Hello again, ColoriQue fans! I am delighted to be here with you again to share an awesome upcycle project using our favourite all-purpose colour medium.
Currently I am in the middle of de-cluttering my house as we are preparing to sell and move. I’ve come to realise lately that all the “stuff” we have accumulated as a family has begun to take over the house. It’s becoming difficult to keep the place tidy, and well frankly I believe it is weighing us down mentally too. For that reason, I have embarked on a ruthless quest to downsize the hoard. (That includes my craft supply hoard too)! The problem is, what to do with the STUFF? I am trying to either sell or donate as much as possible, but the fact is that some items are just not needed any longer. Who still buys music on CDs?!
When Lisa asked me for an upcycle project for this month, I was delighted to come up with this neat idea to create some art with four CDs that are no longer required.
First of all, I painted my CDs with chalk paint formulated for glass. It adheres perfectly to give a very matte finish, which is needed for the next step.
When completely dry, stamp some images onto the CDs with embossing ink. Sprinkle on some white embossing powder, and set with a heat gun. I chose stamps with a good outline that are designed for colouring. Imagine the possibilities – a whole new way to use your image stamps! (Note that your CD may get quite hot while you’re melting the embossing powder, and may start to warp. Ensure you distribute the heat as evenly as possible, and the CD will return to it’s original shape when cooled).
Here are my four embossed CDs, awaiting their transformation:
Now for the fun part! I’ve used ColoriQue to paint the details inside the embossed lines of the design. Remember that you can use ColoriQue as a single colour, or you can mix it to create new colours just like paint. If you get colour over the embossed lines, wait until your colour is fairly dry. Take a piece of kitchen towel and gently rub over the lines of the design. This will remove the ColoriQue from these areas and leave a nice clean finish.
Now that the CDs are decorated, I can make a simple wall hanging with them. I used some 2″ burlap ribbon and adhered it with strong double-sided tape vertically on the back of the four CDs. I then added two more pieces of burlap horizontally across the back to hold it together. A piece of white cotton ribbon creates a hanging loop.
So there is my finished project! A fun and frugal way to make art from things you may no longer need. I have to say, I am feeling less weighed down now that I have started to get rid of The Stuff. What will you upcycle with YOUR unwanted stuff? Show us your ideas!
Thanks for joining me today, and happy crafting!
~~ Emma ~~
- ColoriQue by Lisa Marie Jimenez – Honey Bee, Avocado, Ruby Slippers, Wisteria, Pink Ice, Frisco Bay, Grape Vine, Moss Landing, Poppy
- ColorBox Top Boss Embossing Ink
- ColorBox Embossing Powder – White
- Old CDs
- Rubber stamps
- Chalk Paint for Glass
- Burlap Ribbon
- White cotton grosgrain ribbon
- Double-Sided adhesive tape
- Heat gun