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Shimmer Sheetz Jewelry, Jewelry Boxes, & Gift Tag

October 29, 2015

Tomorrow is our challenge day on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog but we thought we would offer a sneak peek at one project today. It was created by our talented guest designer, Judi Kauffman.

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By Judi Kauffman

My project for the October Designer Challenge couldn’t be easier: Find a plain box. If it’s pretty as is (like the hinged silver box that once held Ethel M candy), decorate the lid with embossed, ink-altered, and sanded Shimmer Sheetz. Tuck some Shimmer Sheetz jewelry inside. Or paint a simple papier mâché box before decorating and filling it.

Make a matching gift tag with a cardstock rectangle and some Shimmer Sheetz scraps and you’re done!

(Don’t miss out on the Shimmer Sheetz Jewelry tutorials, which I have linked after the supply list.)

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Instructions:

  1. Back Shimmer Sheetz in color(s) of choice with Clear Double Sided Adhesive Sheet. Shown: Australian Opal Gemstone. Option: Use two or more colors instead of just one. The lid of the silver box measures 11.5” x 8.25”, requiring two 5” x 12” pieces of Shimmer Sheetz and two 5” x 12” sheets of Clear Double Sided Adhesive. (Leftovers can be used for gift tags.) The papier mâché boxes are 2.5” and 3”; smaller pieces of Shimmer Sheetz are needed.
  1. Paint the papier mâché boxes in color(s) of choice. I chose Dazzling Metallics in Shimmering Silver to coordinate with the colors in the coating of the Australian Opal Shimmer Sheetz.
  1. Emboss the Shimmer Sheetz with your favorite folder or folders. Alter with alcohol inks (before or after embossing); lightly sand

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  1. Cut into pieces to put onto the box. Tip: Use a craft knife, straight edge, and cutting mat rather than a paper trimmer. It is easier to accurately cut Shimmer Sheetz this way – paper trimmers can often slip. Use a mix of 1” and 2” strips and rectangles in assorted sizes. The placement will be determined by the size of the box you have selected. Another tip: Cut paper strips and rectangles first to test the layout and placement. Arrange and rearrange as needed before cutting the Shimmer Sheetz. For round lids, trace a circle template onto lightweight paper and use it as a cutting pattern.

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  1. To complete the boxes: Add linear peel-offs between the Shimmer Sheetz pieces and around the edges or sides of the lid of the jewelry box. If you like more contrast use black instead of silver (shown) or gold (not shown). Skip this step if you like the look of the lid with just the Shimmer Sheetz pieces.

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  1. Use cardstock rectangles and Shimmer Sheetz scraps to create gift tags. Punch or die cut a hole at the top of the tag. Add metallic cord or ribbon. Option (as shown): Die cut a decorative reinforcement and small decorative circles to accent the tags. Reminder – The Metal Adaptor Plate is required for die cutting Shimmer Sheetz for this step.

Supplies:

Elizabeth Craft Designs –

Shimmer Sheetz 5” x 12” in color(s) of choice (shown – SS 0225 Australian Opal Gemstone)

Embossing folder(s) of choice (shown – E120 Bark)

Border peel-offs in color(s) of choice (shown – 1016 Lines in Silver)

501 Clear Double Sided Adhesive Sheets (5” x 12”)

803 Metal Adaptor Plate (needed only if cutting decorative reinforcement for tag)

Other –

Dazzling Metallics in Shimmering Silver DecoArt

Box with flat hinged lid or small papier mâché box

Paintbrush

Sanding block

Alcohol inks and ink applicator tool

Cardstock (for gift tag)

Fine gold and silver cord

Links to Shimmer Sheetz Jewelry Tutorials:

 

 

 

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Ribbons & Jewels

September 13, 2015

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Hello Everyone,

It’s Jackeline here. I hope you are enjoying your weekend. For today’s project I combined one of my favorite Jackie’s Dolls Peel-Offs with the new Ribbons & Jewels dies from the Els van de Burgt Studio Collection.

Let’s get started:

1.- Cut a piece of 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ from aqua cardstock. Score at 4 1/4″ and fold in half to create your card base.

2.- Die cut the Ribbons & Jewels strips from light green, dark green and purple cardstock. Tip: Apply Transparent Double Sided Adhesive Tape on the back of the cardstock before die cutting. Adhere die cuts to card front, alternating colors and designs as shown.

