I hope by now that most of you have picked up your Fabulous March/April issue of Paper Crafts Magazine.
It's full of babies and flowers and easter goodies. It's all about Spring. One of my favorite columns (and yours, too according to reader surverys) is Tips, Tools and Techniques. Susan Opel does a fab job writing this column and is always coming up with clever ways to illustrate her content. A few months back (before Christmas) Susan asked me to decorate some Easter eggs with everyday paper crafting supplies. At first I had a hard time thinking of Easter eggs while my Christmas cookies were in the oven, but then I got in the groove.
I started with real eggs (of course). I poked a little hole in each end of the egg and blew out the contents. I kind of scrambled the insides with my cake tester first, then just blew real hard. Okay, I admit this wasn't the funnest part. Hee.
I let the eggs dry overnight and they still were a tiny bit drippy the next day (I had rinsed them out, of course). So, I used my blow dryer to finish up the drying process.
Next, I gathered my supplies. I scooped up everything I could think of to use: rub ons, paint, mist, embossing stuff, gems, buttons, ribbon, etc.
For added color, I painted several of the eggs first with good old acrylic paint.
Then, I started playing. Susan wanted nine egss and I doubled up on a couple techniques for added interest.
The heat embossing worked really well when I used the nice thick Zing gold powder. The glitter took several coats of thin glue, and you can see that I painted one egg with yellow over pink. I thought I could sand it for a distressed look, but that didn't really work. I think the grain of the eggshell didn't lend itself to sanding.
You can see the yellow on in the upper left corner - you can't really tell it's pink underneath, but it's still cute. I also love the bottom left - I sprayed it with Glimmer Mist, but it still looked so pale. So, I grabbed my little cat's eye ink pad and rubbed it all over with a lighter shade of purple. I buffed it with a paper towel and it turned just adorable.
I would love it if some of you gave this a try. Link me up here and I will share your efforts with all my readers. Also, if you think of different techniques to try, share them here, too!