Monday, January 6, 2014
Spunky, along with his friend Rocco, is making his debut this month from Sparkle N Sprinkle. They will become regulars and will have lots of adventures. This set is called Spunky Skunk Valentine (#521).
After stamping and fussy cutting out the image, or parts of the image, three times, I colored Spunky with Copics and added Black Ice glitter and Twinkling Clouds Sparkling Flock to his tail. I then pop dotted his body onto the image base and finally pop dotted the heart to the second layer. The sentiment on the heart is also covered with Black Ice glitter. This paper tole technique gives your image lots of dimension.
The mat was created using a Spellbinders die (A2 Polka Dots) and then I used the Emboss Resist technique, using one of the other stamps from this set. After stamping with VersaMark and heat setting with Clear Detail embossing powder, I used Distress Inks to color the background. I also blinged up my brads (they were originally silver) using the SNS Bling Your Brads technique and White embossing powder.
The lace flower was quick and easy to do and I have a few photos for a quick step by step tutorial. The first thing you need to do is to make your own large glue dot with the Mega Tack Glue. Save some of the backing papers from the Super Adhesive Sheets or even the sheet that you get with all those address labels you receive for free. Just apply the glue to the backing sheet and make a circle as large as you want. The hard part is that you have to let it dry over night. As you can see by the photo, it starts out white, but when it dries, it's clear. (You can also make homemade regular sized glue dots this way too.) Once it's dry, your ready for the next step.
Cut a long piece of lace (or ribbon or fabric) and start pushing it down onto the glue dot, going from the outside edge and continuing in a circle until the entire glue dot is covered. I also scrunched mine up just a bit as I was adhering it so I would have a small ruffle.
I added a couple vintage buttons to the center of my lace flower and tied them together with some embroidery floss. I also glued them down to the lace with the Mega Tack Glue. That's it! Easy, easy.
You can also view more detailed instructions in my SNS Art Gallery, here.