Monday, November 5, 2018

DIY Tussie Mussie Holder with Eileen Hull Notebook Pocket Die

Tussie Mussie - small bouquets of herbs and flowers with symbolic meanings

Traditionally a tussie mussie was placed in a small metal vase designed to be carried. I think  a small nosegay is a charming home dec accent but I needed a way to hang it. So for my Eileen Hull Inspiration Team project this month I came up with a stylish solution using the Notebook Pocket die from Sizzix and the Pumpkin Spice Premium Stack from DCWV!

I die cut a Notebook Pocket from mat board.  See that beautiful orange color?  I used Eileen's ColorBox Blends inks from Clearsnap: Stop and Sunshine blended together perfectly.  I applied the ink to both sides of the mat board.

I used a Crop-a-Dile® to punch an extra hole in each side, aligned with the holes which were already cut by the die, and then I threaded a ribbon through them and tied overhand knots at each end. 

I assembled the Notebook Pocket using double-sided iCraft Supertape.

I was gifted with the Pumpkin Spice Premium Stack from DCWV and inside I found a lovely sheet of 3" x 4" cards.

I trimmed out a hard to choose...

...then finally adhered one on the front of the Notebook Pocket with a mat.

I tucked in a small bouquet and found the perfect place to hang my little tussie mussie!

It is a great little DIY home dec accent but I can also see it being carried by a flower girl or junior bridesmaid, can't you?

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some time to play today!  Susie

Supplies for DIY Tussie Mussie:

Sizzix Notebook Pocket Scoreboards XL Die
Sizzix Little Sizzles - 6" x 13" Mat Board Pack
Clearsnap ColorBox Blends - Stop, Sunshine
Therm O Web iCraft Supertape Roll,1/4"
DCWV Premium Stack - Pumpkin Spice

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Christmas Ornaments with etchall®!

Last month I shared how I altered ceramic tiles into accents for Thanksgiving decorating. This month I am re-imagining them as Christmas tree ornaments!   I used 2 different techniques and 2 different products from etchall®: etching créme and dip 'n etch.  Time to play...

I created the stencil by cutting etchmask® on my Silhouette Cameo and I weeded out the bird.  After firmly adhering the vinyl and protecting the rest of the tile with tape I  applied a thick coat of etchall® etching créme...


...and waited 15 minutes before scooping the créme back into the original container (it is reuseable!) and rinsing off the remainder. 

NOTE:  Do NOT rinse in a porcelain sink as this is an etching product and it will remove the glaze! 

I applied Rose Gold Metallique Wax to the etched image before I removed the etchmask® stencil.

Add a ribbon and voila - a simple and elegant ornament with a vintage feel!

As I was playing with the tiles, I suddenly realized that the raised edge gave me the opportunity to  use a different product - etchall® dip 'n etch! I grabbed another tile and stencil and started to play...

I used the transfer tape from the etchall® etchmark ComboPak and centered the bird on the tile.

Because the tile had a lip, I realized that I could pool some dip'n etch liquid in the center of the tile.  I think I have decided that the optimal tool for this technique is a pipette - which I didn't have.  No worries, I grabbed a straw and it worked just fine!

I waited 15 minutes then poured the dip 'n etch back into the original container and thoroughly cleaned off the tile.  I left the stencil in place and waited for it to dry.  You can't tell in this picture, but the etched surface has a very matte finish and the outer edge is still covered with a shiny ceramic glaze.

I dipped a small amount of the Metallique Wax out and then rubbed it into the tile surface.  As expected, it did not adhere to the shiny, glazed edge.

After a little more buffing I removed the vinyl and attached a ribbon to reveal an ornament with a completely different look thanks to etchall® dip 'n etch.

These ornaments are easy and fun to make so I have a couple more samples for your viewing pleasure!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some time to play today!  Susie

Materials for etchall Christmas Ornaments:

etchall® etching créme
etchall® dip 'n etch
etchall® etchmask ComboPak
etchall® squeegee

Silhouette Cameo
Ceramic Tiles
Prima Art Alchemy Metallique Wax - Brushed Iron, Rose Gold, Rich Copper
Small D rings, ribbon
E6000 glue