Monday, October 14, 2013

Faux Leather Technique - Breast Cancer Awareness Cuff - Mixed Media Monday + new video

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October is "Breast Cancer Awareness" month.  It's a personal month for me, because I lost my Mom to breast cancer in 2012.

October is a special month where I remember my Mom and how hard she fought breast cancer before it finally won.  I celebrate her life, congratulate survivors on a fight well fought and cheer on those who are still undergoing treatment.  In a tribute to breast cancer awareness month, I created this cuff with easy to find materials.  The inspiration for it came from all of my creative friends at Spellbinders who embossed leather cuffs for the Emmy’s.  Creating this cuff is easy and would be perfect to make for your BFF or family member who needs a little cheer.

Today, I wanted to share with you a technique on how to create faux leather from craft foam. This technique can be used in a variety of ways and of course if you have leather, this technique will also texture and stamp an impression into leather.

Literally, you can make this bracelet and walk out the door in a matter of minutes!!  Show your support for the fight against breast cancer.

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Phrase printed on inkjet printer paper
Pink craft foam
1 x 1” glass square bauble
Filigree Findings of choice
Crystals – pink and white
Head pins
Tsuekineko® Memento Luxe ink pad – ML-400 Rose Bud
Double sided tape
2 snaps or use hook & loop tape
Glue stick
Cosmetic Sponges
Jewelry pliers
Flush cut wire cutters

Variation:  This same technique could be done with any of the Spellbinders® Media Mixáge™ bezels and using resin.  You may also choose to cut out a square using the Squares two die template, dropping it into the hatpin and filling the bezel with resin.

Print out phrase on ink jet printer. 

Apply glue to back side of words.

Cut words apart and apply them to chosen paper sheet from the Ephemra Papers One booklet.

Apply double sided tape to the back side of the bauble. 

Position bauble over word phrase and cut out.

Glue into hatpin. 

Measure circumference of wrist and add 1”.  Cut a piece of craft foam to this length and approximately 1 to 1 1/2” wide or desired width.

Round the ends with scissors.

Place foam inside the M-bossabilities folder and pass through the Grand Calibur machine using the embossing plate and raspberry spacer plate as the sandwich.

Add ink to cosmetic sponge and rub over raised embossed areas to highlight.

Create a loop in the bottom of the hatpin with pliers and cut off excess pin.

Create dangles on headpin and attach to loops.

Glue hatpin onto filigree base and onto cuff.

Add snaps or hook and loop tape for a closure.

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1 comment:

AJ said...

oh my goodness- I love this!! such a great bracelet! xo

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