Paper Jewelry

Paper Jewelry

Thursday, March 16, 2017


Hi there, since March is National Craft Month I would like to invite you to join us as we celebrate creativity with a blog hop for etchall®. If you are not familiar with etchall products, let me know a little bit; their etching products are reusable, yes you heard it right, reusable, these are available as a crème and as a liquid.

These products allow you to etch not only glass but also ceramic and slate. These products are not only amazing but very easy to use, they are perfect for creating home decor projects, jewelry, holiday gifts and my favorite you can recycle/reuse items by giving them a new look a new use instead of throwing them away. The etching is permanent.

Make sure to start the blog hop back over at DCC blog to see everyone's etched projects.

Today I want to share with you some of the many different ways that I've had fun playing with these etching products. Below I share with you some of my favorite projects. I hope you like them.

A fun monogram etched recycled glass bottle using Etchall's etching cream.


I wanted to make some fun Day of the dead jewelry for one of my sisters, and decided to frost some of the clear beads I wanted to use, to add a bit of drama to this one of a kind jewelry set, by the way the skulls are all hand painted by me.  For this project I used Etchall's Dip 'n Etch liquid. 

After dipping the clear beads in the etching liquid for 15 minutes, rinsed and they were ready for stringing, oh yes I left the eye pins in the beads as they etched.

Next putting together a nice necklace and earrings to be gifted. It was fun using my hand painted resin skulls along with the black, clear and etched beads. 

Christmas time, I wanted to make something for my desk at the office and I wanted to try etching on mirror so below are two fun projects I made.

The first one, is just a simple project I covered the entire mirror with small star stickers, then covered with the etching cream, 15 minutes later I rinsed the cream off, removed the stickers and I was left with a pretty frosted mirror full of small stars, perfect to place my little plant over it.  Here is the finished project. 

For this project I covered the entire mirror with etching cream as you can see below, I wanted to paint on the mirror and the etching will allow me to use any paints I choose.  

 After 15 minutes the etching was done, I rinsed and dried the mirror, it was ready for painting.   I ended up using glossy glass paints simply because I loved how shiny they looked against the frostiness of the mirror.  This Grinch etched mirror looks very pretty against my pretty plant. 

Now, I've done a lot of etching projects, these are just some of them, I loved every single one, but I have to admit this lamp was my favorite from all so far.  Etching can be addictive, it allows you to transform ordinary objects into canvases for creative ideas.  Here is another recycled glass bottle I used to make an adorable table lamp.

Here I used an empty Lysol container, my recycled glass bottle that has been covered with etchall's etchmask vinyl that I cut into strips to represent trees.  The empty Lysol container was the perfect size to add the etching liquid to etch my glass bottle. 

Here you can see the bottle sitting in the etching liquid, 15 minutes later, the etching was done, time to rinse the bottle. 

Here you can see once the bottle was rinsed and dried, the peeling of the etchmask vinyl shows off the perfect etching, I loved how the clear glass was just what I wanted.

Here is my perfectly etched glass bottle, now  it's time to paint and make this bottle look like a forest.

Here is my finished glass bottle, the bottom part of my table lamp, I have to do this again.  just loved how the etching and paint gave this simple glass bottle a completely new look and use.

Here is a close up 

I had to add flowers to the lamp shade, this project represents summer and all it's glory.   Had to add some butterflies and paper flowers to add dimension to this project.   I thought this would be nice for a little girls room so I gave this to my little niece, she was just one when I gave this to her for her room. My sister-in-law loved it.

I hoped you like my projects and that I have inspired you to give these products a try, you will find everything you need to start etching,

The lamp kit and the etching products are available from Etchall

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Shrine For Frida!!!

This month the members of Designer Crafts Connection are playing around with a fun and shiny product.   Make sure to start over at the DCC blog and check out what all the designers created.

This product is called Rinea paper-foil, some of these sheets are double sided, so you get two beautiful colors to work with, also it's available in two textures, glossy plain and embossed, each texture is offered in 10 different colors, check it out here Rinea by Globalcrafting

Here are the two types of paper-foil I received to play with

This product is very easy to handle, pliable and so easy to work with.  I wanted to create my very first Shrine to Frida Kahlo and this product was perfect to make all the shiny embellishments.  This product is so thin that you can cut it with any cutting tools, for this particular project I used my tiny scissors from Westcott.

This is a recycled project as well, here you can see the box I used for this project, perfect size too.

First thing I did was cut the lid off, and shaped and trim to size to make the top of my shrine.

