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Old 10-02-2014, 10:27 AM   #1
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Anyone used eye shadow or nail polish for card making? Experiences? Or used other materials not made specifically for scrapbooking/card making?
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Sure! Anything that sticks to paper is fair game. I have used powder blush on a card to brighten the cheeks of my paper lady. Blue eye shadow worked great give dimension to the sky. I've used leftover latex paint, spray paint and liquid eye liner. Haven't tried nail polish, but why not give it a try?
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Eye shadows have a high mica content, which essentially makes them work like for instance, Perfect Pearls. So anything you would do with them will work. You may need to spray with a sealant, but cheap hairspray works for that too.
Also, artists Pastels. Chalk like sticks, often found cheap in or $ stores. I used a nutmeg grater to add pastel to Versamark on this card: Every colour on here is either artist pastel or eye shadow!
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Nail Varnish can be used to add/change the colour on brads, or you can coat them with clear and dip into glitter. Not only brads though- anything you could coat in it would work, pins/pegs/charms etc.
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I've used clear nail polish to add shine to an image, like a car. It works great.
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I've used nail polish to fill in the openings of paw print charms. Here are the charms as they come Name:  pawprint.jpg
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Size:  1.6 KB. I filled in the holes with brown nail polish for dogs and pink nail polish for cats. Once dry, they looked like those enameled charms, but personalized to my needs. I have used them several ways:
  • attached them to ribbon/bow on card
  • cut off the hanging loop part and glued them to a card or box
  • cut off the hanging loop, glued to the back of a scrabble tile, and then used those to substitute for the O's in WOOF or MEOW
You could use this method with any open style charm - think cupcakes, etc.
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Excellent ideas. I have purchased cheap makeup (eye shadows have great colors) and hairspray cans from the dollar store. I don't mind grinding up the powders and suspending in a medium for color and glitter. Fun stuff to play with.

Eye shadow works with a blending tool also for great backgrounds.
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if you get the loose powder eye shadows you can make spray mists with them.
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I have used nail polish.

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Don't be afraid to try everything when making cards. Use everything you mentioned and more. You might find something that none of us have thought of before!
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I have used all the above with great results. Glittered nail polish is great to add extra sparkle!
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Just don't use nail polish on polymer clay. It will get sticky over time.
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As well as using makeup on cards, I use Pearl-Ex bronze mica powder as a blusher on my cheeks using a big brush. A lifetime supply for $5! Brown would work well as eyeshadow, too.
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As well as using makeup on cards, I use Pearl-Ex bronze mica powder as a blusher on my cheeks using a big brush. A lifetime supply for $5! Brown would work well as eyeshadow, too.
I never would have thought of the reverse use. Thanks for the idea.
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if you get the loose powder eye shadows you can make spray mists with them.
Oooohhhh! I have some loose eye shadow powder, I definitely need to make mists with them!

Also, I have used clear glitter nail polish on cards. It takes a while to dry, though. I would not suggest using a heat gun unless you are *very* careful. Nail polish is flammable (don't ask me how I know this!)
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And if you don't have loose powder eyeshadows, they are only compressed powder, so you can mash them down to a powder yourself.
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I'm all about repurposing things and finding new uses for them. It saves tons of money, especially in some hobbies like saltwater fishkeeping where they charge ridiculous prices for everything. Something that would cost $5 in a craft store will cost $25 as aquarium supplies.

Then if I'm really lucky, I find it at Daiso. For those of you not lucky enough to be within shopping range of a Daiso, I'm so sorry! They're a big Japanese 100 store that's branched into the US & Canada a little, and they're wonderful for bargain crafty stuff. Higher-end stuff than dollar stores carry, and Japanese women love to do crafty things. Plus with the repurposing factor, I can get sheets of tiny adhesive backed jewels, sumi brushes, rolls of lace trim, and a rainbow of unusual nail polish shades, all for $1.50 US each. Add that to the craft punches, wool roving for felting, silk chirimen fabric squares, paints, and stickers, and it's a haul every time I go in there!

If you're on the West Coast, check and see where the nearest shop is. You might have a shopping adventure!

Wow, I went off on a tangent there, didn't I?

