Vintage Style Box DIY & Super Fun Giveaway!

Hi Friends! I love trying new techniques and old techniques using new products. This week I got to play with a moldable plastic product called Plasty-Craft. I made all the embellishments in this box with it. Hey, do you want a chance to win a jar of Plasty-Craft? Let me know what you would use it for in the comments below!

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The thing I was really excited about is that I can get the look and durability of polymer clay without having to bake it. You simply heat the plastic pellets in hot water for 2 minutes (it will turn from milky white pellets to a clear looking clay like substance) and you are ready to use it in any molds you have or you can freehand sculpt things! I bet you could flatten some on a craft mat and stamp on it too, the possibilities are endless. My daughters really had fun playing with Plasty-Craft too, they made gobs of embellishments and then painted them for use in future jewelry projects. Watch the video to see how I made this box including a full tutorial with the Plasty-Craft.

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The Plasty-Craft embellishments are hard and rigid when cool. They take acrylic paint beautifully. If you decide you don’t want any of the things you made you can remelt it and try again. For that reason I would not paint my embellishments until I was sure I wanted to keep them. If you have any unused Plasty-Craft left after a crafting session (it is unlikely, this stuff is crazy addictive to play with!) simple flatten it out so it will melt quickly next time and put it back in the jar. Speaking of the jar, you get a whopping 17.6 oz pail of the stuff and if you don’t have crafty twin daughters it might last you a long time LOL! Plasty-Craft is offering an extra 10% off discount to my readers with the coupon code: TKTMI48N you will want this for the “Mom, I’m bored!” moments of your summer vacation as well as for your own artwork. Make sure you leave a comment for a chance to win a jar or Plasty-Craft, just let me know what you would use Plasty-Craft for in the comments below and you are entered. That’s easy huh? I will pick a winner on July 12th when I return from vacation.

Tips and Tricks:

  • I am not sure if my thermometer was off (I was using a meat thermometer because that was all I had-ironic huh- to measure the temperature of the water) but I had more success with hotter water. Using hotter water (200 degrees F) did not harm the plastic but if you are using this with kids make sure it is cool enough for them to handle so no-one gets burned.
  • The Plasty-Craft worked in all of the molds I tried. Flexible molds were easier to use because you can flex the mold to pop out the embellishment. Since the Plasty-Craft is rigid it is more difficult to remove from ceramic, hard plastic or handmade scrap polymer clay molds but it did work with them just fine. I used a pin to get between the mold and the Plasty-Craft and it popped right out.
  • There is no waste, simply flatten out unused Plasty-Craft and put it back in the jar. I was concerned that reheating the Plasty-Craft would make it tough and unworkable but it did not, the girls kept making stuff, melting it back down and making more stuff. They had a ball and we reheated the plastic at least 6 times.
  • If you need to rework an area of your design you can submerge that part of the piece in hot water to only soften that part too although I did not play with sculpting too much.
  • You can also use Plasty-Craft for repairing household items or making comfortable handles for tools, I know some ladies who use it to make crochet hook handles,

My only concern using Plasty-Craft was if it might melt on accident but after working with it and seeing that you need to submerge it in really hot water for 2 minutes I think it is unlikely. I would not leave it in a hot car or on top of a heat register though-I rarely do with my artwork LOL! I hope you give this a try, it is super fun and not very expensive (cheaper than other brands of mold-able plastic out there) and with an extra 10% off (with coupon code: TKTMI48N) even better and of course you might just be the lucky winner of a jar! Thanks so much for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Sponsored by Plasty-Craft, Imagination Creations, LLC

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DIY Chalk Paint!

Hi Friends! I have been asked many times about making my own chalk paint. Turns out it is super easy. Watch the video to see how:

Chalk Paint Recipe:

3 parts acrylic paint

1 part plaster of paris powder

Directions: Mix well until no lumps or grit remains. If your paint is really thick use less plaster. If it is too thick to brush on add a few drops of water and mix again.

This paint is super opaque and you probably won’t need primer over it. If you are using this on furniture I recommend adding a protective coat of furniture wax or satin polyurethane. If you want to use this to make a chalkboard surface don’t add a sealer but let it dry and cure for a couple of days before using. I hope you like this easy DIY project and let me know if you try it out! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Do you want to paint a snowman?

You totally just sang that didn’t you? I could not resist, sorry! I was changing my fall decorations over to Christmas decorations the other day and was just about to toss my gourds into the woods when I noticed that one had completely dried out! It must have been because it was over my fireplace so the heat dried it instead of it rotting. I thought it would make a great surface to paint on. I was right!

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This project is super easy to paint and don’t worry if you don’t have a dried out gourd lying around, you can use a burnt out light bulb or Christmas ball for this. You will also need acrylic paint, felt, a pom-pom, red sequins, a green paper scrap and scissors.

