Well I wasn't sure what to do and had so many ideas going round in my head, so I tried to keep an open mind and went out and bought lots of "stuff" which I kept thinking "oooo - that'll be nice decorated." So now, I have lots of projects that I'll work on over the coming weeks.....
So for this month's challenge, I decided to go with a glass lantern (bought very reasonably priced in Poundland.....& guess how much it cost????).
Here's the finished item......
And here's the ingredients:
Poundland glass lantern
White tissue paper
Claritystamp "Remountable Hares" and the "Heart weave" stamps
Cornflower Blue, Black & Olive Ranger Archival ink pads
Cosmic Shimmer Vintage Ink Spray Mist - Evergreen, Purple Orchid, Arctic Blue & Clover
Tim Holtz Distress Re-Inker - Mustard Seed (small amount decanted and mixed with a tiny amount of water in a spritz bottle)
Martha Stewart (or similar) Decoupage Glue & Sealer
Large soft brush for applying the decoupage glue
Lay the tissue paper out on a sheet of plastic to protect your surface and spray the inks randomly as you like, then stamp the heart weave using the Cornflower Blue archival ink.
(You may notice that a bit of yellow has crept in - I thought this needed a bit more of the rainbow so I spritz some watered down Mustard Seed Distress Ink on the tissue paper as well).
Tear the tissue into manageable sized pieces. Coat the jar all over with the decoupage glue and allow to dry.
Pick up the jar by placing your hand in it, this helps when applying the glue so that you don't get glue all over your fingers. Paste a thin layer of glue where you want to place your first piece of tissue and gently press the tissue onto the jar with the glue brush and add a little more glue over the top to seal it. Be careful not to brush too hard - if the tissue tears, you can place another piece on top, that's the glory of decoupage, but you don't want too many layers of tissue or the glass won't be as opaque. Continue to add the torn tissue in the same way until the whole jar has been covered with the first layer.
Stamp the hares onto the tissue and tear them out close to the outline, then use a wet paintbrush to remove the excess tissue as close as you please to the hare's image.
Use the same technique for the fern leaves
Next, decide where you want your images on the jar and repeat the glue and stick technique around the jar until you have completed your little scene. Once you've finished sticking all your images on, gently paint a thin coat of glue over the whole thing to seal it and hang it up somewhere to dry completely.
So there you have it - A pretty inexpensive way of lighting the garden in the summer evenings, or a sweet gift to give.
Have fun with your Clarity stamps - the possibilities are endless....I'm thinking the "Wee Folk" would look great on these bargain jars!
Enjoy designing your "Anything's" and I look forward to seeing your creations!
Send crafty love to everyone xxx