25.4.15

Spinning Pop Up Ball Card

Spinning Pop Up Ball Card
           Hi friends, its been quite some time since I shared an Interactive card and this one is rather special...it is a Rubber band activated Pop Up Ball Card which also spins.I first made a similar Pop up ball card several years back by handcutting  a template from a website which is no longer active [by artist Linda Lucine]
Spinning Pop Up Ball Card
Making the hexagonal Pop Up ball using a template was cool but after getting a die cutting machine I found it tedious to trace and cut templates!This particular Pop up Card was made using a Pop Up Ball die by Karen Burniston.
Spinning Pop Up Ball Card
My Pop Up card has a spring theme and features heat embossed flowers[ heartfelt creations sun kissed fleur stamp and die set] and Sizzix and Cheery Lynn  butterflies.
Crackle Paint
Used a Sizzix Brick die cut as a stencil to ink a brick pattern across the pop up card and added crackle paint and glossy accents to highlight parts of the brick pattern.
Glossy Accents
The glittery heat embossed parchment flowers are bordered by Cheery Lynn grass die cuts and I added liquid pearls and glossy accents on the butterflies.
Rubber Band activated Pop Up card
The golden heat embossed plant near the lamp post, the spring sentiment and golden heat embossed bees are all from a stamp set gifted by my sweet and generous blogger friend Lisa . She also gifted me the glossy accents and the beautiful green lacy trim I used on this card.Thank you so much Lisa!!
Heat embossing
The white flowers and the white butterfly you see on this pop up card were all stamped on parchment and heat embossed. Parchment is much stiffer than regular velum and maintains its shape after bending or folding so your flowers/ butterflies wont become flat even if you add them inside a card.
Heat Embossed Butterfly
I also added a tiny golden gate at the bottom of my spring garden so that the spring fairies can enter and frolic around in my garden!
Spring Pop Up Ball Card
The Pop up ball has 3 rubber bands inside and can be folded absolutely flat inside the pop up card.
Spinning Pop Up Ball Card
Another super cool thing about this design is that the Pop Up ball is attached to the base card with a brad so it also rotates.Here is the super short video showing how the pop up card springs open and the ball rotates.


 
I hope you liked this interactive Pop Up card.
Pop Up Ball Card
Supplies: Dies : Sizzix Butterfly, Sizzix Thinking of you, Sizzix fence, Sizzix Pop up Ball, Sizzix Brick die strip, Cheery Lynn  Grass, Cheery Lynn butterfly, Cheery Lynn  lamp post, Heart felt creations sun kissed fleur. Stamps : Sizzix- Hero Arts Butterfly, Thinking of you, Heartfelt creations Sun kissed fleur.Dear Lizzy  American Crafts Spring set. Papers: DCWV Botanical, DCWV Mariposa. Misc:Embossing Powders, Ranger Heat Gun, Crackle Paint all from Crafters Corner
Edited : This card was featured By Karen Burniston on her facebook page..Woohoo..such an honor!
It also came top 3 at Scrappy Land Pearls/lace theme Challenge
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And was declared as Super Pick at CSC Anything goes Challenge


21.4.15

Clay Plumeria Bonsai

thai clay flowers
Clay Frangipani Bonsai Tree
            Hi friends I guess most of us have played around with clay at one time or the other! Last month a health scare mandated that I "take rest".Making clay Plumeria [otherwise called Frangipani] flowers and leaves to go on a clay bonsai tree helped me to "take rest" without going crazy! 
thai clay flowers
Clay Frangipani flowers
          The Plumeria flowers and leaves were all made with Thai Clay, a type of air drying clay popular for flower making.My first experiment with Thai clay was a small Thai clay rose you can see in this post on an Altered Bottle.I find Thai Clay  a challenging medium to work with and my little Bonsai tree has lots of amateurish imperfections but I hope you can bear with me!
thai clay bonsai
Clay Plumeria Flowers
          I used oil paints to ink the centers of my plumeria flowers yellow and the leaves were made by mixing green oil colors into the thai clay dough before shaping them into leaves and adding veins.Made the flower buds in white and used my finger tips to lightly shade them with oil paints[ I found I had better control using my fingertips than a brush]!
thai clay plumeria
Clay Frangipani Bonsai Tree
         I used wire to form the framework for the bonsai tree...in a similar fashion to how I made the Beaded Christmas tree and covered it with a tougher air dry clay called Mseal [you can read about Mseal here: Mseal tutorial ].Purposely added some cracks on the Mseal and finger painted it with different shades [brown and a bit of green and black] of oil paints to resemble a tree trunk.
Clay Frangipani Bonsai Tree
Clay Plumeria Bonsai Tree
         I am sorry I dont have pictures of how I made it...it was all an experiment! I love Plumerias and here in India we can see them on the roadside in many different colors! I hope you like my Clay Plumeria Bonsai  !
Supplies : Thai Clay and wires to make tree framework + oil colors from Itsy Bitsy [ Thank you Sajan , Manager Itsy Bitsy RMV branch for helping me choose the oil colors]

