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How to Embellish a Beautiful Mermaid with Dew Drops

Hi Guys,
It’s Karen here and I wanted to share how I embellished a mermaid with Dew Drops. My motivation was my niece’s up coming 4th birthday. She adores mermaids & anything related to swimming. So when I found this wooden mermaid, I knew it would be a perfect addition to help celebrate her birthday. By embellishing the mermaid’s tail with Dew Drops, I created jeweled scales which gave the project a lovely texture. The beautiful colors & sheen was created by applying the transparent Dew Drops over metallic paint which intensified the colors. Let’s dive in!

Supplies:
    Bubbles Mini Dew Drops                 Water Dew Drops

Lily Pad Dew Drops                    Purple Mini Dew Drops
 

Directions:

1. Apply white texture paste to the number. Create gentle waves of texture paste to mimic the ocean using a popsicle stick. Set aside to dry thoroughly.

2. Paint the texture paste with shades of aqua blue & green metallic paint. Set aside to dry.

3. Paint the wooden mermaid with watercolor paint. Use a white gel pen to color her eyes and apply glitter glue to highlight select elements of the design.

(TIP: A set of markers came with the kit and could be used to color the wood.)

4.  Select Dew Drops to match the colors the mermaid’s tail was painted.  Place the Dew Drops onto the mermaid’s tail coordinating with the color underneath. Carefully, begin gluing the Dew Drops into position. Set the mermaid aside to thoroughly dry.

5. Next, adhere the mermaid to the large number with liquid adhesive.

6. Adhere a piece of glitter tulle to the back of the opening of the #4. This will increase the surface area which you can attach embellishments to and will provide an extra sparkle.
7. Create your underwater scene with fish, shells, & assorted sea life. Apply a transparent medium to give the sea creatures a shiny & wet appearance. When you are satisfied, adhere the elements into position.


8.  Stamp bubbles onto transparency, apply embossing powder, and heat set.  Carefully cut out the bubbles and add them in between the elements.  To create the appearance of more depth, adhere some of the bubbles underneath the aquatic elements, attach some on top, and have some bubbles overlap the edge.



9. To complete the underwater scene, use liquid adhesive to adhere a scattering of round Dew Drops to appear as bubbles in the turbulent water.


A Closer Look:




Other Supplies:

wooden number & mermaid
white texture paste / translucent medium (Glossy Accents)
blue & green acrylic paint / watercolor paint set / paint brushes
white gel pen / purple glitter glue
embellishments: sea shells, fish & assorted sea life
transparency, embossing powder, heat gun
purple glitter / tulle / liquid adhesive

 

If you would like to see more of Karen’s amazing creations,
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How to Embellish an Adorable Swimming Layout

Hello Friends,
Karen here… to share how to embellish an adorable swimming layout. I created a underwater scene where the photo merges & blends into the blue paper. Dew Drops serve as perfect bubbles that add the feeling of realistic movement in the water. Use multiple sizes of Round Dew Drops in various shades of blue to bring your scene to life. So go grab your photos of the kiddos or grandkids and get ready to create your own underwater world. Follow me & let’s dive in!

The Robin’s Nest Supplies: 

Pool Dew Drop

Sea Glass Tear Drops

Raindrops Dew Drops

                 

Directions:

  1. Carefully tear along the edge of teal blue paper and adhere the strip near the lower edge of the striped paper.
  1. Attach the photo on the left side of the teal blue paper tucking it underneath the torn edge.

(TIP: Select blue paper that best matches the color of the water

so that the photo appears to blend into the paper.)

  1. Cut & crop two photos into circles. Adhere them slightly overlapping in the upper right corner of the layout. Add some chipboard flourishes to bring a sense of movement by mimicking splashing water.

    4.  Embellish the layout with fish and appropriate summer accents.

(TIP: Use embellishments to camouflage less than ideal photos.  When I noticed that
the inner tube was going off the edge of the photo, I used a fish overlapping
the edge to disguise that little bothersome issue.  I wanted to create
a blended scene where the photo merges into the blue paper.)

  1. Finally, adhere round Dew Drops to appear as bubbles and Tear Drops to mimic splashes.

A Closer Look:

Other Supplies:

3 photos

striped & teal blue scrapbook paper

circle paper punches or metal dies/die cutting machine

embellishments – flourishes, fish, beach ball

liquid adhesive

The Robin’s Nest Shop

If you would like to see more of Karen’s spectacular creations,
visit her blog at Art & Soul.

