Thursday, September 23, 2010

Magnifique Home Decor

Guests at my open house earlier this month created this 8"x10" photo mat art. It fits perfectly into an 8"x10" frame (like I did, shown here with a 4"x6" photo of us at Easter), or you can mount it onto a larger piece of cardstock to make a scrapbook page (like my friend Joy is doing). {I wish I knew how to post a PDF here so that I could show you Joy's!}

Here are some close-ups of the details:

We spritzed the Pacfica feather B&T Duos with homemade shimmer mist (recipe below), then folded it to make ruffles at one end. Unfortunately my camera didn't capture the shimmer well, but it adds a nice touch IRL.

The medallion, saying, and star are all from the Unity stamp set, and the other stamps used are from the Circle of Love stamp set. How do you like the Mocha Pearls and blue Sparkles?

If you'd like to make something similar and weren't able to attend my open house, gather a few friends together and invite me over!

To make the shimmer mist, find a small spritz bottle and fill about 3/4 full with rubbing alcohol. Squeeze in Close To My Heart's Create-A-Shade pearlescent paint (but do not overfill). Shake well. (I've read that you should shake from side to side and not up and down, but I just shake mine whichever way and haven't had any problems.) Give it a test squirt and see what you think. Add more paint and shake again if necessary. Remember to shake before using because the paint may settle to the bottom between uses.

Another tip: recycle a cardboard box lid (like a shirt box, copy paper box, or soda flat) to use with your shimmer mist. Place your project in the box, then spritz away. The excess mist will stay inside your box and not splatter on your work surface.

All supplies from Close To My Heart: Circle of Love and Unity stamp sets; Magnifique paper pack; Pacifica, Sky, and Chocolate inks; Blue Sparkles (blue & green sparkles collection); Mocha Pearls; homemade shimmer mist

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