Metallic Stamping with PanPastels & Stamp Winner!

Hello friends! Well, the last time I looked at a clock it was lunchtime. Ever had a day like that? That’s fine, I like busy days once in a while and I love days when I get to announce winners! I got over 500 entries on the Artneko giveaway post and the lucky winner is…. Ruth Pfinder! Ruth, check your email! OK, I’m gonna keep this post short but I do have a fun technique video using clear embossing ink and metallic chalk. I am using the metallic PanPastels Hubby got me for Christmas but you can use whatever you have. Watch the video to see how it is done:

Video! Sorry, email subscribers, I still can’t get the video thumbnail to show up in email so you’ll have to see it on my blog:( 

Did you like the triple looped bow? If you want to get your paws on one of the handmade wooden bow making jigs my husband makes than you can email me at artstudiosofbangor@yahoo.com and I will send you a PayPAl invoice and ship one right out to you! Thanks to the several people who ordered today already after watching the video, it is very much appreciated;) The butterfly stamp I used is by ArtNeko and papers and cardstock are from the scrap bin. Thanks so much for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Let’s Use Chalk Paint to Gussy Stuff Up!

Hi friends! Today I am going to show you how I use Folk Art Home Decor Chalk Paint to refurbish some odds and ends I had kicking around the studio, I never met a box I didn’t like remember…

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They started out looking like this:

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I was sent this chalk paint to try out from Plaid, I wanted to put it through its paces and see how it covered on glossy painted wood, paper covered wood, hard board, raw wood and wooden beads.  Watch the video to see how it worked and to see my bonus tip for art journalers!

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Here is a look at the supplies I got to work with. They are not cheap but they are excellent quality. I know the brushes will last for years. Often when you buy large hog bristle brushes they shed hairs and when you look down the middle of the brush you can see a gap in the bristles where the handle is. Not with these, they are packed with bristles that are firmly set in the ferrule. The brushes are well-balanced and comfortable to use which is important with a big brush so you do not get fatigued working on a large project.

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The wax finish is the final step in these projects. Now, I’m not gonna lie, the buffing of the wax is work. I would not wax a large piece of furniture unless you try the wax on a small project first to see if you can hack it. It looks great and the more you buff it the glossier it looks but it is honestly the hardest part of the project. I don’t know what I was thinking waxing those beads! Live and learn:)

I wanted a sweet little watercolor to put in my distressed frame. You can find the tutorial for painting it here.

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I have had summer on the mind lately, I think the little boxes will be great for putting beach treasures in or maybe putting small activities to keep the kids busy during road trips. The bead box would be nice for brushes and paints I think too! What would you put in them! Of course someday I’d love to have a camp on the water and I could totally see these sitting on my bookshelf there but for now I can paint and dream 🙂

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Please visit PlaidOnline for more information, free project ideas and to purchase Folk Art Home Decor Chalk or any other of their fine products (they are the mod-podge people you know!) It is generous companies like this that allow me to provide fun craft projects everyday! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Watercolor Bookmarks!

Hi Friends! Small projects are a great way to try out new techniques. I used a combination of stamping, drawing and water-coloring to make these 3 bookmarks:

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I used a few Caran D’ache watercolor pencils I recently purchased at MerriArtist, I ordered these and some other goodies last Saturday and got them on Tuesday! Fast service, great prices and wonderful customer service. I am not affiliated with them but they did give me a coupon code to share: 10off for $10 off an order of $100 or more and free shipping. Today I am reviewing the Caran D’ache Supracolor pencils, Caran d’ache water brush (a gift from MerriArtist) and Aquabee 90lb watercolor paper (a real bargain!) Have a look at the video for the tutorial and review.

