One of the best things about summer is being outside. And one of the best things about being a crafter is sitting in your happy space in your craft room. In today’s post, our artists help you think outside box and design for the outside. Roni starts us off with a stained-glass project using Tsukineko’s StazOn Studio Glaze. Neva Cole creates a perfect picnic companion using metal and cork coasters. And Renee creates handmade labels for the garden. Check it out!
Studio Glaze Stain Glass by Roni Johnson
I was so excited when I heard that one of our challenges for June was “Something Other Than Paper”. Why you might ask? At the beginning of May, my town hosts a large garage sale. It is such a fun event! At one of the houses, I found a lovely glass frame that spoke to me. I knew I would upcycle the plain glass frame into a lovely show piece for my craft room window.
I started off by selecting a few of my favorite colors of Tsukineko’s StazOn Studio Glaze. StazOn Studio Glaze performs like a paint but has a transparent finish that is perfect for glass crafting projects like this one. I used these glazes to fill in each cell with a harmony created by orange, blue and green. To achieve the interesting pattern, I let the glaze sit for about 5 minutes then used a Doodlestix to create a swirl pattern texture and let it dry. Makes for quite a stunning statement both inside and outside of the house!
- Glass frame
Let Your Dreams Fly Drink Coasters by Neva Cole
I am always up for a challenge that does not involve cardstock! These metal coasters have been in my stash for a while and with this challenge it was the time to make something cool with them! My Mom loves butterflies, and this will be a perfect gift for her to take along on their motorhome trips as they are light-weight and will store easily.
Start by applying StazOn Opaque Cotton White ink directly to metal and dab with an Ink blusher to cover the surface. Set aside to dry thoroughly. Use an ink blusher to gently dab StazOn Azure around outside edges of each coaster. Set aside to dry. Since StazOn is a solvent ink, the reapplication of more StazOn (with the butterfly stamps) will dissolve the background base. To prevent this, use a foam brush to seal layers with GlazOn matte which is a sealant specifically designed for StazOn. Place GlazOn in a small disposable container and paint on coasters. Do not add directly to coaster as it will lift the ink from the surface.
Stamp images in StazOn Blazing Red with Joy Clair’s Butterfly Kisses. Stamp sentiments in StazOn Blazing Royal Purple. Let dry thoroughly before sealing with 2 additional coats of GlazOn Matte, allowing for complete drying between coats. So the hardest part of this project is to seal the layers of StazOn, but once you learn this technique it becomes automatic and quick. To finish, adhere metal coaster to cork coaster with E6000 glue. Set aside to dry. You are ready to enjoy personalized coasters!
- Recollections – Metal and cork coasters
- Joy Clair – Butterfly Kisses stamp set
- Foam brush
- E6000 glue
Dressing Up Your Herb Garden by Renee Zarate
One of the AIRs challenges for June was to create a project using something other than cardstock to stamp on. I’m just getting my herb garden going so I thought I’d create small name tags made out of plastic to identify my herbs. StazOn ink is my go to ink when I want something that won’t disappear with the blazing sun and torrential rains of South Carolina where I currently live. Guests are always curious about all the herbs I grow, this way they can read the names, pluck a little off and enjoy the herbal scents.
Prepare the plastic surface by wiping each tag lightly with rubbing alcohol to remove any residue. Use a mini alphabet stamp set and StazOn Jet Black ink to stamp the name of the herb, allow to dry. Using a different color of StazOn ink, begin stamping designs and patterns onto the plastic randomly. Allow drying time. Using a large dauber, apply different colors of StazOn ink; apply Clear Embossing Powder and carefully heat set the colors. This is plastic so take care not to get the heat tool too close or hold it on one spot too long or the stake will melt. Apply a clear sealant to the stake with a product that will withstand the elements outdoors, allowing the drying time stated in the instructions. Insert it into the ground near the plant. Make one for each type of herb or plant.
- StazOn – Jet Black, Sunflower Yellow, Azure, Forest Green, Fuchsia Pink
- Embossing Powder
- Large Daubers
- Craft Mat
- Plastic garden stakes
- Krylon – Make it Last Clear Sealer
- Rubbing alcohol
- Hero Arts – Mini Alphabet stamps
- Waffle Flower – Pattern Play
- Acrylic block
- Heat tool