Melting Pot Pendants, and a Give-away!

I am the proud owner of …  a Ranger Melt Pot.  Ohh I love this toy so very much, but I hadn’t played with it for ages, until last week, when the urge suddenly hit me and I got all the equipment out and played around until I decided what to make.  You saw the card I made with the pretty leaf of all seasons on it, which I posted about on Monday of this week, and I promised to post about the other things I’d been busy as a bee making, and here I am, sharing as promised.

The photograph at the head of this post doesn’t show all the pendants I made, so I’ve taken a selection of photos, some grouped, and some single ones, so that you can get an idea of colours and sizes, and also how you can hang these pendants.

I really love the Ranger Melt Pot, however, I found out on Monday (From Beverly of More Ink Please blog) that Ranger no longer make the Melt Pot.  Something to do with the amount of quantity they require their customers to order – and it’s made the tool too expensive for lots of stores to carry.  So rather than relax the rules,  (and lower the price a little) Ranger, it appears, decided that they would no longer make it.  So I’m sorry if I get your creative juices flowing for a Melt Pot, when they’re no longer available.  However … you might be able to still buy one if you have a search around.

Right … now the bad news is over, let’s have a bit of fun shall we?  I realised the other day that we haven’t done a GIVE-AWAY in ages!  So how about we make this post a Give-away, and the winner can choose whichever pendant they would like to have, and I’ll package and post it out to who-ever wins.

All you have to do is ... in the comment section of this post, if you wish to be entered for the Give-Away, just say the word GIVE-AWAY at either the start or the end of your comment.  (Putting it at the start or end of the comment makes it easy for me to find when I’m searching and adding up how many people would like to be entered – so that I can enter that number into the Random Number Selector so that it can choose the winner).   You can, if you want, simply say just ‘GIVE-AWAY’.

I’ll leave the Give-away open until Sunday at 6pm UK time (if you need to work out what time that is where you live,  Mr.Google is very obliging – lol).

Right … enough of me blathering on.  Let’s get cracking with these pendants.  I made them all with the help of my trusty Melt Pot, and I haven’t given them names here, but just kind of labelled them so that you can tell me (if you’re the winner) which pendant you’d like!  (Oh .. and I should say that this is open to all followers – you don’t have to only live in the UK.  I’m happy to post these over-seas).

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They’re all different shapes and sizes, and I’ve tried to put them next to each other so that you can gauge the difference in sizes. However, I have remembered to include a rule so that you can actually see the size.

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slightly closer up so that you can see the deepness of the blue and some of the patterns which happen as the liquid is poured.

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This heart has SO much depth to it.  I added some mica gold dust to the pot and it is this which I managed to catch as if ‘floating’ on the top.  The golden swirls which you see below the surface in this shot, come from some Pearl crystals which I very gently ‘dragged’ through the liquid.

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A different shot of this same large heart, so that you can get a view of how the light can change the look of the colours.

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This has the colours of Emerald, Gold, Russian diopside and … a whole load of other greens which are winding through the focal ‘gem’

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Against a dark background so that you can see how they look against darker colours of clothes.

Now onto the little pendants.  They may be smaller, but they pack their own punch!

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The ‘Little Golden Green Triangle’ – at the bottom right of this photo (above), has what looks like gold dust sprinkles over the top of it.  Sadly the photographs just don’t show it properly, but it’s really quite beautiful to the naked eye.

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I forgot to include this little green oval (above) in the photo of all the little pendants, so here it is alone.  It looks like it has golden strands threading through it.  It hasn’t.  But it really does have a lot of depth to it.

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The little ovals, have two hoops – one at the top and one at the bottom.  You can use these either as a bracelet – or as a pendant, as I’ve made.  The top hoop is for hanging the pendant.  The bottom hoop can have things hung from it, such as a bead, or a little bunch of beads;  a tassel;  a pearl; or, as I’ve done here as an idea – you can hang something else from it.  On the photo above,  I placed an Angel with her own hanging hoop in line with the hoop on the pendant, so that you can see how it might look to have something there.

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You don’t even have to have a chain to hang your pendant on.  How about some baby ribbon, as in the photo above?  Soft on the neck too!  The choice is yours.  I’ll supply the chain, or the ribbon (in your choice of colour), so that when you receive your pendant, it’s ready to wear straight away!

