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

 

Quilled Birthday Cake Gift Bag

by Jessica Litman

Jessica Litman uses VersaColor and On Point Glue in a paper quilling project. Happy Birthday gift bag. blue, orange, yellow, green.

I always love to wrap and decorate birthday presents, but there are times when I don’t have the time to actually wrap a gift. I need to throw the present in a gift bag and go. That is the inspiration behind today’s blog post. For this topic, I choose to decorate gift bags with quilled birthday cakes! I used On Point Glue throughout this project because it has the fine tip applicator and allows enough open time to move the quilled paper exactly where I want it.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 min. + dry time

Directions

Step 1

Cut pieces of paper into thin strips from blue, yellow and orange paper using a paper trimmer.

Jessica Litman uses VersaColor and On Point Glue in a paper quilling project. Happy Birthday gift bag. blue, orange, yellow, green.

Step 2

Create the top of the cake by taking a piece of blue quilling paper and creating a large oval. Glue ends together using On Point Glue. Begin to create the bottom of the cake by taking another piece of blue quilling paper and adhere one end to the oval.

Step 3

Finish the bottom of the cake by wrapping blue quilling paper to the other side of the oval and adhere. Round the bottom of the paper to create the bottom of the cake. Adhere the outline of the cake to the gift bag. Attach rolled quilling to the inside of the bottom portion of the cake outline. Repeat until bottom portion is filled.

Step 4

Create a large rolled paper and attach that to the inside of the top portion of the cake outline. Using orange paper, roll an oval. Push the top and bottom to create a rectangle. Attach to itself. Repeat to make enough candles as desired. Adhere candle bases above the cake. Roll yellow quilling paper in a circle. Pinch one side of the circle to create the candle flames. Adhere to itself. Repeat until all candles have flames. Adhere above candles.

Step 5

Once dry, stamp Happy Birthday with multicolor Feista VersaColor inkpad and let dry. Tissue paper and gift are ready to go inside this newly decorated bag!

Tip: Clean off stamp using StazOn stamp cleaner. Spray directly onto the stamp. Wipe clean.

Supplies

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Other
  • Scissors
  • Quilling Paper– blue, orange and yellow
  • Gift Bag
  • Happy Birthday Stamp

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Shabby Chic Embossed Glitter Banner

by Mischelle Smith

Michelle Smith uses Fireworks, VersaMark and Gold Embossing Powder to make a beautiful glitter banner with pink flowers, feathers, and paper doily. stars, glitter, sparkle, ink, crafts.

I love touchy, feely things and wanted to create a project I could use both as a decoration and a gift. This little banner fits the bill. The gold Embossing Powder works so well combined with the texture of the corrugated cardboard. You can easily personalize this by adding a name or sentiment to the chipboard scrap.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 60 minutes

Directions

Michelle Smith uses Fireworks, VersaMark and Gold Embossing Powder to make a beautiful glitter banner with pink flowers, feathers, and paper doily. stars, glitter, sparkle, ink, crafts.

Step 1

Cut a banner shape from a cardboard box flap. Tear off top layers to reveal corrugated inside. Paint front and back of banner with gesso and let dry.

Michelle Smith uses Fireworks, VersaMark and Gold Embossing Powder to make a beautiful glitter banner with pink flowers, feathers, and paper doily. stars, glitter, sparkle, ink, crafts.
Step 2

Rub VersaMark pad across the front of the banner. Emboss with Gold Embossing Powder. Repeat as needed.

Michelle Smith uses Fireworks, VersaMark and Gold Embossing Powder to make a beautiful glitter banner with pink flowers, feathers, and paper doily. stars, glitter, sparkle, ink, crafts.
Step 3

Using a DoodleStix – apply Golden Glitz and Silvery Shimmer Delicata in the creases of the banner.

Michelle Smith uses Fireworks, VersaMark and Gold Embossing Powder to make a beautiful glitter banner with pink flowers, feathers, and paper doily. stars, glitter, sparkle, ink, crafts.
Step 4

Using a foam brush and Modpodge add glitter to the banner. Repeat as needed. Set aside to dry. Use a DoodleStix to apply Golden Glitz Delicata to pink tulle ribbon.

