Friday, April 28, 2017

What the heck is Unicorn SPiT? Decorating your crafting space or items!

When I first heard of Unicorn Spit, I thought, What the heck is that???  Well, I will tell you, it's something you NEED in your crafty life!
This project first started with the hunt for something to put my clarity brushes in.  I love these blending brushes, have you tried them???  I have one for every color family, as you can see I also label them with the color.  I needed a storage container for them, everything that I found wasn't big enough.  I found this unfinished "vase" in the crafting section of Target. Very inexpensive.  It was a GREAT size, I could SEE my clarity brushes in that vase!  All except one thing.....I didn't want bland wood on my desk top.  So the hunt began to find something to color my new vase with.  That's when I found Unicorn SPiT!!  So what is it????

"Unicorn SPiT's Gel Stain and Glaze in One™ is the only product on the market today that does the duty of staining deep into the bare wood grain, glazing over existing finishes, brightening and highlighting chalk paint, and at the same time giving you a three dimensional effect."  It can be used on wood, glass, metal,and so much more!
Stain....great.  Glazing- great....chalk paint- what??!!  I had to try it!!!  I will say, Unicorn SPiT is easy to use, I put several paper towels under my project, I used my dehydrator sheet to put the SPiT on (it cleans right off with warm water, stained the sheet a bit but cleaned off great) and used some foam paint brushes.  
I just wanted to mention how much I love dehydrator sheets.  I have a craft mat, I love it.  I've had it for years.  I wanted a second sheet and did some research and heard about dehydrator sheets.  Mine came in a set of 9, for the price, it was a STEAL!!!!  What I love most is that with 9 mats in my set, I don't feel bad cutting up some of the mats to smaller mats.  This is what I used to put my stain on.  It works great, I could mix the stain with water directly on the sheet.  I use these "little" cut mats all the time in my crafting.  Best thing is that I can move them out of the way easily because of their size.  They work just the same as the expensive craft mats!!  I'm hooked on them!!!!

I had these old wooden frames for awhile and never knew what to do with them.  I thought it was time to try out the Unicorn SPiT.  

Unicorn SPiT can do so much, you can blend it with water to make it more of a stain, or you can paint with it directly.  I used some water to wet my frame, but more of a paint on this project by taking the brush directly to the frame. 

Here's another color palette I used for another frame. I just washed out my brush in between frames.  The Unicorn SPiT washes out well under the faucet.  

This was a finished frame using the Zia Teal, White Ning, and Midnight's blackness Stain.  I love having the white in the frames.  After I painted on the stain, I took a baby wipe and blended between the two colors, it softened the look and muted the bold color next to the lighter white, for a beautiful effect.  Make sure your wipes have no alcohol in them!  I use the Medline ultrasoft wipes that come dry, I use them for a lot of crafting projects, I  have a wet wipe tub filled with them that I add water to and one bottle of stamp cleaner to for my stamping.    For this project: I used an unopened dry pack,  I just added some water to them!







Now with Unicorn SPiT, if you make a mistake, you can dilute it with water, wipe it off, stain over your mistake.  EASY.  But when you are done, you have to seal it.  I used Tung Oil Finish.  You can put a shiny top coat on it if you chose, or leave it alone at this point.    The Unicorn SPiT dries within an hour or so, the Tung Oil needs about 24 hours to fully dry and soak in.  Until you seal the SPiT, you can keep playing!








For this frame, I used White Ning, Molly Red Pepper, Lemon Kiss, and Phoenix Fire.  





Here is the vase I showed you at the beginning.  





These were my colors I picked out at first.  







I decided that the pink wasn't the way I wanted to go on this container.  No problem, I SPiT right over it, blended it in....and it added to the dimension!  Don't be afraid of a mistake!!!





Notice the color variation in this project?  I didn't use any of the white stain....it was brought out by the wet water baby wipes and blending.  BEAUTIFUl!!!!!









If you don't like the results, keep blending, keep adding.  Make a spray stain with a spray bottle and water and stain.  The ideas are endless!!!






I loved the variation of colors I got.  It was such and easy project and it's really error free! Just play!!!














