Aluminum Cuff Blank- You can make your own but I prefer to get them already made. I get mine from a shop on ETSY called GOTTAGETADEAL
Diamond Glaze- You can also use ModPodge
Sandpaper- Is that one word or two? Hmm.
Pages From An Old Book- I buy old books at the thrift store. You can usually get them for under $1.
Ink Pads- Make sure the ink is permanent so it won't run when you glaze the design.
Markers- Once again, permanent!
The aluminum cuff will have a shiny, slick finish so lightly sand it inside and out so that your paper will adhere better.
Add some Diamond Glaze to the inside of the cuff and spread it out with your paint brush. Then adhere the book page to the cuff. You can make sure it's straight by lining up the end of the cuff with a line of words. Smooth the paper out and then gently tear the paper along the edge of the cuff.
Next, do the same process to the outside of the cuff...
glaze, adhere, tear.
Then, lightly sand the edges to remove any paper that hangs over the edge. It's best to let it dry before you sand or you may pull some of the paper off.
Now for the fun part!!!
Ink the stamp with the design that will go in the center. Stamp the cuff. Make sure you roll the cuff from side to side so you don't lose any of the design since the cuff is curved.
Now stamp the rest of the cuff with an "all over" design. I use one that is kind of a swirly design.
Now, you could stop there and just glaze over the cuff and be done with it! But, I like to add a little color!
I like to use BIC Mark It markers to add color.
For the final step, use the Diamond Glaze to seal the inside and outside of the cuff. I usually put 3 coats on the outside to make it super shiny. If you don't want yours shiny, then use a matte finish sealer.
On the cuff above with the key, instead of stamping my curly design around the key, I just "dirtied" up the edges with some brown acrylic paint on a damp paper towel.
The top 2 in the photo above are done using vintage dress patterns.
The bird and pear on the second row I drew using the markers.
I recently had "the girls" over for a cuff crafting party. Here are pics of some of their creations...
This project would be lots of fun to do with the kids. Go ahead and cover the cuff for them, then give them some markers and let them get creative! What a great keepsake for mom or grandma!!!