Altered Mini Clipboard

Craft Ideas Craft of the Day

Use a mini clipboard to create a piece of art that can showcase interchangeable photos.

Materials

  • Timber mini clipboard, size A5
  • Heartfelt Creations Antiquity Paper Collection (HCDP1 237)
  • Green cardstock
  • Brown organza ribbon
  • Photo

Tools

  • Die-cutting system
  • Heartfelt Creations PreCut Stamp Sets: Mini Vintage Floret (HCPC 3502), Open Vintage Floret (HCPC 3500)
  • Dies: Heartfelt Creations Vintage Floret Die (HCD 727); Spellbinders Shapeabilities Foliage (472123) and Foliage Two (S5-129), Decorative Elements Nestabilities Timeless Rectangle (031458)
  • McGill Paper Blossoms Molding Mat and Tool Kit
  • Paint: Art Anthology Dimensional Crystal Guava, Making Memories Scrapbook Colors Manila
  • Imagine Crafts Tsukineko Ink Pads: Stazon Jet Black, Brilliance Crimson Copper
  • Tattered Angels Pearl Glimmer Mist
  • Ranger Stickles Crystal Glitter Glue
  • Corner rounder punch
  • Acrylic block
  • Adhesives: foam dots, paper adhesive

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scissors, ruler, pencil, sponge dauber, paintbrush, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

STEP 1

On covered work surface, paint clipboard Manila; set aside to dry.

STEP 2

Cut 6-1/2”x9” patterned paper panel; round corners and adhere to clipboard.

STEP 3

Cut decorative panel from patterned paper; adhere to chipboard sheet (from back of paper pack) and trim as needed. Adhere chipboard panel to clipboard.

STEP 4

Die cut medium rectangle from desired paper; adhere to chipboard sheet and trim as needed. Adhere to center of decorative panel with foam dots.

STEP 5

Stamp, die cut, and assemble seven flowers in varying sizes from patterned paper. For large flowers, cut two each of die 5, 6 and 7. Use dauber to ink petal edges Crimson Copper; spray with Glimmer Mist to moisten. On back, rub with stylus (from tool kit) until cup shape is formed. Turn flower over and gently push center in to allow petals to rise up. Layer each piece from large to small, adhering as you go. Gently bend and curl each petal until overall flower shape is achieved. Repeat for medium flowers with dies 6, 5 and 4, and for small flower with dies 5, 4 and 3.

STEP 6

Die cut foliage pieces and adhere to clipboard as shown. Using foliage as base and photo as guide, cluster larger flowers at bottom left and smaller flowers at top right of chipboard. When desired arrangement is achieved, adhere in place.

STEP 7

Cut ticket shape title and subtitle from patterned paper; adhere to clipboard as shown, placing foam dots in center only to allow photo to slide in and out.

STEP 8

Detail cut tiny butterflies from patterned paper. Fold butterflies on each side of body; shape wings up. Layer two butterflies together, adhering bodies only and leaving wings free and dimensional. Adhere to clipboard as desired.

STEP 9

Apply lines of Guava paint dots along sides of each butterfly body, and in horizontal lines across body. Randomly apply glitter glue along rims of some flower petals. Let dry completely.

STEP 10

Tie ribbon through metal loop at top of clipboard. Place photo in clip.

Tip

  • For display, prop clipboard on small, tabletop easel, or hang on wall using picture-hanging adhesive.

by Alicia Barry for Heartfelt Creations (www.heartfeltcreations.us)

Floral Wool Frame

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Showcase an adorable fall photo with warm and feminine colors and a beautiful floral garland created with Spellbinders Media Mixáge Flowers One Dies. Media Mixáge Shields One Dies double as leaves.

Materials

  • Unfinished wooden frame in size of choice
  • Wool felt scraps, assorted colors
  • Coordinating cardstock
  • Decorative metal brads, three
  • Embroidery floss, assorted colors

Tools

  • Spellbinders Artisan X-plorer Machine (MMM-001) and Metal Shim (MMM-203)
  • Spellbinders Media Mixáge Flowers One Dies (MD2-003)
  • Spellbinders Media Mixáge Shields One Dies (MD1-006)
  • Brown dye ink pad
  • Cream acrylic paint
  • Optional: Fabric paint pens
  • Embroidery needle
  • Adhesives: fabric glue, craft glue

Basic Supplies

soft cloth, sanding block, foam paintbrush, foam applicator

Directions

STEP 1

Using foam paintbrush, paint frame cream; let dry.