3.- Die cut one Accordion Oval panel from watercolor paper. Remove the border, leaving the oval piece. Adhere oval to card front.

4.- Apply Transparent Double Sided Tape to white cardstock. Transfer the outline of the Jackie’s Doll in Oval Peel-Off to the adhesive side, and using the glitter coloring technique, add Warm Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter to peel-off and color with alcohol-based markers. Watch Els demonstrate this technique HERE. Cut around peel-off and adhere to card front on top of white oval.

5.- Decorate the Ribbons & Jewels strips with some Gold/Silver Glitter Dots. Adhere Congratulations Peel-offs around the Jackie’s Dolls in Oval Peel-off six times, spacing the word so it fits three times on each side as shown. *Tip: This Peel-off is very easy to manipulate so that it curves just the way you want it to!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.

Have a wonderful day!

Jackeline

Elizabeth Craft Designs

1070 Ribbons & Jewels dies
772 Accordion Oval Card die set
639 Warm Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter
802 Fine Pointed Scissors
801 Fine Pointed Tweezers
502 Transparent Double Sided Tape Sheet – 8.5″ x 11″ – 5 pack
7018 Gold/Silver Glitter Dots
2557 Jackie’s Dolls in Oval in Black
343 Assorted Words in Black
WP903 4″ X 9″ Watercolor Paper – 10 pack

Others

Purple, Aqua, White,Light and Dark green Cardstock.

Copics Markers.

 

 

 

Shimmer Sheetz Circles – Earrings and Card

May 30, 2015

Tomorrow it’s time for another Elizabeth Craft Designs Challenge and this month we challenged our designers to create a project using one of the new Circles, Bricks or Pebbles dies. Today we like to sneak peek two projects for this month’s challenge created by our talented guest designer Judi Kauffman.

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Thank you for inviting me to be a guest designer for this month’s challenge. I knew I wanted to use the new “Circles” die, but I couldn’t decide whether to make a pair of earrings or a card so I made BOTH!

“Circles” is one of those endlessly versatile dies that I know will be in constant use for a long, long time.

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Instructions for the earrings:

  1. Die cut two Circles pieces from Shimmer Sheetz in your favorite color. (Reminder: Use the Metal Adaptor Plate for die cutting Shimmer Sheetz. Review this VIDEO tutorial if you have not done this technique before.
  1. Sand the die cut Shimmer Sheetz if you want to tone down the sparkle. The earrings shown have been lightly sanded to reveal the silver core color in the Amethyst Gemstone Shimmer Sheetz. Iridescent colors have a white core, Gemstone colors have a silver core, Metallic colors have a transparent core. Optional: Instead of sanding the die cut Shimmer Sheetz, alter it with alcohol inks or run it through an embossing folder with a small all-over pattern.
  1. Gently bend the die cut Shimmer Sheetz to form a teardrop-style loop. For earrings that measure approximately 3.5” add an eye-pin with beads above the Shimmer Sheetz Circles piece. If you prefer shorter earrings omit the beads and use only earring wires.

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Instructions for the card:

  1. Back a piece of Shimmer Sheetz with Elizabeth Craft Designs Transparent Double Sided Sheet. Die cut one Circles piece from Shimmer Sheetz in your favorite color. (See Reminder in step 1 for earrings if you have not previously die cut Shimmer Sheetz.)
  2. Pull the release sheet from the back of the die cut Shimmer Sheetz to expose adhesive, place the Circles on another piece of Shimmer Sheetz in a coordinating color. Optional: Lightly sand the second piece of Shimmer Sheetz as shown to tone down some of the sparkle before adding the Circles piece.
  3. Add the Circles piece to a card front made with a mix of solid color and patterned cardstock. Incorporate a greeting (peel-off or die cut). Add dimensional embellishments, like Shimmer Sheetz or glittered flowers, a dragonfly, or whatever suits your taste and the occasion.

