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    Calling all you crafty ladies....

    I need help! I'm not a paper or hybrid scrapper, never have done it. In the picture below, I have a sleigh bell that is 4" in diameter. It's a copper color but made of tin (sorry pic not that good). I have to decorate it. My mom signed me up to decorate this bell to be sold at a silent auction for a special charity in my area. Most people paint their bell. I do not paint either! So I'm stuck. I want to incorporate my scrapbooking skills to make this a beautiful bell. Or one worth bidding on. I was thinking of using swirls, tree's, snowflakes and I don't know what else, I'm still in the phase of designing. I'm thinking of decoupaging it. But before I get into the project too much I need your advice.
    1. Is regular paper (copy) paper good to use, or do you think photo paper would be better and just as pliable.
    2. If I use the photo paper, should it be glossy or matte?
    3. I think I'm going to spray paint the bell red. Should I use a primer and then a shiny red spray paint?
    4. Should I use mod podge to "glue" the paper on and then use a spray sealant to give an overall sheen and consistancy?
    5. Is there any other question I didn't think of, but you feel I should do? lol.

    Thanks girls for any help you can give.

    Kris


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    hmmm...what if you left it the color like it is and attached with fun ribbons a mini album for the auction winner's Christmas photos...best of both worlds

    ETA I would bid on your mini album...I love your style!

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    Whenever I've covered over something with curves, I've found that thinner paper is better. Not sure about the other questions though.

    Terri

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    Thinner is always better on curves--but I don't know about adhesive--I can never get modge podge to stay for long, so unless you have used it before and are gifted at it, I wouldn't try it.

    BUT I do like the idea of leaving it all rustic and attaching it TO something. That might be a twist that could work for you and your scrapbooking skills. Sounds like a wonderful fundraiser! And don't we just love it when our moms wanna show off our crafty abilities. ;-)

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    Thanks for everyone’s input. I used several of your ideas. I ended up not painting the bell but left it to its regular patina. I tried printing on the tissue paper but the design and details were not very clear and light. It was disappointing. So I tried copy paper and white glued it on. The paper was giving enough and laid rather well. My girls cut up papers and glued it on to give it a mosaic look. I sprayed the bell with clear acrylic sealer with a matte finish. Then we printed out the stickers and used pop up adhesive stickers to give it a dimensional look. Then we topped it off by printing out the tag, attached a brad and used raffia paper to tie it on. I’m pretty pleased with the result. Thanks again everyone. I knew I could count on you.

    Hybrid Sleigh Bell
    Kris


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    I just saw this in the gallery and I just Love it! Was it fairly easy? I am seriously thinking about trying a few as gift toppers...
    Also, I would bid on it!!
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    Considering I didn't know what I was doing and flying by the seat of my pants...I think it was fairly easy. And I would and will do it again.
    Kris


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