DIY Stencils with Hot Glue!

Hi friends! Today i am going to show you how to make beautiful custom stencils with hot glue, have a look at this quick video:

I love how they grip the paper and the ink does not seep under. All you need to make them in a hot glue gun, glue sticks and a silicone mat. I recommend using a high temp (or the high setting) glue gun because you will be melting a lot of glue. All you have to do is draw a design on the silicone mat with the glue, let it cool and your stencil is ready to use! How fun is that? I hope you try this tip for making stencils for pennies! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

WOYWW:Make your Own Roltap Mini Brayer!

mwahahahaha! That is the evil laugh I make when I figured out how to duplicate a store-bought tool or supply…I’ll get to that later but first here is a pic of my work-space for Whats On Your Workdesk Wednesday.  Hmm, I’m sure there is a desk under there somewhere….

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Quick Tip, see the dumbbell on the back of my tripod? The back leg is raised up so when I tip my camera down I get a straight-on birds eye view shot of my work area with little parallax (perspective) distortion. Then I can flip the video around if I need to later with no weird angles. The dumbbell keeps the tripod from tipping over. Speaking of videos here is a quick tutorial showing you how to make your own mini brayer similar to the discontinued Roltap I used in yesterdays tutorial:

Are you feeling a little bit like an evil genius too now? Go ahead and let out an evil laugh if you like, feels good huh? If you want to see what other crafty people are up to check out Julia’s blog for more WOYWW fun! Til next time happy crafting!

DIY Spray inks {& Shimmers} and Ink Daubers!

Happy Friday! Do you want something fun to do this weekend? How about whipping up a batch of spray ink and glimmer mists as well as sponge blenders for every inkpad you have…cheaply! Have a look-see at the ones I just made:

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I love that I can get the same look, effect and quality of the name brand tools and supplies for cheap. I tried out the 4 oz bottles and sprayers from Papermart and I am happy to report that they are high quality, they give a fine mist but do not clog up with the shimmer (please pay attention to my tips for non clog shimmer spray use) and they are perfectly clear so I can see what color I have in there.  Check out the video to see these spray mists in action and how I made them and check out the ink blenders too, they are made from the caps that come on the bottles!

Neat huh? I hope you make some of these inks and play along with me. I will be using them a lot in upcoming videos so you will learn some fun techniques with them! There is nothing worse than getting a new supply and having it just sit on the shelf, am I right? Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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