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The Little Golden Green Triangle.

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A slightly lighter blue Little Triangle.

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Please note that all the measurements on the rule are in CM (and MM) as that’s what we work in here in the UK (much to my disdain. I grew up with inches and I still can only visualise in inches – but then, I’m practically older than dirt so it figures.  😀 ) … but again, if you ask Google it will give you the conversion.

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Some of the pendants (particularly the blues) look, in the photographs, as if they have an oily finish, or like they’re wet with something.  It’s just a trick of the light.  The way the flash has hit the surface and bounced back.  None of the pendants are oily, wet, greasy or have anything on them.  It’s just the lighting hitting them in the ‘wrong’ way.  (And I’m a rubbish photographer!).

We’ll end where we began, with a small selection.  But remember that not all the pendants are shown in this photo.  But if you look down the post, you’ll see photo’s of ones which aren’t included in the photo above.

Remember … don’t forget to include the words  ‘GIVE-AWAY’  either at the start or end of your comment so that I know to include you.

If you’re reading this on the main front page of my blog and can’t see where to post a comment, then please scroll all the way up to the title of this post, and next to it, just over a little way to the right of the words, you’ll see a pale grey flag.  Click on that flag and the post will re-load on its own page, where you’ll find the comments section at the bottom of the page, below where the post ends.  😀   Late date/time for entering is this Sunday -19th March 2017, at 6pm UK time.

Thank you so much for coming to share a coffee with me.  Want a fill up of that cup Biscuits?

Have a truly blessed rest of your day, wherever you are, whatever you’re doing.  Be good to each other.

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Wings of Peace, Courage and Love.

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In my last post I said how difficult I found making ‘Sympathy’ cards, I think because it’s so difficult to accurately gauge the deep, all-encompassing pain which descends upon someone when they suffer the loss of a loved one.  So it came as quite a surprise to find myself making yet another ‘sympathy’ card, – this one very much different from the last one.

I had my Ranger Melting Pot (aka The Cauldron) out the other day and made a few things, putting most of them on one side for projects at some other point.  One of the things I made was the Angel Wings you see on the card above.  I got the little box out where I’d stored them along with the other items I’d made and the moment I picked up the Angel Wings and held them in my hand …  I knew I should make another sympathy card, this time using them as the feature embellishment on the front.

I laid the wings onto my desk and looked at them for a minute or so.  They were lovely – but there was something missing.  Took me a moment to figure it out.  Wax.  They needed high-lighting in pearl wax so that the individual feathers came to life and caught the light.  It took just a minute to do – but they looked so lovely once I’d polished them to a shine.  (Nicer than in the photographs – but sadly I’m not a great photographer so please make allowances for me being rubbish with a camera!)

I went through my stamps to find the right one which would be suitable to use – and although I stamped out several of them (wasting card like it was going out of fashion) – none of them were right.  They were either the wrong sentiment, or they were the wrong type face for the words.  In the end I decided that I’d print my own words, using my computer and my printer.  That’s when the ‘fun’ began.

It took me  a very hot  one and a half frustrating  [insert appropriate swear wordhours just to get that sentiment from the computer to my card!  I had to work out where I needed to place the typed words on a word type document that I was looking at on the ‘puter screen – which would mean it would be in the right place when I put my card through the printer.

(Again – this resulted in more card being put into the ‘trim off the rubbish bits and put the rest into the ‘scraps’ draw’ pile.   Grrrr!)

Seriously – it was frustrating to the point that my sensible mind telling me to:   “just give up woman, you’re not going to get this right!” the problem was  →  I was determined that it wasn’t going to beat me.

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Then suddenly all the planets aligned.  There was a Star to the East.  My Lottery Numbers came up and ….  well no, actually that didn’t happen  . . .   but it certainly felt like it did when the printer delivered the perfectly placed sentiment, with the right font,  right place and right colour.   Ta DAHHHH!   (Was that a choir of Angels I heard singing?  At this point I really wouldn’t have been surprised.)

I attached the wings to the card using a mix of two glues – one an ‘instant’ fix – which was the hot glue gun.  The other one a glue which needs time to dry, but dries clear and holds well.  Then it was time to deal with the inside.

I didn’t feel it needed me to add words to the inside of the card,  but instead leave it blank inside so that the sender could write a short, or long note of condolence depending upon how they themselves felt.

