Okay...so I'm still on the neon train. Maybe it's because I grew up in a neighborhood infatuated with Phil Collins, or maybe I just love the 80s, but whatever the case the fact is that neon is back IN, finally, and I couldn't be happier. Seems like nowadays everywhere you look someone's added a bit of nuclear colored pop to brighten an otherwise dreary outfit, and why wouldn't they? Neon is instant color. So, my latest project is a suede wedge redo... The shoes themselves were just sort of blah, nothing special, been sitting in my closet forever and I didn't think they particularly went with anything. Suede is a hard material to redo because you can't paint them the way you can paint plain leather but my solution was to add the detail on top. I glued leather cut-outs that I cut with my Cuttlebug die cutter, then rhinestones with my Tulip jewel heatsetter tool to the heels to make them pop. And while they didn't go with much before, I think they will now... I have a ton of blue dresses that I thought this new color palate would work well with both navy, white and black.
|1. Run leather scraps through your die cutter or manually cut floral shapes. I have big feet (size 9) and needed a lot of flowers. You could also use a manual punch for this part. The Martha Stewart die cutters are really lovely too.|
|2. Use Liquid Fusion or a fabric glue to glue shapes to wedge.|
|3. Bedazzle with rhinestones for a little extra interest.|
|4. Paint leather with Krylon Brights fluorescent paint pen. It took about 5 layers to get the desired saturation. Let dry between coats.|
|Perfect with my black, silk Cynthia Vincent jumper!|