Supplies:

Elizabeth Craft Designs –

1028 Circles

Shimmer Sheetz in color(s) of choice

803 Metal Adaptor plate

Flowers, dragonfly, or other dies of choice (for Card)

Transparent Double Sided Adhesive Sheet (for Card)

2577 Happy Birthday Large Peel-off in Black or other greeting of choice (for Card)

Others –

For Earrings –

Earring wires, eye pins, beads, jewelry pliers

For Card –

Come Away with Me Collection 6 x 6 papers from Graphic 45; Adhesive backed pearl for center of larger flower, 7018 Glitter Dots in Orange/Silver for center of smaller flower

 

Simple Shrinky Jewelry

April 28, 2015

Hi there! It’s Marsha again! Today I’ve got a really simple but stylish project for you.

Are you excited about the new Spring release? The new dies and peel-offs will be available soon!

I always give my new dies a test run when they arrive. This not only gives me an idea of what the die-cuts will look like, but it also helps me get ideas for what I can do with them.

When I first tried the new Pebbles die, I immediately thought: this will make a nice pendant!

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I couldn’t figure out what material to use and I had to try a couple of products before I found the answer: shrink plastic!

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I created a pendant with the new Pebbles die and a bracelet featuring the Jewelry Set 1 – Sea Glass from a previous release.

Here are the steps to create them:

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1. Die cut all the pieces you need out of shrink plastic. You will need approximately 10 pieces of Sea Glass to create the bracelet, depending on the size of your wrist.

As you can see in the photo, I used the metal adaptor plate to cut the shrink plastic. It may not be necessary but different brands might give different results.

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2. You need to take into account that each piece will shrink to a very small size. It’s best to punch holes in the pieces before shrinkage. I used a crop-a-dile for this but you can also use one of your hole dies.

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3. Shrink the die-cut pieces following the instructions on the package of shrink plastic. Mine said: Pre-Heat oven to 325 F (160 C) and bake for 1 to 3 minutes. I put my shrink plastic pieces on a sheet of baking parchment and used that to place them in and out of the oven.

4. Take the pieces out of the oven and let them cool for a few seconds.

5. File the edges of the shrinked pieces smooth if needed.

6. Add a chain to the pendant and string the Sea Glass pieces together with jump rings. Add a jewelry clasp of choice.

And that’s it! Ready to wear!

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Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Simple Shrinky Jewelry

If you like, you can use coloured pencils, permanent markers or stamps and StazOn ink to alter your die-cut jewelry pieces before shrinking them in the oven.

I hope you try it, it’s fun!

Have a wonderful day!

Marsha

SUPPLIES:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:
954 Jewelry Set 1 – Sea Glass
1026 Pebbles
803 Metal Adaptor Plate
807 Die File Set

Other:
Shrink plastic
Hole punch or die
Chain
Jump rings
Clasps
Jewelry pliers

Shimmer Sheetz Droplets & Flowers Earring Quartet

April 5, 2015

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By Judi Kauffman

Thank you for inviting me back as today’s guest designer. This time, my projects are inspired by thoughts of spring.

I created an Earring Quartet: Three pairs announce the season with brightly colored single-, double-, and triple-layer flowers. The fourth pair has a more sophisticated, minimalist look and uses pairs of small leftover shapes to create two-layer, flat, jewel-tone accents. (Those small shapes were cut from the larger Droplet shapes when making the open-center earrings.)

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The more jewelry I make with Shimmer Sheetz and the Elizabeth Craft Designs Jewelry Die sets the more fun I have and the more ideas I get!

Rather than repeating instructions that have already been posted, if you are new to Shimmer Sheetz jewelry, please refer back to blog posts on January 31, February 2 and 15, and March 1, 2015, for the how-to techniques for preparing, die cutting, alcohol ink altering, de-bossing or embossing and sanding Shimmer Sheetz jewelry shapes.

This blog post falls into the FYI category – For Your Inspiration! Use the photos to kick start your own jewelry projects. Here are more options:

**Pick any all over pattern embossing folder (I chose Gingko, shapes are de-bossed).
**Choose your favorite Shimmer Sheetz colors and Jewelry Die set (I picked Droplets).
**Include any small scale flowers (1, 2, or 3 layers); mix and match (see supply list).
**Instead of centering a single flower, create a cluster of three and position them as an asymmetrical triangle.
**Make a matching pendant or charm necklace.
**Skip the Droplets shapes, simply add flowers to a glittered watch band or painted DIY Bangle.

