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

 

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.

Supplies

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

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Make a 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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Watch a Video for Creative Mini Canvas Tote Bag

No Sew Mini Canvas Tote Bag

by Nadine Carlier

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Artist in Residence Nadine Carlier shares how she created a simple no-sew mini canvas tote bag using Memento Luxe inks. See how in the video below.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes

Supplies

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Other
  • 12 x 12 Canvas Sheet
  • Clear Scraps Stencil – Dandelion Wind
  • DecoArt Stencil – Serenity
  • Heat tool
  • Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac
  • Twine
  • Button

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What’s Old Is New Again!

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Transforming A Not So White T-Shirt
by Jowilna Nolte

What to do with your old white T-shirts that have lost their sparkle and brightness but still very wearable? Well you add some creativity to it that makes it look really messy and creative – taking it from drab to fab in a few easy steps.

 

More Weekend Inspiration!

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Cool Summer T-shirts

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No Fuss DIY T-Shirt by Penny Ward                             Floral Summer Tank by Clare Horner

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Summer Lilies T-Shirt (video) by Cathy Andronicou