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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

From This to That: Pumpkin Bling

Several of my crafting friends have been inviting me to go to Pinterest for several months.  I avoided it because I knew it was going to be something that could get me into a lot of trouble.  Fun trouble, but still a lot of trouble.  Well, I finally went for it and I was right.  Thanks to Pinterest, I have more ideas to try out than I have time.

So in a crazy mixed up way, I combined several different techniques to make this blingy pumpkin.  In real life, the mica flakes are more white and look like frost on the pumpkin.  I thought it would be fun to share the different ideas and techniques that I combined to come up with this project.

1.  Covering a pumpkin with text paper.  I went to the Dollar Tree and bought this plastic pumpkin.  I then covered it with Stampin' Up!'s First Edition Specialty paper.  This is a pack of 24 12 x 12 papers with different texts on them.  Unlike pages from a book, it's acid free.
121878 First Edition Specialty $12.95
2.  Dyeing Mod Podge.  Then thanks to some instructions on coloring mason jars, I realized that I could dye the Mod Podge I was using to make my pumpkin orange.  I used Stampin' Up!'s craft ink refills to dye small amounts of Mod Podge in Pumpkin Pie and Old Olive.
105164 Pumpkin Pie Craft Ink Refill $4.25

101425 Old Olive Craft Ink Refill $4.25

 3.  Add mica flakes.  While the pumpkin was wet with the Mod Podge, I added the mica flakes.  I sprinkled the flakes on top of the wet Mod Podge.
124115 Mica Flakes $350
4.  Adding Silver Glimmer Paper.  After adding the mica, I realized that the pumpkin stem needed some bling too.  So I covered the stem and made some tendrils with Stampin' Up!'s silver glimmer paper.  To do that, I soaked off the back of the silver glimmer paper.  I put the silver glimmer paper in the sink for a few minutes and then rubbed off the wet paper with my fingers.  I cut 1/4 inch strips of the silver glimmer and wrapped it around the stem and some pipe cleaners.  I dyed the silver glimmer with, you guessed it, Mod Podge that was dyed Old Olive green.

124005 Silver Glimmer Paper $4.95
And that is how I came up with this pumpkin with lots of bling.

I hope you will visit my my boards in Pinterest and be inspired to create a project that fits you.  If you are not a member of Pinterest, add a comment here and I'll send you an invitation. 

Visit my online store to get your supplies for this project.  Remember that when you purchase $25 or more in product, you are eligible for my Rewards Program.

Creatively yours,

Sharon Cheng
Richland Hills, TX
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