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How to Make a Fabulous Shaker Embellishment

Hi Girls,
It’s Karen…Come along with me and I’ll show you how to create a fabulous shaker embellishment using Dew Drops.  My little niece is a camera flirt…and I hope she stays that way.  She was blowing bubbles with her Grammy after an afternoon of swimming with her Aunt and being even more adorable than usual.  If you’ve never made a shaker, they add a lovely kinetic element to your pages and it gives the viewer a little surprise when all the elements clink and wiggle.

Supplies:
Raindrop Dew Drops

Directions:

1. Matte a piece of patterned paper with red cardstock. Use a white gel pen to doodle a dotty border around the edge.
2. Use a circle die to crop 4 photos. Matte 1 rectangular photo with coordinating paper.


3. Select the circle photo that will become the shaker. Cut out a circular frame of craft foam the same size as the photo.  
Adhere the circular frame over the photo.

4. Then, add a selection of Dew Drops and small embellishments like sequins, gems, beads, paper circles, or confetti. Cut a piece of acetate and adhere it to the frame to enclose the tiny bits.
(TIP: Make sure to double check that none of the tiny embellishments are thicker than the foam frame or they won’t be able to slide around freely.)

5.  Add a red paper frame over the acetate to finish off the shaker.

6.  Adhere the shaker and then embellish the layout with large bubbles, a cluster of embellishments on the main photo, and Dew Drops.

Other Supplies:
5 photos
die cutting machine
multiple sizes of circle dies
craft foam & acetate
small paper dots
pattern paper & red cardstock
white gel pen
liquid adhesive

A Closer Look:


If you would like to see more of Karen’s amazing creations,
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How to Embellish Pattern Paper with Dew Drops

Hello Ladies,
It’s Karen here to share how to embellish pattern paper with Dew Drops. I used Neon Pink Mini Dew Drops to embellish a cute cupcake design in the paper to add an adorable touch to a little girl’s layout with her two Grandmothers. This is such a quick and easy way to add a dimensional touch to a fairly simply layout. Happy Mother’s Day to all the hard working & underappreciated Moms, Stepmoms, God Mothers, Foster Moms, and Grandmas.

Supplies:  Neon Pink Mini Dew Drops

Directions:  1. Adhere some coordinating decorative stripes along the lower edge of the layout.

 

2. Round the corners of the photos. To include journaling cards that can be discreetly hidden
and removable when desired, form a pocket by adhering foam tape behind
 the edges & lower portion of the back of the photos.
3.  Adhere the photos overlapping at a gentle angle.  Next, insert the journaling cards.
4. Adhere a variety of sizes of white heart embellishments.
Use iridescent glitter glue to accentuate the hearts.
5. Add Dew Drops to embellish the cherry cupcakes on the lower border edge.

 

Other Supplies:
2 photos
scrapbook paper
border strips
journaling tags
glitter glue liquid adhesive
corner rounder

A Closer Look:

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How to Make a Simple Sympathy Card

Hello Friends,
It’s Karen here to share a simple sympathy card that is quick and easy to make.  For those difficult times of loss, we can show our concern for another family with a hand made card. White on white with a subtle hint of color is a perfect combination.  This is a very elegant design so it is also suitable to be used as a wedding card.  Let’s take flight!


Easter Dew Drops                        Lily Pad Dew Drops

Directions:
1. Die cut a variety of bird silhouettes on white card stock.

2. Adhere the birds to the card base diagonally from the upper right to the lower left.

3. Use clear drying adhesive to attach a scattering of pastel Dew Drops among the birds.
Tip: After you plan the placement of the Dew Drops, take a photo of your favorite arrangement. This really helps you to avoid undue frustration by having the image to refer to as you glue the Dew Drops in place.

 

 

Other Supplies:
white card stock (5×7″)
Die Cutting Machine & bird die cut
liquid adhesive
If you would like to see more of Karen’s fabulous creations,
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How to Frame An Easter Card with Dew Drops

Hi Ladies,
Here is a quick and easy card to make for Easter. White on white with a subtle hint of color is very elegant so this design is also suitable to be used as a wedding or sympathy card. For an extra special touch, highlight a special design within the textured pattern using a glitter gel pen.   If you like to take your paper-crafts into home decor, frame this design to create a lovely piece of wall art.

