DSCN0047Hi Everyone! I hope you all have a wonderful 4th of July! I got to spend a long weekend with my dearest friend Joan. She and I met in college…omgoodness…30 years ago this fall! One of the many, many things we have in common is in the joy of creating hand made items. Whenever possible, we try our hand at different craft projects.  Besides making my mini swaps (yesterday's post) we experimented with Chrystal Effects 101055. Chrystal Effects is a technically an adhesive, but it adds a dimensional , lacquered look. (p. 206) I've got 2 projects to share. Today's will show a step-by-step on the blown glass look and come back tomorrow for another cute project!

For those of you who asked how I made this embellishment from this post, Team Swap with Blown Glass Embellishment, here's the steps:

Note: While shown on a ring base, same steps for paper embellishment.

*Punch image out of card stock. Whisper White card stock allows your colors to show best.
DSCN0028 *Apply a liberal coating of Chrystal Effects, working from middle to edges. When using a paper base, use wax paper underneath for easy removal of embellishment.DSCN0029
* With reinkers (reinkers for reinking your classic stamp pads. – they are found in the second row in the color charts starting on page 176), add a few drops to a clear block.
* Take a toothpick and with the tip, pick up some ink and insert toothpick slightly into the Chrystal Effects so that the medium picks up the ink.
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Repeat with different ink colors. I use the same toothpick, wiping off ink with napkin as I change colors.
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*Swirl like you are marbleizing a cake mix. While tempting, do not over swirl, unless that's the look you are going for. I like the look the best when I swirl once vertically and once horizontal.
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*Let dry. For best results allow to dry at least 4-6 hours. I like to let dry overnight.
Option – sprinkle with Dazzling Diamonds! I'm currently addicted to adding this step.
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Finished look.
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Tip: Chrystal Effects dries clear…so if you want a strong image on this ring vs. a see-through, you would need to cut a white base card stock insert first.

This is another way to use our Chrystal Effects and Reinkers as embellishments for cards or pages or incorporate into jewelry or whatever inspires you!

Happy Crafting! ~ Dee