It was a jewelry making weekend for this crafter, glass tile pendants and altered dominoes stealing the show. Normally, I design images for my pendants and just adhere them as they are. That all changed when I thought to incorporate the rub on transfers I picked up at Hobby Lobby recently. I have used these things before, but in papercrafting, never jewelry. The inspiration hit me because these particular images packs (by Prima) are irresistibly gorgeous , and just the right size for pendants.
Adding them to my pendant images was super easy. Since the sheet they come on is transparent, I was able to move scroll over my printed pendant images to see what the transfer would look like before committing. Once I decided what transfer I wanted where, I just cut it out and burnished it on as instructed. I love the effect it gave my pieces. Super easy, and 1.99 (originally 3.99) a pack at Hobby Lobby right now.
This piece is a domino pendant that I did in layers, with the rub-on green butterfly as the top layer just under the resin. I started by painting the domino with a coat of gesso. Once dried, I mixed acrylic paints to get the soft blue/green background color and painted it on using a soft brush. When that layer dried, I stamped with clear embossing ink using an handwriting script stamp. I embossed the script using white embossing powder, rubbed on the butterfly transfer and coated with resin to finish.
I think the layer effect pops more with these rub-on transfers then when I layer in photoshop, and I get images I wouldn’t have come up with on my own digitally.
Here is a side by side comparison: a pendant with the image I designed, printed and adhered, and another pendant with the same printed image, embellished with a red butterfly transfer. I love how it refreshes my designs and how fun it is to layer with these. I will be keeping my eyes peeled for jewelry sized rub-ons!