Friday, December 26, 2014

Brilliant Paper Clips


One of the best things about being an artist is that you love to personalize *everything*...including those basic, plain Jane office supplies you may use in your day-to-day activities. 

Brilliant Paper Clips by Martice Smith II
Collection of decorated paper clips by Martice Smith II

Brilliant Paper Clips
by Martice Smith II


Supplies used:
*Gelli printed papers
*Triple thick brilliant brush on gloss glaze
*Paintbrush
*Giant paper clips
*1/4 inch wide ribbon (cut in 12 inch strips)
*Hot glue gun

supplies; Brilliant Paper Clips by Martice Smith II


I created a celestial background using Irresistible colored texture spray in wedding dress (white) and two generous layers of Sheer shimmer spritz in Gold (Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko).

celestial background; Brilliant Paper Clips by Martice Smith II

RubberMoon stamps used:

RubberMoon art stamps; Brilliant Paper Clips by Martice Smith II
RubberMoon stamps: (top to bottom) RubberMoon Alphabet, Bamboo, Large Fern, Dogwood Blossoms, Panda

Cut out circles from gelli printed papers AND the celestial background. Traced around a small bottle OR you can use a circle punch...which is so much quicker to use!

These will be the "fronts" of our paper clips.

example of gelli print; Brilliant Paper Clips by Martice Smith II

Brush on a 2 coats of Triple Thick Brilliant Gloss Glaze. (I love this stuff!) It's very glossy and smooth to the touch. Let each coat dry for 2 minutes before adding the next. Very similar to resin and it intensifies every color it comes in contact with.

Gelli print circles and Gloss Glaze; Brilliant Paper Clips by Martice Smith II


Brush on gel medium to the opposite side of the "fronts" and join them with the "backs" (celestial background).

Stamp images with StazOn solvent inks in Jet black & Emerald City (Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko).  

Tie a bow with ribbon. Make sure the rounded edges of the paper clips are pointing DOWN. Add hot glue to keep everything in place.

Attaching the bow; Brilliant Paper Clips by Martice Smith II

Look! Aren't these cool or what?! I love how each one is unique and charming. Which one do you like?

Collection of Brilliant Paper Clips by Martice Smith II

For other embellishments:
-Dot on some Americana 3D Gloss Enamels Transparent Glass Writer in Green and Yellow,

-Draw with Craft Twinkles in Silver and Christmas Red (DecoArt),

-Paint the circles with acrylic paint. None of those painful paper cuts are allowed here!

Now you can say 'Bye-bye' to those boring paper clips. Happy creating!

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