Monday, September 29, 2008

Glimmer Mist hanging file folder tutorial

I thought I'd share with you , how to assemble this hanging file folder.. out of Manila file folders..using Glimmer Mist and Glimmer Screens. Super easy to make.

Start with 4 Manila file folders.
*note* all of mine just happened to have the tab in the center..but as long as the one you use as your front flap has the tab in the center.. the others really don't matter that much, but if you have the option, you may want to line them up with the tabs alternating from side to side.

You will need to trim the tab and about an inch or so off one of the folders. (like shown below)

That piece(above) will be the piece that is the back. Lay it down opened with the straight edge (without the tab) along the bottom. Then lay the other three file folders (still folded) on top.. with all the bottom edges lined uplike this (below)

fold the top part of the long back piece down over the others.. making a flap. ( below)

Lift the flap and ,Punch a hole on each side about a 1/2 inch , towards the top , all the way through all the file folders including the back piece. I used my cropodile..and did them all at once ..but you can also just mark it off with a pencil on each manila envelope and punch them with a standard punch separately if you want, just making sure they all match up.

Now that you have this part done, your ready to start using your Glimmer Mist and Screens.

Pull the inside folders out, keeping the front folder and the long piece( that is your back and flap).

These are the pieces that will show, so this is were you will want you design. (below)
You will be working on the back side of the long piece and the front side of the folded piece.
So lay them out , as shown below so that you are ready to spray.

I started by spritzing lightly , over all (both pieces) , with Vintage Pink.
Personally I like the look of the larger splotches of ink.... so if you have them and like them .. Leave them. lol But.. I want to show you this trick, if you prefer not to have them. (below)

*Hint* If you want a more uniform "splotchless" look.. you can just ball up a paper towel , and lightly tab all around (don't wipe..unless.. a very smooth wiped look is what you're wanting). I like to wait a minute before using the paper towel if I do this.. to give it a little time to start to soak into the paper. No sense in wiping all the color off right?

* like the way I just made up the word.. "splotchless" ? lol
You can achieve different effects with Glimmer Mist depending on whether add you next color with the previous color is still wet.. or if you let them dry in between. When they are still wet, you will get more of a blending of the colors of course. It's totally your preference depending on the look you are wanting to achieve. If you want to speed up the drying process , you can use a head gun or blow dryer.

After my base layer was fairly dry, I laydown my Glimmer Screens and start spritzing on my first color. If your working on a large area like this you will have to start at one end and work your way across, moving your Glimmer Screens at you go.
After laying down my Screens, I spritzed on (Pink Ink) glimmer mist. (below)

Then I spritzed (Spring Mist) in some areas. I didn't wait between the colors..but I did put them on lightly.. and I've found that , although you can let the colors blend... spritzing them in somewhat different areas, shows of the individual colors better, without getting a muddy look.
When you're using the Screens, adding light spritzing of color .. letting them dry some in between, gets a crisper image. If you add alot all at once.. it will pool and naturally seep under the stencil.
That can also be a cool effect, but if a crisper design is what your wanting..more light layers, allowed to dry some in between, has a better effect.

Next I added some "Robins Egg Blue" (below)

You can lift your Glimmer Screens off at anytime. I just usually leave mine a few minutes before lifting them off, to avoid smearing them when I'm taking them off. I just do something else for few minutes and then lift them off.

* Again..if you want you can dab with a paper towel if you don't like larger blotches. I like them.. so I left some.

Like I said before , a heat gun can be used to speed the drying process...but you have to remove the Glimmer Screens before doing so.. or you'll melt them.
I did use the heat gun on the long piece.. because I plan to add Glimmer Mist and repeat the design to the other side of this.. and if I add more color to the back side, when the folder is saturated all the way through, the chance is, it will mess up the image I've already done on this side.

Once it's dry, I turn the long peice over to do the back (as seen below), and also lay out the other folders , so that just the tops are showing. (There is no reason to to the pattern all over them , because the tops are all that will show, once it's assembled.)

*HINT*sometimes you can see that the paper ripples a bit. No worries, is will flatten out. If you have an iron you use for crafting, you can certainly use that , if you want to really smooth out the paper, and it will speed the drying time also.

I sprayed mine , with them laid out , just like the above photo, and as you can see below, this is how it will cover. Once it's assembled, this is all that will be seen.
After it's dry , you can assemble it again.. with the folders inside and the flap folded down over them.

Below you can see the bottom edges of all the folders together. I lined the bottoms up and added stripes of double sided tape between each of them...just along the very bottom.
At this point I inked the edges of the assembled file folder .. with my "Chestnut Roan" Colorbox CatEye ink. Just for a more aged look. This is optional of course.

I then cut about a yard of lace, and ran an end through each of the holes.. from the back , through all the hole in all the folders , and tied it off. Once I have that done, it's easy to find the center of the lace, by pulling it up above the envelope. I cut it in the middle and then tied it.