19.4.15

Spray Glue Tutorial


Glue Spray
Adhesives are mostly just " glue" for a normal person but for a die hard crafter its so much more and I think only a fellow crafter can empathize with the anguish we crafters experience when we dont have the right adhesive for a crafty project and I think only a crafter will understand a whole post lauding a new "glue" !

Spray adhesive
I was sent this bottle of E 6000 Spray Glue  as part of my DT work for Crafters Corner and here is my review and a couple of quick technique tutorials using this glue spray.
What is a spray adhesive...?
Simply put  its a glue you can spray on real quick and easy! If you are like me and love spray painting you will understand my excitement when Shalini got spray adhesives  to Crafters Corner !
What is especially cool about E6000 Spray adhesive?
Not all spray adhesives are the same. Many spray adhesives are toxic and I even saw one in the local market which even had a scary label saying it was inflammable!
The E6000 spray  is non toxic ,has no smell [ unlike the E6000 tube glue],and you dont have to use it outdoors [since most crafters work indoors this is especially advantageous!].And the big plus point for me is you can use it with children around and yeah even little crafter can have a go at spray gluing as its nontoxic and so easy to use!
Tips to use E6000 Spray
It is super easy to use the E6000 spray adhesive but here are a few tips I would like to share

  • Keep your project to be sprayed on a  plastic sheet to protect the surrounding area from the glue spray - the spray is like a fine mist and yes it will fall on adjacent areas but it can be easily cleaned with plain water if needed.
    Spray Adhesive
    • Keep a glass of water at hand while using the spray. Once you finish using the spray.....unscrew the cap, dip the nozzle with the tubing into the glass of water and spray...the water will spray out of the spray mechanism and it will clean it so that your glue spray bottle nozzle does not get clogged.
       Nozzle cleaning
    • Drying time depends on the material you are using it on...metal and plastic can take hours to dry while paper dries in minutes.
    Materials you can use it on
    The E 6000 spray can be used on a huge range of materials : Paper, Wood, Cardboard, foil,Fabric,Foam, Thermocol[styrofoam], Glass, Plastic,Metals etc
    Special Properties 
    • Photo-safe 
    • Dries clear
    • Fairly strong adhesive
    • Does not Yellow
    • Non toxic
    Sharing a few of my experiments with this awesome Spray Glue
    1. Gluing Glitter and Sequins
    The first thing that came to mind on thinking of a spray glue was trying it with glitter and sequins

    My little girl is ever ready to try out new products and she is the one who eagerly inspects all the DT goodies Shalini keeps sending us!
    Spray glue
    Spray the glue from a distance of 8- 10 inches from the surface. Here we chose the super slippery CD to glitterify![yeah there is no such word as glitterify...but I am sure there will be in a few years time!!]I originally wanted to stick on a circle of felt on to the CD but the felt seemed to slip off and we didnt have the patience to put a weight on it or allow it time to dry.
    Add sequins and glitter
    So on went a generous sprinkling of glitter and sequins.
    gorgeous glitter - sequin  covering
    Dont you just love the thick shimmery coating! But if you poke at it some sequins will fall off! 
    Verdict- avoid sequin- glitter combination while spray gluing or alternatively spray between the layers.And glitter sticks better to paper and plastic than a CD.
    Sospeso Trasparente 
    I added Sospeso Trasparente blooms and a few heat embossed parchment flowers and pearls  to my glittery red background .
    Sospeso Trasparente 
    My kiddo was quite critical of how this altered CD looked and kept suggesting how to improve it but try as I might it didnt quite reach her standards!
    Sospeso Trasparente 
    2. Altering curved and odd shaped objects
    Many of us love beautifying objects we buy or have at home. Covering with pattern paper and painting are the most popular ways to alter something but if the object had lots of curves regular gluing can be quite tricky .

