Remember a few days ago, I showed you dyed hardware? Well…..look at this.
For the image, I stamped a flower from "Dream a Little" (a free hostess set!!) in Jet Black StazOn on Pink Pirouette card stock. Then I colored with markers, sponged a little ink around the flower and punched it with the designer label punch (because, of course, it matches the hardware.)
Final step – Place one hardware piece face down on your work surface. I used a "craft only" cookie sheet covered with waxed paper. Then place the card stock (image up) on top, then the second hardware piece – face up. Last, you fill the entire thing with crystal effects. It makes it shiny and glues it all together. I'm going to put another layer of CE on the back of the necklace to protect the card stock. I think it will be ok, but it never hurts to be sure.
This idea came from the Stampin' Up! demonstrator web site. I love this company! They give demonstrators so many ideas and business tips. It's just one of the many perks of being a demo!
Here are the supplies. I know, I listed them in the instructions, but this will give them to you at a glance.
Stamp Set: Dream a Little
Ink: Markers* – Rose Red, Old Olive, So Saffron
Paper: Pink Pirouette card stock
Accessories: Very Vanilla Hodgepodge Hardware, Craft & Rubber Scissors (to cut off the bottom tab), Crystal Effects, Designer Label Punch, Aqua Painter, Stampin' Sponge, Chain (non-SU!)
* Here's a little marker tip. Tip, like "advice" tip – not tip like the tip of a marker. Just in case you wondered. Anyway — I love using the markers on watercolor paper. They blend very well with aqua painters. But sometimes on regular card stock, it's a little hard to blend the darker colors. So, I scribble with the marker on a stamp case (anything non-porous that you can wipe off will do), then pick up the color with the aqua painter. You can always add more color if you need to. Or, you can outline the image with a marker, then pull the color into the other areas. I've seen absolutely fabulous results with this technique (using the blender pen and the aqua painter), but I'm not that great at it. I always seem to end up with dark lines. So the scribble method works well for me while I'm still perfecting the other technique.