Instead I decided upon a single creamy white Angels feather, tied with a bow of satin ribbon, attached to the inside of the card.

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And that was it.

It’s quite a simple card  (or would have been, was I not so technically challenged!)  and once I’d got the positioning right of the sentiment, it was easy to pull it all together.  However – I think it’s perfect in its unfussy, simplicity.  It conveys the right feeling, in the right way, but it doesn’t go over-board.  I think I got the balance just right on this one and I love the finished card.

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I think I got the balance just right on this one.  I really love the finished card and hope you like it too.

Have a happy Sunday.  I hope the weather is kind to you and that peace rests in your heart and soul today, where ever you are. 

Have a truly blessed day, all. 

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Forget me Nots ~ on an ~ ‘In Sympathy’ card. 

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I love making cards, it’s one of my favourite things to do, however, there is one type of card that I find ‘difficult’ to make – and that’s  ‘In Sympathy’  cards.

How do you second guess someone’s pain?  How do you know what they’re going through, so know how to address the traumatic time they’ve found themselves in?

I realised today that I hadn’t made a ‘sympathy’ card for my blog, so thought I’d put myself to the test and make one.

I wanted to make something which would be the right card for several options.  If someone wasn’t a believer, then I didn’t want to push a religion upon them by saying that I was praying for that person – as some folks are so anti-religion that a card of that type could cause the person concerned to feel offended – so in the end I decided to opt with the sentiment you see on the card above.

The card is (was) based around those little blue flowers you see running down the card on the right hand side.  If you’ve already seen my post in the ‘Ranger Melt Pot’ category, then you’ll know that I made those flowers especially for this card.  I wanted to make  Forget me Not  flowers to put on this card, and I wanted them to be blue.  So I set about making them using the Ranger Melt Pot.  Once made, and with the addition of a little gilding wax (and a polish) – the flowers were perfect, so I set about making a very simple card – but one which you could feel the love which the card was made with.

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Made on a brilliant white 6″x 6″ scored and folded card;  I partially embossed the front of the card using an embossing folder from the Sheena Douglass range.

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The sentiment is a stamped image from a collection of Stamps made by Heartfelt Creations, which I stamped in black,  then die cut (using a Spellbinders die) and  gently inked around the very outer edge, using the same black ink as the sentiment was stamped with.

The butterflies were die cut using Tonic Dies.

The addition of a short length of black satin ribbon and the card was made.

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Thank you SO much for visiting. I hope you like the card, and the post too!   

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Wishing you all a truly blessed Thursday.  Have a wonderful day.

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I Made Flowers – In an enjoyable half an hour of playing with my cauldron!

line of Flowers 1“You made flowers?  What sort flowers?”  I hear you ask.

I did.  I actually heard you ask ‘what sort of flowers’.  (Ok, well maybe I didn’t, but you were thinking it I bet.)

I needed to make some flowers, but I wanted them to be light in weight, and not able to be flattened out by the postal system, like a paper flower would be.  So I got out my Cauldron  aka:  Ranger Melt Pot,  and decided that I’d hubble, bubble some flowers up.  I looked through the silicon moulds I have which I could use and decided upon the one in the photograph above.

But … I didn’t want to just make one line of flowers.  It felt like an extravagance to get the cauldron going if all I was going to do was make that line of flowers at the top of the mould above.  So I got a few moulds out with the thought that I could make a few bits and keep them on one side for another time.

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There.  That would make it worth while!

Half an hour later the flowers were made and this is what they looked like:

Line of Flowers before wax

Actually … there’s more than the three in that photograph above, but I wanted you to see what they look like before I’d ‘fancied’ them up a tad.  They’re pretty, and I love how the colour turned out.  I used white ultra thick crystals and mixed in some Cosmic Shimmer Crystal Colour Drops, in Azure Blue to obtain that colour – I just added a drop at a time until I felt that I’d reached the colour I had inside my head.

Although the flowers were pretty, I wanted them to have some ‘oomph’ – a bit of a noticeable punch so that they weren’t so ‘flat colour’ looking.

This is how they turned out with some Gilding Wax applied gentlywith my ringer finger. . .

Line of Flowers waxed and unwaxed comparison

The three on the right have had some Gilding wax applied, and the three on the left are exactly how they were when I turned them out of the mould.

