Using Paint Samples to Create an Ombre Look

This is in the category of “Why didn’t I think of that?”

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DIY Roundup: 25 Easy and Creative Sharpie Crafts

Very nice. However I’ve found that sharpies don’t stay as well when you actually want them to! I have to try these ideas, especially the pillows.

DIY Roundup: 25 Easy and Creative Sharpie Crafts – Yes Missy! | a lifestyle blog.

The Letter of the Day is O: “O” is for Ombré

According to Websters Online Dictionary the word  is defined as:

Adjective: shaded or graduated in tone: said of a color

Origin of ombré: French past participle of ombrer, to shade ; from Classical Latin umbrare ; from umbra, shade

Basically it is the merging gradually of one color into another, regardless of hom many colors there are in between. Today we hear it commonly applied to hair color.

In crafting we’ve used it to create backgrounds, simulations of sunsets etc. My Copic markers do a wonderful job of blending colors as I talked about in a previous post. You can dye fabrics and create a shaded effect. You can keep the colors in a the same family, as in the drawer with blues or go from two entirely different colors such as the Eiffel Tower in  the picture below. Here they used gold glitter and shades of pink glitter. It is very beautiful. Images are from Pinterest.

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I love these earrings

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The Letter of the Day is F: “F” is for Flowers, Dried, Silk, Fresh, Porcelain, and a Host of Other Materials

Flowers play a big part in my life. I decorate my house with pictures of them, put vases of them on my tables, I wear them on my clothes, and of course I garden with them. My gardens are not of the “botanical garden” caliber but they reflect me and my personality. In crafting, I stamp and color them, make clay flowers, use bejeweled enamel and metal flowers in my jewelry making and I collect and dry them and use them to embellish cards. Dried flowers is what I am going to talk about today.

Drying flowers is pretty easy. Some are able to be dried as a whole flower like alyssum and lobelia. Others have substantial centers and need to be pulled aprt or they will never dry. Geraniums, impatiens, snapdragons and pansies are good flowers to start with. I’ve disassembled roses and dried their petals and their stamens and their leaves.

Pick them after the dew has dried, (preferably on a warm day in the early afternoon) any moisture will encourage it to 3fecf94e4ef2fbeb02ab5914fb1648b1 d0938a91f7763854de596ba8c32763fbmold and that is not pretty. there are flower presses you can make or buy but all you really need is some a phone book, newspaper or even bond paper and some heavy books. Lay your flowers flat or take them apart, have them spaced so they don’t touch each other and separate them with sheets of paper. Place 4 or 5 heavy books (depending on how heavy they are) on top and leave them for a couple of weeks. Your goal is to get them to flatten and release their moisture into the paper. Check every them carefully fromt ime to time for dryness. There are other ways to dry them but this is my method.

A note about colors: In my experience, pressed flowers will all eventually fade over time. That makes them even more special because you need to enjoy them in the moment. Some reds will turn almost black, most colors will darken and become more intense.

To adhere them to cards, I use a standard white glue like Aileens or Elmers. I apply a dab with a toothpick, it doesn’t take much. One other thing, before I glue anything I lay out the flowers where I ant them to be and then glue. Once they are glued down and dry, you won’t be moving them as they are pretty fragile.

You can spray your artwork with an acrylic spray, just be sure to spray from about 16-18 inches away and just mist them, otherwise they will get wet and wrinkle. You can also use clear contact paper or laminate for more protection on something like a bookmark.

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How to Use Baby Wipes and Reinkers to Create a Background

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Through Stampin’ Up, I learned a technique using an ink pad and a sponge to make a background. This is another way to do that using baby wipes and reinkers. With this way you can use multiple colors at one time. Pretty neat if you ask me.