Thursday, September 13, 2012

Compendium Week 20: Enameled Stamping

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Today is GLEE Day…GLEE is back….GLEE is back….GLEE is ba…...
What?  You don't watch Glee?  But Glee has music….You don't' Care?  But through Glee gave me Imagine Dragons…Still not with me?  But Glee has Darren Criss… Come on …I'm talking Darren Criss.  And Darren Criss and I went to the same college…albeit a few (Cough) months, (Cough) years, decades (Ugh) apart.  Hail to the Victors and all that.  

You still don't care?  Hmmmm, well then I apologize….I'm just a little pathetic over excited….It's been a loooong summer...or as I call it… a long Glee Hiatus.
On to a Halloween Project:
Today I am back with The Compendium of Curiosity Vol. 2 Challenge Week 20 .  The CC2C is hosted by Linda of Studio L3.  This week it is all about Enameled Stamping.  This technique can be found on page 44 of Tim Holtz's terrific book Compendium of Curiosity Vol 2.  The challenge has been a blast but fun and games aside it is important that we continue to support Tim's hard work and intellectual property by  NOT giving specific directions on the techniques in our blog posts.  You have to go and buy the book…you won't be sorry.  It is full of great ideas, step-by-step pictures,  and lots and lots of samples.  There are 15 challenges left giving you plenty of time to join in the fun.

While I won't discuss Enameled Stamping, I can share a few other fun details.
 The bottom ruffle is super simple….You probably have left over party crepe paper streamer.  The kind they sell at the everywhere on a big roll of something like 8000 yards for $1.99.  After the party keep the leftover with your craft supplies.

To make the ruffle: Flip the card or tag over so the back is facing up and run a line of double sided adhesive along the bottom edge.  I like something like MonoAdhesive by Tombo or Redline Tape.  I wouldn't use Glossy Accents or a Glue Stick because they don't dry fast enough;  you want to gather, stick and go.  Start at one end and stick the edge of the crepe paper to the edge of the tag.  Move over 1/4 of an inch (or so) and gather the crepe into a small ruffle as you stick the crepe paper down.  Keep doing this across the card.  You don't need the ruffles to be even or perfect and you will end up with a little ruffled edge. If your ruffle hangs uneven- or is too long-simply trim it after it is in place.  
The bats were cut with a Sizzix Sizzlits Decorative Strip Die- Bats.  They were all connected so I snipped them apart.  Using foam tape I placed them on the card before I added two tiny black flat-back rhinestones to each bat for eyes.  Finally I flooded each bat with Glossy Accents.   Glossy Accents is self-leveling so be sure to place it on a flat surface and allow it to dry.   It probably takes an hour or two to dry completely depending on how thick the glue is and how humid it is.  The Glossy Accents goes on milky and dry clear.  
The crystals are the Prima Marketing Faceted Crystals that I am so in love with.  You can see a small piece of harlequin Washi tape peeking out.  It really is All In The Details!

The bow was made using a length of silver seam binding -which to be honest looks almost white.  First it was wet lightly with water and then misted with a homemade black mist (Ranger MiniMister filled with 1 dropper full of Black Soot Distress Reinker and water).  The wet ribbon was scrunched and dried using a heat gun to achieve this beautiful vintage look.

The ticket was made using Tim Holtz Alterations Decorative Strip: Ticket Strip and Tim's Stampers Anonymous Odd's And Ends stamp.  The paper was basic white cardstock that was die cut and then inked with Ripe Persimmon Distress Ink, stamped with Black Archival Ink and the edges inked with Black Soot Distress Ink.  The completed ticket was attached with foam dots.


Laters Baby….

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  1. IU love all the details, especially the bats!

    I had to come visit after seeing your table at My Life and Kids...loved that craft explosion! I have a sewing explosion on my dining room table right now. ;)

    Lemon Drop Pie

  2. Fab tag, Danee. Love your ruffle and the side border. We're watching Glee tonight... I can't wait!

  3. Adorable! Great job and happy to see your tag on Pinterest! Get it girl! xoxo

  4. So pretty and festive--you did a fantastic job! I hope you will link up to my Wickedly Creative Halloween Ideas Party if you haven't already.

  5. These are the cutest tags I have ever seen, I love them!
    Super Sweet Sunday @

  6. Featuring YOU today! I hope you will come by and grab a button!

  7. I LOVE this! Please come share it on my linky party!
    Thanks, Marcie


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