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Earlier this year I found some pretty colored glass votives in the Dollar Spot at Target. I love colored glass and thought they would be super cute on my front porch. I bought several different colors. This week I was bringing some things inside to make way for fall decor on the porch. I decided that these little votives would be cute to use inside for fall and winter, but first they needed a make over to take them from Dollar Spot okay to DIY fabulous.
- Surfaces: Glass Votive Holder; Aluminum Can
- Dies: Movers & Shapers Mini Tattered Leaves, Mini Branch & Leaf (leaf only), Base Tray
- Texture Fades: Textured Leaves
- Alcohol Ink: Yellow Votive and Leaves- Ginger, Caramel, Butterscotch, Espresso, and Lettuce; Blue Votive- Juniper, Stream, Bottle, and Mermaid
- Distress Spray Stains: Wild Honey, Walnut Stain
- Distress Crackle Paint: Clear Rock Candy
- Distress Glitter: Clear Rock Candy
- Mediums: Glossy Accents
- Embellishments: Crinkle Ribbon; paddle wire, beads, twigs
- Tools: Vagabond, Non-Stick Craft Sheet, Heat Tool, Alcohol Ink Applicator Tool, mister bottle, craft pick, scissors, foam brush
Wash and dry your glass votive or jar with dish soap to remove any dirt or oils that may be on it.
Apply a felt pad to an ink applicator tool. Apply 1-3 colors of alcohol ink to the felt. I use about a 1 second squirt for each color. Allow the colors on the felt to touch and mix. Apply the inks to the glass by pouncing the inked felt randomly over the surface.
Add additional colors to the felt if desired. Pounce the felt over the surface again with the fresh ink. When the fresh ink comes in contact with the first application of it, it will react with it creating spots and lines in the ink. Continue adding new layers of color until you are happy with the look. If the ink on the felt gets too muddy, discard the used felt and adhere a new one to the applicator. I like to add my third or fourth layers without re-inking the felt. I like the textures it creates when the felt is a bit drier. (Colors shown: Juniper, Stream, Bottle, and Mermaid.)
Originally I planned to use the blue for my fall themed jar to match my dining room. As I was finishing up the tutorial I decided it would be prettier for winter. Thankfully one of the other jars I had on hand was light yellow and perfect for my fall theme. I ended up using it for the final version of this project. (Colors shown: Ginger, Caramel, Butterscotch, and Espresso.)
I decided to create my die cut embellishments from an aluminum can. like using the metal from cans like this because it die cuts well, can be shaped, takes ink really nicely, and I have a great supply in my recycle bin.
To cut the can open, carefully pierce a hole with the tip of a pair of Tonic Scissors near the top of the can. Cut from the hole around the top of the can to remove the top. Cut down the side toward the bottom. Cut around the can to remove the bottom. You will have a large rectangle of aluminum to work with. Use caution as you cut, the edges can be sharp. Wash and dry the aluminum to remove any residue.
Die cut several leaves from the aluminum using the Mini Tattered Florals and the leaf from the Mini Branch & Leaf sets. Although the metal can be sharp when you are cutting the can, die cutting makes the edge much smoother making the aluminum safe for use as embellishments that might be touched or handled.
To add texture to some of the die cut leaves, place the small round leaf in the Textured Leaves Texture Fade. Place the metal silver side down on the back non-printed side of the folder. Place the leaf so that the center line of the leaf on the folder matches where the center line of the metal leaf would be. Run the folder through a die cutting machine. The larger leaves will not emboss well with the other leaf shapes on this folder. The edges of the die cuts extend past the heavier outside line of the embossing design. The heavy outside line embosses the metal too deeply and can cut through the metal. The metal die cut shape always needs to fit inside the design on the folder. Having a mix of textured and plain leaves is nice since the smooth leaves really show off color and (later) crackle texture.
Apply alcohol ink the felt on the ink applicator tool. Pounce over the silver side of the die cuts with the ink. Allow the ink to dry. For my leaves I wanted to start with a base color that was mostly green. I wanted to build the more fall-like colors on top of the green.
Add more colors to the felt and again pounce the ink onto the leaves to build layers of colors. Continue layering inks until you are happy with the look.
To accent the embossed grooves, try dripping ink directly into the grooves. Let the thicker ink in the grooves sit for a few minutes and then tip the die cut to let the excess (if any) run off the edge out of the grooves.
Glossy Accents serves as a base for the crackle finish that is to come. It also adds a glossy finish to the dried ink. To apply, squeeze Glossy Accents onto your craft sheet and apply to the jar with a foam brush.
Apply a generous coat, but not so thick that it runs or drips. Set the jar aside to dry for about 1 hour.
Brush a coat of Glossy Accents over the die cut pieces also.
After the Glossy Accents is dry or nearly dry, use a foam brush to apply Clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint over the glass. This paint will not stick to nonporous surfaces on its own, it has to have a base to grab onto (Glossy Accents in this case). Apply a generous coat of the Crackle Paint over the glass. The thickness of the paint determines the size of the cracks. Applying some areas thicker than others will create interesting and varying degrees of crackling on the finished jar.
For a sparkly finish, sprinkle Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter onto the wet paint on the jar. The crackle paint will serve as an adhesive for the glitter.
Brush over the die cuts with Clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint also.
Sprinkle glitter into the wet paint if desired. Set all of the pieces aside to dry about 1 hour. After an hour you can help the drying along with a heat tool if desired.
Mist Crinkle Ribbon with Wild Honey and Walnut Stain Distress Spray Stains and water. Color enough ribbon to wrap around the neck of the jar and to create a nice fluffy bow. Dry the ribbon with a heat tool.
When the paint on the jar is dry, wrap the ribbon around the neck of the jar. Create a big fluffy bow and attach it to the ribbon tied around the jar. Use a strong quick drying clear glue to adhere a few small twigs around the bow.
Use a craft pick to carefully pierce a hole through the base of each leaf near the stem. Add some craft wire through the hole to create a wire stem to each leaf. Use a strong quick drying clear glue to adhere the stem and base of the metal leaves in and around the bow.
I also added some small beaded wire sprays to my arrangement to add an additional texture. Beads can also be colored with alcohol ink to help them match the theme. For this jar, I left mine white.
There is a really interesting thing that happens when you adhere the Distress Crackle Paint to glass or metal using a base of Glossy Accents… it not only bonds to the glass, it also seems to meld into the Glossy Accents. It looks crackled but it isn’t flakey and is fairly smooth to the touch.
The Distress Crackle Paint is also a great adhesive for the glitter. The glitter is completely bonded to the surface. Very little will brush off, which is nice that you can have a glittered decor piece without glittering everything around it.
And just look at how the ink and the crackle and the glitter looks with a candle flickering behind it.
How amazing are those leaves? I think the combination of the alcohol inks with the crackle finish is absolutely amazing. I wish you could touch them and feel how smooth the crackle surface is on them.
I think the glazing with the crackle paint really intensifies the ink color too. It is hard to believe how easy the leaves are to make too when they look so rich!
If you are a jewelry maker you can make pendants using this same alcohol ink and crackle glazing technique. You can see tutorials for jewelry using this technique on my blog using both copper, foil tape, and aluminum.
Not bad for a Dollar Spot find and a soda can I think! I hope this project inspires you to think about ways you can make over decor pieces you may already have or that you may find for a bargain!
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