Wax Paper Resist. I know, I seem to be on a background paper kick lately. I've been working on ATC cards for a swap so that's why I've been experimenting with them. I'll share my ATC's before I mail them off :) Anyway, today I have a really quick technique that offers up WAY cool results ~ Wax Paper Resist.
It takes very little supplies ~ probably most of you already have ~ a small amount of time and it does require you to get a little inky ;) At least if you're like me it does - LOL!! Wax Paper Resist Supplies: Wax Paper Glossy Cardstock Iron Distress Ink Ink Blending Tool & Foam Non-Stick Craft Sheet Instructions: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Here are a few finished examples.... You can use one color of ink.... or several.... Apply the ink in a gradient effect.... or wherever! I think this combination of inks ~ Scattered Straw, Vintage Photo & Walnut Stain ~ looks a bit like faux leather!
So there you go... another fun background technique that is quick, inexpensive, and lots of fun! What do you think? Look like something you'd use? - StumbleUpon. My name is Momma: How to make a reindeer hair bow for Christmas. Here's another fun little hair clip just in time for Christmas . . . Meet Rudolph the Reindeer's GAL PAL (We shall call her "Rita") : **Not to be confused with Clarice. Wow, Rudolph is a busy little reindeer. Anyhoozle, here is the tutorial : Here's an idea . . . Christmas hairbow tutorial can be found in the post below this one. Random Tutorial Generator.
Creative Kismet & Blog Archive & little guiding stars - StumbleUpon. Since the new year has started I’ve been trying to think of ways to be more kind to my self. Especially when that nasty gremlins try to creep in and stump me. I remembered this origami star video on You Tube and had to get them involved in my plan. I thought it would be fun to make a whole bunch with kind words and “you are….” phrases inside. I made 60 of them, enough to last me the whole year if I open one a week, plus a few extra just in case. I used 12 x 12 inch scrapbook paper and cut 1/2 x 12″ strips, then followed the video HERE*.
*UPDATE! Be Sociable, Share! Persephone Magazine &124; Blog &124; The Lazy Lady's Guide to DIY: Hanging Herb Garden - StumbleUpon. At some point near the middle of March, I always decide that I’m “done” with winter. The sweaters and jackets get pushed to the back of the closet, the flip flops come out, and I inevitably freeze my butt off for several weeks until the weather catches up with my warm-weather state of mind. Likewise, my cravings for fresh herbs and veggies are always a little ahead of the season.
Growing your own herbs is a great way to save money and avoid buying too much at a time and letting most of it go to waste. If it’s still too cold to plant outside where you are (or if you’re short on space!) This hanging herb garden is the perfect project to get you in gear for spring. What you’ll need: Tin containers with snap-on plastic lids (tea, cocoa, and coffee cans are a good bet), coat hangers, pliers, scissors, herbs (I bought basil, rosemary, dill, and cilantro for about $2.50 each), masking tape, coffee filters, a nail, a hammer, X-acto knife, scrap fabric or paper, and glue or spray adhesive.
Paper Filigree Snowflake Gallery - StumbleUpon. I've switched over to using acid free paper and glue to make my paper filigree snowflake ornaments now. I figure there's no sense in putting this much work into something that might fall apart in a few years, and with practice, they're starting to get pretty enough that I'm planning to make quite a few of them. In my search for paper that will hold up over time, I was looking for archival quality paper, but there wasn't much available that wasn't too thick, or too yellow.
I visited all sorts of art, craft, scrapbook, and office supply stores in my paper quest, but the pickings were pretty slim for archival paper in shades of silver and white, so I went with mostly acid free paper and will see how it holds up. The pictures don't show it very clearly, but the snowflake above on the right has both white and off white, and it adds an interesting antique look, or at least I thought so until my kids mentioned the old joke about not eating the yellow snow. Random Tutorial Generator - StumbleUpon. Paper Fortune Cookie Favors | Flickr - Photo Sharing! - StumbleUpon.
Centsational Girl & Blog Archive & DIY: Paint Stick Sunburst Mirror - StumbleUpon. My friends, if there ever was a bandwagon, this carefree DIYer is jumping right on it. For months, I’ve seen fabulous versions of the sunburst mirror pop up all over the blogosphere. And for weeks now, with every stop in the paint department, I couldn’t help but notice how those paint stir sticks might just make a very cool version of this decorative favorite. I couldn’t figure out how to stack them nicely enough around the center to make it worth my effort, but that little road bump didn’t stop me from snagging more than my fair share of free stir sticks at a time, like 8 or 10, over the course of a month.
When I read how Danielle used an embroidery hoop, that convinced me to make my own version too! How to Make a (Paint Stir Stick) Sunburst Mirror Paint your embroidery hoop. Some paint stir sticks have a small curve in them, so I simply trimmed mine with my compound miter saw. Test out your design around your mirror so you know how many sticks you’ll need to paint. Glass Etching | Make It and Love It - StumbleUpon. Have you ever done any glass etching? Well, neither had I before today.
But wow. Such an easy, yet sweet little touch that you can add to any glass. Check out my new and improved etched Trifle Bowl. The perfect bowl for desserts of all kinds…..and even a great place for fresh fruit on the counter. And I kind of adore that little bird perched on the branch. Glass etching is also a great way to stamp your name on your pyrex dishes, to make sure they come back to you. And how about adding a little extra detail, just because…… (Edited to Add: The font used here is called Smiley Monster and I downloaded the font for free here.) Sweet in every way. Are you wanting to make your own? (This technique permanently etches your glass. First, you’ll need a piece of vinyl with an adhesive back, like the vinyl you buy for vinyl wall decor. Then peel away the shapes, leaving the negative space all in one piece. The Silhouette code for the bird/branch is: bird_on_branch_C00044_23067 01/18/2010 Good luck!
