Good morning!  It’s Arabella here with my first project feature post and first ever tutorial, so please bear with me!  Here’s what I want to share with you how to make today…

 Glass tile magnets, a pendant and a Prof Hoot keyring that I thought would be perfect for a wee graduation gift, especially if you made a matching card to go with it!

So, let’s get started!  Here’s what you will need…

  • Images to use on your tiles
  • Glossy Accents, Glamour Glaze or something similar
  • Strong glue
  • Pendant casings
  • Glass tiles
  • Punches to match the size of your tiles 
  • Strong magnets if you want to make magnets
  • Chain for the pendants or a keyring if you are making keyrings
I got my supplies from Annie Howes on Etsy.  
 
To start with, I resized my  Some Odd Girl digital stamps down to very small in Word before printing them out.  In retrospect I think next time I would leave just a little bit more space between them for the circular punch.
 
I coloured my images in with copics.  Since they were so small they didnt take very long to colour.  One tip for colouring small images with copics is that it may be easier to skip the middle colour in your blending trio and just use the lightest and darkest to blend with as it is a such a small area you are colouring and you don’t want to over-saturate the area.  
 
Once the images are coloured, lay the glass tiles over the top to see how they will look and then punch them out (or cut them to size with a craft knife).  I turn my punch over so I can see exactly where it is punching:
 
 
For the square tiles, you can round the corners of the images with detail scissors now before you start the gluing stage.  As well as images, I stamped some SOG sentiments onto colourful scraps of DP to use as magnets.
 
The next step is to clean the tiles before adding a blob of Glamour Glaze to the top of the image or sentiment and placing tile on top.  I found the easiest way to do this was to put the blob of glue in the centre and then lay the tile on top and smoosh the glue to the edges.
 
 
 
Let the tiles dry for a few hours (preferably on a non-stick baking sheet).  Then turn them over and coat the back surface with the Glamour Glaze as well before leaving them to dry overnight.
 
 

 Once the glaze is dry, you can decide what you want to do with the tiles.  Use the super strong glue to add magnets to the back or glue the tiles into pendant casings.  I suggest purchasing the very strong Neodymium magnets if you are going to make magnetic tiles as there is nothing more annoying than fridge magnets that won’t hold anything up!

 

 

Something else I discovered while making these is that the Copic Opaque white on Prof Hoot’s eyes smudged when I added the glue, but the pen I used on the girl’s eyes did not.  I’m not sure if that was because I didn’t let give the Copic Opaque white time to dry properly first or if it just does that.  I would recommend you experiment with that.  I also noticed that some of the reds smudged a bit… I suspect that is because the ink was over-saturated in those areas.

Here are my finished pendants:

These images are all available in the SOG shop.  From left to right I have here:

Mushroom Fairy, Giggle Fairy, Kimono Kaylee, Kite Flyin Mae, Shy Kaylee and Angel Kaylee.

 

I hope you enjoyed my wee tutorial!  

Arabella

 

Good morning, Odd Friends!  Leah (the orange one) here, excited to share an idea with you that has saved me on more than one occasion. 

Wanna know what I absolutely LURRRRVE about digital stamps?  Being able to RE-SIZE them to my little heart’s content.  In fact, I very seldom leave my images the size in which they arrive, because I love to experiment.

For my Project Feature today, I chose one image, printed a large version for my card, and used a technique I think you’ll enjoy once you see the endless possibilities!  I used the same image and repeated it a bunch of times in a mini version of itself to create a customized background!  Too many times I’ve had background papers that will ALMOST work, but maybe the style or the line is just a little off.  This technique will allow you to match your image to your background PERFECTLY, and these minis are super fun to color!

Check it out!

 

I used the totally cute (and maybe a teeny bit steampunk) Love Balloon and stuck with a simple color palette for an eye-popping effect!

What do you think?  Can’t you see this working great with some of the cuties in our FOODS category?  Stick with just one image for emphasis, or mix and match for a tasty little buffet!  Print them on colored or patterned paper for a completely different effect!

