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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Custom Color Your Glimmer Paper for Valentine's Day

Did you know that you can color Stampin' Up!'s silver glimmer paper?  It's a snap with rubbing alcohol,  Stampin' Up! reinkers and a spritzer.  For a Valentine's Day project, my friend, Rose, asked if we could decorate a charger.  It was a lot of fun designing this project.

The problem was that Stampin' Up! only sells three colors of Glimmer Paper and I wanted some pink paper.  While we have several different colors of pink card stock, I really wanted something blingy.  That's when I decided to try coloring Stampin' Up!'s silver glimmer paper.  Because I didn't want to spend a lot of time waiting for things to dry, I decided to use rubbing alcohol instead of water.  In one of Stampin' Up!'s spritzer's, I added enough rubbing alcohol to fill the bottle about 1 inch from the bottom.  Then I added 6 - 8 drops of Cherry Cobbler reinker.  I covered some silver glimmer paper with the alcohol mix, dabbed most of it off with a paper towel and voila, some of the prettiest pink glimmer paper.

I plan to play with this technique for some Easter projects.  I think it will be easy to get different pastel colors for Easter.  I imagine this alcohol technique won't work as well for dark colors.  Stay tuned for more projects using dyed glimmer paper.

Another thing that I "re-colored" was the Antique Brad.  Compare the brad with the leaves on the left hand side in this picture with the brad on the right in the first picture.  Notice how much whiter it looks?  That's because I put a couple of drops of white acrylic paint on the top of the brad and then wiped it off with a paper towel.  The white paint stays in the crevices and you have a light-colored brad instead of a dark one.

Here is the complete charger.  While I thought about making the leaves green, I decided to keep it white-on- white so you would see the texture more than the leaves.   

Stampin' Supplies

Item Description Price
123779 You Are Loved Stamp Set $23.95
126367 Flowering Flourishes Stamp Set $17.95
123759 Papillon Potpourri Stamp Set $14.95
126185 Stampin' Spritzer (2 spritzers) $2.95
119788 Cherry Cobbler Classic Stampin Ink Refill $2.95
119854 1 3/4 in Scallop Circle Punch $16.95
127811 1 1/4 in Scallop Circle Punch $15.95
120404 7/8 in Scallop Circle Punch $12.95
129406 Bitty Butterfly Punch $15.95
127526 Elegant Butterfly Punch $15.95
119246 Rhinestone Basic Jewels $4.95
129406 Bitty Butterfly Punch $15.95
Little Leaves Sizzlits
120893 Tasteful Trim Bigz Die $42.95

Antique Brads
127555 Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons $5.95

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
My Online Store

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