Spring Watercolor Bouquet Card

Spring Watercolor Bouquet

I love the soft look of a handmade water-colored card.

This card was made using the Hello Spring Stamp and Die Set from the Maker’s Movement.

Just for you…I’ve created simple step by step instructions on how to make the card.

How to make a Spring Watercolor Bouquet Card

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  • In the Hello Spring Stamp and Die Set, there are several stamps that have a coordinating die that matches the stamp.
  • Stamp a flower using blue ink onto a piece of watercolor paper.

  • Place the mask onto the stamped flower image and stamp a second flower image slightly overlapping the first flower.

  • By using the mask, you create the look of one flower behind the other.

  • Place masks on both of the stamped flower image.  Start adding the background images by stamping small pink flowers, ferns, and leaves.

  • Remove masks and watercolor the stamped flowers using a water-brush*.
  • I like to use dye ink to watercolor.  I apply the ink to a simple grid that I printed onto copy paper and laminated.   Dip the wet tip of the water-brush* into the ink and paint your images.  (You can also use a small paintbrush and water.)

  • Cut frames using the Nested Stitched Rectangles Dies.
  • Adhere water-colored image, frames, and layers onto a 4 ½” x 5 ½” blue dot card.
  • Stamp another flower with blue ink onto watercolor paper.  Watercolor the flower as before.  Cut the flower out using the coordinating die and the Crossover II Fabric & Paper Cutting System*.
  • Mount onto the lower right corner of the card using a thin foam mounting square.
  • Stamp “Hello” onto a small white banner cut from the small banner die found in the Hello Spring set.  Trim banner to size and adhere under the raised flower.
  • Add a simple sheer ribbon to the top of the card to finish.

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Shaving Cream Art

Create Unique One of a Kind Art with Shaving Cream.

Shaving Cream Art is a fun project that the whole family can participate in.

How to Create Shaving Cream Art

Materials Needed:

I use the Deflecto Stackable Caddy Organizer* to hold my ink refills and other crafty supplies.

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Shaving Cream Art can get a little messy so a little prep work is necessary.

  • For easy clean up…Place a piece of wax paper* over a large baking sheet.
  • Add shaving cream onto wax paper.
  • Add several drops of ink onto the shaving cream.

  • Use a craft stick* to swirl the ink into the shaving cream.
  • Do not over stir or the shaving cream will become muddy.

  • Place card-stock directly onto the shaving cream and lightly Smoosh.

  • Carefully lift the card-stock from the shaving cream.

  • Use the scraper tool* to scrape the excess shaving cream from the card-stock.

  • Without re-stirring the shaving cream, you can repeat the process several more times.
  • The first one will be the most vibrant and will get subtly lighter each time.

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Each one will be different and will lighten as they dry.

You can use this process to create even larger pieces of art. 

Shaving Cream Art also makes a great background for card-makers.

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How to make a Mini Gift Bag out of an Envelope

The Quick and Easy way to make a Mini Gift Bag from an Envelope.

The Envelope Gift Bag is a great way use large envelopes and recycle old ones.

The gift bag was decorated using the Farmhouse Market Collection from Carta Bella.

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Directions:

  • Seal the envelope closed.
  • Cut the end off one side of the envelope.

  • Score the envelope 3/4″ on the remaining three sides of the envelope.  You will need to use medium to firm pressure when scoring to crease through all the layers.  Score on both sides of the envelope.
  • Fold the envelope on each score line.  Use the scoring tool to go over each line to make sure you have a good sharp crease.

  • Put your hand inside of the envelope and gently start opening it up.  Refold the lines as you open it up.   Create gusset folds on the sides of the bag.
  • Once the bag is fully open you will have two pointed flaps sticking out on each end.  Add adhesive to the flaps and adhere to the bottom of the bag.  (you can also add a piece of decorative washi to the bottom of the bag to hold the flaps in place.)

