Thursday, November 19, 2009

taking a tiny break from work.. finally

Gosh... it has been more than 2 weeks since I last signed in to my blog. My work is finally coming to a conclusion, at least for the time being. School holidays are going to start for me soon and I should have about 3 weeks to myself. Will be indulging in my crafts full time then =) I have also just received my shipment of new spellbinder dies and sizzix dies. I am waiting for my new Epic Six to arrive so that I may start some embossing and die cutting projects.

Though I was rather busy with work, I did manage to complete a few projects along the way. I have yet to take any photos of those though. I did manage to snap a few photos of door hangers I made for an earlier bazaar yesterday so I shall share the photos here. The door hangers were made by sticking two sheets of thick cardstock measuring about 3.75 inches by 8.25 inches. I then used attached a sheet of designer paper to one side of the door hanger and cut out the circle using a nestibilities die. I decorated the door hangers with cut out stamped flowers. I meant to sell these at a bazaar where customers could choose to customise the door hangers with a name that is stamped on one side of the door hanger.

I just bought new Whipper Snapper stamps and I will probably make some cards this weekend before I have to leave for a trip for work. I shall be back after a week and then have a week to finish up my work before I go for a short holiday =)

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Finally finished stamping and embossing my marbled bookmarks

The last week has just been so hectic at work. I am still trying to meet deadlines but managed to find a little time each day to finish the cutting, stamping and embossing the stamped sentiment. I am so pleased with the end result. I ended up using the leftover strip of paper from my marbled papers for another 100 bookmarks. I managed to laminate the long strips of paper mounted on stiff cardstock today. Will post the photo tomorrow.

I tried to get photos of the stamped marbled papers but the lighting wasn't bright enough for a good shot. The second photo shows most of the stamped pieces spread out on the big round table I was working on. I still had a stack left after covering the table for the shot. =)

I sprayed the papers after they dried from the marbling process with homemade glimmer sprays. I used a mixture of gum arabic, rubbing alcohol and water to make the base of the spray. For the metallic element of the spray, I used a variety of pigments - mica and loose eyeshadows. The mica particles are larger and show up better compared to the loose metallic eyeshadows. I still need to play around with the proportion of gum arabic to the alcohol and water mixture. Some of the glittery particles still rub off when I handled the papers. 

This photo shows how the marbled paper looks like it was done using the glimmer papers. What a cool effect. I will definitely be experimenting more with coloured mica pigments. So far, I have mainly experimented with the metallic ones - silver, gold and copper.

Here's a close up of the paper with the glimmer and heat embossed details. I started the assembly of the bookmarks today. Ran out of adhesives and had to go to the shop for more in the evening. I shall have to finish the assembly by tomorrow though, as I intend to have them ready the day after. I still have to punch holes, set eyelets and tie yarn or ribbon through the bookmarks. 

I have also completed a set of cards with very cute bear images that I coloured a few weeks ago. Will post the photos once I decide on the sentiment to go with the cards.