear Adhesive
Christmas Lights or Party Lights
Egg Cartons. At least as many "eggs" as you have lights. My strand had 25 lights, so I used three dozen egg cartons.
Spray Paint - I went with white (if you want to alter the egg carton colors)
Paint brush
knife to cut, I used a pocket knife since that is what I could find. (gotta love moving).

I started with the egg cartons. I used the paper ones, since I was planning on spray painting them. Spray painting on the Styrofoam ones do not work as well since spray paint eats at the Styrofoam. So I cut them apart and laid them out on a piece of cardboard outside.

I then sprayed them with spray paint. This is tricky since they kind of blow around because they are so light weight. But I did a couple coats. The cartons really soak up the spray, but I wanted them to be a little lighter color.

After they dried overnight, it was humid in Hawaii so it took a little longer, I began to add the glitter. I knew that I wanted to alternate between the three glitters I chose so I did at least 8 of each color.

I painted Designer Dries Clear Adhesive around the edges of the egg carton, and then dunked them into the glitter to cover them.


Now after those dried, I needed to add the lights. I took my knife, and cut an "x" in the bottom of each "flower". 

Then inserted the party lights. I had pretty large lights so I had to make a bigger "x" but do it based on the size of your lights. You want it so the light goes in, but won't slip off.  If need be, you could adhere the light to the base of your flower so it doesn't move with hot glue.

I still wanted to add more glitter at this point, probably because there are so many beautiful Art Glitter colors. I have been wanting to use the Chunky Opaque Hologram Glitter, because it is my favorite. So I busted out my Jet Eye. It may be true love, since I love its super bling. I painted the tip of the light with Designer Dries Clear Adhesive, and just dipped it into the container.

 The next step was to hang them up! Here are a bunch of amazing pictures of the final project.


Thank you all for your kind feedback over the year. This was a fun project and a great way to welcome Spring, and all those Back Yard Barbeques coming up! Now please stop by my blog oneheartscrapper, for another glitter project. I will also be sharing a story on why glitter is so important to me.

Have a wonderfully glittery year, and good luck to the New Design Team!! I can't wait to see what they have created!!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Perfect "Pear"

Hello, it is Laura today.  If you have seen any of my work on Art Glitters' blog, you are probably aware that one of my favorite things to do with Art Glitter is to "paint" an image.  Art Glitter is the perfect glitter to use when painting, because there are so many beautiful and compatible colors.  For this project, I used a variety of gold tones, but I would suggest to you that any time would like to "paint" with Art Glitter, you use out color chart to explore the palette that you would like to use.
For my project, these are the instructions:
Dreamweaver Stencil Large Pear LL 563
Double Sided Mounting Paper 3" x 4"
A Soft Bar Soap, such as Handmade Hawaiian Coconut Soap from Dreamweaver Stencils
Large Stencil Brush
Globecraft and Piccolo Embossing Powder Mossy Glen
Heat Gun
Graphic 45 Printed Paper

1)  Rub soap on the back of the stencil.  If the soap is soft enough, it should leave a cloudy film.  Cover the whole thing.
2)  Use the large stencil brush to brush off the "crumblies" of soap that have been left around the edges of the stencil.
3)  Remove one side of the covering on the double sided mounting paper and center the stencil over the top. The stencil will be slightly smaller than the adhesive paper, which allows us to get the sparkling edge.
4)  Place some of the embossing powder on the stencil next to the leaf and stem.  Push embossing powder into the open area on the stencil.  Press down a little to make sure that it is securely in place.
5)  Get a small pinch of the Poppy glitter and place it as an accent in the pear.  
6)  Pinch a little of the Cat Eyes color and place on the stencil on the upper opposite side from the red mark.  Push it into place.
7)  Place a little of the Copper Canyon around the Poppy and down on the bottom of the pear.
8)  Place Butterscotch on the side by the Copper Canyon and up along the edge of the pear.
9)  The next color next to the Butterscotch is the Golden Orange.  Also use this color around the edge of the stencil to create a border.
10)  You should have very little empty space remaining.  Fill it with Light Gold.  Rub all the glitter colors in with your fingers and swirl them around a little to blend.
11)  Place the project upside down on a flat surface and carefully peel the mounting paper off of the stencil.  Walk your fingers along the bare stencil as you do so to keep the stencil as flat as possible.
12)  Heat set the leaf and stem.  Be careful to only heat the area with the embossing powder so that you do not scorch the glitter.
13)  Cover the entire project with Crystal glitter and brush off with the large stencil brush.
14)  Assemble the card. 
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Saturday, April 13, 2013

Glittered Ribbon Candle Holder

Today Carrie is sharing with you what can be done with ribbon, votives, Art Glitter and Designer Dries Clear Adhesive into a fun decorative piece!
  1. At least 6 feet of grosgrain ribbon that's about 1 3/4" wide
  2. 5 round glass candle votives (don't get any that flare out!) - 1 3/4" in diameter and 2 1/8" tall - You can usually find these by the box in the bridal section of Michael's. (You can always adjust the ribbon-holder size if you get bigger candles)
  3. #358 - Jungle Green - Ultrafine Opaque Glitter
  4. #156 - Chartreuse Green - Ultrafine Opaque Glitter
  5. #232 - Michigan Moss Green - Ultrafine Opaque Glitter
  6. #46 - Summertree Green - Ultrafine Opaque Glitter
  7. #71 - White Gold - Ultrafine Opaque Glitter
  8. #124 - Jet Eye - Chunky Opaque Hologram Glitter
I used Designer Dries Clear Art Glitter Adhesive and the ultrafine glue tips for the finer detailed open dots.
First, cut your ribbon into two 3' strips. Then, fold one in half to create a crease. You are going to use a ball-point pen to mark lines every 2 3/4" to create 5 little "pockets" that the candles will sit in. Start in the middle and work your way out.
Flip your ribbon over so the ball point marks are on the back and start gluing little polka dots...
Start glittering with your favorite color... I started with Jet Eye...
Add the other polka dots and apply the other colors of glitter. I used the ultrafine tip attached to the glue bottle to do the final open polka dots... These tips are fantastic to give you glue flow control and add fine detail! (I always clean the tips immediately after use by soaking in hot soapy water!)
Let the polka dots all dry and then flip over, put down a thick stripe of glue on the ball point lines you made earlier and place it carefully on the other ribbon, non-decorated side to non-decorated side... Don't move, slide or smear it! Let this dry... (You could also sew these lines if you want... you do have to pull on this a bit to tie the knots etc).
After an evening of glue drying, slide in the candles, tie knots on each end, trim the ends and you're done! You can also "fake" a bow, like I did here, but folding two loops in. Since the design is one-sided, it's hard to actually tie a bow that shows off the glitter. You could glue this down, if you'd like.

This would be super cute with flower designs, stripes, sew on other ribbon scraps etc.  Be creative! Makes a great centerpiece!

To see more projects and art by Carrie, check out her blog Violet Cottage.