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After the picture was dry I cut it into 3 panels. I inked the edges and added some stamping with black ink. The edge swirls are by Autumn Leaves, the corner flourish is by Inkadinkado and the Chinese calligraphy is retired from PSX. When I was happy with the look I ran it through my laminating machine (I got my laminator from LTD commodities for $17 and the refill pouches come in a 100 variety pack for $5, another steal of a deal and it has worked well for me for a couple of years, unfortunately I could not find a link to this online.) You can also use contact paper or packing tape to laminate them even cheaper! The lamination really enhances the color and will protect the bookmarks (and your books) from color migration. I also wanted to mention the there is another watercolor pencil by Caran d’ache called “museum” which are more light-fast and expensive that are probably better in quality. I did not know about them when I ordered these or I would have bought a few to compare. I do not know how light-fast these are but the laminating will help prevent fading.

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I think I see more bookmarks in my future! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

DIY Embossing Pouch!

Hi Friends! In today’s video I will show you how to make an anti-static embossing pouch so you can create perfect rubber stamped images! After that we will make a card!

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Embossing pouch supplies:

  • fabric scrap (thin material like cotton or muslin or old t-shirt)
  • corn starch or baby powder or Talc/talcum powder
  • rubber band

Directions: Cut a 6″ or larger square of fabric. Put 1-2 tablespoons of powder in the center of fabric. Gather up the edges and secure with a rubber band. To use simply pounce and wipe on your cardstock before stamping and heat embossing. You can also use this to de-static other things like glitter trays/funnels. It will also help in to stick to hard to stamp papers better even if you are not embossing.

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BTW here is the ATG shim video I told you about. I am still having trouble with video thumbnails not showing up for my email subscribers,  I hope the issue is fixed soon and you don’t mind popping over here to see the projects. Thanks so much for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

An Easy Easter Centerpiece with Basic Supplies!

Hi Friends! Today I will show you how to make this pretty Easter decoration using basic crafting supplies:

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Supplies:

Time needed: 1.5 hours plus drying time

Directions:

  1. Paint a tin can (mine was from spaghetti sauce) with aqua acrylic paint. Let dry.
  2. Coat Styrofoam eggs with tacky glue and wrap with pastel colored yarn. Let dry.
  3. Wrap doilies around can (trimming the bottom flat) and secure with glue.
  4. Wrap can with ribbons and adhere. Tie a bow at the tip pf the can.
  5. Fill the can with sand or marbles so it does not tip over.
  6. Use scissors the fringe strips of green paper and place them in the can.
  7. Push bamboo skewers into the eggs and arrange in the can.
  8. Tie a bow on the tallest egg skewer to decorate.

I hope you enjoyed this project sponsored by Offray.com, please visit their website for more seasonal project ideas and inspiration. Til next time happy crafting!

Classic Americana & Versatile Kraft!

Hi Friends! One of the most versatile supplies in my craft room is Kraft paper. One minute it is covering my work surface to protect it from ink and paint spills and the next moment is it being used to beautifully wrap a gift. Kraft doesn’t just stop at paper, you can get so many products from Papermart made from sturdy kraft paper and cardboard and with just a few supplies tun them in to beautiful custom party decor and gift packaging.

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The big reason I like kraft is that it goes with everything! It is may favorite neutral. Sure black is elegant and white is a pure blank canvas but kraft is comfortable and since it is a mid value color already you don’t have to do much to it to make it look done. Watch the video and see what I mean.

Here is a list of supplies I used:

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Directions: Distress the kraft paper products with gesso and ink. Layer on paper and stamp. Embellish with jute cord and star garland.

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Try dressing up your kraft paper products with pastel shades of acrylic paint for Easter, bridal and baby showers, try mint and gold for weddings and try stamping polka-dots with a wine cork and any color acrylic paint on kraft paper to make a cheerful birthday wrap! The more you use kraft paper the more ideas you will come up with! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

 

 

Happy Ask a Crafter Day!

Hi Friends! I almost got top 50 degrees today and I am starting to see bits of ground outside! Yipeee! And it was sunny today! It sure does wonders for a gals outlook! Do you have any spring weather happening in your neck of the woods? I hope so, we have all had a doozy of a winter this year and I’m sure I’m not the only one ready for spring! Speaking of sunshine I am with my gal-pals Lorraine and Kathy for another riveting Ask a Crafter, grab a drink and join us, wont you?

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Thanks so much for spending time with us today! In a word full of rushing around isn’t it nice to relax with friends sometimes? Thanks so much for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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