Dye Embroidery Thread with Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray

by Jennifer Vanderbeek 

Use Stamps for Stitching by Jennifer Vanderbeek. pink rose embroidery thread. green, white frame.

We invest a lot of money into our craft supplies, so why not use them to their potential! We can find new uses for craft sprays, embroidery threads, and stamps and stretch our craft budgets. In this tutorial, I outline how to use stamps as a template for embroidery. And while we’re at it, why not use sprays to make custom-colored embroidery thread, too!

Skill: Advanced
Time: 2 – 3 hours + drying time

Directions

Step 1

Spray Rose Bud, Lilac Posies and New Sprout Fireworks directly onto the craft mat close to each other for the dye ink to blend. These colors will create the Rose petal colors. Add a length of white embroidery floss across the three puddles and let them soak up the color.

Step 2

Repeat with New Sprout Fireworks and Walnut Ink for the Rose stem colors thread. Allow both floss color themes to dry completely.

Step 3

Stamp the chosen image onto pressed linen with VersaFine. Let dry.

Step 4

Thread a needle with 3 (of the 6) strands of the dyed floss and fill in the stamped sections with the different colors. The sample project uses satin stitch for the petals and leaves, detached chain stitch for the stem, and French knots for accents.

Step 5

Embellish the stamped image with a stitched frame or other embellishments.

Step 6

Paint a bare wood frame with a wash of white acrylic paint and spray with Desert Sand Fireworks to add a touch of age and shimmer.

Step 7

Cut a piece of chipboard to fit behind the opening of the frame and wrap the embroidered linen around it. Secure it inside the frame and project is ready to go!

This project makes a great gift or can be a lovely decorative item in a craft room.

Supplies

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  • White embroidery thread
  • Acrylic blocks
  • 
Close to My Heart – rose stamp
  • 
Linen fabric
  • Embroidery needle
  • 
Embroidery hoop
  • 
Wooden frame
  • White acrylic paint
  • Paint Brush
  • 
Chipboard
  • Scissors

 

Don’t Be Eye Candy Be Soul Food by Tenia Nelson

I wanted to make a super fun card encouraging ladies to be made of the good stuff while also strutting your stuff! I started with stamping an image with VersaMark onto watercolor paper and heat embossing it. I then used Bamboo Leaves Memento marker to scribble onto an acrylic block and watercolor the lady. I did the same technique with Tuxedo Black Memento Marker and Rich Cocoa Memento ink for the skin tones. I then sprayed New Sprout Fireworks Craft onto the whole image panel to pull the design together, stamped the sentiment onto a piece of cardstock using Cottage Ivy Memento Ink and finished it with adding sequins and washi tape. And mounted the whole piece onto a blank card base.

Supplies

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  • Unity Stamp Company – stamp
  • Watercolor
  • Embellishments – sequins, washi tape, sticker stitches
  • Heating Tool

 

DIY Arrow Tea Towel

by Jessica Litman

Jessica Litman decorates a tea towel using Tsukineko's All Purpose Ink. green, blue, black, arrows, hipster, kitchen, food.

Changing out your kitchen décor can be as easy as swapping out tea towels! By using stencils, tea towels, and Tsukineko’s All-Purpose ink, you can create decorative and seasonal décor without spending a lot of time or money!

Skill: Beginner
Time: 10 minutes + dry time

Directions

Jessica Litman decorates a tea towel using Tsukineko's All Purpose Ink. green, blue, black, arrows, hipster, kitchen, food.

Step 1

Iron tea towels to remove wrinkles. Pour Blue Bayou, Celadon, and Cool Grey All-Purpose Ink into a paint palette.

Jessica Litman decorates a tea towel using Tsukineko's All Purpose Ink. green, blue, black, arrows, hipster, kitchen, food.

Step 2

Lay tea towel over craft mat. Set arrow stencil on top of the tea towel. Using Fantastix bullet tip pen, dip into paint palette and trace stencil.

Jessica Litman decorates a tea towel using Tsukineko's All Purpose Ink. green, blue, black, arrows, hipster, kitchen, food.

Step 3

Repeat until tea towel is covered with arrows. Let towel dry. Heat set with an iron to allow ink to bond permanently to the tea towel (very important).

Jessica Litman decorates a tea towel using Tsukineko's All Purpose Ink. green, blue, black, arrows, hipster, kitchen, food.
Step 4

Label the Fantastix used by wrapping Washi tape around the base. Write ink color used in permanent marker. Store Fantastix vertically.