What did I want a line of blue flowers for?  Ahh… go and check out the Handmade Cards category on this blog and you’ll see what I did with them!

Love ~

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For those who believe – no explanation is necessary. For those who don’t, no explanation is possible.

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A handmade card, but with a story behind the making of it.

Last weekend I had my  cauldron  Ranger Melt Pot out with the idea of making ‘something’ (I knew not what at that moment in time).  I didn’t have a plan.  I just knew I wanted to play with my Melt Pot.  Everything was on my desk, ready and waiting for me to conjure up something which I could make in my Ranger Melt Pot category here on my blog.  But what?  WHAT?

I sat back in my chair and had absolutely no ideas.  My mojo had gone out for drinks and not invited me.   :/

Ah well, I said to myself,  you’ve got the thing out now, so just mess around, and who knows, something might come from playing and making a mess.  I stamped out an image of some Angel Wings, embossed and then distressed them using denim ink and lavender ink.  Cut them out and then shaped them to given them some depth and ‘apparent’ movement.  I printed out some words onto some lightweight card – thinking that I’d put the wings in the Melt Pot and mount them  onto the card.  But .. I decided that I’d do it the other way round.  So I cut out the words into a big ’round’ –  using my EK circle cutter, – and then distressed around the edges of that circle with the same inks I’d used on the wings.

Turned on the melt pot and once my crystals had melted I began to move the large circle around in the molten liquid.  I advise CAUTION when using a melt pot – keep tools in each hand so that you’re not tempted to touch anything.   I use a pair of long-handled craft tweezers in one hand and a bamboo skewer in the other.  It doesn’t stop the urge to touch – but it makes you touch in a safe way, with the tools rather than your fingers.

Once I’d coated the front of the circle, I removed it from the liquid and just let it drip for a moment, then laid it flat to let it ‘set’ and go cold.  Unfortunately – the lightweight card was too lightweight and it curled all around the edges and curved in places.  It wasn’t what I wanted.  I cleaned up and left the coated surface on one side.

Then a couple of days ago I looked at it again and told myself to try using it and see what I’d come up with.  So here’s what I did:

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Originally I chose a white 6×6″ card but changed my mind and used a 6×6 craft card instead; and some white feathers.  I placed the wings on the circle where I felt they looked best, but the circle still seemed like it was missing something.  So I chose a tiny glass bottle with a cork stopper, and put the tiniest of white feathers inside it, along with a teeny pinch of iridescent glitter, just to draw the eye to the feather, as I knew it would stick to the feather and the inside of the glass jar.  It looked really lovely – so I glued the jar to the disc, and fixed the wings in place.

I felt that the wings looked a little flat, so I used some Anita’s Gloss and carefully coated the wings then put everything to one side while I worked on the card.

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Using brown and a shimmering gold (not mirror) card, I cut out circles so that I could mat and layer the wings/words/glass jar onto them.

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I chose some blue ribbon in a shade which echoed the blues of the distressing around the edges of the wings and the disc, and using some permanent tape, I fixed the ribbon running it over the back and front of the card, exactly at the ‘half way’ mark.

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I fixed the first layer of the cards onto the front of the card.

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… then matted and layered the other discs in place, sometimes tucking a white Angel Feather into the layers.  Once the wings were dry and the glued bottle was fixed in place, I fixed some feathers onto the top layer then applied the disc topper which I’d made on top, adding just one smaller feather tucked under the outter edge of the wings.

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Three close-ups of the teeny tiny white Angel Feather in the bottle.  It was really hard to capture the feather – so I chose the best three photos of a large bunch of rubbish ones that I took.

Of course – there HAD to be a surprise inside the card …  (you knew that, didn’t you! lol)

On the front page of the insert is a psalm from the bible, which speaks of Angels:  I stamped it onto some white paper, and distressed it a little, then fixed it to the craft paper insert

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In case you can’t read it, it says:  He Shall Give His Angels Charge Over Thee, To Keep Thee In All Thy Ways.  (Psalm 91:11).

Then on the inside, middle of the insert . . . .

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. . .  a pair of white feathered Angel Wings, and a stamped image of a feather, drifting freely.

