I love small things.
I love paper.
I love details.
I was sold!
I made a few last year; I've used them on my art journal pages and on gift tags. Most people use them on cards. I don't really enjoy making cards, so after a while, I stopped making them. I still have a stash and I take them out every once in a while and smile. Most of them are just backgrounds ready to be completed. But one set in particular is my favorite.
They are cut from an old book illustration I painted pink, cut up, and rearranged. Because I rearranged it, I was able to see pictures in the graphics that weren't there before. Grass became water, trees became a stage. That's how they looked in my eyes anyway. So I enhanced what I saw with color and words (cut from the same book). I added tiny punched embellishments, some gold paint, and I inked the edges, slightly.
What was I thinking? I don't often use a lot of bright colors. It scares me. I don't know what to do with it. I didn't know what to do with my inchies. They were PINK.
I've wanted to frame them, but until recently, I didn't know how to make the pink work. I took them out a few days ago...
I mounted them on foam adhesive.
I used some stamps to distress and darken a piece of scrapbook paper.
Then, I mounted them onto a piece of black card stock.
Craft Tip: Don't use a strong adhesive when mounting inchies in a grid, I use Beacon's 3-IN-1 Advanced Craft Glue. It dries quickly, but not too quickly. It gives you enough time to make sure everything is centered, and it is strong when it is dry. It dries quicker that Tacky Glue.
Some of the inchies are 3-dimensional.
I wanted to be sure they didn't get smashed when I framed them. I cut photo corners and mounted them onto cardboard.
Craft Tip: Keep your glue on its side when you will be using it a lot. This works well for Tacky Glue, which flows slowly, or when you are running a little low on glue. It will come out faster and you don't have to sit there shaking and squeezing and waiting on glue.
It worked! They didn't get smashed!
Here they are framed, My Beloved Inchies:
One of these days I am going to get brave enough to join an Inchie Exchange.
I'll be posting an update on my craft corner soon. You'll see where I put the Inchies. It will be an After and Before post. The link above and HERE shows what my craft corner looked like right after I finished creating it. Now, a year later, you'll see what worked and what didn't. Did my organizing work?
I'll let you know.....
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