  • Start decorating the bag.
  • Add a decorative strip of washi tape around the bottom of the bag.
  • Add stickers to the front of the bag.  Stickers are a great way to cover up a name when re-using an envelope.

  • Fill the bag with your gift.
  • Fold the top of the bag over and crease.
  • Punch two holes in the top of the bag and add ribbon.

Remember the next time you get a card to carefully open the envelope on the side so

that you can recycle it into a cute little gift bag.

How to Personalize a Wine Glass with Glitter Vinyl

One of my favorite snack combinations is Wine and Popcorn.

It’s great for a casual party or a perfect movie night snack!

For your next party, try personalizing inexpensive Wine Glasses from Dollar Tree*.

Add names to the glasses, and they’ll be no more mixing them up .

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How to Personalize a Wine Glass with Glitter Vinyl

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The great thing about StyleTechCraft Transparent Glitter Vinyl is that it’s the only film in the world that is colored glitter on both the inside and outside.  

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Directions:

  • The flower and leaves image used on the wine glass was purchased online as a “cut file” from the Silhouette Store.
  • Using the Silhouette Cameo Electronic Die Cutting Machine*, I resized the flower and leaves image to fit on the front of the wine glass.  (Mine was approx. 2 1/2″ x 1 3/4″)
  • Lay the vinyl on the cutting mat.  (Because my mat is old and not super sticky, I use a piece of removable tape to hold my vinyl on the mat.)
  •  Set machine on the vinyl setting, cut images out using the Silhouette Cameo Electronic Die Cutting Machine*.  Cut the image out in red and green adhesive glitter vinyl.
  • Use the Weeding Tool, to carefully remove the negative spaces in and around the image.

  • Cut a piece of Vinyl Transfer Tape* a little larger than the flower shape.
  • Lay the Vinyl Transfer Tape*on top of the flowers. Gently rub over the transfer paper using the vinyl scraper tool to make sure the image has transferred.

  • To help the vinyl stick securely to the glass…Wipe the surface of the wine glass with the alcohol wipe to remove any oils.   
  • Lay transfer paper onto glass. Because the surface is curved, start from the center of the image and rub one side at a time using vinyl scraper tool. The tool allows you to smooth the image and get rid of air bubbles.
  • Remove Vinyl Transfer Tape*.
  • Center leaves over floral design and repeat process.

Allow the vinyl to cure on the glass for 4 days before using. (Hand Wash Only)

And of course, you’re going to need a cute coaster to go with your wine glass.

  • Apply adhesive Silver Glitter Vinyl to the front of a chipboard coaster.  Trim around the edge of the coaster with a craft knife.
  • Create the words using red and black transparent and apply onto the coaster the same as the wine glass.  Enjoy!

Cheers…looks like a Wine and Popcorn kind of night!

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Spring Care Basket

With so many people stuck at home, share a little love and kindness with a Spring Care Basket.

Hang the basket on the front door of an older relative or neighbor to brighten their day.

I created the care basket with extra essentials and re-purposed items I already had at home.

Here’s what I used to create the Spring Care Basket:

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I refreshed the look of the basket with a new coat of paint using a white color stain.

I glued the floral applique to the front of the basket with craft glue.

After adding a little paper shred to the bottom of the basket, I filled it with useful essential items.

A little chocolate might be a nice touch too.  (if you’re willing to share)

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A Welcome Home Card

Home is the place where you belong.

As we stay home and shelter in place, home becomes such so much more.

A safe haven, a place to work, a place to play, and a place to be.

I can’t wait until the day when I can welcome friends and family back into my home.

I can’t wait to hug my kids and grandsons.

Whatever your meaning of home, I hope you like this Welcome Home card made with

the Welcome Home Stamp and Die Set from the Maker’s Movement.

This heartfelt set is perfect for a new baby, housewarming, homecoming, and more.

The Welcome Home Card was made using the Gingham Garden paper collection from My Mind’s Eye and various metal dies from The Maker’s Movement.