Pretty easy huh? If you can think of any other things that can be substituted for the gourd leave a comment, it will be helpful to other readers that may not have the same supplies! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Now this is a useful handmade gift! {for those over 21}

Hi friends! I have teamed up with a wonderful company, Uproot Wines, to bring you this easy and elegant project:

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Today I am going to show you how to paint a wine bottle topper (you can find the template here) and in a couple of days I will show you how to paint the matching wine glasses. I designed the project so anyone could paint it with only a few supplies and no previous painting experience. You will need a 1/4″ angular or flat brush and a #1 round brush and a few colors of acrylic paint. I chose paint colors to match the label of the 2013 Grenache.

I was inspired by the Uproot Wine bottle label which is reminiscent of a paint color palette. In the picture below you can see how the label reflects the amount of flavors in the wine. This makes it possible for newbies and experienced wine lovers to choose a bottle they will enjoy. We are all different so our taste in wine will be too!

If you are tempted to try a bottle from Uproot Wines be sure to use the coupon code frugal to save 15% on your order, don’t wait because the deal is only good through 12/31/14. Be sure to check back in a few days to see how I painted the wine glasses! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

DIY Faux Cloisonne Trinket Boxes!

Hi Friends! Do you want to spice up your jewelry packaging? Today I will show you an opulent looking technique that you can achieve on the cheap using little kraft jewelry boxes from Papermart:

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The size I use in the video are 1 1/8″ x 1 3/4″ and you get a box of 100 for $23. They have many sizes available making it perfect for whatever you need to package. Tip: Get your friends together and place an order for several sizes and divvy up the loot so you can try a variety without having to keep 100 of each on hand. Although these are so useful you will probably use them up in no time! Watch the video to see how easy it is to make faux cloisonne:

Supplies: kraft paper jewelry box, black acrylic paint, rubber stamp (an open line art stamp works best, avoid stamps with a lot of detail), metallic pigment in, gold embossing powder, heat gun, metallic watercolors,a small round brush.

Directions: Paint the box lid with black paint. You can paint the bottom of the box any color you like. Let dry. Stamp design on lid and ink the edges of the top with metallic ink, add embossing powder and heat with a heat gun to melt the powder to get the shiny metal look. Paint the design with metallic watercolor paint.

I hope you try this elegant project, it is sure to impress both your customers and friends. The box is a gift in itself. Please check out Papermart if you are in need of any type of creative packaging, I don’t think you’ll find better prices or quality anywhere else. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

DIY Metallic Paint! {it’s as good as store bought!}

Hi Friends! Sometimes it is a mishap that becomes the springboard of a great idea! Such was the case when I knocked my bottles of powdered mica eye-shadow off the shelf for the umpteenth time, this time the bottom popped off the container and let loose gobs of gold mica on my floor. I was shocked at how much product was crammed in the little pots. The pot of powdered eye-shadow are spill proof (not break-proof though!) and I figured for a buck there was a chintzy amount in there, boy was I wrong! As I scooped up the precious powder from the floor I wondered if I could make paint with it and turns out I can! Boy, was I lucky I just vacuumed before the spill so I was able to salvage most of it. On any other day it would have been mica powder,dog-hair and perler bead soup! Watch the video to see how I made my paint:

The acrylic version of the paint is very durable. I painted some tiles and the paint stuck well and was opaque. I painted on some paper yesterday, then today I bent and creased the paper to see if the paint would crack or flake off and it did not! It is great stuff and the metallic watercolor rivals twinkling H2Os! I bet you could also add watercolor to the powders for more intensely colored sparkly shades too!

Q&A: (questions from YouTubers)

What is Gum Arabic and where do you buy it? It is the binder in watercolor paints. You can get it at an art supply store with watercolor mediums. Watercolorists use it to increase gloss and transparency in their paintings.

What can I use instead of gum arabic? If you want it to be water-soluble you can try clear washable glue (the kind for kids)  or equal parts white glue and vinegar. Make sure if you ware making the watercolor version that you let the paint dry out before capping so it won’t mold.

What can I use in place of Mod-Podge if making acrylic paint? Gel medium, white PVA glue, acrylic sealer/varnish, Future floor Wax (it’s called Pledge now). Make sure if you are making the acrylic version you only make up what you are going to use immediately or store in an airtight container so it won’t dry out.

If you have any other questions you can leave them below. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Faux Metal Mania! {got cardboard?}

Howdy friends! I spent most of today with sticks and twine and vinyl preparing for a cub scout project this weekend, the boys are earning their craftsman weblo pin and we are making badge and belt loop display boards to commemorate their years of cub scouting before they cross over to boy scouts. My friend Kathy J had the idea so to give the den leader a hand we decided to prepare the craft. I wish I snapped a photo of the prototype since this is a blog after all with photo capability LOL! Oh well, I’ll get a pic this weekend I guess:)  The other day I was playing in my studio with cardboard and hot glue and came up with two ways to make faux metal, first up pewter/silver:

And now grungy gold.

Try these techniques with the metallic paints you have in your stash, remember to use warm colors and browns in your warm metals like gold, bronze, copper or brass and blacks and greys in your silvers and cool metals. Have fun with it! Oh hot glue, is there anything you can not do? thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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