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The earring quartet uses a product called Lumiere 3D Metallic Paint & Adhesive as follows:

1. As an adhesive between the layers in all of the embellishments (flowers as well as small flat shapes), securing all pieces to the already altered, embossed, and sanded Droplets.

2. To hold the pearls and as dimensional accents around them (earrings with 1- and 2-layer Ruby Gemstone flowers).

3. As an adhesive to secure the micro beads in the center of the 3-layer Yellow Iridescent/Peridot and Ruby Gemstone flowers. Squeeze out a little bit of 3D Paint & Adhesive in the center of the flower, using a color that matches the micro beads. Pour on the beads, let the 3D Paint & Adhesive dry and tap off the excess beads. TIP: Allow the layered flower to dry for several hours before working on the micro bead and paint centers – this way the flowers won’t budge while you’re doing this last step.

TIP: Make your earrings at least a day before wearing them to ensure that the 3D Paint & Adhesive is thoroughly dry.

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*Be sure to look for my No-Sew Shimmer Sheetz Crystal Flower Wristlet project created for this month’s Elizabeth Craft Designs Designer Challenge (Flower Power theme) and posted on the blog on March 28 for another project that incorporates the same Lumiere 3D Paint & Adhesive.

Supplies:

Elizabeth Craft Designs –
955 Jewelry Set 2 Droplets dies
E122 Gingko embossing folder
Shimmer Sheetz in colors of choice
503 Transparent Double Sided Adhesive Sheet
Flower dies of choice or as shown
701 Flower Set 1 (stamens)
728 Bunch of Flowers 1 (5-petal flowers)
803 Metal Adaptor Plate (Required for die cutting Shimmer Sheetz)

Other –
Jacquard Products – 3D Metallic Paint & Adhesive in 201 Pearl and 210 Bright Copper
Die cutting/embossing machine
Alcohol inks in colors of choice
Earring wires
Micro beads in Copper
Sanding block
Flat-backed half-pearls in Pink and Yellow (BoBunny)

Double-Embossed Droplet Earrings

March 1, 2015

By Judi Kauffman 

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It’s such fun having a pair of earrings to go with any outfit. Being able to make them in a matter of minutes is even more fun!

The basic instructions for alcohol ink-altering, die cutting, embossing and sanding Shimmer Sheetz are already available in previous blog projects and on the Elizabeth Craft Designs YouTube channel. Review as needed.

Here is how to make the Double-Embossed Droplet Earrings I whipped up yesterday to wear last night:

1.  Use an ink applicator tool to randomly apply alcohol ink in purple and espresso and Metallic Mixatives in Gold to a piece of Amethyst Gemstone Shimmer Sheetz. Allow some of the original color of the Shimmer Sheetz to remain visible.

2.  Adhere a Transparent Double-Sided Adhesive flat sheet between the ink-altered Shimmer Sheetz and a second piece of Amethyst Shimmer Sheetz.

3.  Use the large rounded keystone die shape from the Jewelry Dies 2 – Droplets die set to cut a pair of shapes. (Reminder: when die cutting Shimmer Sheetz, you MUST use the metal adaptor plate inside your machine’s standard cutting sandwich as follows – Metal adaptor plate, Shimmer Sheetz with altered side facing up, die template with cutting side facing down.)

TIP: I always alter at least a half-sheet of Shimmer Sheetz (5” x 6”), sometimes a whole 5” x 12” sheet, so I can cut a LOT of shapes. Even if I only want to make one pair of earrings NOW it gives me plenty for a matching necklace, more earrings, or other projects later.

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4. Working one shape at a time, carefully position the die cut and ink-altered shapes inside the Sea Glass embossing folder so that both will have precisely the same pattern. Make sure that the altered side is facing DOWN so the lines are raised and the pattern is de-bossed. (If you don’t care if the earrings aren’t a perfect match, position the shapes at random and de-boss both at once.)

5.  Lightly sand the raised lines in the pattern and the edges of each shape. This will reveal some of the silver color that is the core of the Shimmer Sheetz. It tones down the shine and makes the earrings look more like metal!

6.  If you like the earring shown to the left in the photo above, stop now and add a post back and synthetic suede to complete the earrings. If you like the earring shown to the right in the photo above, proceed to step 7 before completing the earrings. However: Follow step 8 if you want double-embossing as shown in the photo below.