Once finished, I really like this lovely card – which began with a disenchantment with the way the topper turned out, but I’m really glad that I made it into a card.  It looks a little flat in the photo’s, but to the naked eye it has a depth and a wonderful warmth and gentleness about it.  And to be quite honest – if someone sent me this card I’d be chuffed to bits.  Seriously chuffed to bits!

I hope you like the card too.

So anyway  …  enough of me and my crafting.  What have you been making or doing?  Leave me a message with a link to your blog and I’ll come and take a look and leave you a message too.

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Wishing you a totally fabulous weekend.  May your Angels surround you and protect you from any harm.

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Tag Art – Part 3.

In part three of this ongoing ‘explanation’ of Tag Art, I’m hoping to show you not to be discouraged by some of the fabulous pictures of Tag Art which you’ll find on the internet, particularly on Pinterest.  The Tags I showed you last time (in part two) were simple enough to bring together without breaking out in a sweat or giving you the feeling that you could never achieve anything like the little flower tags which I produced last time.  This tag, which you’ve had a glimpse of (above) is just as simple as the flower tags!  There are just a few extra bits and pieces on it and a couple of ‘techniques’ which are so easy that I know a child could cope with them.  Aw, enough talk, let’s get going shall we?  ….

If you decide to create along with these photo’s then remember that the theme of your tag doesn’t have to be ‘Alice in Wonderland’, it could be any thing you want.  Rabbits … Cats… Dogs… Travel … Balloons … even colours!  But to start with you might find it easier to get the results you’re after if you start off with an idea or subject in mind where you can find up to roughly five or six different things about it which will pull the whole thing together and make the tag have some sort of ‘dialogue’.   A kind of ‘story’.  Things which relate to each other in some way.

I started with ...  a few tiny cards and some tags ...

I started with … a few tiny cards and some tags …

I’d had these little cards for a while, given to me by another crafter, but I’d never had a chance to use them.  The Tag itself was from a pack of cheap tags which I’d bought on impulse for about 60p from  The Works (UK cheapy book & stationery store).  The tags were a little too thin individually, so in order to ensure that they would take the weight of some embellishments I glued three tags together with Collall glue – which I love for crafting as it dries quickly.

Three tags glued and ready … time to dress this tag up!

Let's get our finger tips mucky!

Let’s get our finger tips mucky!

Because I knew I wanted to have a gentle Steampunk look to the tag I ‘distressed’ the edges of the tag with some die from my quick drying ink pads.  I started off with a warm, rich brown (which you can see in the photo above), and using a make up sponge (yes – just cheap make up sponges that you can buy in the £ shops – I just use them and throw them away), I fold over the sponge and dabbing it onto the ink pad to pick up some ink, then  gently blend it around the edges of the Tag.  At this point I should advise that the best place to do this blending is either on a blending mat (see mine in the photograph above) OR on a glass mat.

I know you can buy expensive glass mats for crafting (I even have one) but you don’t need to pay the prices that they charge for those.  One of those glass kitchen chopping boards that they sell for just a few pounds work in exactly the same way.

After blending the brown, I then changed to a black ink pad and very lightly blended a narrow pale smudge of the black ink around the edges.  It just gives it a depth.

Shall we stamp?

Shall we stamp?

I’ve got an assortment of different stamps and chose one which said ‘Believe’, mounted it onto a rocker block (but a mount of your choice is fine) and using a cheap ‘Ink it Up’ embossing pad, I stamped the word out onto the Tag –  but because I wanted a distressed look to the stamping I didn’t press too hard, so that the eventually embossed image would be a little bit patchy.  I then chose a teal/navy type colour to emboss the word with, went to work with the heat gun!

Well would you Believe it!

Well would you Believe it!

… and this was the result.  Because the word was a tiny bit patchy, I made sure that you could read what the word was by inking around the word using a very fine tipped Staedtler pen.

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A close up so that you can see the pen lines.

Now at this point I’ll just interrupt proceedings to say … you should ‘tag’ your Tag Art just as a fine painter would sign his signature on an oil painting.  You don’t want someone else telling folks that they’ve made that incredible tag when it was really your sweat and tears which made it, do you!

Here’s what I use to ‘tag’ my Tag Art:

Tag the Tag Art!

Tag the Tag Art!

