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Friday 21 October 2011

Time for a Toot!

Hey, lovely Bombshells!  Cheryl here to share a quick and easy way to make some custom embellies for your cards, layouts, and projects.  This is going to be quick and dirty, so pay attention.  Just kidding, you know I can't be quick about anything.

This all started with a "de-stashing" of sorts.  While combing through the crazy assortment of tools and supplies I have accumulated over the 13 years I've been carding, I ran across a glass pendant kit.  You've probably seen similar products.  Even TH has his own version of this called Fragments.  This particular kit was given to me by my buddy, Anne, a few of years ago.  This happens to be her own line of stuff under the company name Craft Fantastic.  Long before Fragments was/were a twinkle in Mr. Holtz' eye, Anne was already creating her cool pendant kits.

Anyway, after I tripped across this kit, I started finding old papers and various accouterments that I thought would make cool embellies.  Stuff that I had long since forgotten.  I decided at that point I would only use my "older" stuff to make these pendants.

Here's the play by play:

This process started with a "de-stash".  I started digging through old stuff and found some things that might make cool custom embellies.

Here's the foundation of my project...a glass pendant kit, but any flat back glass or plastic pieces can be used.

Line up your glass piece on a scrap of paper to get a feel for the layout.

Punch shapes in contrasting tones to add interest.

Add punched pieces to the scrap of paper, again, just to get a feel for what you want your final layout to look like.

Okay, time to commit!  Glue punched pieces to the scrap of paper using dimensional lacquer , such as Crystal Accents, Diamond Glaze, or my personal favorite, Craft Fantastic Glaze and Glue.  Apply lacquer liberally to the back of the glass pendant and lay it on top of the scrap paper and punched pieces.  Gently scoot it around slightly to release any air bubbles that might be trapped under the glass.  Use a pin or a toothpick to scrape off any excess glue that might seep out from under the glass.  Set it aside to dry.

Once the glue has dried, trim the corners away by cutting at an angle.  Next trim off the sides, slightly angling the scissors to undercut the paper on the bottom.  This ensures that you will have a clean finish on the edges.

Don't forget to add embellishments to the front of the glass for added dimension.

One of our finished embellies.

Here are the others.  Notice the Japanese Washi papers.  Wonder what I'll be doing with those ;D  
See, I told you it would be quick and dirty...lol!  These are super easy to make and can be used to enhance lots of projects.  I'll be using a couple of these on cards next week, which I will share on the blog, so please stop back by ;D  

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Catch ya' later, alligator!


  1. Wow! These are beautiful! What a fun project and the results are...well, WOW!!! Thanks for the turorial!!!

  2. This is awesome Cheryl! I wish they would sell things like that here in the Netherlands:(
    Great tutorial,thank you!

  3. This is so cool! Thanks for sharing the idea!:)

  4. excellent. I believe I have something similar in my own stash. Time to play.

  5. I am totally in love with these!!! Thanks for the awesome tutorial!

  6. WOW!!! These are so great and the process is something I think is very do-able for my skills. Lovely ideas for gifts maybe??? Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

  7. These are way cool. I think a trip to my hardware store is in order...to see if they have little glass things (the wheels, they are a turning)