Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Dazzling Summer Altoid Tin by Cheryl Waters

Summer is Around the Corner

In the stores we see summer preparation . . . all the summer gear is laid out and my family is already using sunblock. I love summer (actually I love all the seasons) as it is a time where people gather around outdoor activities. I wanted to share with you a little invitation idea I put together recycling an Altoid tin. I made several different ones but wanted to share this particular one. This one serves as an invitation envelope but is a great idea for a gift card holder or just even as a little something set on a desk with a photo in it. I used some fun new Dazzler Glitter on this particular project from the Dazzle Days Art Glitter Kit. Here’s the how to:

Enjoy your Altoids and clean the tin.
Take desired patterned paper and trace with a pencil the shape of the Altoid tin. Cut out. I used my Fiskars microtip scissors especially when doing a lot of precision cutting. Do this for the top and bottom of the tin. Place the paper on top of the tin using Art Glitter Dries Clear Adhesive. Don’t worry if the paper overlaps.
Once the adhesive is fairly dry sand off the excess paper from the edges. Add rubons, embellishments and layer if desired. Here I used rubons and then I layered my elements with pop dots for a more 3-D effect. I used Fiskars Mak’in Waves squeeze punch, Fiskars Boundary Waters border punch and Cosmo Cricket patterned paper. One of my favorite new colors of Dazzler Art Glitter is Ariel which I used here.

The inside cover of the Altoid tin can constructed by tracing the outside once again. Then placing it inside the tin and creasing it. Once you find the crease, trim as necessary. After such a time, simply place down using Designer Dries Clear adhesive and embellish. On my fan I used the lovely color (Fiskateer are going to love this color) of Jamaica.

Once again for the ‘swimmer’ I used Ariel Dazzle Art Glitter.

I placed a small invite into the little altered box and invited neighbors for a pool party. Other ideas could include a thank you with a Starbucks gift card, a tea time for the ladies or any gift card for that matter. You’re recycling and personalizing a little gift or making a unique invitation for someone special. I’m loving the new Dazzler Art Glitter choices. Oh so yummy and perfect for summer layouts and projects. Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Glitter Frog Collage by Laura Fraedrich

This project is my favorite glitter project I have done so far. Not only do I love making collages (I save every piece of paper and magazine picture I can get my hands on), I also loved doing the technique of ‘painting’ with glitter like I did here. I think you will love it too when you give it a try. Here’s how:

Supplies needed:

Assorted Glitter from Art Glitter Institute
Diamond Glaze (available from Judikins.com)
Designer Dries Clear Adhesive by Art Glitter Institute
Assorted art papers and/or images from magazines
7”x 11” piece of mat board
Matte medium
1” foam brush

First, lay out your magazine images and art papers on the piece of mat board the way you want them in your collage. You can cut them into smaller pieces with scissors or tear them for rougher edges. Once you are satisfied with your layout, start adhering them to the mat board using the matte medium and the foam brush. Make sure you coat the entire piece of paper with the medium, and after you lay it down on the board brush another layer of medium on top. You should overlap the pieces of paper slightly and make sure all of the mat board is covered and there is no board showing through. Let the collage dry thoroughly.

Next, choose the areas on your collage that you want to ‘paint’ over with glitter. In mine, I chose the frog and a couple of flowers. Choose glitter colors that match the color of the image you will be applying glitter over. Choose your first color and apply Designer Dries Clear adhesive over the entire area that you want that particular color of glitter to go on. Sprinkle the glitter over the wet glue and tap off the excess. Let dry for a few minutes. Repeat this process with the rest of the colors of glitter you want to apply until your image is completely ‘painted’.

To add some extra shine and texture, I chose a few leaves here and there and applied Diamond Glaze to them. Once it dries it looks raised and glossy and made the leaves look more realistic. You can choose to do the same to your collage, or add other elements that work for yours.

I hope you have as much fun with this project as I did! I would love to see what you came up with. Feel free to email me pictures to thepeculiarpalette@cox.net.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Sparkling Fish by Emily Montenaro

Three inch cards are such a cute size and I thought it’d be fun to make a wide fishy scene using an accordion fold. To make the waves at the top, I trimmed my 8.5x11” cardstock in half lengthwise using the scallop blade on my paper trimmer. The result is that one half of the paper will have scallops and the other will have waves! Using the half with the waves, I then trimmed it to be 3” by 9”. To make the accordion fold, I scored the white side at 3” and 6”. I love that this cardstock has a white core, so I used the white side for the front and the blue then peaks through the waves at the top when the card is closed.

The blue also gave it a nice finished color on the back of the card. I then stamped my images using Fluid Chalk ink and followed with Dries Clear Adhesive and transparent glitter in several sparkling colors. Be sure not to apply adhesive to everything at once – choose one color at a time so you can tap off your glitter and replace it into the jar. (*smile*) I love that Art Glitter has so many transparent colors to choose from! Since they are transparent, they are influenced by the color under them which makes it easy to coordinate glitter with ink!

