Have you ever stopped to think about how much cardboard we bring into our homes on an almost daily basis? From the boxes that hold shipped items to the cardboard rolls used to hold paper towels, it's a lot of cardboard. A few weeks ago, I shared with you an idea for using patterned paper scraps and cardboard to create bird napkin rings.
After I had cut out all of my shapes using corrugated cardboard, cardboard recycled from a cereal box and cardboard rolls (cut to 2 1/2" pieces), I covered the pieces with Gesso. If you are familiar with Gesso, it is a sort of paint primer. It comes in black or white mostly be can be purchased in colors as well. I used it for this project to add durability to the pieces since I plan to use them as napkin rings.A side note about the dies I used- this bird in cage Sizzix Bigz Die is one of my all time favorites. I also used a layered flower die that I have used over and over for all sorts of projects.
Both are two of my "go-to" dies when creating projects.
After the pieces were coated front and back, I used various colors of Jacquard Products paints in the Neopaque and Lumiere brands. Neopaque is a highly pigmented opaque paint designed to cover dark grounds. They have a consistency similar to Lumiere but are not metallic. Neopaque paints are flexible and soft on a variety of surfaces. They have an opaque appearance and compliment the shiny Lumiere paints when used together.
For the bird cage napkin rings I used Neopaque in Turquoise, White and Black.
Lumiere is another cool paint product.
This stunning assortment of metallic and pearlescent paints brush on like butter and are designed not to spread. They allow for smooth application on soft or flexible surfaces like fabrics and uneven textures like Styrofoam. Lumiere colors can be bright, metallic or subtle, even on dark backgrounds.
I love to use old shipping boxes with a corrugated center since it has such a rustic, textured look to it. I added stamp muslin and some bling to each of the napkin ring sets. I glued the cardboard roll to the back of the shapes to serve as a ring, and added fabric tape to further enhance the durability of the rings.
Details matter very much...
Live Life Creatively,