How to color glass with alcohol ink and wax paint

Here’s a quick little gift idea: buy a nice little colorless tealight glass, and color it with two or more colors of alcohol ink. Add some extra decorations with wax paint and an art stencil, and you’re ready to go.

I think this took me less than 1 hour to make, including drying time ūüôā

 

 

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Decoupaged Wooden Pencil Box

This week a blog¬†exclusive¬†project, so no Youtube video ūüėČ .

I find that sometimes it’s quite refreshing to vary your techniques, it avoids a rut and it gives the opportunity to create something for someone who may be familiar with papercrafting but¬†not¬†decoupaging.

I had just such a case on my hands, so when I decided to gift a colleague a nice wooden pencil box for her coloring pencils and markers, I decoupaged it with napkins¬†instead of decorating it with scrapbooking paper. She was completely taken by surprise for she had never even heard of this technique and wanted to know everything about it ūüôā

The box itself was white, with a plain wooden lid that had¬†The Pencil Box¬†printed on top of it. I used an antique gold colored napkin for the lid without painting it white first, so the words on the lid would come through and remain visible.¬†I decorated the top right corner with some flowers,…

 

… and the lower left corner with a fussy-cut napkin flower, to which I added several colors of glitter glue.

Napkin decoupaged all around, including the back of the box.

I embellished the front with a satin ribbon, through which I had put a crown brad first.

I left the insides of both the box and the lid plain.

And last but not least, I painted the bottom burgundy, but since that left the surface slightly sticky unexpectantly Рas would decoupaging it with napkin РI matted it with a piece of design paper in coordinating colors instead.

In short a relatively quick-to-make gift idea, especially for paper crafting recipients who’ve seen it all – except¬†not ūüôā

 

 

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Simple & Elegant: Enchanted Forest Desk Organizer

An altered object can be a great present for Christmas or someone’s birthday.¬†It can be tempting to embellish your project¬†with all kinds of decorations, like flowers, charms, trinkets and the like.¬†However, keeping it simple and elegant is sometimes a more sophisticated¬†choice. Let your beautiful papers speak for themselves, and use your creativity to choose the right combination of paper patterns & colors.

For instance, the gorgeous¬†Enchanted Forest collection by¬†Graphic 45¬†has such beautiful patterns, I thought it really wouldn’t do to cover them up by¬†anything else ūüôā So I used them to decorate this cute little wooden desk organizer I found in one of our home decor shops. This one was a bit smaller than my previous¬†one, and its¬†black¬†color was the perfect base for the Enchanted Forest¬†collection (and¬†almost any other¬†Graphic 45¬†paper line for that matter).

Personally I’m very pleased with the result – in fact I think I’ll keep this one for myself after all! ūüôā

 

Using the collection’s signature sheet to decorate the left & right side of the organizer:

 

Gift idea: Altered Tea Box

Tea boxes are the ideal gifts to give and they are very fun and easy to alter!

For instance, I bought¬†this simple wooden tea box, painted it black inside and out, and decorated with¬†Bo Bonny’s¬†Asian-themed Serenity paper collection & ephemera.

I did that once before, using the same design papers – I guess there’s something about Asian-themed paper on a black background, even more so when it’s all about tea ūüôā

 


My first altered tea box with this paper collection:

 

Coffee Tray Altered to Photo Tray

When I found a little gray-painted coffee tray in one of our local home decor stores, I decided¬†it would be perfect for the¬†Stationer’s Desk¬†collection by¬†Prima Marketing.¬†With a lovely summer picture of my mom and dad during their Rome holiday, this collection combined just the right amounts of nostalgia and vintange romance.

Placed upright, any such tray can be turned into the perfect picture frame, adding unique shadow box qualities to what would normally be much more straight-forward and flat. It was great to be able to use up all of my larger flowers of the collection, and because of the many embellishments this project was also perfect for using up some of the scraps I had left over from the paper pad.

Another great advantage was that the tray’s gray color already coordinated perfectly with the papers, so I didn’t have to paint it myself.

All in all a very fun project to do if you’re looking forward to paper crafting but are not in the mood for creating a card or a mini album!

 

Antique Bazaar Altered Desk Organizer

I found a great wooden desk organizer in one of our home decor stores, and I bought it to alter it. It was already painted white so I chose Kaisercraft’s Antique Bazaar,¬†a¬†collection that would go well with the white wood of the organizer.

The rounded shape of the organizer’s compartments presented a special challenge, especially on the insides and with the split compartment on the left – for which I had to create a very specially shaped mat:

Materials used

So, here’s the results!

Don’t forget to check out the pictures below!