Thursday, May 21, 2015

Faux Stained Glass project

Many of you may not know that I have started helping out at a children's church on Sundays.  This was one of the first projects we did.  The lesson was the story of Abraham, so we did some star projects.  Also, the church has been holding sermons featuring the stained glass windows in the church, so this project was appropriate.
     I used my Cricut Explore to cut the black design from cardstock.  The star measures about 9" wide.  We attached the die cut star to the sticky side of clear contac paper, then used bits of tissue paper to add color "stained glass" to the sticky side.  The finished result really looks like stained glass from the front side.  The project was easy and simple for the kids to do.  I hope everybody had fun!  I had seen this project on multiple websites, each with a little variation.  My variation was using my Cricut Explore and a Cricut image to cut the design.  I love having my subscription!  I get tons of "free" images to use!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Dauber Fun

Last week I tried a technique that was showcased on the Hero Arts blog.  Here is a link to the original post:

But it is difficult for me to use the distress inks with the ink applicator these days due to neck and arm problems, so I decided to use daubers instead.

I first stamped a panel with a sentiment from Our Daily Bread (Thank you, Donna, for the loan of these stamps!) using Clearsnap fluid chalk ink.

I then masked the sentiment with a rectangle of Eclipse masking tape.  (You could also use a post it note.)

I then stamped a Hero Arts large cling stamp pattern (I used large Lotus blossom) using white pigment ink and white embossing powder over the mask.

Keeping the mask in place, I then rubbed a liquid ink dauber over the embossing to color the background paper.  Let dry, and then remove the mask and attach the panel to a notecard.

You can see in the picture above (the blue one) that my first attempt at this technique was not really successful.  The background stamp I chose for this one was not bold enough.  The technique works better with a bold print background stamp.

Here are the color combinations I liked best:

Lipstick Red chalk ink paired with Fired Brick Tim Holtz dauber.
Yellow Citrus chalk ink paired with Mustard Seed Tim Holtz dauber
Warm Green chalk ink paired with Peeled Paint Tim Holtz dauber