Michelle Smith uses Fireworks, VersaMark and Gold Embossing Powder to make a beautiful glitter banner with pink flowers, feathers, and paper doily. stars, glitter, sparkle, ink, crafts.
Step 5

Spray Angel Pink Fireworks! to white doily and gold and white ribbon.

Michelle Smith uses Fireworks, VersaMark and Gold Embossing Powder to make a beautiful glitter banner with pink flowers, feathers, and paper doily. stars, glitter, sparkle, ink, crafts.
Step 6

Rub Golden Glitz and Silvery Shimmer Delicata onto glitter tipped white feather and chipboard banner scrap.

Michelle Smith uses Fireworks, VersaMark and Gold Embossing Powder to make a beautiful glitter banner with pink flowers, feathers, and paper doily. stars, glitter, sparkle, ink, crafts.
Step 7

Rub VersaMark onto chipboard scrap. Emboss with Gold Embossing Powder.

Step 8

Now most of the inking is finished,  it’s time to assemble the whole design.  Layer the feather and small gold banner scrap. Add a loop of gold metallic thread, pink tulle ribbon, silver pipe cleaner,  gold and white tulle, pink floss, bells, metallic thread, bows, gold metallic thread, and flowers.  If needed, layer dried banner under a stack of books to flatten. This banner can be re-created in multiple sizes, and colors, to fit any occasion.

Michelle Smith uses Fireworks, VersaMark and Gold Embossing Powder to make a beautiful glitter banner with pink flowers, feathers, and paper doily. stars, glitter, sparkle, ink, crafts.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Close To My Heart – Gold & White Ribbon, Gold Polka Dot washi tape
  • Chipboard flag
  • Cardboard box
  • Scissors
  • Silver dipped white feather
  • Bells – gold, silver
  • Gold metallic thread
  • White doily
  • Page from old hymnal
  • Tulle ribbon – pink stretch, white, gold
  • Glitter –gold, silver, large stars
  • Modpodge
  • Foam brush
  • Paper flowers
  • Eyelet and snap punch
  • Pipe cleaner – silver metallic
  • Embroidery floss – pink
  • Gesso
  • Eyelets

Follow Your Heart in Blue Shimmer

by Elina Stromberg

Elina Stromberg creates a lovely Follow Your Heart artwork using Fireworks and On Point Glue.

The new On Point Glue has quickly become my must-have crafting adhesive. The super fine tip allows me to have nice control of the glue, making it the perfect choice for attaching detailed die-cuts, beads, seeds or sequins on my projects. However, On Point Glue can be used in many other creative ways too. This time I made an art piece using On Point Glue for color-resisting on my project.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 1 hour + drying time

Directions

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Step 1

Print the text on watercolor or mixed media paper using a light font color. Cover the letters with On Point Glue and let dry. Note that the font color you choose will be visible on your finished project as the glue will dry clear.

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Step 
2

Spray the text with one or several Fireworks! colors. Let dry or dry with a heat gun. 
Once dry splash water on the paper. Water will re-activate the sprayed ink creating lighter splash marks within the color.

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Step 3

Use a baby wipe to gently remove the excess color from the glue-covered words. 
Shadow the letters by tracing them on one side with a black marker (optional). Cut to size and frame. This technique is a fun way to post your favorite quote or inspiring sentiment.

Supplies

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Other
  • White mixed media or watercolor paper
  • Black marker (permanent)
  • Black picture frame
  • Heat gun

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The Secret Ingredient is Love

by Jowilna Nolte

Jowilna Nolte makes The Secret Ingredient is Love Tag using StazOn ink. orange, blue, brown, texture, stencil, mixed media, shimmer.

The best and most beautiful things are felt with the heart and cannot be seen – a favorite saying of mine and also the inspiration behind my themed tag this month. I used inks and paste to create a shimmering background for this beautiful tag.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 Minutes + dry time

Directions

Jowilna Nolte makes The Secret Ingredient is Love Tag using StazOn ink. orange, blue, brown, texture, stencil, mixed media, shimmer.

Step 1

Add some texture to a tag using a stencil and texture paste. Once the paste is dry, use a brayer and roll Delicata Golden Glitz onto the tag randomly and leave to dry.

Jowilna Nolte makes The Secret Ingredient is Love Tag using StazOn ink. orange, blue, brown, texture, stencil, mixed media, shimmer.

Step 2

Start by inking some Blue Hawaii StazOn ink onto the tag over the gold texture background. Add color in 2 or more areas using a jumbo dauber.