The one thing I'd suggest before using eyeshadows, blushes, etc on your paper is to do a trial swatch and let it set a couple of days or more. Some of them, especially the cake ones, have moisturizing compounds in them (usually as part of the binder) and you don't want to make a card and have it develop greasy spots a few days later.
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I'm all about repurposing things and finding new uses for them. It saves tons of money, especially in some hobbies like saltwater fishkeeping where they charge ridiculous prices for everything. Something that would cost $5 in a craft store will cost $25 as aquarium supplies.

Then if I'm really lucky, I find it at Daiso. For those of you not lucky enough to be within shopping range of a Daiso, I'm so sorry! They're a big Japanese 100 store that's branched into the US & Canada a little, and they're wonderful for bargain crafty stuff. Higher-end stuff than dollar stores carry, and Japanese women love to do crafty things. Plus with the repurposing factor, I can get sheets of tiny adhesive backed jewels, sumi brushes, rolls of lace trim, and a rainbow of unusual nail polish shades, all for $1.50 US each. Add that to the craft punches, wool roving for felting, silk chirimen fabric squares, paints, and stickers, and it's a haul every time I go in there!

If you're on the West Coast, check and see where the nearest shop is. You might have a shopping adventure!

Wow, I went off on a tangent there, didn't I?

The one thing I'd suggest before using eyeshadows, blushes, etc on your paper is to do a trial swatch and let it set a couple of days or more. Some of them, especially the cake ones, have moisturizing compounds in them (usually as part of the binder) and you don't want to make a card and have it develop greasy spots a few days later.
Further to that tangent, I'm in BC just outside of Vancouver, and our Daiso is in Richmond. It's $2 per item in Canada (which always irritates me because I used to live in Japan and I'm used to paying 100 lol!)

They also have interesting paper and embellishments at times. Oh and storage items too. Last time I was there I picked up a multi compartment remote control storage unit, it's circular'ish and has four slots around the main middle slot. I use it on my craft table for scissors, paint brushes, etc.
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I'm dying to get up to BC and hit the bigger Daiso there! I love that store - it keeps giving me answers to problems I didn't even know I had! I have a lot of old friends in the Vancouver area, too, from back in my wild youth when hopping across the border to catch a show was commonplace and easy.
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Just moved north of Seattle and we're looking forward to going up to Vancouver. WIll have to check out if there is a Daiso near me.
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There's also one in Alderwood Mall if you're near Lynnwood.
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Oh, I should also say that there's an online shop, daisojapan.com. It sells thing by the case, so it helps if you have some crafty friends to split things with. It's also got things in odd places, categorically, so you have to look through it methodically.

But it's a great option if you can't get near a store.
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Oh, I should also say that there's an online shop, daisojapan.com. It sells thing by the case, so it helps if you have some crafty friends to split things with. It's also got things in odd places, categorically, so you have to look through it methodically.

But it's a great option if you can't get near a store.
I didn't know that, thank you thank you!!!!!
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I've used eye shadows much like chalk pastels for a background, then applied a versamark ink and heat embossed for a different resist. I have one versamark pad for such projects, because it does get messy. I also apply the shadows with an old blush brush, then rub with a tissue which removes some but also sets the powders. I've made dots from the nail polish, using the papers from my xyron use. I've also painted the glue dots I make from Aleene's Tac it over and over. I'm not much of a makeup user, but when I get the freebies in a purchase of skin care products, things get used! An eyelash brush can give great effects! Diane
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I use the powdered eye shadow from The Dollar Tree and add it to things all the time. It is just finely ground Mica powder. It is in really small bottles though so I'm not sure if it is a great buy. I make my own embossing paste using glue and baby powder. I just wish I could find unscented baby powder. I haven't tried using corn starch so that is next on my list. I have used nail polish for brads and even adding a touch of glitter to flower centers. I have a dedicated blender for making paper, one of those coffee frother things to stir paint. Anything is fair game. I just want to know about it. lol
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You all are very frugal and creative. This is one of my favorite threads.
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Thanks you enablers. I was just getting ready to clean out my makeup and throw some away...Well now I have to keep it all.....LOL
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