STEP 2

Sand frame with sanding block for a distressed looked; wipe with soft cloth.

STEP 3

Use foam applicator to apply brown dye ink to sanded frame edges; let dry.

STEP 4

Die cut four Flowers One Dies #2 shapes (with #1 being smallest die template) and five Flowers One Dies #1 shapes from assorted felt using Artisan X-plorer Machine.

STEP 5

Die cut two Flowers One Dies #2 insert shapes from felt and two Flowers One Dies #1 Insert shapes from cardstock.

STEP 6

Following manufacturer’s instructions and using photo as guide, assemble flowers and adhere with fabric glue; let dry. Embellish flowers with hand-stitched details using needle and floss, or draw details with fabric paint pens. If using paint pens, let dry. Insert decorative brads into center of large flowers as shown.

STEP 7

Die cut four Shields One Dies #2 shapes from green felt to create leaves.

STEP 8

Arrange and adhere assembled flowers and leaves to frame with craft glue as shown; let dry.

Tip

  • Use Spellbinders Artisan X-plorer Metal Shim when cutting craft felt.

by Windy Robinson for Spellbinders (www.spellbinderscreativearts.com)

PenTouch® Gilded Rosette Frame

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Here’s a craft that gives a second life to old books. This gilded rosette frame would make a romantic wedding gift, or it could be a beautiful way to display heirloom photographs.

Materials

  • Old paperback books
  • Frame with wide edge
  • Pearl beads

Tools

Basic Supplies

scissors, hair dryer

Directions

(Note: Adult supervision and safety gear required if children will be using hot glue gun.)

Step 1

To make rosette, tear three pages at a time from book.

Step 2

Holding cap, shake PenTouch® pen before using. Press tip down several times to get ink flowing.

Step 3

Starting at long, un-torn edge of pages, draw spiral shape, circling inward counter-clockwise. Stay within edges of paper. Keep lines less than 1” apart. If ink flow slows, press down on tip again and keep drawing. Try to keep line thick.

Step 4

To cut out spiral shape, cut in center of line so edges on both sides of cut are gilded with PenTouch ink.

Step 5

Flip over spiral and use PenTouch to trace cut edge on back side.

Step 6

To turn spiral into rosette, begin rolling rosette from outer edge. Make center fairly tight. Once it is started, hold paper between two fingers, and roll it quickly using other hand.

Step 7

When paper is rolled, there will be a circle flap remaining at end. Add generous amount of hot glue to flap, and then press coiled center of rosette down. Pinch rosette between thumb and finger for a few moments while glue cools.

Step 8

Adhere pearl beads to center of paper flower for added dimension. Vary number of beads for interest.

Step 9

Repeat Steps 1-8 to create enough rosettes to cover entire frame.

Step 10

Use glue gun to adhere first rosette to frame’s edge. Continue to adhere rosettes to frame by placing them tightly together for full effect. Continue until entire frame is covered in rosettes.

Tip

  • Don’t worry about making your spirals perfect or your rosettes uniform. It looks better when the flowers are slightly different. You can get rid of any unsightly glue strands with a hair dryer.

by Maureen Wilson for Sakura of America (www.sakuraofamerica.com)

Apple Frame

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Let someone special know they are the “apple of your eye” by displaying their photo in this apple-shaped frame. Or, craft this frame as an “a-peeling” teacher gift.

Materials

  • Dow STYROFOAM Brand Foam Ball, 5”
  • Polyform Premo! Sculpey Oven-Bake Clay: Leaf Green, two pkgs.; one pkg. each: Cadmium Yellow, Burnt Umber
  • White paper, 5″x36″
  • Wooden twig, 1-1⁄2″ long
  • Craft wire, 18-gauge, 4″ length
  • Photos

Tools

  • Lightweight spackling
  • Delta Ceramcoat Acrylic Paints: Opaque Red, Chocolate Cherry
  • Brown antiquing gel
  • Interior gloss varnish
  • Real leaves with vein lines
  • Clay-dedicated pasta machine
  • Acrylic brayer
  • Palette knife
  • Parchment-lined baking sheet and oven
  • Cooking spray or baby oil
  • Dark brown ink or tea (optional)
  • API Crafter’s Pick The Ultimate! Craft Glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, pencil, craft knife, serrated knife, bar of soap or candle, sanding block, sandpaper, paintbrush, scrap paper, paper towels, wax paper (to cover work surface)

Directions

STEP 1

Carve foam ball into apple shape. Flatten bottom slightly and carve small cone into top for stem. Use sanding block or scrap of foam to shape apple.