Jowilna Nolte makes The Secret Ingredient is Love Tag using StazOn ink. orange, blue, brown, texture, stencil, mixed media, shimmer.

Step 3

Use a clean jumbo dauber and ink your tag using Orange Zest StazOn ink in the open areas, overlap the ink onto the blue inked areas too, so the colors blend seamlessly into each other.

Jowilna Nolte makes The Secret Ingredient is Love Tag using StazOn ink. orange, blue, brown, texture, stencil, mixed media, shimmer.

Step 4

Now add some brown Ganache StazOn ink around the edges of the tag using another jumbo dauber.

Jowilna Nolte makes The Secret Ingredient is Love Tag using StazOn ink. orange, blue, brown, texture, stencil, mixed media, shimmer.

Step 5

Mist the inked tag using Gold Shimmer Spritz and leave to dry. The shimmer gives the StazOn inks a beautiful look. Finish by adding the sentiment and any additional embellishments with foam tape. I choose to staple the sentiment and add three hearts with gold thread in the back.

Jowilna Nolte makes The Secret Ingredient is Love Tag using StazOn ink. orange, blue, brown, texture, stencil, mixed media, shimmer.

Tip: To clean the StazOn ink on my craft mat I use StazOn stamp cleaner and then wipe it clean, otherwise, the ink will permanently stain your mat.

Jowilna Nolte makes The Secret Ingredient is Love Tag using StazOn ink. orange, blue, brown, texture, stencil, mixed media, shimmer.

Supplies

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Other
  • Stencil
  • TCW – texture paste
  • Tag
  • Dina Wakeley – stamp
  • Gold thread
  • Stapler
  • Foam tape
  • Adhesive

The Play’s The Thing: A Mini Puppet Set

by Jennifer Vanderbeek

A paper puppet set made from a recycled box and decorative papers, Creative Medium and Tsukineko Memento inks by Jennifer Vanderbeek.
I’m a sucker for creative packaging and tend to save the boxes that catch my fancy for later repurposing. In this case, the box my tea advent calendar came in had a built-in lid and a divider with a cool frame and I knew I was going to save the box for a project. The more I thought about it, the more it seemed perfect for a miniature puppet theater. This was not a quick project (several episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation played out while I put this together) but it was fun to completely lose track of time hunched over my work table, and I regret nothing!

 

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First, I removed the extraneous bits from the inside of the box (including cutting a doorway into the center divider), covering the rest of the walls, floors, and inside of the lid with patterned paper. Next, I decorated the chipboard furniture shapes with a coat of white acrylic, a layer of Creative Medium to seal it, and then colored over the Creative Medium with Memento markers. The Creative Medium gives a nice, smooth surface to color on that will not damage or dry out the marker tips the way coloring directly on acrylic paint sometimes does.

Once the furniture was dry, I glued them to the interior walls of the box except for the table. That I glued to a piece of cardstock, placing the feet along the fold, and covered the new base with a matching piece of patterned paper so that it would blend in better with the floor.

I stamped the “puppets” and a bunch of flowers with Memento Elderberry ink and colored them in with Memento markers before fussy cutting. The flowers are glued along the bottom lip of the box and the figures are glued to the bamboo skewers to make play easier. To get the girls into their environment, flaps were cut and folded up from the top of the playset on either side of the dividing wall. Finally, to bring the idea of a puppet theater home a bit more (or maybe they just have really big picture windows), I used the curtains and swags from the stage die to decorate the lip or frame around the box and used the same paper to line the access hatches along the top.

Supplies

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  • Creative Medium – Clear
  • Memento Markers – Elderberry, New Sprout, Lulu Lavender, Cottage Ivy, Angel Pink, Dandelion, Gray Flannel, Lipstick Pink, London Fog, Rich Cocoa, Desert Sand
  • Memento Inkpad – Elderberry
Other
  • Box
  • White acrylic paint
  • Paint brush
  • Julie Nutting for Prima – Blush Patterned Paper Pad, Chipboard Pieces, Holiday Bliss stamp set, Make Kindness Happen stamp set
  • My Favorite Things – DieNamics Take the Stage die
  • Acrylic blocks
  • Adhesive
  • Sizzix – Big Shot Plus
  • Scissors
  • Skewers

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