Yes, yes, I know.....I'm on a jewelry-making kick. I think it's long past addictive. Now, when I look at my stamps, I start thinking about how I can incorporate the images into wearable art. I condensed some of my stamping stuff into another drawer so that I could make room for beads and jewelry findings. It's quickly becoming an obsession!
Today is Day 3 of the GinaK sneak peeks and all of us on the Design Team (and special guests) are showing two new sets. I've used both on my project.
I started off by making a cute little pair of penguin earrings using the new set by Rupa Shevde called, "Winter Friends."
I stamped the penguin image twice on shrink plastic (of which I've discovered the joys of all over again) with Staz-On ink (it's really important to use a solvent based ink so that the ink doesn't rub off after it's shrunk). Using a pair of precision tip scissors, I trimmed around the image and then punched a hole at the top of each image using a 1/8 inch hole punch. Instead of heating up the oven to shrink my images, I used my embossing gun. I like to use an acrylic block to press down the plastic after it shrinks so that it's flat.
To color the penguins in, I found it best to use Souffle pens by Sakura. They work really well on non-porous surfaces. The Glaze pens are also for plastic, so I'm going to try those next for a different look.
I added the beads and jewelry pieces after the Souffle pen ink dried and VOILA! That was all there was to it!
I created a little gift box to put them in by making an oragami box
from patterned paper and a clear acetate top to put on top so that you
can peek in at the gift inside. I adhered a length of stitched red
grosgrain ribbon around the edge of the acetate box. I put some
crumpled tissue paper on the bottom of the box and then a piece of foam
on top, which I hooked the earrings onto so they wouldn't jiggle around
I wrapped it up with a piece of gold edged organdy ribbon (both ribbons are from the Holiday Ribbon Assortment) and attached a quick flag tag that I made using the other new set we're debuting called, "Signed with Love." This is the new One Free with Three set for this month. I stamped on Bashful Blue with black in and layered it onto Real Red. I used a piece of jemp twine to thread through a button and through the tag and tied it around the organdy ribbon and secured the tag to the box top with a pop-dot.
We have a couple of our Center Stage Spotlight Designers joining in the previews tonight. Here are their blog links: