Saturday, October 10, 2015

ACDT Post: Keychains

Hello! hope you all are enjoying the weekend. I have made these keychains for Artful Craftings 7th challenge: Heat Embossing, which is now live.
My task was to create a project using a Melting pot, and so my kit included Gold UTEE and Purple Embossing powder.
Wanting to highlight the many different projects in which UTEE can be used, I decided to move forward with keychains!

The most important tool required for this project is a Melting Pot:
(You need a melting pot because we need to heat the keychain from the bottom -- if we use a heat gun, the powder will fly off)

UTEE Clear, UTEE Gold, Embossing Power: Purple, White, Black and a Keychain
I started by setting the melting pot temperature to UTEE, and placing the keychain in it.
Please note that I've placed the keychain over a piece of paper, and not directly in the pot. There are two reasons for doing this: 1. Once hot, I can lift the keychain off the pot easily by holding on to the paper, and 2. It will keep the back of the keychain clean.
I then sprinkled UTEE, and embossing powders over the keychain and let them melt. Once done, and happy with the results, I removed the keychain from the pot and let if cool off.

IMPORTANT: NEVER touch the hot pan or the heated metal directly, is it extremely hot and can burn your hand!

Using this method, I created 3 keychains, in different designs.
Waves Inspired
Waves Inspired: For this one, I formed lines with purple and white-- once they melted, I took a pin and ran it through horizontally. That created the waves. I then sprinkled some gold UTEE for finishing touches.

Galaxy Inspired
Galaxy Inspired: Started off with Gold UTEE, once it melted, added some purple and pulled it into the gold. Then added some white and set a pearl in it.

Gem Inspired
This was the most complicated. Started with black, then added some purple, once they melted and mixed, added clear UTEE and heated it up again. I then sprayed it with glimmer mist, and heated it up, added more clear UTEE, and some more heat. Then sprinkled gold UTEE and sent a gem in it.

Hope this inspires you to create some fun projects using a Melting Pot.
List of supplies below:
Melting Pot
Embossing Powders: Purple, Sea Foam White, Black
UTEE: Clear, Gold
Glimmer Mist: Thatched Roof Cottage
Key chain

Link to challenge post: Challenge 7: Heat Embossing

Happy Crafting!

Friday, October 9, 2015

Birds On a Swing

Inspired by all the stunning projects appearing on my Instagram timeline, I pulled out my watercolor brushes, dug out some suitable stamps, selected some inks, and got down to some serious coloring!

After some practice, I put together the below card.

I colored the stamped image with distress and memento inks, and stenciled Prima Faded Roses in the background. Stamped the sentiment on the same layer, and added a halo to it, for prominence.

On the inside, I stamped some roses, and painted a trellis.

Whimsy Stamps: Bird Swing, Unity Stamps: Everything Love Kit
Distress inks: Wild Honey, Mustard Seed, Victorian Velvet, Worn Lipstick, Pine Needles, Gathered Twigs, Pumice stone, Broken China, Faded Jeans
Memento: Bamboo Leaves, Rose Bud

Submitting my card to:

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