Sunday, July 28, 2013

Anything But a Card Challenge 24: Christmas in July! (or any other holiday you celebrate in/near December!)

Hello!  Around blog land we seem to be in the midst of a massive Christmas in July mood- and today at Anything But a Card we continue our fortnightly challenge with week 2 of Christmas in July- if you don't celebrate Christmas, feel free to join in with your creation for your holiday instead!

I kinda went crazy shopping for crafty supplies at the end of the holiday season last year, so I pulled out one of my many *to-do* projects and got started.  I had all these ideas using the clear glass ornaments, but here in July, my mind kinda went blank.  I relied on my old trusty alcohol inks though- and it does look nice if I say so myself!

I washed the ornament before hand, then wiped it down with regular rubbing alcohol.  I think I read that somewhere...but if not, it seemed like a good idea. Let's just  pretend that's the offical prep-step!

I was going to go with a light aqua blue theme, but failed. BIG TIME.  The neat thing about alcohol inks, is you can start over - just clean your project with blending solution and begin again.  By the way, alcohol ink stains your fingers...for a long, long time. I went to work with blue finger tips on Monday, and kept explaining to people that no, I didn't forget to wash my hands, but that I had been crafting.  I don't think they cared, but I felt better clearing that up.

See here I started with a mix and then ended up with just shell pink and pearl mixative.  Excuse the scribblies.

ohh, look!

 looks sorta like a map or soemething... mid-process.

There was no method I used...other than dripping and dabbing with a piece of felt here and there...and I used a lot of the Pearl Mixative.....way more than you would use on non-glass items.  Once I felt it was good and covered, I went over it with a fine mist of blending solution in a mini-mister.  Yes, YOU SHOULD NEVER SPRAY this. I know, I know.  But I did just a bit then went out side on the balcony to recover.  DON'T DO THIS!

It ended up looking really pretty!  I put some artificial snow inside it too....just because I bought a TON of that stuff last year on clearance, and it actually gives it some depth of color.  That's my story, and I am sticking to it. I think I will add a silver bow to it before it takes it's place on the tree. Maybe.  I may end up sealing with glue and seal or modpodge.  But right now it doesn't feel like it actually needs a sealer.

So get your holiday groove on and join us at ABAC!

Crafting by Design: Christmas in July
Crafting for All Seasons- Christmas in July
Crimbo Crackers- anything goes


Cindy van Oorschot said...

Very pretty coloured ornament, thanks for sharing with us for our Christmas in July Challenge at CFAS, and good luck.
Cindy DT

Margaret said...

This is gorgeous! At first I thought it was on the inside, but love that you can really see it all on the outside!
Thanks for the tip on spraying the blending solution. Hope you didn't suffer any long term effects!!