Hello again! Hope everyone has enjoyed their weekend. Today I have an Alice in Wonderland character key chain to share with you. I had some Danita images left over from the Alice in Wonderland Dresser and wanted to try my hand at turning them into charms. All of the images were stamped with Black Soot Distress ink and embossed on Core’dinations Gemstone card stock, then colored with Copic markers. They were then mounted on embossed metal colored with Alcohol ink and given several coats of Glossy Accents.
This creation was inspired by a similar project I saw on Diary of a Crafty Lady. Stop by Lindsay’s blog for step by step instructions on how to create a key chain like this. Be sure to poke around while you are there…she has some AMAZING creations.
I’m not going to lie I experienced a LOT of craft fail with this one. The Glossy accents just didn’t want to cooperate with me. I experienced every set back imaginable from uneven layers, running alcohol ink, air bubbles (I know some are visible but I was at the end of my rope and am now considering them a design element), and I accidentally cracked the dried Glossy Accents on one of the charms and had to start over. Ah well we live and learn right? Do you have some tips to share about working with Glossy Accents? I am all ears for tips and suggestions
For the back of the charms I used alcohol ink on a piece of craft metal and embossed it with a Tim Holtz Alterations embossing folder (Patchwork). Check out this post for links to a tutorial on how to make metal backed charms. I gave the back of the charms a few coats of Glossy Accents as well. This is where I ran into problems with runny ink. You can see a touch of red on the tea-pot where the ink ran…but oh well…I can only hope that my fellow crafters will learn from my mistakes
I was inspired by the current Grungy Monday Challenge to create the Tim Holtz Fragment charms using this Technique by Tim Holtz. I love the way the Cheshire cat is barely there among the colored ink. Just like in the story!
The same technique was used here with the “Drink Me” Danita stamp. I added some beading detail to the fragment charms. The bead in the middle says “Create”. This key chain was made for a friend of mine from the All Things Tim Yahoo group. She single-handedly cured my creative block by sending me a special package in the mail while I was working on The Alice in Wonderland Christmas Window. I wanted to make her something special to show my appreciation for her inspiration and kindness. I hope she likes it!
I hope you will join us at the Altered Alice for the Stripes challenge this month. We have a wonderful sponsor which you can read all about below.
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Happy new year! When I think of Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee, I always think stripes and plaids. Lewis Carroll does not mention the patterns they are wearing, but so many illustrations and movies have clad them in mismatched stripes and patterns. Your challenge this month is to use STRIPES.
Jenny Doh, formerly the managing editor of the famous Stampington publications, has started an artist’s community website called CRESCENDOh. There is an online shop selling all kinds of things including charming CRESCENDOh clear stamps, including the Alice in Wonderland by Danita set that the design team is showing off. But the heart of the site is all the stories; stories by artists of all kinds, stampers, quilters, paper crafters. Each shares a tale of how art has changed their life. For some it is a joyous outlet, but for many others it has been a way to stay afloat in times of tragedy or grief. As I thought about this challenge, the theme of STRIPES seemed appropriate. The tents of the knights of old were striped, as are circus tents. Many flags are striped and so are rugby shirts, so stripes can symbolize belonging or affiliation. Stripes are birthday wrapping paper and elegant Regency wallpaper. Stripes are the traditional garb of prisoners, and stripes are also how the marks of a whip are described. Stripes can represent so many things, and the creative process has been many things to the people who have contributed stories to the CRESCENDOh site.
Author Jenny Doh is donating a signed copy of her latest book, Art Saves, which is not only full of eye candy but is also full of the stories of how art changes lives. “Discover not only the HOW but also the WHY, through the stunning projects and unique stories of 20 exciting multi-media artists.” Thanks so much to Jenny for contributing such a meaningful prize to start off 2012!
Enter your project featuring stripes by Friday, Jan. 27. The winner will be announced the following Sunday. As always, entries that feature Wonderland will have two chances at the random drawing instead of one. You may enter as often as you like but each entry must be on a separate post. All posts must mention and link back to the challenge.