Thursday, March 17, 2011

Faux Stained Glass


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If you've read my post on How to Decorate Paper Mache Easter Eggs, you may remember the Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink Air Splatter technique I used to create the really colorful eggs.

Since sealing the paper mache eggs with Mod Podge worked, I figure it'd work on other paper mache items, like this star box:

Then I is non-porous and glossy...why not try it on a small votive. And wow, it turned out great!!

I cleaned the glass off first with rubbing alcohol. Then I added a drop or two of alcohol ink at a time and then sprooshed it with the canned air. Sooooo cool!

Edited to add: I read on the alcohol ink labels something about it giving off toxic fumes when heated, so beware if you're using this craft near an open flame.

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  1. Wow does that look striking on the glass. Stopping by from TGC's Creative Girls:)

  2. That is so pretty!!! I love it!

    I'd love to have you share at my For the Kids Friday Link Party! I'm sure you'll find some fun ideas while you are there! Come join the fun!

  3. That turned out awesome! I love it!

    Stopping by from the Spunky Junky linky...following you (your blog name is so funny, I adore that) :)

  4. Wow that turned out so neat! I can think of all kids of things to do this on. Maybe some old barn windows! You are so talented! I'd love to have you share this at my VIP party today @

  5. This is SOOOO gorgeous! What an amazing little addition to your kitchen... or anywhere in your house!

  6. so pretty. I bet it looks beautiful with a lit candle inside.


  7. This is really nice! Love it!

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  8. What a beautiful votive! I am going to have to try that out. I want to see what it looks like with a lit candle inside, I bet its beautiful!

    Great job and thanks for the inspiration!


  9. That is soooo pretty! Do you have to order the alcohol ink and archival pad from his website or is it something you can buy at Hobby Lobby? I just hate paying for postage.

  10. Thanks for all the nice comments. :)

    I, too, think this would look awesome with a votive candle in it. I haven't tried it yet, since I gave this little votive away to a friend for a craft swap.

    Lanie - I got my alcohol inks online from Hobby Lobby, so their physical stores should have them. I didn't use the archival pad in this craft. I just put on a drop or two of ink on the glass and then sprooshed away with the canned air. :)

  11. Wow..I think that is the BEST faux stained glass I've ever seen! So nice! :D

  12. I really love this. I seriously will be copying you ASAP :)

  13. I love this so much! Thanks for sharing. I can't wait to try it. I found you from Sumo's Sweet Stuff and am now a follower.


  14. Love this technique turned out awesome!
    Just became a new follower..Would love it if you decided to follow my blog.

  15. Love it! This is so colorful...and the light shines through beautifully! Thanks for sharing!

  16. This turned out so pretty! I've been having so much fun browsing around your blog. So glad I came across it. I'm a new follower.

  17. This looks a million bucks, I love it!

  18. gorgeous, i agree with sommer this would look great on some old windows. thanks so much for sharing this at my party!!

  19. That is so cool! It turned out great! Thank you for linking up at Ten Buck Tuesday!

  20. That is so cool! I can just imagine a whole bunch of them with some candles inside. Pretty. Thanks so much for linking up to Terrific under Ten!

  21. very pretty!

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  22. Neat effect! did you tried to light a tealight in it yet?

  23. Great idea! I've had several alcohol inks sitting around for a while that I need to dig out. Does it dry on the glass? Like I said, I've never used it and don't know much about the product. Thanks!

  24. Hi, Jamie -

    The drops of alcohol ink dries pretty quickly cuz it's made with alcohol; plus, by sprooshing it with canned air, it dries almost entirely. It doesn't dry totally so you'll have to be a bit careful, but it's really fun to play with.

    Sybillinart - I haven't tried lighting a tealight yet since I gave the votive holder in the post away to a swap buddy. But I'm going to be making another soon cuz I really want to see the effect. I might actually use a washed glass jar from some spaghetti sauce and use that to make a container candle. Then I'll light 'er up and see what it looks like.

    Thank you, ladies, for all your nice feedback. And if you ever try it, please leave a link on this post. I'd love to see what you came up with - since the canned air makes it random.

  25. Thanks so much for linking up with For the Kids Friday! I'll be posting the next link party tomorrow night. I can't wait to see what you have to share this week!

  26. Wow... that turned out so cool! Fabulous idea! Thanks for linking up!

  27. Hi, I am a new follower and can't wait to read more of your blog.


  28. very cute!

    Thanks so much for linking to "20 Below Thursday"! :)

  29. Cool idea! Thanks for linking up to Mad Skills Monday!

  30. Thank you SO MUCH for linking up to WHASSUP WEDNESDAY!!! Great entry:) LOVE all the color!

    Hope to see you next Wednesday!


  31. What a great idea - I'll be highlighting your project so stop over and I hope you'll show more ideas..have a great weekend!

  32. I think that this votive is awesome! Thanks for linking it up with my Show and Share party. I gave you a feature in my Show Offs. Come check it out and grab a bragging rights button.

  33. Very creative, 2 "thumbs" up! :) Thank you for linking up to my K.I.S.S. blog bash last week. This weeks blog bash is in full swing again!! If you haven't already please be sure & link up more of your creativity, I look forward to seeing all your great ideas. :)

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  34. I would have never thought to do this! What a great technique.

    Thanks for linking to Creative Juice Thursday. Hope to see you back this week! {Party opens at 8pm CST on Wed night}

  35. What a great look and easy to-do craft for my kiddos! I will be featuring you today. thank you for linking up to "Amaze Me Monday".

  36. That glass looks fantastic!
    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  37. Love the votive Tracy, looks like stained glass! Have to check out those alcohol inks, I see them used in so many different ways. Deb

  38. Love it!

    I featured you!