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In the fourth installment of my Altered Baubles project here is my latest creation.

Gold, browns & green Altered Christmas Bauble

As before the original baubles looked like this;

Original Baubles before altering

Today’s bauble was originally bright Gold. It was coloured using Ranger’s alcohol inks in; Terracotta, Rust and Bottle.

These would make great presents and be ideal wrapped using the exploding box, shown in an earlier post. Do have a go at these yourself and let me see the results.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Welcome Back

In the third installment of my Altered Baubles project, here is my latest creation.

Gold, browns & green Altered Bauble

As before the original baubles looked like this;

Original Baubles before altering

Today’s bauble was originally the matt gold one. It was coloured using Ranger’s alcohol inks in; Terracotta, Rust and Bottle.

These would make great presents and be ideal wrapped using the exploding box, shown in an earlier post. Do have a go at these yourself and let me see the results.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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In the second installment of my Altered Baubles project here is my latest creation.

Blue & Purple Altered Bauble

As before the original baubles looked like this;

Original Baubles before altering

Today’s bauble was originally Silver. It was coloured using Ranger’s alcohol inks in; Denim, Stonewashed and Wild Plum.

These would make great presents and be ideal wrapped using the exploding box, shown in an earlier post. Do have a go at these yourself and let me see the results.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Are you looking for ideas for place settings for you Christmas/holiday table? I would like to share some pictures with you of the origami sachet that I made using instructions from the Paper Fold It book.

Add a name tag for a place setting for the Christmas table

The decorative paper was made using the Season’s Greetings CD from the Artylicious range made by Graphicus. I printed different designs on each side of the paper and used the preset square background paper from the CD. This prints out to just under 6″ square and is perfect for small projects like this.

Here is a different view of the sachet once it is open, if you want to fill it with confectionery it makes a wonderful open box. It’s an either or arrangement as if you want to tie it closed you can only put flat items inside, its a sachet not a TARDIS ;) The alternative being having it as an open box which gives more opportunitues for gifts or treats inside.

Filled with chocolates

This project could be used for all kinds of messages or gifts, co-ordinate your papers to what ever occassion you are using it for.

Links

Graphicus; Season’s Greetings CD

Paper Fold It; Available from Amazon UK

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Having gotten over my fear of Grungeboard I experimented with Grungepaper and love it! You can put it through the Cuttlebug and create shapes from all your favorite dies :) I know it’s a bit early to think about festivities but, the closer they gets the less time we have, so I thought I’d post a tutorial for a garland nice and early :)

 

Billie's Grungeboard Garland

Billie's Grunge Paper Garland

 

You Will Need

  • 12 x 12″ Grunge Paper. MUST be Grunge Paper if you want to die-cut it!!
  • Provocraft; Cuttlebug Sliders 37-1215 Circle (die)
  • Die Cutting machine
  • Ranger Archival Ink: Black
  • Creative Expressions Rubber stamps; Holly (or your favorite festive images)
  • Heat tool
  • Flat Paint Brush and Detail Paint Brush
  • Mixing pallet; I use a white plate
  • Piece of Car Sponge
  • Golden Fluid Acrylic Paint in the following colours;
  • Interference Gold Fine, Pyrrole Red, Phthalo Green ( Blue shade), Carbon Black, Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold (I’ll call this QNAG for short)
  • Ribbon for Garland. Match the width to the gap in the slider
  • Ring for hanging.

 

Method

1. Cut a strip of Grunge paper to the width of the die-cut. A 12″ x 1.5″ strip of Grunge paper will create seven of the circle slider shapes.

Circle Slider Die cut from Grunge Paper

Circle Slider Die cut from Grunge Paper

 

2. Cut the die shapes until you have as many as you like, depending on the size of garland you wish to make.

**Follow your instructions from your cutting machine, for cutting the die.**

 

3. Using a flat paintbrush, paint each circle slider die-cut, using the Interference Gold Fine paint. Set aside to dry or heat set using a heat tool. Notice how your die-cut domes slightly as you heat it :) This gives the project a great 3D effect.

4. Stamp your holly or poinsettia image in Ranger Archival ink, one on each die-cut shape. Set aside to dry or heat set.

Circle Slider Die cut from Grunge Paper, painted and with stamped image

Circle Slider Die cut from Grunge Paper, painted and with stamped image

 

5. For the red areas of your image. Mix a little Interference Gold Fine into Pyrrole Red acrylic paint and apply to your die-cut shapes. Set aside to dry or heat set.

6. For the green areas of your image. Mix a little Interference Gold Fine into Phthalo Green (blue shade) and apply to the die-cut shapes. Set aside to dry or heat set.

Circle Slider Die cut from Grunge Paper, with stamped image painted.

Circle Slider Die cut from Grunge Paper, with stamped image painted.

 

You could assemble your garland at this point, and it would look like the one in the picture below. Skip to step 9 for this look, or continue for a more grungie vintage look. You could use a small one like this for Christmas tree decorations. Paint both sides of the grunge paper if you use it for that though, as the back would also be visable.

One version of the Garland, without the grunge.

One version of the Garland, without the grunge.

 

 

If you would like a vintage/grungie look to your garland, here’s how.

 

7. Put some QNAG on your pallet and using a scrap of car sponge dab into the paint to pick up some colour, dab off a little onto the pallet, then apply to the edges of your circle. As the paint dries a little on the sponge go over some main areas of the die-cut too. Set aside to dry, or heat set with a heat tool.

 

Here are the sliders with the first layer of QNAG to age them.

Here are the sliders with the first layer of QNAG to age them.

 

8. Put some QNAG on your pallet and in a separate spot a little Carbon Black. Mix a touch of Carbon Black into the QNAG, try the colour on a scrap to test the colour. Add more black until you have a dark tone that you like. Using a clean side of your car sponge scrap pick up some paint and dab off excess on the pallet. Apply around the edges of your die-cut, as the paint dries on your sponge, apply to the main areas of the die-cut shape as well. This breaks up the bright colour a little. Don’t over do it though! Set aside to dry or heat set with your heat tool.

 

Here is the grungepaper, with the vintage look.

Here is the grungepaper, with the vintage look.

 

 

9. Take your chosen ribbon, thread it through the sliders and adjust them to the spacing you like.

 

 

Close up of Billie's Grunge Paper Garland

Close up of Billie's Grunge Paper Garland

 

 

Billie's Grunge Paper Garland

Billie's Grunge Paper Garland

 

 

For a vertical hanging rather than a garland

 

10. Cut enough ribbon to loop through the ring and then use double sided tape to glue the end to the back of the first die-cut shape.

Small version of the garland, hung vertically

Small version of the garland, hung vertically

 

 

 

 

Links

To help you source the products used in this tutorial, here are links to the manufacturers.

Here is a link to the Golden website.
Here is a link to the Fluid Acrylic area of the Golden Site

Here is a link to the Ranger website; Ink, Grungepaper.

It took me two months searching to find Golden’s Fluid Acrylic paint in the UK, so in a break from tradition, I am linking to a specific store that stocks it in the UK.

Jackson’s Art Supplies. Click on the G on the index and Golden Fluid Acrylics are listed. I use the 1 oz bottles.

 

There are more Grungeboard tutorials coming soon and they will also feature Golden Fluid Acrylic paints. I have a video tutorial on another project, but need a new hard drive to edit it. Watch this space…

 

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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