Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Another Shimmer Paint Project

In life, things seem to come in three's, but at my stamp camps, two's are more the norm. Invariably, supplies I decide to use for camp just happen to pop up in more than one station. In addition to the red Polka-dot ribbon, the Crop-A-Dile and Big Shot, my pots of Shimmer Paint got multiple uses last weekend.

This gift item project, an altered tin with 5 chipboard snowflakes, simply used the Platinum Shimmer Paint straight out of the pot! I had considered adding glitter or Irridescent Ice Embossing Powder after painting the snowflakes, but the shimmer of the paint was so nice all by itself, anything more was unnecessary.

The paint glides on so easily, and it's amazing how far it goes! I worried about running out, but we were able to do 40 of these snowflakes with less than half a pot of paint! We used some little disposable "lip brushes" that I got at a beauty supply store to apply the paint so it was easy to get to all the edges and there was not the waste there might have been had we used sponge brushes.

The tins we altered were found on the clearance rack at an office supply store. They were full of rather ugly binder clips, but the back of the tins were magnetic, and the covers fit nicely. I KNEW I'd be able to find something to do with them, especially since they were on clearance for a steal! Of course, they stayed in my cabinet for oh, maybe 2 years. . . . I have a habit of finding something cool, buying a ton, and then hoarding it! The snowflakes were also a part of that stash of hoarded items. It was fun to put them into use.

The Ballet Blue paper that the snowflake is punched from and that covers the side of the tin is from the "Pawsitively Prints" Designer Series Paper that is in the Holiday Mini Catalog (p. 36). I love the colors and variety of prints in the pack! (I see some more hoarding in my future!!!) The paper is attached to the base of the tin with Sticky Strip, as is the 1/4" White Grosgrain ribbon that covers the edge of the cover of the tin. The snowflake (punched with the new Jumbo Snowflake punch) is glued onto a circle of Shimmery White cardstock. We cut the "arms" off of a Rhinestone brad with wire snips and attached it to the center of the snowflake with a Mini Glue Dot, and then attached the circle to the cover with more Mini Glue Dots. Another circle of Shimmery White was stamped with "to:" and "from:" and then added to the inside of the cover.

Once the snowflakes were dry, silver cord was added for hanging, and voila! A neat little gift item all ready for December!

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