Color your life

Thanks for coming back! I know I have been gone awhile but the change in seasons brought a change of pace as well. We went from summer to HOT and being surrounded by wildfires but our immediate area is safe so far. We also became a college campus because our college freshman has to do online school. In the middle of the change nothing has been easy. I know I am not alone during these trying times. So, crafting truly has become my therapy. With that said, I would love us to support each other. Post your favorite therapeutic craft in the comments below.

I recently made a purchase to upgrade my alcohol markers, I had the original Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and could never perfect the blending. I gave up for awhile and used colored pencils and gamsol, which works great but sometimes I want a more vibrant result. I invested in the Tri-blend Spectrum Noir markers. If you are on the fence about alcohol markers, jump over to the other side! These things are fabulous. There is no guess work and you do not need to be a professional artist to get professional looking results.

No professional swatching here

I always swatch my colors on a paper that I use most (go check out my previous blog post about my favorite papers and the mediums I use with them). This allows me to see the blend before I start a project. Unlike other alcohol markers, Spectrum Noir suggests laying down the light color first (saturate the paper, look on the back to make sure you’ve done so) then move to the darkest color where you want shadows and blend out with the medium tone then back to the light color for a smooth finish. This worked perfectly for me but like any new medium, it does take practice and patience.

I truly enjoy using my stamp collection and coloring in those images. I ordered these from Crafter’s Companion website and was pleasantly surprised at the ease. The product does come from the UK and shipping is a bit higher than local companies but it does seem to be flat rate, so adding some more fun items in your cart is worthwhile. You also earn reward points when you create a free account and get discounts on future orders. Check it out!

With the change on the calendar, it is time for some Halloween crafting. I used these markers with a new stamp set I purchased from The Stamps of Life, with flawless results. If you want to see what else I have been crafting, go checkout my Instagram @sewmuchglitter and let me know that you stopped by. Leave a comment on your favorite project and if I have inspired you don’t forget to tag me #sewmuchglitter with your project. I am also creating for card exchanges and cards for donation to spread creativity to others. So, don’t forget to subscribe to my blog so you can be notified of future projects and ideas. I have another fun gadget to share with you, to expand your crafting toolbox.

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Blending Tools

Welcome back! In my last post I said I’d be back soon with my favorite blending tools, so let’s get started!

First off, there is no right or wrong blending tool. There is a better technique but tools are a personal preference. Use what you’re comfortable with and use what gets you your most desired results. The market is overwhelmed with crafting products and I admit that I also fall prey to buying the latest and greatest.

My most preferred blending tool is a blending brush. As you can see, mine are color coordinating. Using similar colors on brushes helps with ease of use and cleaning (or lack of cleaning). The brushes give me the smoothest blends and can fade as desired. These bristles hold color well and clean off well. Their soft providing a smooth blend. I got mine on Amazon.com and they were inexpensive (under $15), not bad for repetitive use.

Next up there’s a blending tool with foam Velcro (on the back) heads. I have a flat attachment and a rounded attachment. Both are for the same purpose but from different companies expecting different results. I find the flat head to leave a harsher line but I’ll discuss techniques later. These are foam and need more ink to get a fuller blend. They do serve a great purpose on smaller projects. The rounded attachment is also a foam but not as porous as they seem to have a slicker surface. These blend over my papers more smoothly than the flat heads. I still find myself reaching for more ink mid project and I DO NOT with the brushes mentioned above. I still use these in color families. The blending handles can be purchased at any major crafting store or my personal favorite, Scrapbook.com. The flat foam attachments can be purchased with multiples in a pack at your local craft store or the rounded attachments at Scrapbook.com as they are a Scrapbook.com exclusive. Both have great price points and both clean well. Let’s talk technique!

Techniques. Start off the project 1st to avoid harsh lines. Remember I prefer a glass mat or a craft mat for easy cleaning. Next, I start small. DO NOT BLEND LARGE AREAS AT ONE TIME. You’ll never get the results you want. Once you get a smaller blend, move out to larger areas. Before you know it, you’ll have a fully blended project! I learned this the hard way and gathered my inspiration from Tim Holtz and experience. Don’t stop here, there’s more!

Color coordinating. As I stated in a previous blog post, I use Distress Oxide and Distress Inks. I stated the formula difference in simple terms. Go check out my blending post. I use Distress Oxide and my other inks aka. Other brands, with the same tools. Clean in-between by simply rubbing on a paper towel or baby wipe. TA-DA cleaned! May be stained but won’t contaminant each other. Remember Oxide is a hybrid. Now, my Distress inks are a little different. I only use specific tools on that formula (not hybrid) they can get contaminated. For the purpose of cost, I use my Velcro heads for this. I’ll show you how I store them in another storage post coming up. Subscribe so you don’t miss that!

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SEE YOU SOON!

Welcome back! Even with life slowly opening up, it’s been a busy time. Graduation season is in full swing and college prep is starting to take center stage. Whatever the future will look like, it’s important to celebrate our accomplishments and spread positivity. I am going to share a simple project that is a great gift with multiple uses. It is a great sparkly focal point that is functional. Let’s gather our materials and start creating!

First you will need some rubbing alcohol, I keep mine in a dollar tree spray bottle. Mod podge, foam brush, and your favorite fine glitter. Not pictured here, you will also need something to seal your project with. I use art deco triple thick (found on amazon or any local craft store). You also need a glass cup of your choosing (I find the dollar tree perfect for finding what I need). I apologize about the sizing of my picture as I had difficulty editing it. Next, it’s time to start creating!

NEXT, wash and dry your cup. Now spray the inside of the cup with alcohol and wipe clean. We will be applying the glitter to the inside as my project was intended to use for make-up brushes. Apply a coat of mod podge and immediately pour the glitter into the cup. Swirl it around so it is fully coated and drop the excess onto a plate as shown. Let dry (don’t worry the white streaks will go away once fully dried) Depending on your environment, it normally takes about an hour to dry. Repeat this step TWO more times. After the third time, let sit for a few hours before applying the triple thick. Once the triple thick is applied to the dry cup, let sit over night. Now it is sealed and ready to go or ready to embellish.

I stopped here as the recipient just loves the sparkle. If you choose to embellish the outside of the cup using a sticker or vinyl with your cutting machine (such as a cricut), wipe the outside of the cup with alcohol to remove any oils. Let the cup cure for about 48 hours. Now it’s ready to be gifted or used! I included a bag of decorative sand (dollar tree strikes again) to pour into the cup so the make-up brushes could stand. This is also a great cup for pens/pencils etc…Get creative.

I hope you enjoyed this quick project. Please let me know what you would use this cup for in the comments below. Don’t forget to checkout my Instagram: sewmuchglitter for other project ideas and inspiration. Please tag me #sewmuchglitter if you create a project inspired by me. I can’t wait to share my next project with you, so follow me to get notified.

Have a great day!