7.  Add Transparent Glitter Dots to both earrings.

8. Emboss a second time as follows: Working one shape at a time, carefully position the shapes inside the Sea Glass folder so that both will have precisely the same pattern. This time, make sure that the altered side is facing UP so the pattern is raised, not de-bossed as in step 4.

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9.  Add post back and synthetic suede to complete the earrings.

Options:

*Switch to a different embossing folder.

*Emboss or de-boss once rather than twice. (Recommended for more ornate patterns.)

*Skip the sanding block.

*Skip the alcohol inks.

*Change to a different color palette by choosing other inks and/or Shimmer Sheetz.

*Keep in mind when choosing Shimmer Sheetz colors: Gemstone Shimmer Sheetz colors have a silver core, revealed when sanded, while Iridescent colors have a white core and Metallics have a transparent core.

 Supplies:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:

955 Jewelry Dies 2 – Droplets

803 Metal Adaptor Plate

E125 Sea Glass Embossing Folder

7018 Transparent Glitter Dots

SS 0216 Shimmer Sheetz in Amethyst Gemstone (or color of choice)

Transparent Double Sided Adhesive flat sheets

Other:

Alcohol inks (colors of choice) and Metallic Mixatives (Gold)

ink applicator tool

Fine grit sanding block

Synthetic suede (Black or other color of choice)

Pair of post-back jewelry findings

 

Sea Glass Watch Band Bracelet

February 15, 2015

 Sea Glass Watch Band Bracelet

By Judi Kauffman

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Hello, everyone! It’s Judi Kauffman, back as today’s guest designer for the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog. My project: A super simple bracelet that uses the largest Jewelry Dies 1 – Sea Glass shape for the focal elements and a 3/8” wide glittered watch band as the base layer.

Here are some ways to customize the project for your taste and wardrobe:

*Switch to a different color combination for the Shimmer Sheetz and alcohol inks

*Pick another embossing folder or use four different folders

*Use a plain watch band rather than a glittered band

*Substitute ribbon or a piece of colorful elastic instead of the watch band

*Make a belt or choker necklace instead of a bracelet

 

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Instructions – 

  1. Layer two 4” x 5” pieces of Black Iridescent Shimmer Sheetz with Transparent Double-Sided Adhesive in between.
  1. Use an ink applicator tool to dapple one or two alcohol inks and one metallic color on one side of the double-layered Shimmer Sheetz. Allow some of the Black Iridescent color to remain visible. Shown: Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink in Clover, Metallic Mixatives in Gold.
  1. Die cut four large Sea Glass shapes from the layered Shimmer Sheetz. TIP: Cut a couple of extras to use for post-back or dangling earrings. (The Jewelry Dies 1 – Sea Glass set includes four shapes in two sizes, small and large. Use the larger size in the set. Refer to project photos.)

REMINDER: You MUST use the Metal Adaptor Plate to die cut Shimmer Sheetz. Place the following inside your machine’s standard cutting plate sandwich in this order – Metal Adaptor Plate, Shimmer Sheetz with ink-altered side FACE UP, die template with cutting side facing DOWN.

  1. Emboss the four shapes with an allover pattern embossing folder. Allow the pattern to occur at random OR control the placement of the pattern by placing the shapes into the folder one at a time to emboss. Note that each of the four shapes has a flower centered on it. Folder shown: Bouquet.

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  1. Using a craft knife, straight edge and cutting mat, carefully cut two narrow rectangular slits in each embossed shape as shown above.

TIP: Slits are about half an inch long, 1/16” wide, and are parallel to each other – sized so that the watch band will fit through the openings. Slits are a tight fit so the shapes won’t budge once they’ve been slid into position. Take care not to make the slits bigger than needed!

  1. With the ink-altered side facing up, space the Shimmer Sheetz shapes along the watch band, allowing each shape to curve just slightly for maximum impact. Alternate the orientation of the shapes so they are dancing and slightly askew, rather than having them all face in the same direction. Option: Orient all shapes in the same direction so they match in a more precise manner.

