Monday, March 22, 2010

Waste not, want not

Hi everyone!  Dana here with a tutorial on custom coloring your acrylic pages and shapes.
For this project, I will be using the cutout from this acrylic album sheet.  This cute little flower is just as sweet as the page it was cut from....can't waste this opportunity to make a cute hang tag!  I also have on hand some alcohol inks from Ranger, a crop-o-dile for punching a hole in the finished tag and not pictured is glitter glue and some crystal effects from Stampin Up! (note, I only ended using the pool and wild plum colors on the project)
Your acrylic sheets are covered with a frosted plastic liner on either side to keep them pristine.  I find the easiest way to peel the liner is by using the piercing tool in my craft supply to gently lift the liner and peel it away.
Lay your acrylic piece on a non stick craft surface or several sheets of scratch paper since the alcohol ink will stain anything it touches....good on crafts, not so good on clothes!  :)  Drop several drops of the color you ultimately want on the outer edge in the center of the flower.
Next drop the center color (pool in my example) right on top of the first color in the middle of the shape.  It will magically "push" the plum color towards the outside.
I used a pencil to pull the plum color to the outer edges.  You must let the alcohol ink totally dry.  Once dry, I turned the shape over and outlined the flower with purple glitter glue....again, leave it to dry...RESIST touching the glitter glue!
Once the glitter was dry, I filled the inner flower with crystal effects to the level of the glitter glue.  Again, this is a test in patience....let it DRY completely.
The end result is a custom colored acrylic hang tag that could be attached to a mini album, a gift bag, made into a key chain, or in this case a backpack zipper charm for my purple and blue loving little girl!  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Turning One Acrylic Page

Hi everyone! I'm back again and this time I have graduated from an acrylic tag to an acrylic page!! I must admit, I don't scrapbook even though I have all good intentions to....I buy all the stuff and have all the pictures, but just never make the time!! One page at a time, right? Well, I figure this is a good way to pick it up and actually, I'm going to prop it up on a frame holder like a picture. :) Here's what I came up with.

Once I could figure out what paper to use, this actually came together rather quickly! I knew that I was going to use 3 fabulous products that Want2Scrap carries... the acrylic page, bling (pink pearls), and ribbon. And I definitely achieved my goal!

Now, I don't know if it's the cardmaker in me, but I had a hard time leaving the border "undressed." I decided to add my own "decorative edge" with stickles and Liquid Pearls and I'll show you how I did it!

First, I placed my acrylic page on a clean surface that can get messy...I used Ranger's Non-Stick Craft sheet. This way, if I make a mess, I can just wipe it off with a damp cloth....and I am messy!!! :) So here we go with Silver Stickles.

And I just carefully went around the edges, very lightly touching, the border of my page with the applicator tip.

Nice, eh?! Next came the Liquid Pearls in Petal Pink.

What I did here was to squeeze a small amount out and just BARELY touch the liquid pearl medium to the sheet....just let it ease it's way out on it's own practically.

If your press the liquid pearls onto your sheet, you'll just end up smushing it on there and won't get a nice little globular looking pearl. Now, after it has come out, unfortunately, it will have a pointy top at its peak. To prevent this from drying looking like that, tap the UNDERSIDE of your acrylic sheet and it will flatten out that point and really look like a round pearl. So, make about 5-6 dabs and then tap and so on and so forth. Here's a close up where you can see what that looks like.

So what do you think? Think you would try this on your own? Don't forget to give it time to dry!!

I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial and thanks so much for stopping by!


Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Scalloped Edge Acrylic Sign

I love acrylic...yep, I will say it again. I love acrylic! When I received this fun acrylic sheet I knew I wanted to make some sort of home decor sign, but was not sure what...since we had about 4 feet of snow in the last 2 became a winter sign.

To heat emboss acrylic is not tough. You just have to pay attention and be sure that you don't over heat it so it warps. Want2Scrap has thick, quality acrylic so it worked like a charm. I simply used a watermark pad and ran it around the edges. Sprinkled on the embossing powder and heated it. I love the snowy winter look this added to my sign. Here is a close up of the edge.

Here are a few of the products I used on this project...

To dress up my flowers I added Stickles, glitter, micro-beads, spray ink and crushed much better than just plain flowers, don't you think?

Here is a close up of the flowers...

To simulate snow, I added lots of Want2Scrap pearl bling in 2 sizes as well as tri-dots of Stickles to add a little winter detail.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you were inspired to work with a little acrylic today!



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