Monday, February 13, 2012

Sparkling Wide Pressure!

I've mostly been happy with the Sailor V release/Sailor Moon re-release.  Mostly because, like everyone else who was a teenage girl in the 90's, I just wanted Sailor Moon back.  Sure, it would've been nice to sell my old volumes while they were still worth ridiculous amounts of money.  But there's color pages!  And new drawings!  And now I can compare the reprints to my crappy old Mixx/Tokyopop volumes!  Oh, yeah, I already went there.

After I saw the popularity contest picture in the front of volume 3, I knew I needed to use it for paper crafts.  Since I wasn't going to mangle my book by scanning it, let alone cut out pieces of it, I turned to Manga Style.  Which is pretty much where I always turn for these sorts of things. 

This is basically the art of saving an image, cropping, printing, and cutting out using different sizes of very sharp scissors.  To get the white spaces, I recommend stabbing with the tip of your embroidery scissors and then feeling bad about using your good embroidery scissors for paper.

I'd already decided that cutting out these pictures at stationery size would be hell on earth, so I bought a decorative wooden...thing from Ben Franklin.  I'm not sure what to call it because it doesn't have a back (and thus is not a cube).  A block?  I do know that getting the price sticker off the front is a pain in the ass.

Naturally the green is a leftover metallic paint.  Initially I thought it might make Jupiter's skirt and collar look too dull, but a test swatch confirmed that the only other potential green I already owned was horrible.

At some point during my current phase of scholarship, sleep deprivation, and creative meal choices, I thought this needed sparkles.  I mean, obviously it needed glitter of some kind, and what has glitter and costs under a dollar?  Wet n Wild nail polish, that's what!

To its credit, Wet n Wild nail polish is half the cost of paint, but twice the fumes.  Painting the front of my wood thing reminded me of a stupid version of the Intervention episode about the girl who huffs canned air.  It also made me wonder what exactly I was regularly applying to my toenails and then not care because I'm already paying Sally Hansen prices.

I'd already heard that using mod podge on something printed out would only end in tears, so I went with a glue stick.  I would be surprised if my old friend clear packing tape came into the picture at some point.

And a picture where you can actually see the glitter.

I think I might try to attach some sort of hanging apparatus (probably a pink ribbon).  Mostly because I am, as always, completely out of shelf space.

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