Supplies –

Elizabeth Craft Designs

954 Jewelry Dies 1 – Sea Glass

803 Metal Adaptor Plate

Shimmer Sheetz in color of choice (Shown: SS 0101 Black Iridescent)

Embossing folder in pattern of choice (Shown: E121 Bouquet)

Transparent Double-Sided Adhesive

Other

Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink in Clover, Metallic Mixatives in Gold

Ink applicator

Craft knife

Straight edge

Cutting mat

3/8” watch band*

(*Pre-glittered bands can often be found in the bead and jewelry supply aisle of a craft store – this one was pre-glittered, designed to hold slide-on charms.)

Razzle Dazzle Inlaid Earrings

February 10, 2015

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By Judi Kauffman for Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hello, everyone. It’s Judi Kauffman, back as today’s Guest Designer. Who’s ready to make some Razzle Dazzle Inlaid Earrings? They’re as much fun to make as they are to wear. They’re super light in weight and are sure to elicit many compliments.

I used Elizabeth Craft Designs’ Jewelry Set 1 – Sea Glass to create four pairs of post-back earrings, a pair to keep and three pairs for gifts. The die set includes four shapes, two sizes for each shape. Each pair of earrings uses one of the shapes in both its large and small size.

This is a project that’s easy to customize:

*If you prefer earrings that dangle, instead of adding synthetic suede and a post-back finding, all you need to do is punch a hole at the top of the shapes and attach them to earring wires.

*Change the palette from hot to cool, bright to muted, by choosing different Shimmer Sheetz colors and/or by changing the alcohol inks.

*If you don’t have alcohol inks, substitute StazOn. (Allow a bit more drying time with this substitution.)

*For even more sparkle, skip the sanding in step 7.

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INSTRUCTIONS

1. Using an ink applicator tool to randomly apply 2 or 3 alcohol inks, alter a 4” x 5” piece of Red Iridescent Shimmer Sheetz with colors of choice (hot colors shown: Raspberry, Lemonade, Tangerine). Allow some of the original surface of the Shimmer Sheetz to remain visible.

2. Back the above rectangle with a 4” x 5” piece of ECD Transparent Double Sided Tape Sheet and a second 4” x 5” piece of Red Iridescent Shimmer Sheetz. This doubled layer gives the earring a nice substantial feel.

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3. Choose one of the Sea Glass shapes for each pair of earrings. Each pair uses both the large and small die in the selected shape. Earrings are made as a mirror-image pair (like butterfly wings) – one for the left ear, one for the right. The shapes are NOT identical (that would be like having two left shoes…).

Follow steps 4 and 5 very carefully to make sure the pair is symmetrical (mirror-image)!

*TIP: If steps 4 and 5 seem too complicated, use Jewelry Set 2 – Droplets instead of Sea Glass. The Droplets die shapes are symmetrical and both earrings in a pair are identical.

4. Die cut the large Sea Glass shape for the first earring with the altered side of the Shimmer Sheetz facing TOWARD the cutting edge of the die. Die cut the same large Sea Glass shape for the second earring with the altered side of the Shimmer Sheetz facing AWAY from the cutting edge of the die.

5. Now cut the smaller shape out of each larger shape to create a pair of ring shapes, open at the center. Make sure that the ink-altered side of the shape is facing TOWARD or AWAY from the cutting edge of the die, same as in step 4, to ensure a symmetrical mirror-image pair!

REMINDER: You MUST use the Metal Adaptor Plate to die cut Shimmer Sheetz! Inside your machine’s standard cutting “sandwich” place the metal plate, then the Shimmer Sheetz, then the die with the cutting side facing toward the metal plate. 

The cutting side of the die faces the metal plate regardless of which direction the Shimmer Sheetz faces. (for most projects, if there is a “front” and “back” to the Shimmer Sheetz it will face UP, toward the cutting side of the die – for this project the Shimmer Sheetz faces “front side up” once and “front side down” once).

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6. Place the ring shapes inside an all-over pattern embossing folder with the ink-altered side of the Shimmer Sheetz facing so that the background will be raised and the pattern shapes will be de-bossed. Folder shown: Swirly Curves. (Experiment with Shimmer Sheetz scraps – you may prefer it the other way.)

7. Lightly sand the alcohol-ink altered side of the de-bossed (or embossed) ring shapes. Do not emboss or sand the smaller pair of shapes.

