Here's a new twist on "apples for the teacher," an apple inchie charm! I had colored a few fruit-inchies last week and wasn't quite sure what I wanted to do with them. Tonight I started playing with this Apples in Chintz image and trying to think of how to present it as part of a whole. Spotlighting came to mind; remember when we stamped a simple line image, re-stamped it, colored the second image, then used a circle punch to punch out the colored image and layer it on top of the original line image?
That's the concept that I used here. I stamped the monochromatic base layer of the main image (Lockhart) on Prism China cardstock, then colored it with a Copic W-1 marker and a white Prismacolor pencil. Next I die-cut and embossed it with my Spellbinders Nestability Plain Square dies. The background papers are Flirt by Memory Box. I picked them because of their painterly look, trying to play up my framed artwork theme.
The inchie apples were stamped in Black Brilliance ink and heat-set, then colored using the Copic markers shown on the left. I used three silver mini brads to tie in the color of the soldered frame and help balance out the visual heaviness of the top of the card.
For the charm, I trimmed my colored image to 1" square, cut a backing from a patterned paper, and sandwiched the layers between two 1" glass squares. I taped the edges with copper tape, burnished them well, then fluxed and soldered them. (If you would like to learn more about how to make a soldered charm, you can find step-by-step instructions here.) If you already have a soldering iron, you can get other necessities here; if you do not have a soldering iron, the Creative Art Kit contains everything you'd need to get started.)
If you are interested in playing with inchies, you may want to visit the new Inchie INKlings blog; there's a monthly challenge posted and a prize attached to it. Thanks for visiting!
If you've e-mailed me in the past few days, I'm slowly working through the e-mails. I've had some satellite internet outages this weekend, as well as some other challenges. Thanks for your patience.