    Altered art
    Here is the boring cello-tape cutter and pen-stand my kiddo and I altered using E6000 spray and good old glitter.
    Spray glue
    Here is my little crafter using the spray glue .When I spray paint I usually dont allow her anywhere in the vicinity so that she wont inhale toxic paint fumes but since the spray glue was non toxic I allowed her to use it to her hearts content!
    Put glitter
    The glue dries pretty fast so you have be ready to sprinkle on your glitter on the sprayed surface!
    See uniform cover of glue and glitter
    I love how the spray glue leaves a thin uniform layer of glue on the object it is sprayed on [ as you can see by the white film of glue in the picture above] and this helps to get a beautiful uniform covering of glitter.
    Glittered Stationary set
    We used silver and blue glitter to get a 2 toned effect.
    Heartfelt creations flowers
    The heat embossed parchment[vellum] flowers were made using the heart felt creations sun kissed fleur stamp and die set.
    Heart felt creations flowers
    I inked the embossed flowers with distress inks to match the glittery blue background !
    Pen Stand Set
    3.Using with Stencils
    If you are a seasoned crafter you will be well versed with different ways to use stencils but if you are a novice here are 2 simple tutorials showing how to use Stencils: Stencil Art tutorial Stencil Glitter Art tutorial 
    What is especially wonderful about using spray glues with stencils is its super quick and easy
    Though I have shown 2 small sized projects here , you can hand-cut / die cut or use store bought stencils to quickly decorate large surfaces for eg a birthday party. Wouldnt it be fun to stencil a child's name  in glitter on balloons or banners for a fun birthday party...the ideas are unlimited!
    Stencil + Glitter
    Tape the stencil to paper/ cardboard/ thermocol/ balloon or whatever it is you want to add glitter to . You can use any kind of glitter.....sophisticated glitters such as the yummy distress glitter I have shown above or local glitters for your first experiments.
    Spray stencil
    Place the Paper- stencil on a plastic sheet and spray from a distance of 8- 10 inches. I gave just 2 squirts and got a nice even coverage as shown below.
    Sprayed stencil
    Pour glitter on the stencil
    Glitter
    You can smear the glitter on gently with your fingers to help improve adhesion.
    Tap off glitter
    Tap off excess glitter and remove the stencil from the paper.
    Stencilled Lord Ganapathi
    I was surprised myself at how beautiful it looked
    Stencilled Glittered Ganapathi
    Here you can see the neat stenciling...no mess unlike liquid glue and it was so quick too!
    Spray Glue Art
    Since it was my first experiment and frankly I hadnt expected such good results I hadnt taken much care to mask off areas of the die cut , so if you look closely you can see glitter on the edges of my die cut where the spray glue had fallen and glitter adhered!
    And since my first try turned out so good , here is another one using a Christmas tree stencil.
    Stencil + Spray glue
    Tape stencil to paper
    Stencil + Spray glue + Glitter
    Add glitter generously and even smear gently with your fingers[ yeah maybe you dont need to touch and get your fingers glittery... its just an obsessive compulsive habit of mine!]
    Glitter + Spray Glue
    Tap off the excess glitter, whip off the stencil and "Ooh and Aah " at the beauty you created!
    Glitter + Spray Glue
    Now a super important tip: Dont forget to wash your stencils quickly. In my excitement at the gorgeous results of my experiment I forgot about cleaning my stencils and found that the glitter had stuck on quite fast and strongly to the plastic surface of the stencil! I had to actually use a brush and vigorously scrub for several minutes before I could get the glitter off! Goes to show that the glue spray is pretty strong!
    Glitter stuck on stencil
    4.Gluing something extremely thin 
    Plastic sheets
    Spray glue is the ideal adhesive if you want to glue something super thin and flimsy such a plastic wrapping material or foil quickly and easily.
    You could use red tacky tape too for that but red tacky tape gives you no leeway..once you stick something on it...you cant change your mind and try and re-position it! With glue spray you do get a little margin of time to fiddle around with your positioning [ very handy for the perfectionist trait in all of us!]as it does not create an instant bonding but takes a little time like other wet glues.
    Spray glue and stick
    I had this roll of wood grain design plastic sheet which was so thin I really couldnt use it for anything apart from wrapping gifts[ a waste to use such a pretty design to wrap gifts!]Sprayed the E 6000 glue on the plastic and  gently stuck it on a sheet of card.
    Super adhesion
    I was thrilled at how easy and mess free it was and I didnt even get wrinkles! This one is yet to be turned into a crafty project.
    5.Gluing Metal and Foam
    Metal Cans
    Metal and foam are both especially tough materials to stick things on. Normal PVA glue is messy and takes a lot of patience and time. Red Tacky tape is perfect to glue metal and foam and I have shared projects in this post : 12 Red Tacky Tape Projects but I wanted to see how well the glue spray worked so
    I tried to alter the tin cans shown above by spraying glue and sticking textured foam sheets

