Wednesday, December 4, 2013
I wanted to make one feature candle to sit in the middle of a table runner, and then to have different, but co-ordinated, tea-light candles to add to the mix. With the feature candle I have used two different types of faux washi tape. The first applies the tape directly to the paper, in multiple strips and then you splice away the strips of faux washi tape.
With one of the strips I have used a cutting die plate to give extra form to the design, the double sided adhesive cuts like butter in any die cutting machine and rarely leaves any residue behind. This works the same with X-Press It Double Sided Adhesive Sheets too, I just used a double strip of adhesive tape today, the choice is yours.
The second technique sees strips of paper firmly pressed into strips of 12mm Double Sided Adhesive. Once the paper is adhered, good side down, spritz or brush with water and rub away the backing paper to reveal the very fine upper layer of the paper. This is like the paper transfer technique used with X-Press It TripleTac, but achieved with Double Sided Adhesive. You need to be gentle with the rubbing, but the work is worth it to have a different texture of faux washi tape, with a transparent effect as your end result.
For the tea light candles, the idea was to cover up the silver exterior of the candles with faux washi tape, co-ordinating the look with the feature candle. This is simply achieved by using the tape to paper technique from above, I used 12mm double sided adhesive tape for these and it works a dream.
I have added faux metal embellishment to the tea lights and around the top of the papers on the candle to bring them together. I adhered these elements with X-Press it Clear Gel Glue
Once the strips of faux washi tape were ready I layered them up the base of the candle, leaving room to run 3mm double sided adhesive around the base of the candle, you can see it in place in this picture. All I did to apply the glitter is simply remove the backing and rub some fine glitter into the adhered space to add yet another texture to your festive candle.
This is a quick and easy way to bring to add some festivity to your tables and general decorations this Christmas, or all year round with any types of paper and decorations that you prefer. Double Sided Tape is my most used X-Press It product, its uses are endless, here is what I used in my project today:
X-Press It 3mm Double Sided Adhesive
X-Press It 6mm Double Sided Adhesive
X-Press It 12mm Double Sided Adhesive
X-Press It Clear Gel Glue
And here are my candles out on my very precious felted table runner:
There is still plenty of inspiration to come from the X-Press It Blog this year, however, this is my last tutorial for this year, so may I say thanks for tuning in and all the best for the season... however you may celebrate it! I look forward to seeing you all in 2014.... EDNA.Pin It
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Green Kraft Bags
Brown pen or Green DMC Thread
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
After choosing my background paper (“Special Times”)
I pulled out a snowflake chipboard piece
Using some double sided tape I adhered the chipboard to an acrylic block
And stamped the image on my paper,
then embossing it with some “Silver Moon Sapphire” embossing powder.
I then reused the chipboard
By covering them with some paint, red
And then added some sparkle with gold nail polish.
While this was drying I ripped a strip of paper from a piece of “”Blessed Times 1”
Once these were added to my page I stuck on the chipboard snowflake, to which I had spotted some snow (white nail polish).
I then had fun colouring another piece of chipboard “Merry Christmas”.
Adding more sparkle to my page.
The end result…
A happy little reminder of Christmas time.
Isn’t the print on the pattern paper just gorgeous!
I hope this post might inspire you to have fun creating.
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
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I used a fashion photo for my canvas by the very vintage-ly talented karen radkai, it spoke glamour to me, and I knew the muted tones would work well once transferred, and mesh nicely with a good splash of glitter.
You can print off any photo that you have and use the image transfer technique to achieve the same look. There is a little video on the image transfer technique at this link, and the instructions are also provided on the side of the packaging on each tub of X-Press It TripleTac Glue.
The first step in the image transfer technique is to apply X-Press It TripleTac Glue to the image, apply a good coverage of TripleTac Glue, all the way to the edges of the image, and then simply press the image, face side down, onto the canvas. Make sure the glue and image makes good contact with the canvas by running your hands across the top of the covered canvas and pressing firmly as you go.
The next step involves an overnight wait, or 3 hours in a warm environment... or you can do what I do and dry it with a heat gun. The aim is to ensure that all the moisture leaves the glue. Once you are confident that the glue has dried it is time to reveal the image... This is simply achieved by taking the same paint brush, but dipped in water, and wetting sections of the covered canvas, then using your fingers to rub the paper backing away from the image. It is best to work in small areas, re-wetting the areas as you move along, and slowly removing the backing paper.
Once you have revealed your image, which will be in reverse to what you printed, leave to dry for a while, once dry you will be able to determine if you have removed all, or enough of the backing paper. The amount of backing paper you remove is totally up to you, the more you leave on the more shabby chic your end result will be.
I chose this image with the intent of gifting a little "It's OK to be Glamorous" Canvas to a fashionista friend, and also because it had some specific details that would take extra bits of glam. I wanted to feature the necklace and chose some silver beads from very deep in my crafting stash, applying a pool of TripleTac Glue directly atop the outline of the necklace on the image, then it was as simple as pooling the beads on top, waiting a few moments for them to settle and then tipping the canvas upside down to remove the excess. TripleTac is super strong, so the beads will stay in place forever more!
Then for a little bit of different texture I took two different sizes in the Glue Marker and Glue Pen to the front of the dress, adding a thicker line across the top, and dots of glue on the frills on the front of the dress, spilling glitter glass in this section to adhere to the two different sizes of glue...
A quick quote printed and cut up to add a touch of sentiment and the elements of this were finished... you will note that I have painted the sides grey first, and then covered with silver paint, extending some of the paint to the front of the canvas to continue the shabby feel.
You can leave the canvas as is, in this case I wanted a gloss finish, so have gone back over the entire surface with TripleTac Glue, which now serves the purpose of a sealer. This leaves a glossier finish, and also allows some of the colour from the original image to deepen again.
You could use your own photos, magazine images or scrapbook paper to transfer onto such canvases, the results are endless!
Have fun with this technique, dig deep in the stash and see what you can find to secure with the amazing X-Press It TripleTac Glue and Glue Markers!
Thanks for tuning in, Edna.
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Welcome to The X-Press It Halloween Hop! This is your chance to go trick or treating and win some X-Press It blog candy! You have 8 chances to win something from the X-Press It Jac O’lantern of goodies, like the new X-Press It Wide Glue Marker and Glue pen that I have used below!
Simply leave a comment on each of the 5 blogs and our Facebook and Instagram pages. If you are just joining us on the hop, you are in the right place, this is the beginning! The next stop is Edna's Blog!
The hop closes at Midnight Sunday AEST (November 3, 2013) and is open to Australian residents only.
Thank you for stopping by, enjoy the hop and happy Halloween!Pin It
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
FabScraps Easy Peasy Paper Roses
FabScaps Die-Cut Chipboard Word Trouble