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Step by Step Instructions
Measure the width of the tape you’re using and cut paper strips, the same width as the tape.
Prepare the strips by inking them with distress ink (optional) and conditioning them with water. To do that saturate the strips with a couple spritzes of water using a mister. To add some sheen I added 2 tiny scoops of golden perfect pearl medium to the tap water, but that’s optional too. Blot the excess water with paper towels.
When the strips are completely dry, temporarily adhere the masking tape, in the length of your choice, to a non-stick mat.
Apply a layer of Mod Podge to the tape – not too thin and not too thick – and adhere the paper strips to it. Apply more glue, if necessary. Eliminate all air bubbles by applying pressure with your finger on top of the paper strips. Use your finger, as if it was a brayer. Then let it dry – COMPLETELY.
Apply a second, top layer, of Mod Podge. Apply it generously – it will be used as a sealer. Let it dry COMPLETELY.
Remove the excess glue by going over it with your fingers and peel off the tape from the non stick mat. Transfer the tape to a non stick sheet you use in the kitchen. You can also roll them against a round handle (the brush’s handle is perfect for that) to make your own tape-roll.
Do you work with deco tape? What do you use it for? Please share by leaving a comment.
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Being environmentally friendly is important to me. It is actually very selfish of me, as I want my posterity to enjoy mother earth as long as possible. Therefore on one of my very first creativity prompts I have shown you how to turn your trash into treasure.
This week I am revisiting this idea and I am going to show you how you can upcycle an empty yogurt container, just before it hits the recycle bin, and make a beautiful surprise mini album with it. If you are not a big fan of mini albums in boxes, you can stop half way through and make a lovely pencil (or brushes…) holder from it.
So if you are interested in turning your trash into treasure too, keep on reading.
[The fabulous music is by Josh Woodward from his album: "Not Quite Connected"]
Step By Step Instructions
Measure the lid’s diameter with a ruler.
Cut a circle from your patterned paper in the same diameter.
Adhere the patterned paper circle to the lid with Mod-Podge and seal with another generous layer of Mod-Podge on top. Let dry completely.
Cut a bunch of patterned papers to the same height as your container and a 1″ width. [mine are 4" by 1"]
Adhere the strips to the container – one by one – using Mod Podge. To eliminate air bubbles, rub each stripe with your finger. It’s messy, but important to secure your paper strips to the plastic container.
Seal your strips of paper with another generous layer of Mod Podge and put aside until it dries completely.
Measure the diameter of the bottom of your container to figure out the smallest size of a circle that can fit into your container.
Cut as many cardstock circles as the number of pages you wish to have in your mini-album. The circles vary in size whilst the smallest has the same diameter as the container’s bottom and the largest has the same size as the container’s lid.
To find the center of the cardstock circles, cut some more circles from scrap paper, at the same size as your cardstock ones. Fold each scrap paper circle once vertically and once horizontally and mark the point of conjunction. This point is exactly at the center.
Use the scrap circles as a template and punch a hole at the center of each cardstock circle.
Cut a long strip of strong decorative string and fold in half.
Make a knot at the fold (with the two long string edges coming out of it).
Weave both edges of the string through the circles. Secure each circle with a knot and add another knot between each circle, at about 1″, as a spacer.
Punch a hole at the center of the lid and apply Diamond Glaze (or any other strong liquid adhesive) to the inside of the lid.
Thread the ends of the string through the hole and make sure the top cardstock circle gets stuck well to the inside of the lid.
To finish off the lid, thread the ends of the string through the paper flower and the button and secure in a knot. Dab some diamond Glaze on the knot to make sure it stays put.
Cut a piece of ribbon that circumscribes the top of your container. Apply a strong tape adhesive to the back of the ribbon and adhere to the top edge of your container. Repeat on the bottom of your container. This will finish off the edges.
For a more cohesive look, add a second strip of ribbon (about 1½ times the circumference of your container) and then adhere to the edges with glue dots, while pleating the ribbon at each 1″. Secure each pleat with a glue dot.
Variation - You can skip steps 1-3 & 7-16 and make a quick and easy pencil holder instead…
This is post is the second in the series of Embellishing Embellishments. A couple weeks ago I suggested ways of embellishing paper flowers and this week we are going to embellish raw chipboard shapes.
Chipboard is a great way to add some dimension to your project, without adding too much bulk. Chipboard is basically a bunch of layers of paper, pressed firmly together, therefore it provides a slight raise, when adhered on regular cardstock or paper.
Saying that, chipboard, in its raw state, is rather… well… ugly. Many companies provide covered chipboard shapes but the price tag can rise up and you never get EXACTLY the color, texture, finish you want on your project.
There are many companies offering raw chipboard shapes. Usually the price does play a role in telling the quality of the chipboard. For the sake of this tutorial I was using Colorbok’s chipboard shapes, they retail for 1$ but they are very thin and the layers are easily separated (especially in techniques that requires gel medium). I do recommend Maya Road’s chipboard. It has high quality yet isn’t very expensive.
