Wednesday, September 7, 2011

1 Product, 3 Ways - Quick Quotes Frosted Embellishments

Recently, the owner at my local scrapbook store (Scrapbook Centrale) gave me a couple of Quick Quotes Frosted Embellishments and asked me to make a couple of tags to be displayed near the product in the store. She felt that customers weren't seeing the real potential in these items, and I had to agree with her, so I took up the challenge and here are the results.

Here is what they look like in the package:

I guess even the manufacturer realized they don't photograph well, because here's the image they use in their webstore:

These are intended as one-use embellishments - you stick it to your project and away you go. Well, I'm going to +1 that. I used the 1 dragonfly I received 3 times, because that's how I roll. They are made out of a frosted plastic material similar to that you see in many masks, including the Tattered Angels glimmer screens, so you can see where this is going...

I started by removing the gems so the shape would be easier to clean afterward. I placed the dragonfly shape on my misting mat, sprayed it generously with Glimmer Mist, then flipped it over on to the white tag, using it as a stamp. I did not lift the shape - because the next thing I did, was proceed to use it as a mask, and glimmer misted the entire tag in purple mists. I lifted the mask, and allowed the tag to dry (then I washed the dragonfly embellishment, to get it ready for the next tag).

You can see in this image I added a little clear crackle paint to parts of the tag, for texture.

I coated the completed tag in Chandelier Glimmer Glam (a girl can never have too much Glam, right?). I tried to catch it in the light so you could see how much it shimmers.

Supplies (stamped tag):
frosted dragonfly - Quick Quotes
CS - Bazzill
glimmer mist, glimmer glam - Tattered Angels
clear crackle paint - Ranger
other - organza ribbon

OK - on to the next tag. I'll be honest, this one is my favorite of the bunch, and I could have stopped there (but I didn't).

I started by painting the cardstock with regular gesso, and heat dried it. Then I placed the dragonfly as a mask, and used a palette knife to layer impasto gesso over top. I pulled up the dragonfly and cleaned it well (if you let the gesso dry on the mask, you will likely never get it off).

I won't lie - this is something you'll have to let dry overnight, but it's worth it. When it was about half dry (dry to the touch, but you could tell the underneath layers weren't dry), I mashed a couple of rubber stamps into it, to create texture.

The next day, when it was completely dry, I misted it generously with 2 colours of glimmer mist (Dragonfly - of course - and Gumdrop).

When the mist was dry, I added Glimmer Glam to the dragonfly impression:

I love how this looks in the sunlight!

Supplies (mask with gesso):
frosted dragonfly - Quick Quotes
CS - Bazzill
gesso, impasto gesso - Liquitex
glimmer mist, glimmer glam - Tattered Angels
other - random rubber stamps

Here's the next one - this time I used the embellishment as an actual embellishment, ha!

For this tag I misted the cardstock with glimmer mist, and stamped with Tattered Angels texture stamps. Then I painted Glimmer Glam (in 2 colours) onto the frosted dragonfly embellishment. Now, if I had taken my time and been neat about it, there wouldn't be dried bubbles of glam. But I like that look, so I just glopped it on. (Hmm, spell check says that 'glopped' isn't a word, but I think it should be.)

I love the way the glimmer pools in the texture on the Bazzill cardstock. I adhered the dragonfly to the tag with clear adhesive foam to give it a little lift, and then re-attached the gems with glue dots.

Supplies (Dragonfly tag):
frosted dragonfly - Quick Quotes
CS - Bazzill
glimmer mist, glimmer glam, stamps - Tattered Angels
stamping ink - StazOn
baker's twine - Pink Paislee

I said 3 ways, right? Well, I lied. It's 3 + 1. Since this is a different embellishment, I'm not counting it in my original tally. So there.

I realized I hadn't shown one of the easiest ways to customize the frosted embellishments, and that is with alcohol ink (I used 3 shades of alcohol ink, plus a bronze mixative).

The gems started out clear on this flourish. I coloured them with a Copic marker to give them a warmer tone, coordinating better with the other colours on the tag. I attached the flourish with tiny staples.

Supplies (kraft tag):
frosted flourish - Quick Quotes
CS - Bazzill
alcohol ink, distress ink - Ranger
stamps, staples - Tim Holtz
marker - Copic
glimmer mist - Tattered Angels
stamping ink - StazOn
other - twine

So tell me - is this kind of post helpful/useful? Should I do this more often? I would like to know what you think!


Nathalie Kalbach said...


papillon said...

love it. lots!

i'm a fan. as from now! ;)

Anonymous said...

You did a great job altering the Frosted embellishments. Thanks for sharing!
Michelle QQ DT

Tanya said...

WOW! you rocked it JJ!

Valerie said...

How beautiful. I love the blue tag with the texture best. Anything that you 'mash' a stamp into, HAS to be wonderful!

Linda said...

These came out awesome... I have to say the textured blue one is my favorite... stop by and see me sometime too...

Danielle Hunter said...

Love these tags...especially the second one!

Adora Concepcion said...

wow, those are great techniques!!! thanks for sharing with us!

Adora (dt)

Lisa Giesbrecht said...

Hey JJ I am now a follower!!! I absolutely 'love' your designs with the frosted embellies. I had to rave on the QQ facebook page under your post :) Thanks again for sharing!
(QQ Social Media Director)
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Sue Sykes said...

Gorgeous, JJ! Love what you've done with them, especially the gesso one!

Claude said...

Whao, half of these words are gibberish to me, lol! Love all the detailed instructions :)

Missusg said...

these are awesome!!

saner4 said...

Wow, I have to say that you amazed me with all the different ways you used one embellishment. All of them look fantastic and so different from each other. Makes me want to look at my stash differently and just have fun with them.