Monday, May 3, 2010

I am still away but thought I could post a short little project till I get back

Use a glue stick to adhere vintage music paper to parenthesis shape.  Making sure to cover all areas and edges.  Burnish with bone folder and let dry.




After glue is dry, paint a thin coat of Mod Podge or Claudine Helmuth's Multi medium over surface. Set aside to dry.  Don't worry... 95 percent small bubbles you see will disappear in the drying process.  Just like magic!  But remember, a THIN coat and don't over work the medium.

Once the medium in dry, take a sliver Sharpie marker and line the edges of the board.

Use your blending tool to ink board with Distress ink.  This step can be done BEFORE the silver marker if you want a shiner edge.
NOTE: Because you coated the music paper with Mod Podge you can wipe away the ink before it dries.  So if you get too much ink on the board just take a baby wipe or a damp paper towel and wipe it off.  It's a fun technique to experiment layering your Distress Ink colors.  And if you don't like it...wipe it off and start again.  You can try acrylic paint with this method too.

Oval template-
Go to the computer and create an oval shape.  Just open a new document and from the formatting pallet pick, "add objects".  From there you should see an icon with some shapes.  Pick the circle and a + will appear on you document.  Click on the document and a circle will appear.  Drag the tiny boxes to create an oval just the size you want.  Save the document and print.  I keep all the templates I make, no matter how easy in a file marked templates.  It is amazing to me how many times I use that file.
I will say, your Word program might be newer than mine, so the instructions might be a bit different but hopefully these are close.

Cut out the oval template

Use the template to cut a piece of chipboard

Cover the chipboard with a piece of Bazzill Dotted Swiss paper

Squeeze some Glossy Accents on the edge

"flatten" out the glue with an old paint brush 
(you MUST was the paint brush right away or it will become like a rock)

Add glitter to the edge.  I wanted an old look so I used glass glitter that will age with time, but you can use whatever you have on hand.  Remember, if you do you glass glitter, it is just that...GLASS.  So be very careful not to touch your eyes during use and wash your hands right away.  Never use glass glitter with children.
Glitter of choice when I don't use glass- Stampendous Halo glitter - extra fine- gold

Back to the board that should be dry now.
You need two holes at the top, evenly spaced.  I used the 7gypsies Bindery Punch, but you can use a Crop-a-dile to punch through the book board.

Finishing the oval-
Add some vintage flowers to the center of the oval with strips of gaffer tape.  I added an old scrap of lace that was on my desk.  Really, you could add about anything you like.

I added thin foam tape to the back side to raise up the oval before adding to the board so I would have a small space to add in some vintage crepe paper.  This probably would have been smarter to add the foam tape before I added the bulky flowers to the front.  Oh, well.
I squeezed a little glue under the oval and then just gathered the crepe paper as I turned the piece.

Add ribbon to the top (it takes about a yard)

Then I thought it needed a bit more so I punched a hole with the small hole on the crop-a-dile very close to the bottom point and added a crystal dangle with an extra brown bead from my junk pile.

I could be totally done right now, but I had these Bling Brads on my desk from my friend Sally (Delish Designs).  These are the best brads on the market.  Super heavy and in all honesty look more like real jewelry than scrapbooking brads.  Anyway, I just thought they could find a home here.

The finished product!

 If you want to win a set of these extraordinary Bling brads, leave me a comment!  Please note I will be in Australia until May 13, so I will not be able to send them out until I get back.

35 comments:

  1. Thank you for the concise, totally doable, and really, quite lovely project.

    I hope you're loving Australia! What a silly thing to say . . . of course you are! Enjoy, enjoy!

    ~Debbi

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  2. Gaaaah! I love this project. Please count me in!

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  3. What a terrific project!! I'm definitely going to give this a try!!

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  4. That is so fabulous! I am definitely getting some distressing ink when I get to the States this summer. We've got nothing like that around here. Enjoy Australia! Best wishes :) Tammy

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  5. This little project is lovely! I can't believe you took the time to post this with all you have going on, but.... thank you!!! I'm running downstairs to grab all my supplies right now.
    Enjoy your trip!

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  6. how lovely! i'm really going to have to lift this.... now to find some things to make it with... thanks for the chance to win some bling!

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  7. I love Delish Designs and since you are in Australia, would you bring back some...? I use their lion brads alot.

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  8. How darling!! Love the whole project but your bling at the bottom and the bling brads really add to it!

    Hope you're having a blast. :)

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  9. Please throw my name in the hat to win those fab brads!!
    Come be my friend on my blog and enter a giveaway!
    www.maigirlz.typepad.com

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  10. That is SO SO SO pretty! Love it all.

    And yes, blingy brads would make me happy :)

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  11. what a beautiful project and the brads are absolutely gorgeous!!!!

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  12. Pick me! Pick me! The vintage brads are gorgeous. Thanks for the project idea and tips. So nice of you to share in spite of your busy travel life.

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  13. Thank you for this great and easy projects!!!
    best regards,
    Wanda

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  14. Oh my! The vintage brads are absolutely gorgeous and along with the crystal dangle make this project so beautiful. Thanks for taking the time while in Australia to share this with us.

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  15. This is absolutely gorgeous.I think I am going to have to give this a try!! :)

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  16. Stunning project! Thank you so much for the tutorial and inspiration!

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  17. That hanging looks so pretty. I always love coming to your blog and seeing the projects/tutorials you share. Those brads really do look like jewelry.

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  18. OMG...this is beeeeaaaauuuuttttiiiiffffffuuuuulll! SO perfect for Mother's Day. I want to make it right now....I'm at work...think I could pull it off?....I'll just say the glitter is from the Tooth Fairy! Loving the BRADS! Pick me Pick me!

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  19. what a great little project. LOVE those brads.

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  20. Hope you are loving Australia... and the project is great. And great directions! As an "ex" spinner and weaver.. say hello to a few sheep for me!

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  21. This is way too ADORABLE!!! I love it. I have a big shot that makes that shape....going into my studio to make one! thanks for the tut!
    robin

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  22. Thank you again for another fantastic tutorial! I love it that you tell it like it is ~ like when you realize a step may be out of place. I learn by doing too. And thank you for sharing the lovely brads ~ would love to put them to good use! Hope all is going well in Australia :)

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  23. Beautiful little project! Count me in for the giveaway.

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  24. I love those Bling brads!!!

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  25. Love your step by step. Thanks for sharing. It's a beautiful project.

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  26. This project is gorgeous...and your directions are even better! I would love to win brads like these. Hope you're having a great trip. Thanks for taking the time to show us another project.

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  27. Love this project! What a great mom's day gift. Hope you're having fun in Australia.

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  28. What a gorgeous piece and so easy to make. The brads are so pretty!

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  29. How fun & fast, always looking for that combination - thanks, also loving the vintage look of those beautiful brads, very nice!

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  30. Beautiful project. Your tutorials are amazing. I would love the opportunity to win the brads. They are gorgeous!!

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  31. What an adorable project. I must do more layering like this. So pretty! Please enter me for the brads. they are ever so sweet!
    Sherry

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  32. This is a lovely project - and I have the parentheses boards, can make an oval, have glass glitter, might be able to find a crystal but I know I don't have those beautiful brads.

    Thanks for sharing and this opportunity to win!

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  33. So very beautiful! Can't wait to create...I have so many ideas on just who this would be perfect for...would LOVE the beautiful brads :)...Thank you!

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  34. Lovely project. I will be making that for sure! Love the bling brads! Hope you're enjoying Australia! -Alisa

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  35. Hermoso su proyecto
    Love this project!
    saludos

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