I’d love to see projects you’ve created using this technique, or if you’re inspired to create something NOW, please share (leave a comment with your link, or share it on our Facebook page)!  We love to see your creations, and we are always aiming to inspire! 

See you back here again tomorrow for more eye candy that I’m SURE you’re going to lurve!  🙂

HUGS AND KISSES on the day of love and romance Oddies! Today is the day of the year where we shower all those in our lives with love! I usually give my kids a lil treat and we have a nice dinner, if I’m lucky *very lucky* the hubs and I will get to go out and have a lil time together too. For the kiddos treat this year I’m makin cupcakes! Who doesn’t like cupcakes? Seriously! If you don’t like these miniature clouds of deliciousness then this DIY/Tut may not be for you lol but I don’t think we’ll find anyone like that 😉 

SO, I wanted to make some cupcakes and “purty them up” a bit. What to do….. well doilies are also all the rage now, I see them everywhere! And lo, I had some too! A project is born! I am going to make cutie cupcake toppers with doilies. One little note, I had 4 inchers on hand but I wanted like half that size, our local store didn’t have them (do they exist in a 2 inch size? inquiring minds want to know!) so I went with what’s on hand. Just goes to show you can rawk your stash!

So to start out here’s what we will be making today

YUM! Now I want to eat them…. get it together… ok… first off gather your supplies:

-4″ Wilton Doilies (number depends on how many you are making, the layers can be peeled apart to make more from the pack)
-A stick to support your creation, I used candy making sticks but if you have sturdy tooth picks that would probably work too
-Scalloped circle punch 1 7/8″ (got mine at Hobby Lobby)
– 2 5/16″ Circle punch (Hobby Lobby again)
-1″ circle punch
-Adhesive (using my ATG)
-3 Colors of Coordinating Pattern Paper (mine are from Sassafras Paper Crush) and 1 card stock
-Printer
-Love Sentiment from Some Odd Girl
-Rhinestone Bling (number depending on how many you make but I used 4 per topper)
-Paper cutter
-Exacto knife (using my fiskars finger kinfe)
-Hole punch
-Pearl Gimmer Mist (optional but who doesn’t love more bling!)

Got’em? Good! First you’ll want to grab your stick support, doilies and knife.

You can peel the layers of the doilies apart to stretch your supplies a bit, which is what I did, it also makes it easier to fold. Fold your doilie in half, lining up the pattern, unfold and punch a hole in the center. Take your adhesive and give it a nice line around the inside solid circle of the doily. Take your candy stick and cut it into thirds with your exacto knife (you might have to adjust your length depending on the size of your cupcakes but the frosting will help hold it in place). If you are using the candy sticks you can score around it and then snap it like a twig. Push the candy stick thru the hole in the doily, mine was a snug fit, and fold the doily back up and over the stick covering it. Do that for as many as you are making.

Next, take your pattern papers and punch out 2 scalloped circles and 1 2 5/16″ circle and 2 1″ circles per topper. Cut the large circles in half. For the small toppers punch out 1 scalloped circle and 2 1″ circles per topper.

While you are punching away, print out the Love Sentiment on your cardstock so it is 1 1/4″ wide, almost 1″ tall. You will need 2 per large topper. If you are making the small toppers print two for each as well. Cut them out and set them aside. Next you are going to assemble all your pieces.

Make sure your scallops line up on both sides

Next you want to adhere your Rhinestones, making the sides match, and spray with glimmer mist.

Let them dry while you make the most yummy of confections, give them some libral sprinkles (sprinkles are edible glitter! Who doesn’t love em?) After you have your goodies, baked iced and ready hold the stick support of your toppers and gently push them in and you’re done!

Its pretty and yummy! Going that lil extra step will really show those special people that you care! If you make some of your own, please share them with us at Projects@someoddgirl.com and we could feature YOU on our blog! Thanks!