8. Die cut a mirror-image pair of Sea Glass shapes from Transparent Double Sided Sheet. Expose the adhesive on one side and place the matching embossed ring on the shape, then place the smaller shape in the middle so it looks like an inlay. Repeat for the second earring. Set aside (do not expose the other side of the adhesive till step 10).

9. Die cut a mirror-image pair of Sea Glass shapes from synthetic suede. (Use the metal adaptor plate.) Hold these two pieces together and use an awl to pierce a tiny hole for the post of the earring finding toward the top of the shapes. This will allow the completed earrings to hang down from the earlobe. If the post-back is too low the earrings will flop forward. (Hold the shapes against your ear and look in the mirror to make sure you are getting the posts in the correct place.)

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10. Poke the post of the earring findings through the holes in the synthetic suede. Remove the release sheet so the adhesive on the back of the Shimmer Sheetz earrings is exposed, align and firmly position the suede (with the post sticking out and the pad of the post held by the adhesive – All you see on the back of the finished earring is suede and the post). Add the earring stoppers to complete the pair.

Tip: If the suede did not match up perfectly, carefully trim any excess that is visible. Work from the front of the earring to do this trimming, that way you can’t accidentally cut the Shimmer Sheetz.

SUPPLIES

Elizabeth Craft Designs –

954 Jewelry Set 1 – Sea Glass

E119 Swirly Curves Embossing Folder

Shimmer Sheetz in color of choice (shown: Red Iridescent)

502 Transparent Double Sided Tape Sheet

803 Metal Adaptor Plate

Other – 

Alcohol inks; Ink applicator tool; Synthetic suede in color to match Shimmer Sheetz*; Sanding block; Post-back earring findings with earring stoppers in gold tone or silver tone

(*Option – Use basic black or a funky leopard print synthetic suede for all post-back earrings instead of having to buy different colors to match Shimmer Sheetz!)

A Charming Shimmer Sheetz Necklace

January 31, 2015

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 A Charming Shimmer Sheetz Necklace
By Judi Kauffman for Elizabeth Craft Designs

Judi Kauffman is back as today’s Guest Designer with a super easy necklace that catches the light and is sure to elicit lots of compliments. This jewelry is made with Shimmer Sheetz using the new Jewelry Die sets. This necklace took about half an hour to make.

Here’s how:

1. Layer 2 pieces of Fire Opal Gemstone Shimmer Sheetz with a piece of Elizabeth Craft Designs’ Transparent Double Sided Adhesive Sheet in between.
*Note: A 2-layer 4” x 5” piece will be more than enough to make a 3-charm necklace, with enough left over for earrings or another necklace.

2. Using an ink applicator tool, dab on alcohol inks in two or more colors on one side of the double thickness Shimmer Sheetz made in step 1. I chose Espresso and Metallic Gold Mixatives, feel free to vary. Allow some of the original color in the Fire Opal Shimmer Sheetz to remain visible.
*Note: The ink-altered side will be the FRONT of the charms.

3. Lightly sand the other side of the double thickness Shimmer Sheetz.
*Note: The unaltered sanded side will be the BACK of the charms.

4. Die cut one each of the three Jewelry Die 1 Sea Glass shapes shown.  Cut a second time with the smaller shape inside the larger one so the pieces are open at the center, creating three “ring” shapes. (There are 8 dies in the Jewelry Dies 1 Sea Glass set, 4 large and 4 small – This project does not include the two long narrow shapes.)

REMEMBER – You MUST use the Metal Adaptor Plate as follows for die cutting Shimmer Sheetz:
Inside your machine’s standard cutting plate sandwich, place in this order – Metal Adaptor Plate, altered Shimmer Sheetz facing UP, dies with cutting side facing DOWN.

5. Emboss the three charms using your favorite allover pattern embossing folder. (Shown: Fleur de Lis). Make sure that the raised design is on the FRONT side of the charms. Use a sanding block and very little hand pressure to lightly sand the charms, revealing the silver core of the Gemstone Shimmer Sheetz. (Don’t sand too much or you’ll lose the color contrast created with the alcohol inks in step 2.)
*Note: If you have substituted an Iridescent color, when you sand the charms you will reveal the white core of the Shimmer Sheetz.

6. Punch a 1/16” hole at the top of each charm and a second hole directly below the first one, closer to the opening in the ring shape.