Once I glued the the top to the rest of the box, I jumped into painting right away and forgot to take a photo before the painting started.  Here I give you my recycled painted shrine box.  So ready to start embellishing the outside and the inside.

First thing I did was download a black and white picture of Frida, I cut out the image out and started a background for it, no planning here, it all came together step by step.  Here I used another piece of recycled cardboard.

Now to the fun part, choosing the colors and texture, I went for the solid pieces first, I used the purple to start my background for Frida's image.

I had to give her a crown, so here you see a gold and purple crown, and the beginning of the background for her.

I cut out individual petals from the blue foil, that were glued onto the background piece, as seen on the photo below. I also added gold petals behind the blue ones, these were much larger, and once the glue dried I decided to cut up the blue petals and roll them in a bit, then just by pressing in the center of the gold foil petals, they took shape, that's how soft and pliable this material is.

Here you can see the final piece, this is to go in the inside of the shrine in the center. Where I painted a checker background to make it look as if they were tiles.  You can also see her double color crown with a big gold piece on the center of it.  I also cut up two tiny little flowers and leaf, to add at the bottom of her image.  Now I had been working with resin on another project and I had a little bit let over that was colored with red dye, so I added some to the gold piece on her crown, on her lips and on her dress.  

I found a picture of a painters pallet and brushes and a butterfly in a magazine and thought these would be nice to add, along with some tiny art stamps that were perfect for this project.  She was all about art.  I took my time and hand cut a lot of tiny flowers, leaves and stars out of the paper foils from all different colors, these were glued all over the shrine, below you can see close-up photos of these little embellishments 


Here's how I made the flaming hearts that decorate the top of the shrine. So easy and look how tiny are my scissors, these were perfect to cut these tiny embellishments.

 To finish up the piece I added tiny white drops in shapes of flowers, and two water bottle caps glued to the bottom to use as legs. Here I give you my finished "Shrine to Frida".  This product really made it so easy for me to create this fun piece.

 If you have not tried this, I hope you give it a try, go check out their site.

Materials used:

Recycled cardboard boxes
DecoArt Patio Paints in several colors
Westcott scissors & hobbyknife
Frida image
Magazine pages
Paint brushes
 Rinea Paper-Foil Globalcrafting  - assorted colors and texture
Beacon 3-IN-1 glue

This is a sponsored post, I was provided product in exchange for my creative ideas, views and opinions.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Family IS Everything!

Hi there, today I want to share a project created for the monthly hop with Designer Craft Connection it's a small photo album I created to carry a few family photos with me.  I had this little canvas book and decided to play with some paints and a new product for me.  I've never used a gel press plate.  I received one from Gel Press and I used it to create backgrounds for this little 4 1/2' X 7"photo album.

This Gel Press plate is not "gelatin", this plate is super durable and reusable, it's easy to clean and you can use the package as storage when not in use.

This plate is so easy to use, when you remove it from the package make sure to remove the clear film from the block before use.

It can't get any easier, once the film is removed, you can begin to add your paint.

Start adding your paints in any pattern, you can also use a brayer to roll the paints into a thin layer of paint, you can also create texture with anything from stencils, textured paper towels, etc
Once you are done creating patters on your plate, place your paper or fabric over the paint, use your hand or a clean brayer to rub the paper/fabric in order to transfer the paint.

Once done, gently remove the paper/fabric and you will have a beautiful print.

Clean the plate with water and continue making more prints, here are photos of the rest of the prints I made for my photo album

Here I used a textured paper towel to remove some paint and add the pattern to the plate. I ended up with a fun print on my paper towel to use later on in a different project.

Here is another print made. 

 Here is the final project, a nice and colorful photo album I can add photos and messages about my family and either carry in my purse or display in my office.

This is the front cover

 Here you can see the back and front covers, these are the only pages made from canvas

 Here is a quick look at the inside pages, the white pages are vellum, and the others are just black card stock used. I can't wait to add more photos and some inspirational quotes for my family to enjoy.

This was a first time experience using a gel press plate and I can't wait to use it again and again, it makes playing with paint a lot more fun.

This is a sponsored post, Gel Press provided product in exchange for my creative ideas, views and opinions.

Materials used:

Gel Press Plate 5" X 7"
Acrylic paints
Canvas/cardboard album
Vellum paper
Dimensional Magic, silver glitter by Mod Podge-Plaid

Press your paper on the gel plate- lift the print and Voila! Creating a masterpiece is easy.