Saturday, September 18, 2010

a little white lie, little sneak peak, little tutorial ... and a little giveaway

yeah, just when i say i wont be blogging for a week i am back ... that's my little white lie for today ...

I have a new layout up at The Inspired Scrapper ... here is the peak ...



the challenge is "Fall is in the Air" ... I hope you can stop by .... there are also some very cool layouts by DT members Chriss and Karen.

and now for a teeny tiny tutorial ...
I found these rusted ornaments on sale dirt cheap at a garden shop (you can use any metal ornament), they were linked together by broken chain ...  I have used them as before, but this time i wanted to add a patina to them without having to do too much work and using what i had on hand ... i'm sure i could have rushed out and picked up something to do it with at the craft store but sometimes getting creative with your existing supplies saves you a few bucks ...


1.  Grab your paint, glimmer mist and/or Shimmer Mist



2.  Gather your metal embellies and/or findings ... anything you can dig up!


3.  Dab on your paint ... apply as liberally as desired but leave a bit of the original metal showing through


4.  Now wipe off the excess paint ... and then dab a tiny bit of paint for highlights.  let this dry


5.  Spray glimmer mist unevenly ... soak some areas and ignore others




6. Now wipe of the excess ...  let dry or dry with your heat gun ...  just don't touch the hot metal



7.  spray on a metallic shimmer, in this case i used copper, and dab off excess pooling mist  (yes this is sounding a little Karate Kid ... wipe on, wipe off)



8.  and you are done ... you can use these on layouts, cards, tags ... string them back together, put ribbon through the top hole and attach a crystal to the bottom and tie onto a wine bottle ... hang them in the window from a string of beads ... inexpensive, they take very little time ... and anyone can do this

And the giveaway ... I also did an additional 3 ornaments ... i let more of the glimmer mist sink in so the turquoise is a little more prominent ... you can win these and a few other vintage inspired goodies by leaving me a comment below .... I will draw a name next Saturday ...



Have a great week ... go play with metal!

Peace, Love & Paper ~ Jo

12 comments:

jeff campbell said...

Jo, I love what you did with the insects...very crafty, indeed...Peace

mercedes said...

This is a great option for revamping pieces we find in that awful goldish color... thank you for sharing! I have a few in mind that I'll work on right away;but none as lovely as your insect!

Lynn Stevens said...

Beautiful Jo they look like verdigres (ok I can't spell it) why don't they have spell check on this thing???? Beautiful!

Debbie said...

So cute and crafty JO! Thanks for your input on the bad giveaway post:) Have a great weekend. Debbie

Mrs. Nicol said...

Always beautiful jo - i really enjoy your blog - thanks so much for posting.

Terri said...

Jo, this is fab!
And I think your blog is beautiful!
Hugs,
Terri

Denise said...

Those are beautiful!! Thanks for the tutorial - you make it seem so easy!

laterg8r said...

omg - these are soooo gorgeous jo - you are super duper talented girl :D

see ya tomorrow :D

Cheryl said...

These are my 3 favorite insects of all! Would love to own them to hang in my windows.

Kathy said...

Absolutely gorgeous Jo! So beautiful, just love the colours, you are so super talented my friend!

Sue C said...

You brilliant and creative woman!
Love these!!!

Lois aka katesmum said...

I think I need to hang out with you... you creative genius!! I love looking for odd things to change.... not you though... ha ha ha!!