How to Make Leaf Skeletons - The Idea Room - StumbleUpon. I wanted to share with you a project from one of my readers who shares with us how to make leaf skeletons. I LOVE this! I have several leafs in various forms displayed in my home and knew I needed to make some of her leaf skeletons to add to my decor. I love how a pattern of leaves can enhance the beauty in your home. So I asked Heather if she would mind sharing her project with you. You can find more great projects from Heather at her blog The Other White House.
I have spent hours and tried various ways of making these. You need washing soda, not baking soda! Gather your leaves. Washing soda is a strong base so you may want to wear gloves when handling the leaves. You will add 3/4 cup of washing soda and 4 cups of water to your pot of leaves. Keep going, you will need to add more water so your pan doesn’t dry out. When 1.75 hours are up fill a glass baking dish with cool water.
I carefully removed them and rinsed with water and added clean water to the pan. 37.1Kstumbleupon. DIY Chan Luu-Style Wrap Bracelet | Runway DIY.com - StumbleUpon. Like this: Like Loading... Filed under Accessories, Bracelets, Jewelry Tagged as Accessories, bracelets, Chan Luu, DIY, DIY Jewelry, do it yourself, Fashion, Fashion DIY, jewelry, Runway, Runway DIY, Wrap Bracelets. New England Through Yummy Moms Eyes: Tutorial: Photo Wood Blocks - StumbleUpon. Ing Article: 30 "All About Me" Scrapbook Topics. Article courtesy Scrapjazz.com; by Patter Cross Do you have an ‘All About Me' album?
How many pictures do you have of yourself? Will your children know your favorite color, your daily routine, what your favorite board games were, etc.? If you do not have an album or have just started one, this article will give you 30 page topics to make that album nice and full! Planning Your AlbumBefore you begin your album, you will want to determine what type of album you are going to do. 30 Topics and Titles 10 Things about MeThe Chef in Me (love it or hate it)Circle of FriendsCrafts & HobbiesA Day in the LifeFaith & MeFavoritesActivitiesClothesGamesMoviesMusicBooks Visit our "Titles" page to get some ideas. Build/Make/Craft/Bake: How-to: Hammered flower and leaf prints. Get out the hammer, it's how-to Tuesday and we have some botanical prints to make!
I learned this technique, which makes an image using the natural dyes in plants, from my college roommate Sarah. It's great for making cards or simple botanical prints. Actually, you'll need a little more than just a hammer. Here's a supply list: flowers or leaves to printwatercolor or other rough, acid-free paperselection of hammers (including ball-peen or cross-peen, if possible)hard work surface (cutting board, slab of wood, etc.)paper towelsscissorspentweezers or toothpicksacrylic finishing spray (optional) Start by going on a walk or visiting your garden to find leaves and flowers to work with.
Then set up your work surface. Next, trim any chunky or squishy bits off of the plants and arrange them on your watercolor paper. Cover the plant with 2-3 layers of paper towels. On the paper towels, sketch the borders of the area you'll need to hammer. Peel back the paper towel to check your progress. V and Co how to: jersey knit bracelet - StumbleUpon. I don't know what it is about this time of year that makes me just want to have my bare feet in the sand, be watching the sun setting into the ocean, and breathing in the warm salty air of the beach...as i get older, more and more i find myself missing that place i used to go to almost every.single.day. as a teen.
(my skin doesn't miss it. as a matter of fact, i now wish i listened more and DID put SPF on my face...hindsight is 20/20). my mom calls me from her walk on the beach almost every morning... *sigh*yeah, i get a little homesick around this time of the year. heck on my pinterest my "dreaming of summer" has the most pictures in it. ah yes. i miss my ocean. case in point. this bracelet, brought a flood of memories, not because i used to have one like it but because i can totally see me wearing it by the beach, not caring that it's gotten salty and wet, because i can totally make another one in like less than 5 minutes flat when i get home.
*sigh* okay... *cut off excess tails! TableTalk: The Best Idea I've Had This Year. Seed Paper Tutorial | - StumbleUpon. I first heard of seed paper–or hand made paper that has real flower seeds embedded in the pulp itself and is actually plantable–about a year ago while browsing through a stationary catalog. It was the coolest idea I’d ever seen–and so incredibly spring-y! Well, who knew that you could make this funky stuff all by yourself? And dang we had a good time! These would be just perfect to include with a birthday or Christmas card–don’t you think? First Step: Making the Screen Frame Here’s what you’ll need for the screen frame: 6-12 wide craft sticks–think tongue depressors Craft glue 1 or 2 pieces of mesh or screen about 6″x6″ electrical tape Glue four sticks together–like this.
Lay the screen over the sticks and glue in place. Now glue two more sticks–one on the top and one on the bottom. I rested a glass bowl over the frames to hold everything in place until the glue dried. Your frame should look pretty much like this. Second Step: Making the paper pulp Here’s what you’ll need to make the pulp: water. 3d video showing how to fold an origami peace crane. How to Marbleize Paper and Cards. Immediately after removing the paper, place it in a pan, and pour water over it.
Hang paper to dry, marbleized side up. Do not touch the paper until it is dry (typically within 2 hours, depending on humidity levels). Decide whether to keep or discard your solution (it can be used several times). To change paint colors, lay strips of newsprint across the solution's surface, then remove; repeat with clean strips until the solution is clear. You can store the solution in an airtight jar for about a week. Don't leave it in the tray, which could rust. Letters.