7. Using head pins to make mini charms, add one or more beads to the inside of each charm. Use a jump ring to attach one of the charms to the necklace (chain link). Use eye pins and beads to make longer dangles for the other two charms. Silver seed beads echo the color of the chain; pearls and square quartz beads pick up the colors in the Shimmer Sheetz!

OPTIONS:

*Make more charms, space the charms farther apart or closer together.

*Feel free to use the Jewelry Die 2 Droplets or mix the two sets.

*Instead of a chain link necklace, attach all 3 charms to one jump ring to create a muliti-dangle pendant and suspend from a leather cord.

*For a contrasting reverse side use two Shimmer Sheetz colors instead of just one.

*Alter Shimmer Sheetz with more or different alcohol inks.

*Use alcohol inks on both sides (don’t sand either side until step 5).

Supplies:

Elizabeth Craft Designs

Other 

  • Tim Holtz Ink Applicator Tool (Ranger)
  • Tim Holtz Alcohol inks in Espresso and Gold Metallic Mixatives
  • Sanding block (fine grit)
  • 1/16″ hole punch
  • Beads: silver seed beads, small ivory pearls, and quartz squares
  • Head pins
  • Eye pins
  • Necklace chain
  • Jump ring
  • Chain nose pliers (Artistic Wire)

ECD Jewelry – Red Shimmer Pine Sprig Earrings

January 29, 2015

Earrings

Hello everyone, it’s Mary here today. This is the first time that I’m trying out the new Jewelry dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs. I think the earrings came out pretty well! They sparkle much more than they appear in the image due to the beautiful Shimmer Sheetz. I added some Ice Resin to the die cut Shimmer Sheetz earrings which dries up clear and smooth.

Making the Earrings

1. Cut 4 pieces of craft foam large enough to accommodate your chosen jewelry die plus space around it. Cut one piece with the die from the front and one piece from the back (this mainly only matters if the foam has adhesive on it already, otherwise just flip one after cutting). Stick each of the cut pieces to the non cut pieces so one is flipped compared to the other; these will form 2 molds. Note: in my photo below, the foam I used on the bottom was yellow and the foam that I die cut was blue.

2. Seal the molds. I used a thin coat of Multi-Meduim but it came off when I removed the jewelry (which gave the backs a matte texture). You may want to try silicone or other sealer plus a release agent.

3. Using one of the jewelry dies from Jewelry 1, cut 2 pieces from Red Metallic Shimmer Sheetz (use metal adaptor plate with your die cutting machine). Cut one from the front of the sheet and one from the back so one will be a flipped image of the other.

Making Earrings

4. Emboss the cut pieces using the Sprig embossing folder by placing each as desired in the folder and temporarily securing them with tape before running them through your die cutting machine (this will keep the pieces from moving). I wanted the sprigs to pop up so I oriented them as such.

5. Sand the embossed side of the sprigs using a sanding block. Paint them with Patina paints as desired (acrylic will likely work as well). Let this dry.

6. Mix Ice Resin as directed, enough to fill both molds. Spread a very small amount into the bottom of each mold – just enough to cover the very bottom. Place your jewelry pieces (painted side up) into the bottom of the molds. Pour more Ice Resin into the molds, just enough to fill them and evenly cover the metallic pieces.

7. Let this dry at least one day or so, until they are mostly dry but still slightly flexible. Remove from molds. Sand edges if necessary. If you would like a curve in them, place them face down into a large tape roll. Press them against the side to give them a curve. Tape to hold them in place against the roll.

8. Let them dry until completely cured, about two more days. Drill small holes in the tops (I used a Dremel tool with a very small drill bit placed on an old rubber mouse pad). Polish edges if desired. Mount on dangle earring wires.

9. To make the card, cut a piece of white cardstock large enough for the earrings to dangle plus room for the stamped sentiment above. Stamp, punch holes for the earrings, and thread the wires through.

Supplies

ECD Supplies

Other Supplies

  • Craft Foam (e.g. Fun Foam)
  • Sanding Block
  • Ice Resin
  • Studio Multi-Medium, Matte
  • Patina by Ranger: Emerald, Jade
  • Gold Dangle Earring Bases
  • White Cardstock
  • Stamps
  • Ink: Red, Black
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