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Friday 4 May 2012

By Popular Demand: Altered Shoes

Hey Bombshell friends!! Emily here with another Fun Fabulous Friday tutorial! As you all know, April's Pin Up Challenge was "Alter Ego". Those who missed out on this fabulous challenge, you can play catch up with us by looking at this POST. I submitted some altered ballet flats I had picked up at the store. I was inspired by a post on Pinterest. Once I saw them I knew they would fit in perfectly with the April Challenge. 

Here is what I used for the following project:
-White flats (Size 10)
-Stazon Ink
-White gift wrap tissue paper
-Prismacolor and Bic Mark it Markers
-Both Regular Mod Podge and SPARKLE Mod Podge
-Distress Ink (I used Broken China, and Vintage Photo)
-Beloved Stamp Set of Choice my favorite Mermaid Treasure

First I inked the shoes seeing if it would stay, but NOTE don't do that on non porous shoes like these. The ink rubs off. It needs a little texture to hold on to. :) I did have to rub the inks on the fabric pieces of the shoes to give it more of a distressed look. So far it does not rub off. 

Stamp your images on tissue paper, color to your liking. Once you have colored your desired pieces, cut out. 
*I recommend if you are going to do a tattoo style shoe like these, the mini icons stamp close to your main images, or stamp in clusters so you do not have to cut out individually it saves time.*

Apply REGULAR Mod Podge LIGHTLY and place your image on the shoe. Once in place, put a thin coat on the image. Then continue to add images to your liking.

Left shoe in Broken China, Right with out inks
Apply with sponge brushes your Distress inks. The ink does rub off, so I did take my ink pad and "rubbed" it in areas where it was going to need the most amount of coverage. If you missed places with the mod podge and you have areas where tissue is exposed and the ink hits, it will become darker and more noticeable compared to other areas on the shoe where its just "hinted" of color.

Once you have ink applied to your liking, you can apply the final coat of mod podge. You could still use the normal mod podge, but I went for SPARKLE! I figured it would be a nice added touch. I plan to wear these this summer with some nice skirts so I went a little over board on the Mod Podge. 

Here is my final product. For my first attempt this was extremely time consuming. I have a better idea now on what I am doing, and hopefully my next pair wont take near as long!

*** Recent note: I noticed if the shoes are touching in a warm area for a while the mod podge might stick from one shoe to another so be on the look out for any prolonged touching  ***

Thank you for taking the time and joining me for this Friday Tutorial! Have a fabulous weekend!!!



  1. These are amazing! I exspect to see them in person soon so I can ohhh and aaahhh over them!

  2. Love 'em! Pinned it! Gotta make 'em! Thanks for sharing, because I was itching to know how you did them!

  3. Gonna make some asap. Need that retro cowgirl on some shoes.

  4. Omg these are hot. i would love a pair.

  5. These are amazing! And how did I not know about sparkle modge podge?!?! I need to make me some of these, thanks for the tutorial :)

  6. I wonder if they would stick together if they were sealed? Awesome by the way... I pinned them as well and will hopefully make some soon! I did canvas tennis shoes a couple of years ago and my daughter loved them!!!

  7. Seriously!! Those are so cute!!