Supplies

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Other
  • DecorArt – Arrows Stencil
  • White tea towels
  • Paint palette
  • Washi tape
  • Permanent marker
  • Scissors

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Tangram Chinese Puzzle On a Tote Bag

by Elina Stromberg

Elina Stromberg creates a tote bag with Chinese puzzle using Memento Luxe.

Are you familiar with ’Tangram’? It’s a Chinese puzzle consisting of seven flat shapes, called tans, which are put together to form specific shapes. I got my Tangram book from my mother when I was a little kid, and yet today those black geometric puzzle pieces keep inspiring me. This time I did not play with the puzzle itself but instead used a Tangram stamp set to decorate a plain canvas tote bag. Stamping on fabric is as easy as it is on paper; just remember to iron the fabric first, and to use stamping inks suitable for fabric. Memento Luxe pigment inks are the perfect choice for all fabric projects.

For keeping the fabric flat, I suggest placing a piece of cardboard underneath the fabric. Especially when using thin fabrics, a sheet of cardboard inside the tote (or a T-shirt) will block the stamping ink from blotting and messing the fabric layers underneath.
Once the ink is dry the stamped image is heat set with ironing. Then the colors will remain vibrant even if repeatedly washed.

Elina Stromberg creates a tote bag with Chinese puzzle using Memento Luxe. Geometric shapes create the art. Elina Stromberg creates a tote bag with Chinese puzzle using Memento Luxe.

Supplies

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Memento Luxe – Tuxedo Black, Danube Blue, Lilac Posies, Rose Bud, Pistachio, Pear Tart

Other
  • Canvas tote bag
  • Altenew – Simple Shapes Stamp Set
  • Acrylic block
  • Piece of cardboard

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LUXE-urious Placemats

Thanksgiving Placemats

by Nadine Carlier

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This Thanksgiving make some custom placemats with Memento Luxe Inks! Nadine Carlier created some beautiful fall leaves to add to her placemats this year. See how she did it in the video below.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 45 minutes

Supplies

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Other
  • Spellbinders – Shapeabilities D-Lites Dies Leaves, Shapeabilities Quite Contrary Debi Adams I’ll Never Leaf You Etched Dies, Die Cutting Machine
  • Placemat
  • Prima Marketing – Jamie Doughtery Bloom Stencil – Phrases
  • Fabri-Tac – Adhesive

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Studio Glaze Halloween Mask

Webbed Masquerade

by Roni Johnson

A masquerade ball mask in a spider web motif made with tulle fabric and StazOn Studio Glaze by Roni Johnson is modeled by a smiling young woman with red lipstick.

Halloween party in your near future? No idea what you’re going to wear? No problem – grab a couple bottles of StazOn Studio Glaze, a bit of tulle and you’re in business. You can be the belle of the ball – or in this case Spiderella of the ball. Create your very own one of a kind mask and wow all of the spooks on All Hallows Eve.

Skill: Advanced
Time: 1 hour + days for drying

Directions

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Step 1

Fold a piece of copy paper in half; draw a basic mask design and cut it out.

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Step 2

Fill in the mask with designs and doodles to fill up the mask. This can be as simple, elegant or extravagant as desired. Adhere the mask pattern to a piece of cardboard; cover the mask with a piece of plastic cling wrap.

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Step 3

Cut a piece of tulle 2” larger than the mask, secure it to the cling wrap. Shake desired color of Studio Glaze vigorously. Remove the cap and begin tracing thick lines of Studio Glaze over the pattern.

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Step 4

Continue tracing the pattern with one or more colors of Studio Glaze until the entire pattern has been duplicated on the tulle. Set the mask aside to dry for 24-48 hours.

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Step 5

If desired, fill in some areas of the mask with Cotton White Studio Glaze. Sprinkle with a fine or extra fine glitter. Set aside to dry for another 24-48 hours.

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Step 6

Once the Studio Glaze has completely dried, carefully peel the Studio Glaze mask/tulle from the plastic wrap.

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Step 7

Use a sharp craft knife to cut away the excess tulle.

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Step 8

Trim a small piece of acetate and adhere it to the back of the mask where you will be adding the ribbon ties for a bit of added strength. Punch a hole & secure an eyelet in the hole on both sides of the mask. Tie a piece of ribbon on each side. Your mask is now ready to be worn.

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Step 9

Have a spooktacular time at the party!

Supplies

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  • StazOn Studio Glaze – Jet Black, Cotton White, Claret
Other
  • Meyer Imports – Glitter
  • Plastic wrap
  • Tulle
  • Ribbon
  • Eyelets
  • Adhesive
  • Copy paper
  • Cardboard
  • Pencil & eraser

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

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