Saturday, April 16, 2011

Unscripted Sketches #102

It  is hard to believe it is Saturday again already. It has been a very busy week. Baseball season started and I was working on some projects. You mix in that it was high stakes testing week and internet issues it equals me not blogging in a week. Sorry girls, it will be better this week. Hope you enjoy this week's creation!







Well, I have a new love. It is called Yes Paste. It is wonderful. It used to be when I was doing an altered project I would use modge podge. I hate how it crinkles the paper though. I switched to Aleene’s Tacky Glue in the brush on bottle and watered it down a little. It was less crinkling, but still kind of messy. A wonderful friend on the Cricut Message Board mentioned Yes Paste and I thought I better try it. I tried several times, but M’s was out of it. When they finally got it in, I tried it to attach paper to a stretched canvas. It worked wonderfully, but you know me always trying to fix things that aren’t broke. I decided to try the modge podge again. I was very disappointed. The paper crinkled some. I was able to salvage it, but I definitely wasn’t as happy with the results.  Anyway….I learned from my mistakes and it is back to the Yes Paste for me.

I made this canvas using some Cosmo Cricket papers, but I really didn’t like the matte finish of the papers. This was for a little girl and even though the papers are in girly colors, I just wasn’t satisfied. I decided the paper needed some shimmer to it and I decided to try my hand at making some do it yourself glimmer glaze. I used a couple tiny spoons (like the size of the tasting spoons at Baskin Robins) of iridescent medium, a few drops of distress reinker, and water. I stirred it up really well and had this shimmery green liquid.
I used a brush and painted on all of the papers. Because I used only a few drops of the distress ink, the color was very sheer and not overbearing at all. I think this pic will show how shimmery the paper turned out. I loved the result, but didn’t think it was the same result you would get from real glimmer glaze. I was under the impression that glimmer glaze was thicker more like nail polish. I have since received a bottle as a gift and it is the same consistency. I am actually quite pleased with my glimmer glaze. 

The next technique I used was to redo this chipboard C. The C was in a pattern that wouldn’t match the canvas. I had seen a video where Tim Holtz did this to metal letters, so I thought why not chipboard. First I gave it a coat of white paint and let it dry. Next, I painted it again in white and then covered the wet paint with clear UTEE. I used the heat gun and melted the embossing powder.  I wanted a smoother thicker finish, so I pressed it into my embossing pad and covered it in UTEE again. When I melted it this time it was much smoother.

10 comments:

Crystal aka Caitlynsmommy said...

WOW! I knew a lot of work and love went into this but THANK YOU! C loves it! She has it in her room already and told me a Minnie Mouse and Me picture needed to go in it LOL!

Diana said...

That is so cute! Crystal, I bet a pic of Minnie Mouse and C would go GREAT in there!! LOL

Janice said...

Sounds like we are all going to have to check out YES PASTE now! (enabler!) This is so cute, and I love the shine you gave the 'C'!

chefkimmo said...

I am going through the trying of different pastes right now too! I used Modge Podge on what I made for Anne in the Leprachaun swap and it seemed to work but I have been nervous to try it again. It is good to read through your experiences so I know what to expect. I need to be on the lookout for YES Paste.

chefkimmo said...

Shoot, I meant to tell you I love that frame with the paper that looks like it is cross stitched!

Julie518 said...

Thanks for the inspiration! Yes Paste is now on the list of things I need to try - ENABLER! :)

Too many choices said...

Thank you for the Yes Paste idea. I will have to add that to my arsenol of craft supplies. Very Pretty layouts.

planlady19 said...

I agree yes paste is the best.. the layouts are really great.. I am sure your family love them..
Terri

Amy said...

I have bought some Modge Podge but haven't used it yet. Always looking for new adhesive ideas. Thanks for the enabling!!!!!

Anonymous said...

THanks for all of the instructions.. Love the canvas, off to check out my M's to see if they have Yes Paste

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