See How to Make Illustrious Lapis Blue Napkin Rings

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Bright Blue StazOn ink used to cover metal.

Spring has arrived and flowers are at their peak! Bring a stylish touch of spring to the table with handmade napkin rings that are full of blooming flowers. This Lapis blue arrangement will perfectly contrast any set of white napkins or compliment a blue dish set. Learn how to craft this super cute table decor for any special occasion.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour + drying time

Directions

Step 1

Cover a 1 ¾ inch tube with a non-stick surface (or wax paper). Wrap around it the cotton cord in a width of 1 ½ inch and cover it with acrylic texture paste (alternatively a PVC glue will work well). Repeat to the number of napkin rings required and let them dry well before removing them.

Step 2

Die cut aluminum flowers using the medium and small flower dies. 1 medium and 4 small for each ring.

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Step 3

Cover the medium and half of the small flowers with the StazOn Ultramarine ink pad with the help of a sponge dauber.

Step 4

Create lines on the petals of the flowers with the Wedding Dress irRESISTible Pico embellisher and the Danube Blue irRESISTibles on the aluminium-colored flowers.

Step 5

Place dots in the center of the flowers with Amplify! White and heat activate for the puffing effect. Amplify is a unique texture paint that will change shape with heat activation.

Step 6

Arrange the position of flowers to be used on the ring and attach them on petals sides with On Point Glue.

Step 7

Cut a 25-inch cotton cord and make a couple of loops. Glue on the cotton ring and then place the flowers. I decided to end the project here, but if you have any other embellishments, sentiments or decoration in mind you can allow your creativity to flow! Creating the structure for the rings is one of the most important to get right and from there you can experiment and play. With a little further planning, Nadine’s Best Wishes card could be used as an invitation to a spring dinner party. Enjoy!

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Using BIG Words in Your Art, Literally

Making something bigger can sometimes enhance a seemingly ordinary project into something unique. A word or name is plain when written on a piece of paper but if those letters were suddenly enlarged 100x then it creates a whole new character. Today, we have two projects by Neva Cole and Roni Johnson that do just that.

 

Art paper mache project. handmade using chipboard, gesso and tsukineko inks.

Papier Mache Art by Roni Johnson

The bigger the better! What comes to mind is larger than the norm, but it also conjures up the idea of something a bit over the top! A project a bit larger, brighter, with more techniques, more products, and more goodness piled on. That is what inspired my “Art” that I’d like to share with you today. This is a hand constructed papier mache project that is not only larger than the norm but it is also styled in my own handwriting. I’ve not seen a project like this done before which just adds to my “more” theory of the bigger the better. Here’s a quick look at how it was made…

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I started with drawing the word “art” then transferred the text onto a large piece of chipboard. I trimmed away the excess chipboard and made a second copy by using the first piece as a template.

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Next, I decided to make the depth 2.5” and trim several strips of chipboard to the same size. I simply taped these sides to one piece and taped the second piece to create the backside. I used tape here with these materials. I am certain a glue gun or adhesive of choice can be used instead.

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To create a proper ground for this 3-D project, I used strips of newspaper and cover the entire piece with a thinned down glue (of your choice) and let dry. I found that mine was sturdy enough after the first layer to proceed and painted the entire piece with white acrylic paint (or gesso). Since I work hard to set up a solid foundation it was not time to go crazy! And I finished the overall look with stamped images over the front of the piece, Onyx Black VersaFine ink, various colors of Creative Medium over several different stencils, and several colors of Fireworks Spray. Once my colors and texture were laid down I finished with adding vintage-looking items such as old paint brushes, pencils, and calligraphy nibs. Yes, it is easier to just buy individually manufactured papier mache letters, but this was worth it to have a one of a kind piece in your very own handwriting. Enjoy!

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  • Chipboard
  • Newspaper
  • Collage Glue
  • Rayon Seam Binding
  • Microbeads
  • Glass glitter
  • Scissors
  • Old paint brushes
  • Old pen nibs
  • Old pencils

Bigger is Better Family Wall Décor by Neva Cole

This project is a perfect example of buying something with the full intent of completing a project but never actually getting around to working on it . . . I’ve had these letters for about 2 years, maybe even more. Insert a blush here! When the challenge to create something Bigger and Better came along it was finally time to decorate these 9.5″ letters that spell our family name–Cole. The Sierra Pacific Crafts Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF) letters were painted with a mixture of Creative Medium mixed with VersaMagic Jumbo Java ink. This gives a nice glossy color in one coat that dries quickly. Several stencils and Creative Medium Metallic in Gold mixed with a small amount of Copper finish the look. The stenciling was completed in several steps with drying time in between to avoid smearing. This fun wall décor was easy to create in an afternoon and was ready to hang on the wall with small Velcro hangers. Our name is now proudly hanging above the coat rack my husband built in the entry way of our home.

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Handcraft a 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.

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

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Explore How to Make the Mundane Sparkle!

by Jessica Litman

Laundry sign on wood palette with Creative Medium, All Purpose Ink and Sheer Shimmer Spritz.

In an effort to add more sparkle to my home this year, I have been creating decorative signs. This decorative, glittery laundry sign has come about through many trial and errors! I love a more rustic look, but know that it can feel rather cold and industrial. By adding glitter to dark wood, I really feel like it creates an inviting appearance. For this project, mixing wood, Creative Medium, and glitter give this sign a lot of farmhouse sparkle!

Skill: Beginner
Time: 10 minutes + 2 hours for dry time

Directions

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Step 1

Cover the wood sign with Turquoise Iridescent Creative Medium using the palette knife.

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Step 2

Sprinkle on glitter.

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Step 3

Let dry.

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Step 4

Once dry, use the All-Purpose Ink and the Fantastix to write letters across the wood sign.

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Step 5

Let dry. Spray corners and wood sign ribbon with Sheer Shimmer Spritz.

Hang and enjoy!

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Creative Medium – Turquoise Iridescent
Palette Knives
Sheer Shimmer Spritz – Gold
All-Purpose Ink – Blue Bayou
Fantastix

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• Glitter
• Wood Sign

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A Transformation You Wont Believe!

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DIY StazOn Transformation by Penny Ward

Doing a little makeover in the family room and after losing my DVD storage, I decided to use crates. Using StazOn inks and disposable sponge daubers gave me just the pop of color I needed with all the wood furnishings.

More StazOn Inspiration!

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DIY Autumn Home Decor

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Autumn is my favorite time of year but it seems to fly by so quickly.  I am always trying to stretch the season out as long as possible and one of the ways I do so is with home decor projects…read more 

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Fall Tissue Box by Penny Ward                                             Upcycled Wall Hang by Roni Johnson


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