Pink Punch Dew Drops

Directions:

1. Use an embossing folder to add a texture onto white card stock.

2. Cut around the cross.  Use a glitter gel pen to high light one of the central designs.

3.  Adhere the cross to the card base using foam tape to create added dimension.

4.  Use liquid adhesive to attach a single row of Dew Drops around the edge of the cross.


Other Supplies:
Glitter Gel Pen
foam mounting tape
liquid adhesive
die cutting machine & cross embossing folder

If you would like to see more of Karen’s beautiful creations,
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How to Create a CAS Card with Dew Drops

Hey Friends,

It’s Karen…I would love to show you how to create a CAS card with Dew Drops. I stamped a simple background with black ink by repeatedly stamping the same image to cover the card base. Then, I let the Dew Drops be the star of the show. The bright translucent Dew Drops make an outstanding contrast against the bold background design. When Dew Drops are the focal point of the design, your card will definitely be unforgettable to the recipient. This design technique is very versatile as it can be used over and over again because with a different background stamp and different color/shape Dew Drops, the possibilities to create CAS cards for different occasions are endless.

Supplies:

             Flame Dew Drops                               Bubbles Dew Drops

Directions:

1. Use black ink to stamp a background pattern onto a piece of white cardstock.

2. Repeat stamping the image to fill the entire card front.

3. Select a large variety of Dew Drops in every color. Adhere them to create a cascading rainbow starting at the upper left corner going diagonally across to the lower right.  Die cut a large sentiment with black card stock. Adhere the sentiment to the lower section of the card.

4. Continue adding more Dew Drops underneath the sentiment.

 

Other Supplies:
black ink pad
background stamp
liquid adhesive
sentiment metal die
die cutting machine
white card base 5×7″

If you would like to see more of Karen’s amazing creations,
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How to Easily Embellish an Embossed Design

Hey Girls,
It’s Karen…and I’d love to show you how easy it is to embellish an embossed design with Dew Drops. I embossed a floral texture onto pattern paper which doubled the depth and improved the wow factor. By simply adding Dew Drops to the center of flowers, it is easy to create stunning feminine cards for any occasion. Grab a cup of coffee and follow me!

 

Directions:
1. Select a patterned paper with a floral design and use a die cutting machine to add an embossed texture.
2. Use a black permanent marker to enhance part of the design. Matte the aperture with a piece of white paper to contrast with the black greeting.

3. Attach the embossed paper to a black square card base.
4. Adhere pearl Dew Drops to the center of paper flowers. When they are dry, use the pads of your fingers to gently bend the petals up to add more realistic dimension.  Attach the flowers vertically down the right side of the card.
5. Create a frame around the opening of the aperture with pearl Dew Drops.
6. Finally, adhere silver Dew Drops to the center of the black flowers.
Other Supplies:
black card base
die cutting machine
floral embossing folder
pink floral paper
black permanent marker
liquid adhesive

 

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How to Embellish with Dew Drops for Valentine’s Day

Hey Friends,
Karen here with you to celebrate Valentine’s Day with a quick and easy last minute way to embellish with Dew Drops.  I took a cute store bought MDF decoration and made it extra special by adding some Dew Drops to the design.  Make sure you scroll down to the end of the post to see a 2nd bonus project.

 

Supplies:
Red & White Diamond Drops (Ace of Diamonds)

Red Tear Drops (Forbidden Love)

White Dew Drops

Directions:
Assemble 2 Tear Drops and 1 Diamond Dew Drop together to form a heart. Outline elements within the printed design using Dew Drops such as the outline of the heart. Finally, add a random scattering of small round white Dew Drops. When you are satisfied with the placement, take a photo of the arrangement so that you can recreate the design exactly as you had it. Use liquid adhesive or glue dots to attach the Dew Drops.

Other Supplies:
Valentine’s Day Hanging Sign
liquid adhesive


 

 

 

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How to Easily Decorate a Small Ornament

Hey Friends,
It’s Karen and I am so happy to share my fun way to easily decorate an acrylic ornament.  I found this transparent acrylic unicorn shape in an after Christmas clearance sale. I immediately knew it would look glorious covered in Dew Drops. This is a quick and easy project that of course could be done using a wooden shape.

Supplies:

                          Riverside Mini Dew Drops         Sprinkles Mini Dew Drops

Directions:
1. Practice laying out the gems to accentuate the design. Take a few photos so that you can refer to them when it is time to glue the Dew Drops in position.  Doing this will prevent disappointment and frustration.

2. Carefully apply adhesive to the acrylic shape.  Start along the edge and work inward. Add the Dew Drops to build the design. Use various sizes & shapes of Dew Drops to best fill the image.


Other Supplies:
clear acrylic shape
liquid adhesive
small embellishment placing tool (Embellie Gellie)

 

A Closer Look:

If you would like to see more of Karen’s wonderful creations,
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