One of the most interesting parts of my regular role as a 'Masterclass' writer at Papercraft Inspirations magazine is being challenged to experiment with all kinds of creative techniques and products which I might otherwise have never thought to play with and to then create two cards[Beginner and Advanced] with them.
Techniques and products like: iris folding, tea-bag folding, gilding flakes, embossing powders ... and silicone moulds ... which I used to create this glittering and marbled rose cabochon embellishment:
in the current issue [No. 127] ...
|p.s: that's also my '10 Ways with Paperclips' feature up there ^ too.|
... I'd never actually used a silicone mould. But I had used plenty of pre-made cabochon embellishments that most likely began life in a very similar way! I just never knew it was that straightforward to make your own!
Once I had my hands on the necessary equipment [all Wow products] I needed to experiment before deciding on the best methods and tips to share with the magazine readers ... which meant I had some prototypes left over.
And you know me and my Push-Up Bra Approach to Blogging ... I like to make the most of what I've already got ... so I thought I'd share those examples with you here. This is a card I made using the 'Medium Rose' silicone mould with a combination of pastel opaque powders with the clear Melt-It powder ... plus some glitter I threw in for fun!
The rose is pretty isn't it? And I think that this particular mould can be used as a pendant or at least with twine, as there's a little hole in the top to thread something through.
If you're wondering how to make them then [other than reading my Masterclass for all my top tips!] the basic idea is to heat up some 'Melt-It' powder using a heat gun - adding in your chosen colour/s and extras [such as glitter if you chose] - then, once it's molten you tip it into the mould. And that's it; leave it to cool for a few minutes, pop it out, use it. Job done!
And here are a few more examples of my leftover experiments ...
These simply-coloured ones use the 'Foliage Button' mould:
What do you think? Which effect do you prefer? The marbling? The clear? The mix of everything with some glitter thrown in for good luck?
And if you've tried making your own embellishments using silicone moulds [or if you try it after reading my article!] then don't hesitate to get in touch and share your thoughts and projects.
Thanks for reading here today.
- My Masterclass [which includes step-by-steps - can be found inside Issue 127 of Papercraft Inspirations [print copy available in supermarkets/highstreet stockists online, also for the iPod via the Apple App Store & Google Newsstand]
- Or otherwise try searching for online tutorials
- And all the product details can be found via the Wow website.
There ... now I can sleep at night ...