This vase looks great on my crafting desk.  I love it.   I want to Unicorn SPiT EVERYTHING now!!!  I read that you can use it on paper, I haven't tried that yet, but be on the look out for that!!
Thanks for visiting today.  Leave me a comment on what you think about Unicorn SPiT.  Have you tried it?  Thoughts/ comments!?  Unicorn SPiT has a Facebook page with tons of projects and ideas. I am still learning but love how easy to was to use.  What should I Unicorn SPiT next??
Happy crafting friends!
Michelle

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Monday, April 24, 2017

April's My Paper Pumpkin Kit plus SO MUCH MORE!!!!- The Sara Kit

Hello Readers!  I just want to preface this post with this: this post contains TONS of pictures!!!  If you like pictures, sit back and enjoy!
For those that don't know, My Paper Pumpkin is a monthly kit from Stampin' Up.  Some months are a card kit, sometimes they are notecards, framed art, gift boxes, or bags.  I really enjoy getting my kit each month.  Everything you need to create the project is in the box, you add your own adhesive.  If you are interested in the kit, check out more information from the links below.  Keep in mind, when you sign up, your kit will start the following month.  
I have to say, the April kit was one of my favorite's yet.  I loved the style, playing with watercolored pencils, just overall a great kit!  


This was the kit as it came to me.  As you can see, there are 3 different card designs in this kit PLUS envelopes.  It really is a stunning kit!


This kit included a free gift because it was the anniversary kit of when MPP started.  


When I get my kit, I open it up and spread out all the pieces and start putting it together.


This was one of my finished cards. I liked the watercolored results best when I sprayed a little water on my craft mat, and dipped my watercolor pencil in the water and then colored the embossed image.  This gave a darker color.  But this can be whatever you like.  I loved this kit and if you search around, you will see lots of finished cards from this kit.   This kit inspired me.  I make tons of backgrounds up at different times.  It was time for me to pull those out and use them.  Now this is where the TONS of pictures come into play!!  Get ready!!!!
I have found the love of watercolor paints.  This is the Kuretake Gansai Pearl watercolor paints.  These are fun to play with.  When I got them, I got out some watercolor paper and just played, not really knowing what I would use them for later.  I'll show you in a bit.


I love the pearl watercolor, it is so pretty.



This is my best advice....just play!!!!  


After I added the color, I sprinkled some water over the colors.  I really liked how it blended the colors together.


I also played with the Ken Oliver Color Burst powders.  I've shown these before with Glass Bead Glitter Gel but you can use them on paper as well.  I sprinkled some powder out, and sprayed with water.  Set aside to dry.  I even colored on some scraps of watercolor paper I had saved.  At the time, I had no idea what I would use them for. 















As you can see, I had fun playing!!!!



This was a second generation of the one above it, my just placing another piece of watercolor paper on top and pressing, then slowly lifting it off.  I liked the muted effect it gave.




Here I used some of the color and used a splatter brush.  











I got my backgrounds off the shelf and decided to create some more cards, keeping with the "style" of the April MPP kit and using some of my backgrounds up.


I had leftover flowers left from the kit, so I used them on some of my cards.  I liked the cards in the kit, but I only wanted one flower on my kit cards, this left extras.

Another great thing you can do with the kits, is step them up.  I like to heat emboss anything and everything I can!  So I heat embossed the sentiments.  I don't like black embossing powder, so I always stamp in black ink, and heat emboss clear embossing powder over black ink.  Black embossing powder makes to much of a mess and one speck of  stray black embossing powder on my project bothers me.  I get the best results using this method.
Here are some more cards that I made using other MPP stamps that I have saved and my backgrounds.  This was a great way to use those MPP stamps.  I was also had leftover washi tape from the kit left.  I used some scraps of designer series paper I had to add some patterned paper to the card.  For this card, I used some Inktense watercolor pencils.





For this card, I used the Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks.


I used the Ken Oliver color bursts for this card.








This card uses the Stampin' Up watercolor pencils to create the background.



This was not a MPP stamp but a Unity stamp.  I've had this for awhile and thought it was a fun card!




This is another Unity stamp I had.  Since both my son and I drive jeeps.....this was a no brainer for me!  I loved this!!





Here is an example of using some of the strips of watercolor paper to create some cards.  The background was done with the Ken Oliver Color Burst and the stamp is from a previous MPP kit.


This is using the Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks.


As you can see, this is my stack of cards that I have created using the inspiration from the April MPP kit.  I still have MORE backgrounds and more stamps to use, so I'll be sure to show you more again soon.  
And don't forget if you make cards with a black base, I like to include a white panel on the inside of the card to write on.  

Using Ken Oliver Color Bursts:

The next two are Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks.


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This is one that I just finished, I LOVE this stamp. It is from Unity again.  So cute!!!



I can't wait to create more cards like this!  I love using up those backgrounds that I made, and digging out some stamps and inking them up!  I will share my organization for the My Paper Pumpkin stamps soon.
Thanks for visiting today!
Leave me a comment and let me know what you think, or anything you would like to see!
Michelle


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