    Foam on Metal
    In a review I like to share exactly what a product does so that when you use it you know exactly what to expect.In the picture above you can see the foam sheet lifting up at the edges and if you pull it at this point it will lift right off the metal tin.....well does that mean the spray glue wont work on metal...well NO...it works beautifully on metal...but you have to actually hold the surfaces together to allow it to bond! I was expecting a super quick adhesion like the red tacky tape forgetting that the spray glue is actually a mist of liquid glue.
    Metal + foam
    I used masking tape to hold the edges together in the yellow tin and just plain finger pressure on the orange tin and within minutes I got perfect adhesion.
    Heartfelt creations Flowers
    Added Parchment flowers made using my current favorite Heartfelt creations sun kissed fleur stamp- die set.
    Parchment flowers
    6.Gluing intricate punch outs and die cuts
    Nowadays die designs are becoming more and more intricate and beautiful  but gluing them to your projects with normal white PVA liquid glue can be tricky especially if your die cut is white!

    Intricate die cuts
               Gluing delicate Martha Stewart punch outs and lacy die cuts  using regular glue can be so time consuming...you end up either missing lots of those delicate curves or end up squishing too much liquid glue which oozes out and leaves marks on your project when you stick it. I am sure you have wished like me that there was an easier way to firmly glue down those delicate paper cut outs we all love.
    Delicate Die cuts
            The spray glue comes in quite handy here as you can get a gentle mist of glue on your delicate die cut/punched out paper with just one or 2 squirts and stick it on easily . When I read some of the online reviews on the spray glue this particular use of the spray adhesive seems to be quite popular among crafters     7.Decoupaging
    When you hear decoupage...the ever popular adhesive -sealant "modpodge" or other specialzed decoupage liquid glues come to mind! But successful decoupaging with Modpodge is a process requiring patience and finesse!

    Decoupaging Plastic
    Well how about if you are in a mood for a quick decoupage session with minimal mess, no brushes and little fuss....get out your  glue spray and spray it on!!
    Decoupaged Box
    In this altered project I sprayed both the paper and the plastic box with glue spray and while I sprayed the paper I made  sure I had a glue mist on all the edges so that it wouldn't lift off at the edges in future .
    Decoupaged Box
    I used only my hands to firmly adhere the paper on to the plastic surface as unlike Mod podge there  is not much liquid glue to squeeze out or wrinkle your paper.
    Decoupaged Box
    Kept the embellishment simple with just a handmade rose and some Sue Wilson faux quilled die cut leafy branches
    Spellbinders Rose
    The little shimmery white flowers are again embossed parchment flowers made using the same Heartfelt creations sun kissed fleur set I have been using in many of the projects in this post
    Decoupaged Box Set
    And here is the glue spray decoupaged box with matching penstand and paper holder decoupaged using modpodge...you actually cant make out any difference!

    Yeah that's it for now folks...7 ways to use the Glue Spray E 6000.
    I do hope you enjoyed this lengthy write-up...do tell me how it is.

    Supplies : Adhesives:E6000 Spray Adhesive,Mod Podge,Stamps:Heartfelt Creations Sun kissed fleur and leaf Stamps,Distress Ink - Peeled Paint, Mowed Lawn, Peacock feathers,wild honey,Dies:Heartfelt Creations Sun kissed fleur Dies,Sue Wilson Faux Quilled LeafSpellbinders Rose creations, Heartfelt creations leaf ,Nesting Circles, Marianne Anja Leaf
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