(below)Now for the flower. umm.. well as you can see, that pink is just not going to work with this ..just too pink. ( is there such a thing as TOO pink) ha..usually, not in my book.
But it's just not matching is .... No problem...

I'm going to make my flower match by using my left over Glimmer Mist. I'm just basically going to mop it up from my work mat. Why waste right? Glimmer Mist is water based soa couple of good things about that are... one... it cleans up really easy, and washes out of clothes, and off your hands, and two... even if you walk away and it dries on your work can just spritz it with some water and ... wah la... it's re hydrated again..and you can use it.
*HINT* after I got it about the color I wanted. Instead of trying to link the edges with an ink pad.. I just spritz a little "Sandy Beach" colored Glimmer Mist on my work surface.. and lightly let my flower tips touch the mat, as I turn the flower back and forth in a twisting motion.

(below) see, the same flower, before and after.

I love to use these big flowers, but I don't like the big plastic piece in the back, because it makes in hard to attach to things and lay somewhat flat.. so here's what I do.
I pop that inside and back piece off. Sometimes I leave the little plastic separators between the layers of the flower, if they have them,...just for lift. Once the centers are out. I run a piece of lightweight wire , through the button and down through the flower to the backside.

Then , so I have a bigger area on the back of the flower to actually glue to the project. I take a piece of chipboard, punch a small hole in the center, and run the wire through it.

Once I get the wire through.. I pull it tight, I cut it off and bend the wire over, or tape it down.
Now I have a bigger firm piece to help adhere the flower to the folder.

I added the flower to the front, and added a Glimmer Glass piece to the folder tab in front and to the corners.
And here's what the inside of the file folder looks like opened up. (below)

(below) is what the file folder tabs look like inside. You could add labels if you wanted.

I added a little Glimmer Glass Butterfly to the lace. I've found that clear adhesives work really well for adhering these. I used Diamond Glaze.

I hope this gave you some helpful hints.

Have fun creating!


Linda said...

Love the project! Your tutorial was easy to follow. Great job on both. Linda

rose said...

oh another wonderful project,very,very pretty. Must admit I cheat and use the heat gun and use the house irn for the odd ripple,but sometimes it really adds to the character
this is so pretty,might have to give it a whirl!

Jessica said...

How pretty! I love the difference the spritzing makes to the pink flower. Thanks for the tutorial!

DeniseLynn said...

Gasp - oh how gorgeous! Vicki I love this project. I so need to make some time to do art. My hubby's job is not going well and so I've focussed on other things for now and not spending any money on anything new. But I do have some file folders and 2 bottles of glimmer mist - no stencils but Hey I can surly figure out something else. I have to say that reading your last post I ended up with a big smile and a little giggle too when I saw your words written to me. I'm hoping to get on the computer at least a couple times a week so I'll be sure to pop in. Thanks for allowing me to tag along and a huge thanks for eye candy and artsy inspiration! Both you and Cat rock ... I'm going to make some ATC's this weekend; and some folders for a friend too. Yea!!

Judy B said...

This is such a wonderful tutorial...Just love it and can hardly wait to create one of my own. Thanks so much!!!

Michelle said...

so beautiful! thanks for sharing! I love using glimmer mist and also seeing what else people do with theirs!

TattingChic said...

THat is soooo beautiful. I love how you made the beautiful design on the paper and everything. Thanks for the tutorial. That was amazing!

Angie said...

vicki, I love this project. I can't wait to try my hand at it.

Oh by the way, I totally blame you for my glimmer mist addiction, but what a beautiful addiction it is ;)

Paben said...

Oh these are gorgeous Hon!How about bringing it and some cut to show Friday!I have a box full of folders some centered some not!If anyone wants to do one!

Darlene (SCS:akronstamperdpk) said...

WOW... this looks like a lot of work but it is AWESOME!!! Thanks for taking the time to do the tutorial so the rest of us can give it a try!! BEAUTIFUL!!!

Charmingdesigns said...

Oh wow, Oh wow...that is beautiful!!! Laurie

Monica said...

you are the queen of glimmer mist!

Monica said...

you are the queen of glimmer mist!

Anonymous said...

Lovely and a great tutorial! What did you do with the folders inside? I have file folders, Glimmer Mist (but no pink) and no Glimmer Screens...I might have to wait until I get some more *things*! LOL Thanks for sharing, Vic!

janel said...

Girl, I don't know how you get it all done! Amazing! Great tips, and techniques. Beautiful project!

Scrapthat said...

Another beautiful project Vicki! Bravo!! TFS! Always inspiring. :0)

Catherine said...

Vic, this is gorgeous...thanks for the step by steps! Hope you had fun with Wes yesterday!

Amy Teets said...

This rocks! And guess what, I have some glimmer mist to try it out! Yeah!