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
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!