I bought this as an unmounted rubber stamp about six years ago – I think through Ebay.  But you really don’t need a specialised stamp.  You could either just sign your name on the reverse of your tag – or if you want a stamped image, there’s a plethora of general stamps which have a variety of different tag shapes – and you could choose one of those, which would give you the opportunity of naming your tag and signing it inside the frame of the stamped image, which would give it the importance it deserves!

You could, if you wanted, get a stamp made for yourself with your own design.  (But check ebay for cheaper alternatives!)

You could, if you wanted, get a stamp made for yourself with your own design. (But check Ebay for cheaper alternatives!)

Right, we’ve glued, blended and generally got the tag all ready for some decorations.  Let’s get going on those shall we?

My ‘theme’ for this tag was to be decided by those little playing cards. 

I could have done a tag about magic tricks … perhaps some white gloves to go with the cards?  … or hmm.. what ‘thing’ has playing cards featured in it?  I wondered….  ahh… Alice in Wonderland!  Ok..  I found my theme.  What did Alice in W.  have in the film?  A mirror (both in AiW and in Alice through the Looking Glass) …  Roses!  – the song: “we’re painting the roses red …”  …  A bottle with a tag saying  ‘Drink Me’!  Ohhh… now we’re getting somewhere!

The Mad Hatter!  The White Rabbit!   

The ideas came thick and fast… I had to write them down because my memory is shot to pieces!

Ok … got the ideas.. now I had to come up with the goods from the stock I had in my craft room:

I'll make the mirror ... and the little bottle which Alice drinks from!

I’ll make the mirror … and the little bottle which Alice drinks from!

Initially I thought I would use a little glass bottle on the tag, to represent the bottle Alice drinks from, but I didn’t have a bottle small enough .. (well no, actually that’s not true.  I do have some, I just couldn’t find the darn things!).  I got out my  cauldron  melt-pot and some supplies:-  Silicon moulds – one in the shape of a little bottle, and the other in the shape of a mirror.  Pearl Ex Powders to give some gentle, shimmering colour to the mirror and bottle, (you can use general Mica powders if that’s what you personally use).  Cosmic Shimmers Clear Ultra Thick embossing powder.  Cosmic Shimmer Melt Pot Ink in red.  And some Pearl Ultra Thick embossing powder.  I set to work:

Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and caldron bubble.  Fillet of a Fenny snake, In the caldron boil and bake; Eye of newt, and toe of frog . . . . “ etc etc etc (words courtesy of Shakespeare)

A peep into the Cauldron - I mean - the Melt Pot!

A peep into the Cauldron – I mean – the Melt Pot!

You know what the best thing is about the Melt Pot?  If you ever don’t like what you’ve made you simply throw it back into the pot, melt it and start again!

See that little pink blob in the well at the wide end of the melt pot?  It was a bottle which over-flowed the mould, so when it had cooled – just a minute or two – I put it back and did it again!

The cauldron has done it's work.  Aw, don't you just love magic spells? (lol)

The cauldron has done its work. Aw, don’t you just love magic spells? (lol)

The little rose that you see in the photograph above was one which I made when I last had my melt pot out.  I’d got some extra cream/white coloured liquid left so I used it up making a few flowers.  Originally the Rose was actually this creamy white colour:

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I should have taken a photograph of the rose(s) before I coloured them but got craft happy and totally forgot!   tsk tsk!   I used some Creative Expressions gilding wax on the roses and then brushed some lovely rose-red and warm rose-pink mica powders onto them to change them from their original creamy colour to the red.  (sings:)  “Painting the roses red,  yes painting the roses red.  Not pink   Not green.  Not aquamarine . . . ”  etc etc etc

The Mad Hatter has visited and loaned me his hat!

The Mad Hatter has visited and loaned me his hat!

Next was the Mad Hatters hat.  Quite a distinctive hat.  Now I’ve recently been bought a gift of a Tonic Die which cuts a Top Hat … so I was lucky with this.  BUT … you don’t need to have a die which will cut a hat.  The hat is a simple enough shape but if you’re not confident with drawing one then just find an image on the internet and print it out onto cheap printer paper and you can then just draw around it onto your black card stock and cut it out.  Simples.   I cut the matte black part of the hat above on my die cutting machine, and then I drew around the actual hat die itself onto some dark mirror board, (which I then cut out with scissors)  so that I could sit (glue) the matte black top hat on top of it and give the top hat a bit of ‘life’, where the light caught on the edges of the mirror card.

