Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Dyed Enamel! No Really!

I created this card for the challenge at the Wee Memories blog.  The challenge is to make something inspired by the colours of the season.  I started by spritzing the doily with Apple Glimmer Mist.  I then layered the pieces out of Tim Holtz's Timeworks Mask and sponged different green inks onto some white cardstock, changing to lighter greens as I took off the masks.  Using Black Soot Distress Ink, I stamped several images from Tim Holtz's Urban Tapestry until I achieved the look I wanted.  When I reached this point in the card, I really felt like it needed something else, but what?  That was the inspiration for the following tutorial!

I was looking at this bracelet over at the Ranger site.  I fell in love with it and started collecting the supplies.  But what happens when you live 1800 kms from any scrapbooking stores is that you have to rely on what you can find online!  I just hadn't finished collecting all the supplies.  I did, however get MOST of the supplies I needed.  So I was making a card last night and it just needed something.  An embellishment of some kind.  I had nothing in my stash that matched, so I was going to need to make one.  Then I remembered the bracelet and thought, "It's too bad those Enamel Accents don't come in different colours."  Then I thought, "Maybe I can make them different colours!"  So giggling like I always do when I get a cool idea, I set out trying to make charms like in the bracelet, but in my choice of colours!  Today, you'll get a look at the tutorial on how to do it!  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

Start with a Tim Holtz Idea-ology Type Charm.  Squirt some White Enamel Accents onto the front of the charm.  The picture shows when I was finished, so you want about that much enamel accents.

Add some reinker in the colour of your choice.  This one is Stampin' Up's Soft Sky.  The charm I use for the card used Kiwi Kiss.  You don't want to use much reinker.  A little goes a LONG way!  Plus, it can dilute the enamel too much and then it won't stick. 
Mix the enamel and reinker together until the colour is smooth.  I used the pearl side of my pin since I'm going to be using the other side later!
After the colour is smooth, add a drop or two of White or Black Enamel Accents.

Using the point of your pin, draw the white (or black) into different shapes or swirls.  You don't want to "stir" it like you did before, just touch it here and there until you acheive the look you want.  When you are finished, take a cloth or towel and just run it over the edges of the charm to catch any spills.  Pop any bubbles that appear with the pin and let it dry overnight.

Warning:  It's addicting!  Try it with different colours to see what you can create!  For the card at the beginning of the post, I used the black and green charm on the bottom, right.

I hope you have a wonderful day and get some time to be creative!


Anonymous said...

Ok, that's REALLY cool! I'm going to have to ask Santa to bring me the stuff to make some of those.

WhiteRacoon said...

Wow! That's really cool! Looks very good and colors match perfectly! Thanks for sharing!

Ann said...

Wow, this is amazing! Love all the different layers!

Thanks for playing with us at Wee Memories! :D

Jinny Newlin said...

What a great technique! Beautiful colors, too! Thanks for playing along in Wee Memories' Scrappy Saturday Challenge!

Anonymous said...

Really good post!


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