Thursday, February 18, 2010

Soft Pencil Sun catcher!

Hello. We design team members were given the digi set called "Bichitos" to work with this week, and were asked to make anything but a card. First of all, Bichitos is Spanish for "little bugs", and they are the cutest little bugs I have ever seen. I just love this set of digis. I think that they are so versatile for different projects. I have one project with them to show you today, and one that is in the works that I will be posting tomorrow (Friday). Here is what the set looks like:


For today's project, I used the butterflies and made my own handmade sun catcher for my craft room window. So, here is a photo of the final project, and then I will explain how I made it.


  1. The first thing that I did, was to make 6 copies of the digi set on my computer.
  2. Next I placed each bug in it's own file, this way, I could copy paste them into Microsoft Word in any arrangement that I wanted before printing. I clustered the three butterflies together as you can see in the project.
  3. Then, I printed it out and took it to my nearest office supply store and had them copy it onto a piece of Transparency/Acetate. I wasn't sure how well it would print on acetate with my inkjet printer.
  4. Then, I cut two card stock circle frames; ovals would have been nice too. It really depends on the shape of the image(s) you are working with. Also, the thickness of your frame is entirely up to the individual. Oh, as an extra tip, this can also be done with rubber stamps but you would need to use black Staz-on ink on the acetate.
  5. The next thing that I did was to cut the bugs out in a circle shape at the same size as the outside edge of your frame.
  6. Now we are set to add color. I turned the image over and colored on the back with some permanent markers.
  7. The next thing that I did was to heat emboss the frame. The easiest way to do this so that it looks uniform, is to lay your frame down on a piece of scrap paper, dab your versamark embossing pad directly onto the frame, until you have one side of both pieces covered, then sprinkle on the embossing powder and heat set. I used gold embossing powder here, but I think silver or even black would look great. I have seen some where embossing powder with glitter in it looked really nice.
  8. The next to the last step is to assemble the project. I used Snail Adhesive, but Extra Tacky double sided tape would work too (Stampin Up sells both). I applied the adhesive to the non-embossed side of the frame, then lined up my acetate with it and pressed down all around the circle. Then, I did the same thing to the other frame and placed it on top of the acetate and pressed down all around the circle.
  9. The last step was to punch a hole in the frame, I used my crop-a-dile tool, added an eyelet, and put a loop with some misc. skinny organdy ribbon through it so that it could be hung on a hook.

Do not be intimidated, this is not hard to do at all, I promise! Now, if you notice there are 3 other bugs in the "Bichitos" set, and I am altering a wood photo frame to show you another day with the bugs from the same digi set. So, I hope you will come back and visit me to see that. In the meantime, look over on my sidebar at the Soft Pencil logo, click on it, and visit their blog and store. Their digis are so cute and a blast to work with.

Until next time..................Blessings, Lisa

7 comments:

Cat said...

Positively gorgeous, Lisa! How creative you are! You gave very good and clear directions too! Great job!

Julie said...

Absolute stunning....fantastic idea!

Handmade Creations by Stephanie said...

Beautiful project Lisa!!!

Cindy Jenkins said...

Hey Lisa.....GREAT project....VERY clever!!! It must have been all that sleep you got!!!
Although.....I must say "Bichitos" sounds like a cuss word to me...LOL!!! ;-)

Kerry said...

Oh Lisa, this is so COOL! Totally AWESOME! And the great tutorial, this is a must try!

Softpencil said...

Your suncatcher is so sweet and colourful Lisa!!! great project! :)

GobeaGirl said...

Hi Lisa. This is adorable. I love how you put it all together. Wonderful and very happy project! Lisa G