Thursday, 3 March 2016

Fairies in Glass Jars

Hello all you lovely crafters out there, Samantha here, well Antony has been picking up the slack for me lately as its been a while since my last blog post but having 5 kids and making samples for design teams keeps me insanely busy. Anyway, one of my samples from Sheena's last launch got a lot of interest on Facebook and I was asked to blog it. So I shall!! Better late than never I guess! Lol 

For this project I have used the following Items:-  Sheena's Homelife Jars, die and Stamp set and my cup of tea stamps, Sheena's Hidden Fairies stamp set, Sheena stamping card, Matt black card, and Centura Pearl hint of gold card, Heat resistant acetate, Various WOW embossing powders, Versamark Ink, Aqua tints, Sparkle pens, Stickles, rock salt and Lilac metallic thread! 

Step 1 Firstly, I wanted a very ethereal background to work on so I used pastel Aqua tints on the shiny side of Centura Pearl. (TOP TIP- I always make up a whole A4 sheet when I make backgrounds, because although I'll cut it down, it will leave more left for either another card OR I sometimes like to die cut coordinating accents or use for the inside of the card!). Then sprinkle rock salt over the piece whilst wet and allow to dry naturally to get maximum effect from the salt. Once dry just brush the salt off. ( I like to keep it for embellishing too, as turns beautiful colours from the inks).

Step 2 Fold another A4 sheet of hint of gold Centura Pearl in half and turn landscape. Using two tiny flower stalk stamps from the My cup of tea stamp set and alternate them, stamping a frame around the A5 card using Versamark and black glint embossing powder.
Line up a piece of black card just within the flower border at one corner and mark off where to trim the side and bottom off so the black piece sits snuggly inside the border. Then emboss the edge of the black card all the way around with black glint WOW powder also. Using the background sheet made earlier, Matt it onto the black card leaving the tiny border of embossed edging showing. (Save the rest for other cards or inserts!)

Step 3 Next put the base card and background card to the side and take a sheet of heat resistant acetate and cut 4 of the jar dies out. Firstly use an anti-static pad on the acetate as it is notorious for getting embossing powder in places you DONT want it.
Taking the stamp and laying it on the desk and after inking it with Versamark, press the acetate die cut piece on top gently on each area. Then heat emboss gently again with green shimmer WOW powder, being careful not to overheat the acetate, then just trim the top from one of the jars.

Step 4 Next stage is to die cut 4 jars from Sheena stamping card and using pastel colour sparkle pens, mix with a little water or clear sparkle pen, on a tile or palette, and colour the 4 jar die cuts a rainbow of colours. These can be force dried with a heat gun to save time. Then stamp two different fairies in separate jars on the Sheena car on,y and heat emboss. ( TOP TIP- I've actually mixed my own WOW powder because I didn't quite want it a black, but wanted them to be more shimmery). Also cut 3 tags from Sheena card using Sheena dies, colour in the same way as the jars and stamp with different sentiments. Glue along the edges of the acetate jars with Collall or Pinflair 3D glue gel and attach to the coloured jar backs, and tie all three tags together with lilac metallic thread.

The next stage is to stamp the large corner flourish from the Hidden fairies set, in the top right corner and heat emboss with the same powder. Once the glue is dry, arrange the jars on the background and Mark lightly where they are, then remove them and stamp and emboss more fairies in various positions around and on the jars.
Finally glue the background piece to the A5 card and using 3D glue gel attach the jars back into position. Add some accents of fairy dust trails with Stickles glue and leave to dry!
Thank you guys for following our blog!! Feel free to try anything for yourselves too. We hope it was fun and inspiring, and as always, any questions, please just ask Antony or I. We are ALWAYS happy to help!! Xxx

Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Samantha and Antony