Monday, May 19, 2014

Craft Hoarders Anonymous Blog Challenge #8 with Sin City Stamps

Hi everyone, and welcome back to Challenge #8 with Sin City Stamps and Craft Hoarders Anonymous design teams.  Today we begin a new challenge.  

Challenge #8 Show us Some Metal or Glass
Do you hoard gears, pins, brads, eyelets, frames, and other metal do-dads? Do you have a thing for tiny light bulbs and glass vials? Do junk drawers make you giddy? Do you hang out in office supply stores so you can score funky paperclips? Do bottle caps make you swoon? Dig through your hoard to find something metal or glass (or both) and make a project to share!

One talented participant will receive these prizes, donated by Sin City Stamps and Really Reasonable Ribbon! Challenge Rules are HERE.  Make sure you LINK your project up using the Link Tool on the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog

For my inspirational challenge entry, I decided to alter a microscope slide mailer.  I have been hoarding a small collection of these for years, and now I am addicted to playing with them.  The good news is, they are still easily obtainable.  This particular mailer is a single slide mailer, but they come in different varieties and hold two, three, four, and sometimes more, microscope slides. 
Paint both sides of single microscope slide mailer with white gesso.
Stamp winged spark plug onto microscope slide holder inside, and half of the spark plug onto a sheet of vintage book paper.  
As you can see in the photo above, I used colored pencils and metallic markers to color the image.  The metallic markers I used were more opaque, so I used a stamp positioner to re-stamp the spark plug portion of the stamp, returning the image to its original detail.

Align both images to match and cut right side of winged spark plug out, using the glass slide as a guide.
Stamp gears background onto outside cover, as shown.
Color front of holder with Gelatos in gold, silver, ochre, brown.  Edge holder with silver metallic ink.  (See finished photo above).

Stamp light bulb and time clock face onto scrap of vintage book page, fussy cut images, glue to inside holder, as shown below.  I accidentally cracked the glass slide, and I liked it so much, I left it like that.  However, for safety's sake, I then ran a bead of 3D Crystal Lacquer along the edges of the glass.  At the same time, I added a thick layer of 3D Crystal Lacquer to the light bulb for dimension.
Here is a closer look at that light bulb.
I added a piece of film strip that I very carefully curled using a heat gun and slipped it through a metal stencil clip.  I glued that and a tiny key escutcheon on the front, then bent the pointed end of a metal photo clip and adhered it over the edge of the front to look like a book closure.
A few more close ups of the inside.  First up, the fractured glass.
Next, the outside cover of the mailer.

Supplies used:
Sin City Stamps plates:  Classic SparkTime
Chipboard microscope slide mailer
Microscope glass slide
Onyx Black ink pad
Silver metallic ink
Gold, silver, ochre, brown gelatos
White Gesso
Charcoal pencil
Blender stump
3D Crystal Lacquer
Various metal embellishments

Make sure you visit the Design Team and check out what they have to share!

Sin City Stamps Designers

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I hope you can spend some time with us today to check out all of the awesome projects brought to you by both teams.  In addition, there will be prizes awarded, and all the information can be obtained on the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog.  Sin City Stamps is also giving away a fabulous $20 gift card, and the CHAC blog has this beautiful selection of Really Reasonable Ribbon to be awarded to the challenge winner.

Thanks for stopping by.  Good luck to you all, and have a wonderful, creative week.



  1. Beautiful Sllde Holder Barbara and I love that you cracked the slide glass, just love the effect of all you fabulous details. Thanks for being a part of the SinCityStamps and Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Team and sharing with us your amazing project.

  2. Oh my goodness...I just love this, Barbara! The cracked slide glass adds such a great vintage touch and stamping that sparkplug image half on the holder and half on the bookpage is awesome. Love all the wonderful embellies you added too! Thanks for blog hopping with us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  3. Wow. My jaw is on the floor! I love how steampunky this is. And the cracked glass....and....oh it is just incredible!

  4. Awesome steampunk work! Thanks for joining us on the blog hop at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  5. I love your piece! Amazing design. Thanks for joining us on the blog hop at Craft Hoarders Anonymous. It has been a pleasure having you with us this month!

  6. Just amazing… love all the details - your work is amazing.

  7. I love it Barbara! How unique. I never thought of heating that filmstrip. I'll have to give that a go!.. Great Job!

  8. This is wonderful! You always create the most fabulous things!! Can;t wait to see more!

  9. I always love your projects! I especially love the broken glass in this!

  10. Just beautiful, love every detail! Thanks for joining us on the blog hop at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  11. Love how eclectic this is. Going to have to try that tidbit with the filmstrip.

  12. Fabulous!! Love the slide mailer and all of the clever details you've incorporated!! Really amazing. . love your coloring and how you've made this such a unique piece! That filmstrip is the perfect finishing touch! It's been a great month hopping along with you all!

  13. Hopped over from CHA - what a cool steampunky creation!
    Alison x

  14. Hi, very informative blog got good information about Glass Slides. Thanks for the blog.