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Decor "Vintage" Spools - March 2022 Cards, Tags, & More Kit

Hey, y’all! Welcome back to the Tres Jolie Blog!

This week I have some décor spools I made to go with this month’s “Threads” Stamperia papers and ephemera in the Cards, Tags, & More Kit. I loved this month’s kit and couldn’t help turning it into some décor pieces this week (and next week too!) along with the needlebook I made for my first project this month! I definitely focused on the “and More” part of the kit for March!

Check out the video to get some ideas and inspiration for what you can do with the items in this month's kit!




I can honestly say that if everything was insta-dry this project would not have taken very long! I spent a lot of time waiting for my 3D Gel or the paint, mica, and water-soaked flowers to dry since I didn’t want to use my heat gun too much – some things just work best air dried, like the rust effect powder.

Here are a couple of close ups of the shortest spool – the one with the Tres Jolie Chipboard Tailor’s Dummy (Mannequin) on top. As you can see, I added tons of mediums to the spools before I considered them finished, but I didn’t actually use that much! I used the lightest and darkest [rose] mica powers and the Liquid Color Fluid Medium from the March Mixed Media Kit, some Burnt Sienna Liquid Acrylic paint from the February Mixed Media Kit, and some rust effect powder from the September 2019 Mixed Media Kit. Mixing the darkest mica with the Burnt Sienna paint also gave me some rust color! All of the waxes I used were also from previous Tres Jolie Kits! (Tres Jolie Kits are great for building up a stash!)

Here is the base of the shortest spool. I just wrapped my “measuring tape” around the bottom, built up a hill of gel, and after it dried, I added some rust effect powder and paint to make it look like it had been sitting around for ages! Letting my rust and paint air dry also allowed for some color to soak into the papers—adding more to the aged look I was going for.

I think the top of the middle sized spool was the quickest to go together – minus the dry time for the 3D gel to dry that is holding the chipboard up—because it is mostly flowers! You can see along the edges of the chipboard some of the dark rose mica that I painted on in some of the areas.

There are a lot of layers wrapped around this base! I have chipboard thread spools, scissors, and advertisements. This is the spool I used [reversed] Scotch tape on to hold the chipboard pieces in a curved shape while I waited for the 3D gel to dry. Then I came in with my flowers, followed by my mediums, and started layering on some color and rust.

Last, but not least, the tallest spool top! This one might be my favorite because it was large enough to really let the “rust” show up!! I also really love how the Burnt Sienna mixed with the dark rose mica gave a rust-ish color to the top edge of the sewing machine—it shows up especially well on the backside where the measuring tape paper is.

Here is a good close up of how some paint and rust really added a distressed, vintage feel to those flowers. Once it’s in place, and if you don’t touch it too much while wet, paper is an amazing substrate to work with! It may be delicate when wet, but it makes up for it in absorbability and malleability.

Here is the base of my third and largest spool. I added my rust, paint, and mica to all of my exposed edges, and really added some rust to the top of my chipboard bobbin. As soon as I’m sure all of the glues and chipboard is bone dry, I will be giving these spools a protective coating of some matte sealer.


I even added some of the rust effect powder to the undersides of the tops! I carefully supported my spools between a few bottles and let them sit upside down until the rust effect powder and vinegar had dried.

Thank you for joining us here at Tres Jolie, I hope you enjoyed this project and it gave you some ideas of what you can do using the papers and embellishments found in this month’s Cards, Tags, & More Kit!

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In addition to this month’s Cards, Tags, & More Kit (*from previous Tres Jolie Kits), I used:

*DecoArt Black Gesso; Finnabair: *Matte Wax: “Old White” & “Charcoal Black,” 3D Matte Gel, Clear Gesso, “Large Gears” & “Machine Parts” Moulds; *13@rts “Rusty Bronze” Ayeeda Powder; Tim Holtz: Sanding Block, Opaque Matte Texture Paste, Alcohol Ink: “Caramel” & “Latte,” *Stamperia “Metallic Black” Wax; Fiskars 1” Circle Punch; *49 & Market Flowers, Prima Marketing Flowers, Art Glitter Glue; Mod Podge (Vintage); Liquitex Matte Gel; Fabri-Tac, spools made by me

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