Thursday, August 7, 2014

Sospeso Trasparente - Tutorial by GDT Daksha Poppat

Hi People,
We do hear a lot from you - how you miss our challenges!! And the good news is here! We will be back soon!! So, till that time, we want to engage you with something new and interesting!
     Our GDT this month!! She is one versatile crafter,who can shift to any style easily and weave magic in all those styles! Not only paper crafts, she is too good in other crafts too!! You have to got to see her works to realise what I say.. So , without much rambling, here comes the tute from Daksha!!   
Sospeso trasparente means transparent and raised process. By applying the image of a single layer of paper or tissue towel on the thermoformable sheet, it is possible to obtain 3-dimensional creations, and it gives a very realistic effect.

The Craft Shop stocks a wide variety of designs for this craft all imported directly from Monica Allegro!! The price and quality are the best in Market and I hope i will inspire you to try this craft.
Things Required:*

* Thermoformable Neutral Film : Its a special thermoplastic material whose chemical formula has been specially designed for this technique.This film is made with very high quality polymers and easily malleable at low temperature. available both in trasparent and white.
* Embossing Pad: It's a latex sponge with high density and thickness which is perfect for this technique
* Wood graving tools/Burrins: It's got 4 round tips of different sizes to shape the film.
* Sospeso glue: It is specially formulated to remain stable, when we heat it to high temperature. It's perfect for pasting on the thermoformable plastic sheet either thick, thin paper or fabric or tissue napkins.
* Candle,scissors,glitter balls,sponges,brushes,tweezer,printed films...
* Main object which you want to ..I have altered a whisky glass into decorative LED CANDLE  DISPLAY.
Choose a design from paper veil (use only the printed one). Pick white or the transparent thermoformable film depending upon the effect you want.*

Dilute the special glue with a few drops of water in a glass plate then spread a very thin layer of this glue on the thermplastic sheet and paste your printed cutout design facing down.With the help of glue & brush try to remove all air bubbles from the bottom and make it as flat & smooth as possible.* 
At this stage either you leave  your design to dry naturally or you can speedup your drying process by using hair dryer.*

when it dries ,cut out carefully the border of the images ( example here flowers),separating the petals without detaching them.***

Usimg the basic sospeso tools ,start modelling the different petals . Keep  flame at a distance of 1-2cm and heat the thermoplastic design (here flowers)for a few seconds and small portion at a time .Give shape to your flowers or object.There is no front or reverse side ,depending on your design,you have to work both sides***

To give 3D look to your object (here flowers) I have taken 2 to 3 layers of flowers,which I have embossed individually and then I have glued to the main flowers to give 3 dimensional look .I have used hot glue gun to attach each layer of flowers.*

     In the center of each flower you can use glitter balls with the help of glossy accents or hot glue gun.*

Now your sospeso object is ready .You can use this 3D flowers on your object in multiple ways.You can use this to decorate your trays, boxes,glass objects,clocks and list is endless...

Here I have used complementery whisky glasses ...with company  logo on it. I have altered that  into DECORATIVE LED CANDLE DISPLAY...

 First I have covered the glass with jute cord tightly  till required height. If required you can use fevicol at this stage .Then I gave a coat of gesso and dried with hair dryer.Then I gave a coat of white acrylic paint and dried with dryer to speed up my drying process. At this stage if you like natuaral colour of cord you can leave as it is...don't need to paint.I removed all white traces of gesso and acrylic colour from glass by scrubbing with wet cloth.****

       Finally I have decorated my glass with sospeso transparente flowers using hot glue gun.To highlight more I have used pearl stickers....Once its ready you can put colorful led candle inside your glass..It  looks very pretty and various changing colors of led lights make your glass more attractive...piece of display.

  Hope you will find this tutorial easy to follow and interesting . You may follow a similar technique for Sospeso Fabric Tape. The effects are so beautiful!!

Thermoformable Neutral Film 
 Embossing Pad
Wood graving tools/Burrins
Sospeso glue
Sospeso Fabric Tape
glitter balls
Craft Sheet

This is my first tutorial so please excuse my mistakes...if any....thank you.

Wow Daksha, Thanks for such a detailed tutorial!! And one more thanks for accepting my invitation immediately. We have all the items for Sospeso in stock!! Chk website for more -

Thank you Ladies..See you soon!!