I'm typing this post while listening to pouring rain. Living in California, that is something I haven't said in years. In fact, the local news station has had a reporter out at our local airport waiting for the rain. They keep saying he's on "Rain Watch"! And in reality, he's alone in the airport looking at Facebook on his phone. Anyway, between daylight savings and the winter storm, I really had to push to get through today's project before I lost all light for photography. No matter, the rain is so needed here, I sure don't mind.
The project today is by request from Johnna over at Scrappy Camper Sisters. She asked if I could show how to make snowball's, which were part of the Winter Wish kit I taught last Saturday at Whim So Doodle (Johnna was in my class). Although, I couldn't just make a snowball - that just seemed silly. So I have a fun little project that can be made in just an hour or two. Follow along and I'll show you what I made.
I am using the largest box that comes in the 6 x 8" configurations box. If you do not have any extra configuration boxes you could use a small gift box or paper mache box you can find at any craft store. I also used polka dot paper from the Merriment Paper Stash.
NOTE: When covering any box, measure both sides and the bottom of the box, add the three numbers together. My box is square so my measurement is 6 3/8 x 6 3/8". Now score the paper based on the depth of the box. The configuration boxes are 1 3/4" deep, so score the paper 1 3/4" from the outside edge. After scoring, cut out the corners.
Gather a few things, plastic pearls (these are made by Darice), Distress Glitter - Clear Rock Candy, Multi Medium and a small spoon.
Yep that easy.
couple drops, really. Roll them around until they are coated and pour them out onto your Craft Sheet or a piece of chipboard or paper plate....whatever is available other than your hand. That, it will stain. Don't worry if there are any white spots showing - that's actually good, and will be taken care of in the next step.
Pounce it directly on the pearls with the Blending Tool w/ felt pad.
And just like that, they look like vintage mercury glass beads. Such an easy technique that has an amazing transformational quality. Mesmerizing really.
Every Christmas tree needs a star on the top, so I colored two identical Mirrored Stars with Alcohol ink, then glued them back to back.
Pour a small amount of Distress Glitter into a disposable plastic cup. Add Glossy Accents to the Distress Glitter.
Vintage Handmade. I have purchased beautiful things from Julie for many years. From her sugared pine cones to labels, to the gathered crepe paper I'm using today. What I like about buying from Vintage Handmade is that everything is beautifully and expertly packaged. If fact, sometimes I have a hard time taking things out of the package.
I hope you will try the Alcohol Ink techniques from today's tutorial. Just to see for yourself how easy it is to change the faux pearls into something so vintage looking.