Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Hot glue art tutorial

Hi friends!
Here is an art tutorial using a hot glue technique I love. Back issues of Nov/Dec 2007 Altered Arts Magazine where I originally featured this technique can be purchased HERE.

Forrest scene on an album cover (click for larger image)

Kathleen's Hot Glue frame technique

  • Cornish Heritage Farms unmounted stamp - Trees Backgrounder
  • Pan Pastel Sofft Art Sponge - Flat Angle Slice
  • Ranger Adirondack Ink - Pitch Black
  • Claudine Hellmuth Studio Acrylic - Sable Brown
  • White, blue and black cardstock
  • Hot glue gun and glue
  • Tattered Angels Glimmermist - Black Gold and Old Lace
  • Black Gesso
  • American Crafts Zing Black Embossing Powder
  • Metallic Rub-ons
  • Golden brand Glass Bead Gel
  • Embellishments: clear seed beads, lock charm, ball chain, iridescent thread, blue metallic thread, machine stitching.
1. Assemble your materials and turn your hot glue gun on.

2. While your hot glue gun is heating up, cut a piece of white cardstock slightly larger than the dimensions of the rubber stamp. I chose a cardstock that has a linen finish.
3. Spray the surface of your card with Glimmermist shimmer spray keeping the light colours to the middle of your card.

4. Force dry with a heat gun. You could let it dry naturally if you wish.

5. Ink up your stamp with the black pigment ink and stamp directly onto your now shimmery white card.

6. Emboss immediately with the black embossing powder. The technique for embossing is to sprinkle the still wet ink with powder. Shake off the excess powder onto a clean piece off paper and return the excess to its jar for re-use. Heat the embossing powder that is now stuck to your stamped image with a heat gun or over a toaster so that the powder melts into a glossy enamel sheen. Set embossed image aside.

7. Apply hot melted glue directly to your rubber stamp (do not use on acrylic stamps - I havent tested them yet!). Rubber stamps are made of vocanized rubber and are not harmed by the hot glue.

8. Apply the hot glue around the entire edge of the rubber stamp to create a frame and then trail the glue inwards to build up width to the frame. Vary the thickness of the hot glue and allow small threads to snake across the image. Set aside to cool.

9. Using the sponge, apply black ink to the edges of the cardstock image blending lightly.

10. Layer the embossed inked image onto a piece of blue and black cardstock. Each piece slightly larger than the last to add a mat border then zig-zag machine stitch to hold the pieces together and create a decorative edge. Leave the threads hanging free for additional interest.

11. Once the hot glue is well cool (it will be cloudy looking), peel it up off the surface of the stamp.

12. Paint the hot glue frame with black gesso making sure to get paint in all the detail and crevices.

13. While the gesso is still wet, burnish back over the frame with the sponge to remove the gesso from the top peaks of the texture. This will add back a subtle translucent look.

14. Sponge some colour into the frame using the sponge. Burnish back again lightly to reveal the translucent peaks.

15. Apply the glass bead gel to the interior edges of the frame. Once it is dry it will give a crystal frost like detail to the piece.

16. Using your fingertip, rub some shimmery white metallic rub-ons near the glass bead gel to blend out the icy effect.

17. Attach the frame over the stamped image (the images will line up) by piercing holes either side of glue bands in the frame then thread a large needle with metallic threads and tie the frame onto the embossed image. I tied mine in three places leaving the thread excess hanging free.

18. Add final detail by attaching a small charm to the frame with ball chain. Thread tiny crystal seed beads onto the ends of the free threads.

19. Adhere your textured image to the front of a journal, book, album or box and your project is complete.

This is such a easy and effective technique. I encourage you to give it a try!

Happy creating :)