Saturday, 17 December 2011

Sweet Pea Charm Bracelet

Haa ha! You didn't expect to see me back again today did you? Well here I am like the proverbial bad penny bringing you details of this weeks challenge over at Sweet Pea Stampers. The challenge this week is to Make A Gift.

As I'm really pushed for time at the moment, I decided that I'd do something really quick and easy, the only thing was I really wanted some beautifully coloured Ching-Chou-Kuik images to use for the charms. However, as each image can take a good couple of hours to colour, there was no way that stamping and colouring images was an option. Luckily for me I won the last challenge over at The Crafty Purple Frog and my prize was any five decoupage or pyramage sheets of my choice, so thanks Amy I hope you like what I've done with your sheets!

For those of you who have followed my blog for any length of time, you may recall that last Christmas I used one of these images to make a really speedy decorated candle? Well I've used the images in the same way for this bracelet except I've put them on shrink plastic.

In order to get the main part of the decoupage sheet image, I used Gimp to select the required image and then pasted it into a word processing document (I'm sure there are far easier ways of doing this, but I was in a hurry and need to things to work for me like yesterday!!). I then resized the image and used a mask to lighten the colours. The image was then printed onto inkjet printable shrink plastic, allowed to dry for a few minutes and then cut out. Once I'd punched any required holes, I shrank the plastic down with my heat gun.

The backs and sides of the charms looked really ugly, so I decided to use embossing powder to cover them. Once that had been done, I covered the front with Glossy Accents, allowed it to dry and then coated the back and sides, before adding a further coat to the front.

Finally, the charms and beads were attached to a bracelet that I picked up in Claire's Accessories sale for 50p.

Images - The Crafty Purple Frog
Inkjet Shrink Plastic - Crafty Computer Paper
Heat It Up Silver Embossing Powder
Heat Gun
Jewellery findings/beads

I'd like to enter this bracelet into the following challenges:
Top Tip Tuesday - A gift
Ooh La La Creations - Anything but a card
Just Some Lines - Handmade Gifts


  1. What a fantastic bracelet hun! Bet you're glad you didn't colour those images in after all!??

  2. What a gorgeous charm

  3. What a cute idea these images are just perfect for your bracelet! Thanks for coming to join us at Top Tip Tuesday this time, I hope you can come play again soon, hugs Samantha :0)

  4. A great idea for a gift. Thanks for joining Top Tip Tuesday. Elaine

  5. That is so cute. Love your Bracelet.
    Hugs Nat

  6. Oh I love this!!!
    Thanks for joining the Just Some Lines Saturday Challenge!!

  7. Wow this is a great idea for our challenge over at Top Tip Tuesday. And such a fab idea for a Christmas present too. Love the fab design and that you bring something different than paper to this challenge, awsome:) Thanks for playing at TTT and good luck. Hope to see you back tuesday for a new challenge. Bettina xx

  8. you clever little person, espeically for a susex girl, Merry Christmas, Siobhan x

  9. What a beautiful gift idea. So pretty. Thanks for joining us at Top Tip Tuesday this week.

  10. Amazing !! I suppose you could use photo graphs of images you have already coloured in to print onto the shrink plastic too. Love it .

  11. Very pretty
    Thanks for sharing your beautiful project with us at Ooh la la; we hope to see you again soon x


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