We Love these Beachy Keen Coasters

Summer Respite

by Mark Melnick

Colorful handmade beach themed coasters with lobsters, tropical fish, seahorses and crabs displayed with a pitcher and glass of sun tea.

Summertime fun with VersaCraft and All-Purpose Inks in bright colors. What better way to enjoy some homemade sun tea than on some handmade canvas coasters that are colorful and absorbent!

Skill: Beginner – Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes + drying time

Directions

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Step 1

Take some plain canvas [of fabric of your choice] and cut pieces slightly larger than your intended coasters. I used some heavy cardboard coasters that I got at the farmer’s market. Adhere your fabric with your favorite mixed media adhesive.

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Step 2

I used wood block stamps as they do not move at all and are the best stamps for use on fabric of any type. They do not absorb ink and are usually extremely detailed. This first image shows the use of VersaCraft Inks. They are intended for fabric and can be heat set. Stamp fabric with your design and then heat set with iron. The canvas I used is untreated and quite absorbent. The heat set keeps the ink from moving even when liquid is applied on top.

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Step 3

This second image shows the use of All-Purpose Ink. I applied this ink to the wood block using a brush and then stamping the fabric. Again, I heat set the ink when finished.

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Step 4

Take a second coaster and paint with adhesive. Adhere to the back of your covered coaster. I laid the two together under a jeweler’s anchor plate and my favorite antique iron and let dry. This second layer adds weight and additional absorbency.

Supplies

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  • Cork or Cardboard coasters
  • Canvas/Fabric
  • Paint brushes
  • Adhesive
  • Iron
  • Weight
  • Sun tea

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Christmas in July Blog Hop with StencilGirl – Last Day!

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Today is the last of three Saturdays we are doing a Christmas in July Hop with StencilGirl! We hope you enjoy the inspiration to plan out your projects this year—because it is never too early to start planning.

 

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Today’s hop list:

StencilGirl Talk
Gwen Lafleur
Carolyn Dube
Carol Baxter
Mark Melnick
Jowilna Nolte
Terre Fry

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OF COURSE, there will be a GIVEAWAY!

We’ll be picking one lucky winner to receive $100 in Gift Certificates – a $50 Gift Certificate for StencilGirl Products and a $50 Gift Certificate for Imagine!

Take your time and visit each blog showcased July 9, 16, & 23 and leave your comments. The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to WIN! One comment per blog, please.

You will have until Saturday, July 30th at 11:59 PM Central Time to leave your comments. The winner will be notified by email and announced on StencilGirl’s & Imagine’s Facebook page on Sunday, July 31st.

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Find Out More with a Faux Metal Independence Canvas

Fourth of July Canvas Panel

by Mark Melnick

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We celebrate Independence Day on the 4th of July every year. But July 4, 1776 wasn’t the day that the Continental Congress decided to declare independence – that day was July 2nd. July 4th is the day all the changes to the Constitution were agreed upon. Enough history—onto craft fun! This project was created using pigment inks on canvas to create a panel that can be proudly displayed on a small easel or hung by its star spangled grommets.

Skill: Beginner/Intermediate
Time: 45 mintues + drying time

Directions

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Step 1

Begin by taking a piece of canvas, I chose sticky back canvas for ease of use, and cut to desired size (mine is 8×10). Print wording onto the canvas piece, if desired. Stick canvas onto a piece of medium weight cardboard.

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Step 2

Take VersaFine Majestic Blue Ink and ink the bottom 1/3 of the canvas with a sponge dauber. Pigment inks were used specifically because they are fade-resistant. Allow ink to dry. Tape off area for red stripes. Apply Brilliance Rocket Red Ink using a small sponge dauber.

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Step 3

Ink chipboard stars with Delicata Silvery Shimmer Ink. When dry, apply Delicata White Shimmer Ink randomly over stars. This creates a beautifully shiny patina.

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Step 4

This same process is used for the J, U, L, Y and the ‘4’’. When ink is completely dry, turn over and spray the letters heavily with water. Emboss using an embossing folder of your choice. TIP: Embossing wet chipboard enables pieces to have even more dimension. You may lose some ink in the process, but it will give it that realistic worn metal look.

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Step 5

Apply some Delicata White Shimmer Ink to the white and red stripes for some extra sparkle. Adhere all chipboard pieces to the canvas. Finish by placing grommets at either corner of your finished piece. Grommets have larger holes than eyelets making it easier to hang. If you choose to display on an easel, use of eyelets or grommets would merely be personal preference.

