Saturday, July 24, 2010

Making your Own Grabbit Tool… and Dying Perfect Pearls to Match Your Project!

Have you ever had teeny tiny pieces that you need to pick up?  Like the tiny eyes from our new owl punch?  Or to perfectly place pearls hand dyed pearls on your projects?  Then I have a really cool solution for you… a DIY (do it yourself) grabbit tool made with mini glue dots and mini wood dowels!

The mini wood dowels are pre-cut and packaged with other wooden items at your local craft and hobby store… here are the ones I used:


To make your own grabbit tool, simply place a mini glue dot on the end of the mini dowel…


mold it to fit around the tip of the dowel, and then add a second one, more around the stick itself!



When you are ready to dye the pearls…. mix one part reinker (a drop) with two parts rubbing alcohol… stir until mixed.   The rubbing alcohol will make the ink coverage more even and less splotchy.

Pick up a Basic pearl with your new grabbit tool… and dip into the dye solution.




Hold or prop vertically until the ink pools along the bottom of the pearl, and lightly touch with a soft tissue to remove excess die…

Repeat dipping process until you have achieved the desired depth and color.  In the photo below, there is a pink pearl which has been dyed, and a soft suede pearl which will soon be dabbed with tissue.




Aha… and here is the card I made using the soft suede dyed pearls, after dipping them twice in the solution and allowing them to dry.



If you’re impatient, you can also hit the pearls with a heat tool… but be very careful.  If you leave the heat on them too long, they change color and become more like hammered metal :)  Which… you will probably see show up on another card in the future as well!


Stampin’ Up! Supplies for Today’s Card:

Stamps:  Word Play

Card Stock:  Very Vanilla, Brushed Gold

Ink:  Versamark

Accessories:  Heat Tool, Gold EP, Soft Suede Re-inker, Basic Pearls, Lattice and Elegant Lines Embossing Folder, 70% Isopropyl Rubbing Alcohol, Wooden Dowels, Mini Glue Dots, Very Vanilla Taffeta Ribbon, Sanding block

Have a great day!  Hugs!


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Judy Marshall said...

What a brilliant idea for those little pieces! Thanks for the great tutorial too...I hadn't even thought about dying! Love your card, thanks so much for sharing!


Laura said...

Thanks for sharing this great idea. I will be incorporating it into some of my own cards in the future.

Created By You said...

Updated my post to include the stampin' up! supplies used on today's card including the stamp set: WORD PLAY!! What a versatile set!!

Holly said...

Great idea! How fun thanks for sharing the tutorial! Love the card soo pretty!

Sandy said...

Very Beautiful Card. First time I have heard of SU using the same name for stamp sets. Word play was also a set of 6 retiring in 2006.
Sandy in TX

Maureen said...

I love this idea of dying pearls! TFS!

Dorothy said...

This card is drop dead gorgeous!!! Very elegant. :) I love the pearl idea too!

lisa808 said...

Sharon, gorgeous & elegant card. Thanks for the tip & tutorial.

lisa808 said...

Sharon, gorgeous & elegant card. Thanks for the tip & tutorial.

Jeanne Nielsen said...

Great tip! I'm going to incorporate this into my Beginner's Boxes -- I'm putting together a box of tools that my customers should bring to classes -- you never know when this tool might come in handy! TFS!

Jean Fitch from jlfstudio said...

Now that's a WoW Card and a Wow tip if ever I saw one! Thanks Sharon for sharing the inspiration. Is it just me or has anyone else noticed that the word share and the name Sharon have more than letters in common? Hee, hee. Hugs and blessings my friend. Today Southern Oregon felt a lot like Florida!

Shari Winterstein said...

What a great idea and a stunning card - as usual. I love your blog. Thanks for blessing my day. By the way I am in the midst of a hangover - a Convention hangover - LOL! What a wonderful 5 days.

procrastistamper said...

totally GORGEOUS, thanks for sharing!!!

Bridget Martinelli said...

Thanks so much for this wonderful tip.. I even have trouble glueing those tiny owl eyes.. LOL, what a great tool.

Ellen Kemper said...

Clever, as always...

And you give great, clear directions - just another reason for us to love and adore you!

Thanks for sharing!

Marti said...

Ditto to all these comments. Love the ideas. They are perfect for casing!

stampingmadly said...

Great ideas, Sharon. Thanks for the directions.