Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Perfect Pearls, Tim Holtz Distress Reinkers, and Lace Paper

This card was a lot of fun to make. To create this card, you will need to gather a few supplies including: Perfect Pearls in the color(s) of your choice, Tim Holtz Distress Reinkers in the color(s) of your choice, Ranger Mini Misters, a sheet of Lace Paper (mine is from KI Memories), cardstock, adhesive, stamp and coloring tool of your choice. I highly recommend a non-stick craft sheet because this project is very messy and will stain if you are not careful. Although not all of these products are uploaded to my store website just yet, I can get any of them if you are interested in getting it.

First, take a scoop of the perfect pearls powder and put it into your mini mister bottle. Place a drop of the reinker into your mini mister bottle and a little bit of water. Shake it up and then you are ready to spray your paper. My paper was originally plain white. I alternated with pinks and blues to create the colors that I sprayed onto the white lace paper.

I then glued down the lace paper onto cardstock using Quick Dry Tacky Adhesive. I colored my image using my favorite copic markers. I used the colorless blender on the pants of my image. I gave my girl eyeshadow using a Copic Spica Glitter Pen. Finally, I embellished with a sentiment stamp that I got from a good friend, a scallop circle Stampin Up punch, a brad, and some primas.

Thanks for looking,

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

American Crafts Thickers Frugal Substitute

I was delighted to get my first package of Thickers the other day. As I am sure you have heard, these foam letters are all the latest rage. As I was playing with them, I started to think about the Foamies that I used to put on my scrapbook pages when I first started the hobby years ago.

I am always trying to bring the cost down of this expensive hobby. I went into my stash and found tons of Foamies that I had forgotten about. You can buy a whole bucket of these guys for a few dollars. You can get the packages of Foamies for even cheaper. The Foamies come in a variety of styles and colors.
Best of all, they are acid free (as I know many crafters are very concerned about that). These are just a small fraction of the shapes that are available in the Foamies. I adore these little puzzle pieces! On the colorful letters, you punch out the flowers so that you can see them on the letter and then you also have extra flower embellishments to use on another project. The Foamies are all adhesive and ready to go.

One package of American Crafts Thickers averages at $4.99 whereas an entire bucket of Foamies averages at $3.99. The Thickers are sold in packages of one color at time. With the Foamies, you get so many more letters to play with and a variety of colors in the same bucket. I hope you enjoyed my frugal crafting tip =)

Thanks for Looking,