The techniques I am showing on this week’s video are:
Each technique requires different tools and supply, and you may not want to experiment with all of the techniques, so I will list a separate supply and tools list for each technique below. I will also post a small picture of the chipboard, after the technique had been applied on it. You can click on each photo for a larger view.
Apply gel medium to the chipboard and lay the printed transparency over it, inked side down.
Apply pressure to the transparency with a brayer and rub the image off with a bone folder.
Gently peel off the transparency and make sure the top layer of the chipboard isn’t stuck to the transparency. If it is stuck, peel it gently with the tip of your craft knife’s blade and adhere it back on with some more gel medium.
Apply another coat of gel medium on top – but make sure it is completely dry first.
Embellishing embellishments? Have I gone crazy? No. Not really. I was just thinking how can I stretch my supply a little bit and get a personalized look and this is what I came up with.
Many crafters have heaps of plain paper flowers laying around, but only you will have the altered version of these flowers… Think about all the possibilities… Exciting, isn’t it? Some companies offer pre-embellished flowers, but embellishing them yourself isn’t only cheaper, but also more fun and creative.
In today’s video I suggest and show just a few options: sewing, adding bling, embossing, flocking, stamping and decoupaging – but the possibilities are really endless.
You can use the embellished flowers on cards, layouts as well as on wall art and other mixed-media projects.
[I apologize in advance for the quality of the editing. I am slowly learning to work with iMovie...]
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On this video -
Stamping – Use pigment ink and press hard on the stamp, to get into all the folds and crevices.
Adding BLING – Apply some strong liquid adhesive that dries clear (like diamond glaze) and sprinkle beads, glitter or gemstones onto it. Allow it to dry and add a little bit of adhesive on top, to make sure it’ll stick.
Flocking - Similarly to adding bling, just apply some Diamond Glaze and pour in the flock. Tap on it gently with your finger to make sure the flock is applied evenly.
Decoupage - Choose a scrap of napkin or tissue paper that fits your flower. Use only the top layer of the napkin. Apply gel medium or Mod-Podge generously on the flower and adhere the napkin to it. Apply a second coat of gel medium on the covered flower. Allow it to dry and cut the excess with scissors.
Embroidery - Add some appeal to the flower with an embroidery floss. There are many options. On the video, I applied sequins to the flower, using a “French Knot“.
Embossing - Put the flower into an embossing folder and move it through a Cuttlebug machine (or another die-cutting & embossing machine). Make sure you pick an embossing design that fits in scale to the flower’s size.
Crackle Paint - Apply a thick layer of crackle paint on the flower and allow to dry.
Photo transfer – The idea is similar to decoupaging, but instead of napkins you use a photo, printed on transparency with an inkjet printer. Note that this technique isn’t as smooth as decoupaging and the printed design won’t be transferred as crisply. (Use a gel medium for this technique).
Take a closer look at the embellished flowers (click on the photo):
Découpage is a fantastic technique of paper piecing that helps us to create impressive art creations quickly and easily, while actual painting & drawing are unnecessary. This is also a fabulous way to use all your small paper scraps. [or holiday cards' cut-outs...]
I have been using this technique for quite a while but only recently Meital, a childhood friend of my husband, suggested that I should make a tutorial on this technique, so here you go:
Go through your stash [if you're like me and you've got a stash...] and choose a napkin with an interesting illustration. I chose a napkin with some flower illustrations. Each napkin usually has 4 prints.
Next, you need to paint your canvas. Pick a color that goes well with the illustration on your napkin. Using a foam brush, apply an even coat of the acrylic paint to the canvas. [When working with napkins and other light-weight papers it is better to use a very light color, otherwise the illustration will get "absorbed" and lost in the background.]
While the canvas is getting dried, cut the illustration from the napkin and separate its layers so you end up with the very top layer. You can discard the rest of the layers [it's recyclable!]
After the canvas is completely dry arrange your cut-outs on it in a way that pleases your eye. [After applying the glue or the gel medium figuring out the placement of your cut-outs will get trickier.]
Then, when you are pleased with the composition, apply the Mod-Podge glue generously with the foam brush both below and above the cut-out, as the glue works as a sealer as well as an adhesive.
Repeat the gluing and sealing process with all your cut-outs and make sure you apply an even coat of glue and going with the brush at the same direction all over. When you are finished and the glue has completely dried you can embellish your canvas with alpha stickers and glitter glue or anything else you can think of.
Paper Scraps Découpage -
The process is basically the same, only you can use any color for the background. Therefore I am not going to be as verbose…
Paint your canvas.
Choose your scraps and cut to size. On a 10″ by 10″ canvas I used 25 pieces of patterned paper, cut at: 1 7/8″ by 1 7/8″.
Figure out the placement of all your paper cut-outs.
Apply glue or gel medium below and on top of each piece of paper.
Finish off your canvas with your favorite embellishments and enjoy your art!