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Alcohol Ink Glass Gems: Plastic Wrap Application

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A couple of weeks ago I finally got the plastic wrap alcohol ink application to work on a ceramic tile . Ever since, I've been trying to figure out how else I could use that method of application. So I thought I'd try it on the most popular alcohol ink project on the website: glass gems . To decorate the gems you'll need: clear glass gems/flat marbles plastic wrap alcohol ink (I used ranger inks ) table covering (I used craft mats ) aluminum foil tape if making necklaces: glue on bails and cording I started out by laying a sheet of plastic wrap onto my work surface and then squirting several colors of ink all over. It's ok (actually better) if the plastic wrap isn't smoothed out during this process. I then placed my glass gems flat side down onto the ink wherever the colors looked interesting. And that's it. I carefully slide the whole works over to the corner of my table to dry for a day. The next day, the ink had

Deadpool Canister

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Earlier this week I shared a project where I made some Incredible Hulk Decals for some snack containers. I also had a leftover Folgers can lying around and the red plastic just called out for a Deadpool decal. I found a design online and traced it in the Silhouette Studio and cut it out of glossy black vinyl . I weeded the design and decided that there were enough fine bits (and at least one section that wasn't attached to the rest of the decal) that I needed to use some transfer paper . I lined up the transfer paper as best as I could and rubbed it down onto the decal. Then I peeled the decal up off of the backing paper and applied it to the Folgers can. I rubbed the design down and then carefully peeled back the transfer paper. Afterwards, I decided that all leftover Folgers cans from here on out are getting a Deadpool decal. (We're a tea household, so this should be an easy decree to keep up.)

Hulk Canisters

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Emerald Nuts used to sell these to go snack cups of their nuts. I thought they were neat containers, so I tossed them in my craft box instead of in the recycling. It doesn't look like they still sell these, which is a shame. They have nice twist on tops and came out super clean when I peeled off the labels. Since they were so nice after I cleaned them, I decided it would be a pity to cover them up with decoupage (which is what I usually do ).  So, I opted for vinyl decals. Since the containers are green, I decided to go for some Incredible Hulk decals. I did a Google search and looked for designs that would fit the container and would look good when cut out fairly small, and then I traced them in Silhouette Studio. (Reminder, if you hope to sell things that you make with your digital cutting machine, make sure the designs are free for public and commercial use. Designs of licensed characters like these are often made and shared by creators online but are only availab

Plastic Wrap Alcohol Ink Tile

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If you follow this blog, you know, that if there's a way to apply alcohol ink, I'll try it. If I see a new way floating around the internet, you bet I'm going to try it out. I may even make up my own ways ( wax paper , really?). So I've tried the plastic wrap application a few times. However, every time, I'm too impatient. I wait a few minutes , then a few hours , but each time , it's still wet, and it doesn't work as expected (though still creates some interesting patterns--the clingy nature of plastic wrap allows you to add and remove ink in fun an unique ways even when the ink is wet). So this time, darn it, I was going to let it dry all the way before peeling back the plastic wrap--I was on a mission. So I grabbed some plastic wrap, alcohol inks , my craft mats , and a 6-inch ceramic tile. I pulled out a sheet of the plastic wrap and set it on my mat slightly crumpled. Then I squirted ink onto it. I used colors that I thought wo

Vinyl Decal Mini Sign

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After making last week's sign for my mom , I knew I needed to finish the sign I had planned for my dad. He has an office attached to the garage that he calls his Micro Shop. I thought it'd be cute to make him a micro sign for his shop. I found a small pine plaque, sanded it a bit, and painted it red (because of my dad's love of Farmall Tractors). After the plaque was completely dry, I prepared my vinyl. I cut the words and two little sets of tools out of black vinyl with my Silhouette . I weeded the designs using a craft knife to pick out the tiny bits left behind. I lined up the words using some transfer paper and carefully applied it to my plaque. I burnished the letters (with the back of my nail) and then carefully peeled the transfer paper back. Then I repeated the process with the little tools. Once the vinyl was applied, the sign was nearly complete. The craft paint was really flat, and I didn't want the letters to peel of