Art Glitter Ultrafine Transparent Glitter in Lemone’, Orange Crush, Pink Smoothie, Tropical Rain, Key Lime, and Fauna
Art Glitter Designer Dries Clear Adhesive
Art Glitter Ultrafine Metal Tip
Art Glitter black stamp pad
A Muse Artstamps Rubber Stamps: Coral, Mini Fishes, and Best Fishes
A Muse Artstamps Sky Blue cardstock
Clearsnap Fluid Chalk ink in Yellow Citrus, Tangerine, Rose Coral, Azurite, and Lime Pastel
Marvy Paper Trimming Buddy with scallop blade

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Glitter Goodies from Marisa Pawelko

Marisa's been busy designing some really colorful and fun projects!

Here's a magnet that is worthy of being an artist collage we just put into our gallery here.

Then check out her take on this new Sizzix Scalloped Box, a soon to be released die designed by Eileen Hull for a blog hop. But I warn you, if you look at one design, you'll have to look at them all! http://blog.modernsurrealist.com

Thank you for sharing Marisa. We love your style!

Friday, April 9, 2010

Glitter + Canvas = Bliss by Cheryl Waters

Spring has sprung and I love the colors of Spring! They are so cheerful and lively. I love using the colors of Spring in my art. One of my very favorite mediums is that of canvas. I love the raw feel and texture. The wonder of canvas . . . it can be stitched, primed with gesso, painted, stapled. . . the possibilities are endless. When using glitter on canvas it gives it a grungy glamour. What a beautiful combination. When you see the sparkle and shine against the raw fiber of canvas . . . it reminds me a bit of the ocean.

In this layout I used canvas by C and T Publishing. I also used some unique elements and embellishments. I am not a big Sushi eater but those cute little Sushi wrappers . . . well, I found some that resemble pink grass that I used on my layout. I sprinkled Antique White Transparent Art Glitter on my project and especially on the ‘pink grass’. I love the way the transparent art glitter gives it a soft hue against the ‘pink grass’. I also used rubons on the pink grass. Microbeads and fabric flowers I cut from a flower arrangement I found at a party store last Easter added a ‘Spring like touch’. I used pom poms and even added some stamped Shrinky Dinks.

Art Glitter Dries Clear holds it all together for me. I love that I can glue metal, beads, glitter, or fabric with Art Glitter Dries Clear Adhesive. Another fun way to use glitter on canvas is to paint the canvas and before the paint dries sprinkle glitter in the paint. An instant shimmer.

So give it a try this Spring. Try some glitter and canvas . . . the perfect combination in my book. There’s lots of ideas . . . you could make a canvas book, canvas wall hanging or pillow

Monday, April 5, 2010

Spring Sparkle Flower by Emily Montenaro

I love finding inspiration in everyday things! The idea for this card hit me one day when I spied an adorable gift bag while I was out shopping. It had several colorful spring flowers on a fun purple background. I was drawn to one BIG yellow flower, so I decided to make that the focus of my card. I knew I wanted cut the flower out of chipboard, so I rummaged through my stash and was happy to find a piece that had a white top layer. So I ran that through my Big Shot machine with a flower die. Then I used Dries Clear adhesive with a beautiful shade of yellow glitter on the flower and did the same thing with pink glitter for the circle in the center. I let both pieces dry and then adhered the center to the flower. I stamped the stem with a Dandelion stamp, added lime glitter for more sparkle, and then attached the flower to the stem with foam tape. The grass layer is punched out of green cardstock and I just couldn’t resist adding glitter to it too! What are some of your favorite sources of inspiration?

Art Glitter Ultrafine Transparent Glitter in Lemone’, Pink Smoothie, and Key Lime
Art Glitter Designer Dries Clear Adhesive
Art Glitter black stamp pad
A Muse Artstamps Friends blossom and Dandelion rubber stamps
A Muse Artstamps Kitchen Purple and Sage 4-bar notecards
A Muse Artstamps Black Grosgrain Stitch ribbon
Martha Stewart Crafts grass punch
Memento Bamboo Leaves ink
Glue pen, Xyron, and foam tape
Sizzix flower die and Big Shot


Friday, April 2, 2010

Giveaway and Mixed Media Art Glitter Collage by Debrey Taylor

Win these great products from Art Glitter and Fiskars during Cheryl's scavenger hunt. Lots of fun! Thank you Cheryl! http://www.fiskateers.com/blog/2010/03/26/more-glittery-news/

Also wanted to share with you this wonderful mixed media collage by Debrey Taylor. It started out as a flat oil painting collage but Debrey felt it needed more.

So she added Ultrafine Opaque Art Glitter and our Micro-No-Hole Beads. Now it really stands out and it's finished! Happy Easter!