Monday, January 16, 2012

Achoo! Bless you...

Hi friends.  I’m popping in to share my third project as Our Craft Lounge's Artist of the Month!  This is the time of year for runny noses and head colds, so I thought a little decorated tissue pack would make a cute, yet thoughtful gift for my co-workers who are a little under the weather.  I chose to work with two sets today to make my simple project.  I stamped the “ACHOO!” sentiment from the Say It With Flowers set, because I wanted a simple font that I could stamp repeatedly.  
The “Bless you” sentiment, the tissue box and bowl of soup came from the Running Sick set.

I saw the cutest dyed doilies on my friend, Dana Gustafson's blog the other day, and just HAD to give them a try!  The original tutorial was posted by Charlotte's Fancy.  I kind of followed Charlotte's tutorial for the first three colors I tried...but I used SU ink droppers instead of food coloring.  The pastel colors were really pretty, but I love BOLD regal colors, so I changed it up a bit.  I put my white doilies in a Pyrex dish and squirt a LOT of SU ink on them.  The doilies kind of absorbed the ink, but not edge to edge, so I put the dish under the faucet and simply turned the water on just until it hit the doily (very slow drip) and then shut it off.  I'm talking a DROP of water...literally.  I then moved the doily around to completely absorb the ink and used the same mixture for my next doily.  Check out the difference in the color hues!!  I LOVE the dark ones :]
The "blue" doily is actually plum in's gorgeous!!  I used the Garden Green one on my tissue pack decoration.  You'll notice I cut a fancy 4.25"x4.25" white frame to go under my doily so that the colors of the tissue pack wouldn't show through.
I also cut an Occasional Label out of my MTME Fresh Cut Expressions Collection 1 pack of digi paper, and stamped my ACHOO on the layered oval.  I colored the soup bowl and tissue box with Copics and layered them with dimensional tape.  The Bless You sentiment was a perfect fit for my SU punch using another sheet of digi paper from the same pack.  A little ribbon and a prima finished off my project :]
Easy, cost effective, cute little gift!!!  Love those kinds ;]  Hope you're inspired to get crafty!!  Thanks for stopping by.


Vicki Dutcher said...

Oh I so love the dark died doilies!! Thanks for the link = I am hoping to do a lot of these!!

dpkennedy said...

Cute! What a nice way to receive a pack of tissues...especially when you feel yucky. This will surely brighten the receivers day! Great project!

Marlena M. said...

How did you know? ;) Yes, the sickies are definitely going around here. I love this gift idea and those doilies look professionally colored. Thanks for sharing this,Kristin! ;)

Broni said...

Fantastic project, Kristin! I could use that kleenex right now. Darn runny nose!!

Lori said...

What a great idea for this time of year! Love the look of the dyed doilies.

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