With this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge theme being, "Autumn in the Air," I began to think about Thanksgiving and all the blessings I have. With that in mind, I decided to make a "Blessings Bracelet" using beads I colored with alcohol ink.
I started with white plastic beads and various colors of alcohol inks.
I dripped a couple of drops of different shades of alcohol ink on the felt pads that come with the Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink Applicator. Then I just dabbed the piece of felt onto my bead over and over again after securing my bead to a skewer (a cotton swab in this case).
I also dripped alcohol ink directly onto the bead after doing this technique to add some bigger spots and splotches of the same color. Once the beads were dry, I strung them together. Because this is a Blessings Bracelet, I added a Tim Holtz word band that reflects what is the greatest blessing in my life: to be loved. I rubbed Peacock Feathers Distress Paint over the sentiment to make the words stand out. I also dyed a piece of crinkle ribbon with water and Distress Ink and added that on, too, along with a fabric scrap.
Lastly, I added a prayer box charm that I had, but instead of writing a prayer to put in it, I wrote a list of things that I'm grateful for as a reminder to count my blessings.
I didn't have a "wrist model" handy and wasn't coordinated enough to take a picture of this with one hand while it was on my other wrist, but the beads are quite big and chunky. I made it long enough to circle my wrist three times, so it's hefty and bold and bright, which is how I love my jewelry.
Here are the supplies I used to make this bracelet, which you can find at Simon Says Stamp:
I can't wait to see how Autumn inspires you this week. Upload your creations to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog for your chance to share your creativity and be entered for the $50 gift voucher to Simon Says Stamp.