10/6 ?  -  cheap at half the price!

10/6 ? – cheap at half the price!

I added a little dark ruby-red rayon seam binding (regular ribbon would work just as well), made the 10/6 price tag & added it to the hat band with a dab of glue.

The hat pin is made from the cut off end of a cocktail stick,  which I coloured in silver paint, added a black round bead to the end and then tucked it behind the ribbon with a little glue to keep it in place.  For a bit of twinkly sparkle, I added the ultra twinkling flat backed embellishment.  But … although the hat looked the part, I felt it looked too ‘new’.  It needed to look dusty or a bit old and shambles  sort of thing … so in order to get a look of ‘dusty’  –  I dribbled a very light line of white pva glue and sprinkled a little Flower Soft onto the glue and left it to dry.  It was the nearest thing to dust that I could manage in a crafty way.

So ..  We’ve now got the Mad Hatters Hat … but where should we put this?  It’s big, so I want it to go in the right place – but I don’t want it to shout louder than the other things on the tag … so where shall I put it?  How about here?   … or Here?   …

…  or should I put it here?  …

... or do I think this way looks right?  Yup ... The Mad Hatters Hat should be at the top there.

… or do I think this way looks right? Yup … The Mad Hatters Hat should be at the top there. (oh.. see what I mean about it looking too ‘new’ without the ‘dust’? This photo was taken before I’d added the The Flower Soft, which gave it that certain ‘thing’ which it was missing)

Yes … right there.  That’s exactly where it should be!

SO:  ––  We’ve got the mini playing cards …. for the Queen of Hearts  playing card soldiers

mini playing cards

mini playing cards

The Red Roses from the song: Painting the Roses Red …

"painting the roses red, we're painting the roses red!"

“painting the roses red, we’re painting the roses red!”

…  The little bottle with the tag on it saying:  Drink Me! Which I made in the Melting Pot …

Drink Me ... oh do Drink Me!

Drink Me … oh do Drink Me!

And … hmm…  well I made a little hand mirror but somehow it doesn’t look right.  It’s too showy.  Too (almost) bossy.  It’s trying to be the star of the show and that just isn’t right.  No.  I decided that the mirror just wasn’t right … so I had a bit of a search round the craft room and came up with the very thing which was missing ….

The White Rabbits Watch! I'm late, I'm late, I'm late, I'm late, I'm .... over-due, I'm in a rabbit stew ...." eeek!

The White Rabbits Watch!
I’m late, I’m late, I’m late, I’m late, I’m …. over-due, I’m in a rabbit stew ….” eeek!

Aw, of course!  It was the White Rabbits fob watch which was missing! 

I played around with things until I felt they were in their rightful places and then one at a time I fixed them into place.  Some with good old PVA glue,  others with foam pads, and the rest with my faithful friend:  hot glue from my trusty glue gun.

The Alice Tag - May 2014

The Alice Tag – May 2014

I added a aubergine coloured ribbon and VOILA!  One almost Steampunk (but not quite), Alice in Wonderland Tag.

The Tag could now be used as a fancy gift tag on a gift to someone special.  It could be framed in one of those box frames.  Mounted to the front of a card and given for someone’s birthday.  Put into a box just for you to look at.  Put into an album or folder which you keep all your tags in.  Or anything that your imagination can come up with.  You could even sell it on Etsy;  Ebay;  Facebook;  Craft Fair…  or any other place which you might sell your art work.

Or you could do what I do …  I have a huge clothes peg (the type you use to pin your clothes to the washing line, but huge) – which is meant as a memo holder or photograph holder.  I use two of them in my craft room and pin bits of artwork to them.  I use one of them to pin the latest bit of something which I’ve just made, and that way I get a moving bit of artwork which never stands still!

This is it,  pinched in the pincers of the peg … on my craft desk.  (yes that’s all my junk  specialist, important equipment behind it which I’ve blurred out so that you can see the tag rather than the junk gorgeous, crafting stash stuff.)

