Wednesday, December 7, 2011

1 Product, 3 Ways - Green Tara Metal Swirl Embellishments

When I received my DT kit from Green Tara, there was a little post-it note on some of these metallic swirls that said "Would like some ideas for these". So, I started pondering how I could showcase them. The swirls are available in several festive colours (red, green, silver and copper) and my first instinct was that I should use them for Christmas projects. They measure approximately 8.5 cm high (about 3 inches), but they are quite flexible, allowing you to stretch them out a little longer if your project needs. Oh, and before I forget - my favorite adhesive for these is Fabri-tac liquid adhesive.

For my first project, I used a silver swirl as a gift card holder. I used the silver metallic swirls for this.

Here's a shot without the gift card. I misted the entire tag with Sea Glass glimmer mist, then used screens from the Tattered Angels Vintage Seasons Winter Trees set, and misted with Mallard and Midnight Blue glimmer mists. I then added some stamped images (Chillin’ and Tattered Textures sets). The Mistables crepe ribbon is from the Rockin’ Renaissance set and was misted with Mallard and Midnight Blue mists. The entire tag received a coat of Chandelier Glam.

The Green Tara tassel trim started out cream, but was misted with glimmer mist (Mallard).

These swirls were perfect for holding a gift card in place!

This blue/silver beaded stem adds some sparkle and texture:

The blue (Gardenia) and teal (apple blossom) flowers started out white and were customized with glimmer mist. The ivory flower is it's original colour.

Gift Card Holder Supplies
Green Tara:
Metal Swirls, Silver (MS858S3)
20m Mini Tassel Ribbon 15mm Cream (RB456c)
27cm Blue/Silver Bead Stem (XB31356BS)
Gardenia, White (FDV054Wh5)
White Apple Blossom (FDV044Wh5)
Ivory Apple Blossom (FDV044Iv5)

Tattered Angels:
glimmer mist - Sea Glass, Mallard, Midnight Blue
glimmer glam - Chandelier
screens - Vintage Seasons Winter Trees
stamps - Chillin’, Tattered Textures
printed crepe paper

All that sparkle made me think of decorations for the tree, so my next project was a Christmas ball. I started with a clear glass ornament, coated it with clear gesso, and a couple of coats of Glimmer Glam (Jolly Old Elf). Once it was all dry, I added red metallic swirls, using Fabri-Tac as an adhesive. You definitely want a strong liquid adhesive for this project, as the swirls want to snap back to their original shape rather than curve around the ball.

To finish off the ornament, I wrapped gold bead trim around the base, and tied an extra loop of it for hanging. I adhered the bead trim with Glue Dot - Glue Lines, as they are quite strong, and a little less fussy than a liquid adhesive.

Christmas Ball Supplies
Green Tara:
Red Metallic Swirls (MS858R3)
3mm Bead Garland, Gold (RBY06Go)

Tattered Angels:
glimmer glam - Jolly Old Elf

glass ornament - DeSerres
clear gesso - Liquitex

For my third project, I made a simple Christmas card. This is something that you can make quickly. I started by embossing and sanding kraft-core cardstock. Then I misted with Pearl glimmer mist for a little extra shimmer.

I added a strip of Mesh Gold trim,. a White Gardenia and an Emerald Metallic Swirl. I cut the swirl into 3 pieces, to place it around the flower. (No reason why you can't cut your embellishments!)

I brushed a little Pixie Dust glimmer glam on the flower.

Add a sentiment, and call it done!

Thanks for checking out my projects. Let me know if you try any of these ideas - I would love to see!

Card Supplies
Green Tara:
Emerald Metallic Swirls (MS858Em3)
Gardenia, White (FDV054Wh5)
38mm Mesh Gold trim (RB6734Go)

Tattered Angels:
glimmer glam - Pixie Dust
glimmer mist - Pearl

CS - Tim Holtz by Coredinations
letter stickers - October Afternoon


Natalie Hall said...

Beautiful! The card holder is my favourite. Love that blue and silver!!

Emily said...

These are all lovely!!! My favorite is the card holder too... I adore the colors!! Great projects! I love those swirls!!!

Tessa said...

Oh wow... this all looks so gorgeous! Those metal ornaments looks fabolous!

xx Tessa

Silje said...

Such great ideas! Looove the gift card holder - beautiful colors! : )

Michelle said...

Very cool uses of this product!

Gisèle said...

Those projects are amazing!!! I am in love with thoses swirls!!