Last week, I highlighted a card (‘Where You Are…’) that featured a new technique I’ve been playing around with. For the sentiment on that card, I used a solid Tim Holtz Fragment (basically an oval piece of clear acrylic plastic) to create a stamped plaque for the card. The basic process was stamping a greeting on a piece of decorative paper with StazOn Jet Black ink and then adhering the stamped paper to the Fragment with the use of Ranger Glossy Accents medium.
Since I made that card, I’ve been working on making some jewelry pieces–pendants and the like–with Tim Holtz Fragment charms. These acrylic charms come in a variety of shapes and sizes. They’re easy to adapt into necklaces, earrings, brooches–virtually anything your mind can think up. The mediums you can use are just as wide-ranging. You can use photographs, decorative papers, personal mementos and other memorabilia to create personal miniature works of art.
For the three pendants I created, I used the following materials:
The basic process involves choosing your charm shape and size. Then you want to use a piece of square decorative paper larger than the charm size you chose. You apply the Ranger Glossy Accents directly to the backside of your Tim Holtz Fragment. Use the applicator tip of the bottle to make small even circular motions all over the charm back. Then you carefully set the Fragment on top of the area you want to appear on your charm. Press firmly to disperse the Glossy Accents medium across your piece. Then you want to turn your piece over and use a generous piece of decorative packing tape (or just a plain clear tape that you’ve stamped a design on) across the back of your charm. This protects the paper backing as well as helps to contain the Glossy Accents properly. Now that your “sandwich” is created, you can go back and use a brayer or rub-on tool to press the top and bottom of your charm together. If some of the Glossy Accents runs out the sides, don’t worry about it. After the piece is completely dry, you want to use scissors to cut around the excess paper and tape–as close to the sides of the Fragment as you can. Use a paper piercer to open the hole on your fragment to add a jump ring or other attachment. I went back over the edges of the charm with a Basic Grey precision file to make sure all the edges were even and any excess paper or medium was removed. Now, you’re ready to make your finished jewelry piece. I will warn you that these become very addictive to make–and are terrific gift items. (I should also note that all the directions can be found in Tim Holtz’s ‘Compendium of Curiosities’ book as well.)
Here’s a quick card project using the new Limited Edition Summer mini-cartridge from ProvoCraft–‘Summer In Paris’. With my Cricut Expression, I cut the high-heeled shoe at 3 1/2″–both the scrollwork layer and the solid layer. The sentiment is from the same cartridge and was cut at 1.8″. The card base is from Die Cuts With A View “Luxury Stack”. The solid layer of the shoe was cut from a piece of SEI glitter cardstock in Turquoise from the “Glitzmas” collection. The scrollwork layer was cut from American Craft textured black cardstock (speed=medium, blade depth=6, pressure=max). The sentiment was cut from a piece of Frost (white) SEI glitter cardstock and then hand inked with some SEI Ink Blue chalk ink. The card is embellished with a piece of Pink Paislee Artisan Tape in Grey. The shoe was embellished with some Jenni Bowlin Blueberry button pearls. The die-cut layers were adhered with Zig Two-Way Glue Pen and then adhered to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals. The corners of the card were cut with a Zutter 1/2″ Round-It-All. (Unfortunately, the glitter effect did not capture well in the photographs–but it does make for a nice effect in person.)
Hope you all have a terrific weekend ahead. Happy Mother’s Day to all the Moms and those who stand in for Moms everywhere! xox