Make a Green T-Rex Dinosaur for your Toddler

by Jessica Litman

Jessica Litman creates a cute kid's craft project. T Rex Dinosaur with Creative Medium Shimmer and Tsukineko's Memento Tuxedo Black.
Adding décor to preschoolers bedrooms is sometimes a tough challenge. Decor needs to be able to withstand the playfulness of a child while bringing a bit of imagination to the space. I chose to create a papercraft T-Rex dinosaur in shimmer, black and green as a solution to this problem. By using a Creative Medium Shimmer to decoupage, the décor becomes tough, playful and creative!

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes + dry time

Directions

Jessica Litman creates a cute kid's craft project. T Rex Dinosaur with Creative Medium Shimmer and Tsukineko's Memento Tuxedo Black.
Step 1

Cut out strips of green tissue paper then cut strips into smaller squares.

Jessica Litman creates a cute kid's craft project. T Rex Dinosaur with Creative Medium Shimmer and Tsukineko's Memento Tuxedo Black.

Step 2

Apply a small portion of Creative Medium Shimmer with a paint brush to the body of the dinosaur. Adhere square tissue paper over the medium. Continue to cover the dinosaur with tissue paper until the entire body is covered. Creative Medium dries quickly when thinly applied.

Jessica Litman creates a cute kid's craft project. T Rex Dinosaur with Creative Medium Shimmer and Tsukineko's Memento Tuxedo Black.

Step 3

Take one of Imagine’s InkBlushers and dab with Tuxedo Black Memento ink to create scales on the dinosaur. The thick end of the Ink Blusher can be used for covering the large open areas while the thin edge can be used for the fine details around the feet.

Jessica Litman creates a cute kid's craft project. T Rex Dinosaur with Creative Medium Shimmer and Tsukineko's Memento Tuxedo Black.

Step 4

Add eyes to the dinosaur by using the Fantastix and Memento ink. Draw an eye on either side of the head. Let dry. Add any other fun details to make it personal.

Step 5

Once fully covered, apply a thick layer of Creative Medium over all the tissue paper to seal any remaining bits of paper and to also create a smooth surface. Let dry. Display and let the T-rex spark your young one’s exploration of the Jurassic period!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Scissors
  • Paint brush
  • Tissue Paper – green
  • 3-D Decorative Dinosaur

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Reasons Love is in the Air

Spring is a time for renewal. Flowers are blooming and the air is warming causing our senses and our hearts to warm as well! In today’s post, we have three handmade greeting cards from our Artists in Residence. Kyriakos Pachadiroglou creates vibrant hearts and raindrops imagery on a “Drops of Love” card. Neva Cole also brings vivid colors forward with a hot air balloon theme and Alison Heikkila brings us more love with a cute punk rock girl greeting card.

Drops of Love Handmade Card with red heart and Braille

Drops of Love by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Touch is one of the senses that allows people to understand things. A card sharing love with braille created with StazOn Studio Glaze, GooseBumps and Amplify can share the message. I took time here to create this card with braille to expand the idea of handmade cardmaking to those who may be visually impaired.

I started with cardstock and used GooseBumps and irRESISTibles to make rain drops as the first round of texture. I let them dry well then colored with Bahama Blue Memento and created more texture with Shimmer Creative Medium. I stamped and embossed the white circles to add another bit of dimension. Then I attached wooden hearts, drew clouds around the hearts with White Amplify! and heated to activate the puffy texture. The small braille section is a 2 ¾ x 1 ⅕ inch card. I colored the card with Lady Bug Memento and formed the dot message of braille code with Jet Black StazOn Studio Glaze. With another 2 ¾ x ½ inch card, I color distressed with Bahama Blue Memento and wrote the message with Morocco irRESISTible Pico embellisher which is perfect for lettering. To finish, I arranged all the pieces by gluing the cards on a larger main card and embellished with the little hearts.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • ScrapBerry’s – circles stamp
  • Buddly Crafts – wooden hearts 40mm
  • White cardstock
  • Embellishments

Glittery Sending Happy Wishes by Neva Cole

Love the look of glitter, but not the possible mess it might make for the recipient of a glittery card? The perfect answer is to use On Point Glue to apply the glitter on the reverse side of an acetate sheet. This fun card is created with StazOn ink stamped on one side of the acetate sheet and colored with StazOn Studio Glaze and glitter on the reverse. The fine tip of the On Point Glue allows great precision for applying in tiny spots.

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Other
  • Unity Stamp Company – Sending Up Something Beautiful
  • Acetate
  • Cardstock
  • Patterned paper
  • Glitter
  • Ultra fine glitter
  • Rectangles die

Hello Greeting Card by Alison Heikkila

I wanted to use a creepy-cool stamp from Stampotique called Minky Girl and was inspired by her polka-dot skirt and the heart on her shirt. I found a red sequin heart that fit over the one on her shirt perfectly and thought it would make a great card!  I wanted to show that On Point Glue can be used for different things, so I decided to write “hello” in pencil, then rewrote it with the glue. Next, I added glitter. Since I wanted her polka-dots to really stand out, I filled them in with the On Point Glue and shook on some more micro glitter. It takes a few minutes to dry (which is great in case you need to move things around with other techniques). After it dried thoroughly, I brushed off any remaining excess glitter, then added it to my black card base.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Stampotique – Minky Girl Stamp
  • Glitter
  • Cardstock
  • Sequins

 

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