Crafter Tip:  The metal dies in the kit are all connected when you get them. One of the first things I do when I start snipping the dies apart is to cut a piece of thin Magnetic Craft Sheet* and adhere it to the packaging.  It’s a great place to put your small dies so you won’t lose them.

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This is a breakdown of all the die cut and stamped pieces used to create the house.

  • The shutters were made by stamping two additional doors and cutting the bottom panel from the left side of the door.  (the right side has the door knob, and I didn’t want to include that)

  • The bushes were made using the small cloud die.
  • For added dimension, the clouds were popped up using thin foam mounting squares.

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Little Birdie Crafts Mixed Media Canvas

Mixed Media Made Simple

In the past, I was intimidated at the thought of doing a Mixed Media project.

I was intrigued but intimidated.

After a few attempts, I found that Mixed media doesn’t have to be intimidating

if you break it down into a few simple steps.

What is Mixed Media?

Mixed Media is a visual art that uses more than one medium or material.  Two common examples of mixed media art are assemblages and collages.  Different materials include cloth, paper, paint, wood, and found objects.

Here’s the 4 basic steps I use:

  1. prep canvas
  2. create background
  3. add dimension
  4. composition

When it comes to Mixed Media, I am still a novice.  The steps I use are mere suggestions.

This month, I got the opportunity to work with Little Birdie Crafts in a Blog Hop with fellow designers of the Designer Craft Connection.  Little Birdie Crafts has a great selection of handmade flowers, chipboard pieces, stencils, paper and so much more.  Right now they have a great sale going on, make sure to check out the Little Birdie Crafts online store.

These are the Little Birdie Crafts products used:

  • 12 x 12 Burlap Art Board  (CR73782)
  • White Gesso (CR75625)
  • Antique Gold Metallic Wax (CR79830)
  • Mixed Media Paste-Slate (CR79374)
  • Natalie Pastel Flowers (CR70092)
  • Chipboard Ornate Clock (CR26249)
  • 2-Chipboard Honey Comb (CR56011)
  • Chevron Stencil (CR64149)
  • Jute Braided Twine  (CR82268)

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Step One 1

  • Prep burlap canvas with gesso using a palette knife or paintbrush to prepare the surface for paint.

  • Add white acrylic paint over the surface of the canvas, and drips of coral, marigold and aqua paint.

  • Blend horizontally across the canvas using a paintbrush to create a soft background.

Starting the process of building the background.

  • Paint chipboard honeycomb with marigold paint and dry brush with white acrylic paint.

  • Lightly paint chipboard clock with white acrylic paint.  Rub antique gold metallic wax to accent the ornate edges and hands of the clock.
  • The shelf is a scrabble tile holder that was stained using Vintage Photo Ink.  It’s hard to see in this picture but the edge of the shelf is accented in the antique gold metallic wax.

Texture and dimension adds interest to the canvas.

  • Tape stencil to board using removable painter’s tape to mask the area that you want to add the mixed media paste.  Apply paste in a thin layer onto the board using a palette knife.

Step 2 Building the Background

  • Once the texture paste has dried.  Go over the paste with a thin layer of white acrylic paint to lighten it.  Apply antique gold metallic wax to accent the texture.
  • Glue vintage lace onto the canvas using mod podge.  Apply a thin layer of mod podge directly to the area on the canvas where I will be adding the lace.
  • Stagger the painted chipboard honeycomb onto the board to create interest and glue in place.

Step 3 and 4  Dimension and Composition

  • Create focus.  The place where you want the eye to land.
  • I like to use an item to anchor my canvas.  An anchor can be a photo or in this case the shelf.
  • To create stability and dimension…I add chipboard to the back of all my paper pieces.
  • Arrange and Rearrange your pieces on the canvas until you are satisfied.
  • Glue pieces on canvas using a strong glue.  (I always find that I add and edit as I glue.)

For the full list of Designers participating in the Little Birdie Crafts Blog Hop click here.

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