Alice in a Tag made  by Cobwebs

Alice in a Tag
made
by
Cobwebs

And ..  shall I tell you a secret?  …  This tag was made totally from stash in my craft room that I already had.  Most of it I’d had for ages.  The newest thing (apart from the Tonic Die I used – which was a gift) has to be that little fob watch.  I’ve had that about nine months (roughly).  It was a cheap and cheerful pack of four different watches for 99p.  See … you really don’t have to go to any big expense to make Tag Art.  They pretty much make themselves!

Well, there endeth Part 3 of  Tag Art – right from the beginning’.   I hope you’re not asleep across your keyboard!  But if you are ….

WAKE UP AND GO AND CRAFT SOMETHING!

Tsk tsk … can’t have you sleeping when you could be crafting, now, can we?

Thanks for taking the time to come, visit and have a read.   Have a really great rest of your day. ~

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P.S.  Don’t forget to leave me a comment.  Let me know if you have a go at making a tag,  or,  if you have any questions at all,  please ask away!  I’m not one of those crafters who won’t share information.  I’m more than happy to help other folks with their craft projects.

 

From the Cauldron came Angel Wings of White

The Ranger Melt Pot about to go into action! (with a little help from Cobwebs!)

The Ranger Melt Pot
about to go into action!
(with a little help from Cobwebs!)

The Cauldron (aka ‘The Ranger Melt Pot’) came out to play because I had an idea for a handmade card, but wanted a pair of Angel Wings to go onto the card as an embellishment.  I’d got feathered wings, but I felt that they’d give the wrong feeling to the card, so I scouted round to find something different .. that’s when I remembered that I had a pair of silicon moulds of  Angel Wings.  I dug them out and checked them over for any damage (I hadn’t used the moulds in … ohh … I can’t even remember the last time I’d used them!),  and then got out the equipment to make the wings.  Heat mats  (biscuit coloured one and the black one you see in the photo),  Cauldron,  spatula to stir,  mica powders,  and Ultra Thick Embossing Crystals – in clear and white.  Then I set to work.

I always put more than I think I’ll need of the crystals into my melt pot as I’d hate to find that I run out of liquid before I’d filled my moulds,  so I also put on my desk a couple of other silicon moulds so that any left over liquid could be made into other adornments for other cards some other time.

Crystals were popped into my Cauldron and within minutes I was ready to pour out the magic mix.  (After I’d said a magic spell, waved my wand and flew my broom around my craft room three times with my cat perched neatly on the end, naturally).

Melt Pot Wings 2

The Silicon moulds I used for the wings were bought from America but I’m pretty sure you’d be able to now buy something like them here in the UK.  They’re roughly 3 inches in length so ideal for a card adornment.  I brushed the tiniest amount of mica powder into the silicon mould before I poured the liquid, so that the feathers on the wings would be highlighted with the faintest of colour.  (You can just about see the Mica powder in the photograph above).

At this point I get so excited about the stuff I’ve just poured that I totally forgot to take a photograph of the moulds in use – so you’ll have to imagine what those moulds look like filled up with  magic potion   I mean: Ultra Thick Embossing Crystals in their molten state.

It takes literally just a few minutes for the liquid to set – but beware it does stay a little hot/very warm for a few minutes longer, so be careful.  And this (below) is what the Angle Wings look like when I popped them from their moulds . . . .

Melt Pot Wings 3

You can see where the feathers picked up the Mica powder which I’d brushed into the empty mould before I poured in the molten liquid UTEE.  Pretty isn’t it.  You can see from this picture that you really don’t need to use very much Mica Powder at all.  If you compare the photograph of the empty moulds before I poured the UTEE into them, and then see how the set UTEE has picked up that Mica Powder really well.

I was right to get another mould or two out as I did have some extra liquid left over, so I made some flowers with the left over UTEE . . .

Melt Pot Wings and flowers

I’ll lightly colour up the flowers and centres with a little wax to highlight and pick out the details.  – my favourite wax is Metallic Gilding Wax from Creative Expressions – shown in the photograph above.

BUT … if you do make something with your own Melt Pot, and you have left over molten UTEE then you can simply pour it out onto your heat-resistant mat and let it set for a few minutes (and go cold), and you’ll then be able to pop that blob of set UTEE into a bag and save it till you want to make something in that colour next time.  You see … you never waste anything with the Melt Pot.  You just re-melt anything you’re not happy with or that you have left over, and make something lovely and new next time you’re playing!

Thanks for visiting, and for reading.

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