Supplies

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Other
  • Sticky back canvas
  • Printer (optional)
  • Medium weight cardboard
  • Chipboard stars, letters J, U, L, Y and 4
  • Diamond plate embossing folder
  • Embossing machine
  • Washi or painter’s tape
  • Adhesive
  • Grommets/Eyelets (optional)

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Create Seashells by the Seashore

Kaleidacolor Conch Card

by Mark Melnick

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Summer is upon us now and I simply cannot think of a better way to spend the day than at the beach collecting shells. Well, other than being in my craft studio… This brief tutorial will show you how to use Kaleidacolor Inkpads to create a beautiful card. Now if I can just learn to recite “She sells seashells by the seashore” without a fumble!

Skill: Beginner
Time: 25 minutes + drying time

Directions

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Step 1

For this particular tutorial, I chose a piece of handmade recycled paper though you could use watercolor paper as well. Spray the paper with enough water to make it slightly more wet than ‘damp’.

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Step 2

Secure the stencil over your wet paper to your craft mat with some washi or painters tape. With an InkBlusher apply the rainbow colored ink to the paper through the stencil. Make sure to grab all the colors and apply randomly. For a really cool effect close to watercolor, spray a bit more water onto the paper at close range. Allow to air dry or use a heat tool.

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Step 3

Apply a sentiment using EMBOSS Embossing Ink to the lower third of your card base. Sprinkle with EMBOSS Clear Embossing Powder. For a unique type of texture, sprinkle some sand made specifically for Sand Art and mix into the powder. Heat to melt. This will give your sentiment a real beachy feel. Take your finished Kaleidacolor piece and adhere to card base.

I really liked how the stencil piece turned out- I think I might make more to use in some mixed media projects!

Supplies

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Other
  • Handmade or watercolor paper
  • Shell stencil
  • Washi or painters tape
  • Cardbase
  • Sentiment stamp
  • Art sand

 

 

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Cabin Fever Wedding Invitation

All Because Two People Fell In Love

by Mark Melnick

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Custom wedding invitations are big business. I wanted to try creating a unique version of my own
and as I sat to design this project, I wondered from whence the tradition of “June brides” came.
I did some research and was fascinated to learn the tradition dates back to Roman times. The
Romans celebrated the festival of the deity Juno and his wife Jupiter, who was the goddess of
marriage and childbirth, on the first day of June. In Victorian times, the tradition is thought to
have continued because there were flowers available for wedding décor, and the scent of the
flowers masked body odor. Romantic, right?

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 75 minutes + drying time

Directions

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Step 1

You will need two pieces of 110lb cardstock cut to 5” x 10” for the invitation itself. Take the two pieces and adhere them to each other in the middle. The extra weight in the center will not only give the invitation a professional weight and feel, but will also help it to stand on its own once unfolded.

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Select six images for use on the front and back of the invitation. Adhere 3 front images to the card stock. It is best to use a strong adhesive, like Tear It! Tape, as the folding and unfolding of the invitation will loosen the images if not secured well to the cardstock. The actual information on the front and back of the invitation can be formatted as you like when creating your version. Use a VersaMarker to draw tiny design elements on the images and heat emboss with EMBOSS clear embossing powder for added dimension and visual interest.

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Cut a piece of Vellum, preferably a 30lb + weight, into a strip of desired height measuring 5” in length to be placed on the top image of the tri-fold. Take a sentiment stamp of your choice and, using the Delicata Dark Brown Shimmer ink, stamp the vellum. Adhere the vellum to the image as you wish – I used two Copper brads.

COOL ADDED TECHNIQUE: Take some cotton swabs and cover them in the Delicata Ink color Dark Brown Shimmer. Remove the top from a mini-mister and place cotton swabs inside while rubbing the ink off on the edges. The mister should be filled with water and a drop of rubbing alcohol. Replace top of mister and shake well – you now have a matching shimmery spray for your individual pieces. Spray the Vellum and your images with Shimmer spray from a fair distance so that the mist gently falls on the paper.

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Step 5

Create the main plate of the invitation on vellum. Adhere to the invitation as you desire – I used four Copper brads to match the top piece of Vellum. Since there is a set of images on the back, the brad closure will be hidden.

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Step 6

Adhere the back images using same strong adhesive as the front. Add more embellishments as you wish. I had some extra information to provide so used another sheet of vellum for that.

Supplies

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  • 110 lb cardstock
  • 30 lb vellum
  • Metal brads
  • Mini-misting bottle
  • 6 square images

 

 

#weddingweek

I bet a lot of people are starting to attend graduations. But soon enough- it will be weddings! We are designating this as Wedding Week on our blog. You will see projects that can be used in helping plan or attend a wedding. Enjoy these snippets of some of the projects we have lined up.

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You can also check out other project ideas for weddings on our Make page.