STEP 2

Rub serrated knife on bar of soap or candle. Saw apple in half with serrated knife; sand edges smooth. Apply two coats spackling to apple with palette knife, letting dry between coats. Sand surface until smooth; wipe away dust with damp paper towel.

STEP 3

Basecoat apple Opaque Red; shade peel Chocolate Cherry. Apply antiquing gel; let dry. Apply varnish; let dry.

STEP 4

Working on wax paper, condition each package of clay separately by running clay through pasta machine several times on widest setting until clay is pliable. Mix all clays together to create medium green shade. Roll clay through machine at widest setting. Coat real leaves with cooking spray or baby oil; place on clay and run through machine at next setting. “Tear” away excess clay around leaves; smooth edges. Make ten leaves.

STEP 5

Roll 1⁄2″-thick clay snake into ring to fit around apple base; place ring around apple and adjust to fit. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to bake ring. To maintain shape, bake ring on drinking glass or coffee cup.

STEP 6

Press leaves onto ring, turning up every other one. (Note: Upturned leaves will need to be supported while baking.) Insert wire into one single leaf, leaving 2″ stem. Remove real leaves from clay leaves and bake according to manufacturer’s instructions.

STEP 7

Apply antiquing gel to leaf ring; let dry. Apply varnish; let dry. Adhere single leaf and stem to one apple half.

STEP 8

For page pattern, trace apple half onto scrap paper. Reduce pattern by 1⁄4″ all around. Accordion-fold paper so each page is 1⁄4″ narrower than width of pattern. Cut folded paper into apple shape. Tea stain, stamp, collage, or decorate white paper as desired. Adhere one end to each apple half.

STEP 9

Adhere photos to pages as desired.

by Becca Malone for The Dow Chemical Co.

Best Friends Frame

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Kids can create a colorful craft stick frame to capture a fun summer memory with their friends.

Materials

  • Jumbo craft sticks, 20
  • Cardboard scrap, 5”x6”
  • Scrapbook paper: blue, blue/green plaid, yellow/green plaid
  • The Beadery Alphabet Beads
  • Glass E beads, in coordinating colors, 23
  • Artistic Wire Tinned Copper Wire, 15” length
  • Photo, 4-1/2”x3-1/2”
  • Wire photo hanger

Tools

  • Adhesives: glue stick, craft glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, craft knife, ruler, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

STEP 1

On covered work surface, apply glue stick on one side of nine craft sticks. Press craft sticks on blue paper. Cut around craft sticks. Let dry. Repeat process to cover eight craft sticks with blue/green plaid paper and three craft sticks with yellow/green plaid paper. Let dry.

STEP 2

Position cardboard rectangle, with 5” side at top, on work surface. To make frame, use craft glue to adhere one blue stick horizontally at top on 5” side. Continue adhering blue sticks horizontally on rectangle, covering completely. Let dry.

STEP 3

Adhere photo 1/8” below top edge of bottom horizontal blue craft stick on frame, centering in space. Let dry.

STEP 4

Measure 1/2” from each side of frame. Adhere blue/green plaid stick vertically on each side of frame, slightly covering edges of photo. Let dry.

STEP 5

Stack blue/green plaid sticks into two stacks of three. Adhere stacks on top of frame (on top two blue sticks). Let dry.

STEP 6

Adhere yellow/green plaid sticks on top and bottom sides of photo. Adhere remaining yellow/plaid stick centered on top of blue/green plaid stacks as shown in photo.

STEP 7

Cut 6” length of wire; loop one end. Thread wire into alphabet beads to spell “BEST” with glass beads between. Loop other wire end. Repeat process using 9″ length of wire to spell “FRIENDS”. Adhere beaded wires on frame as shown in photo.

STEP 8

Adhere wire hanger on back of frame. Let dry.

for Craft Marketing Connections, Inc.

Mosaic Flower Key Holder

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Forget grout and breaking tiles as in traditional mosaics! This key holder is easy enough for even a beginner. Mom will surely be amazed at your gift this Mother’s Day!

Materials

  • Wood frame (with glass), 8″x10″ opening
  • Sheet glass, 8″x10″
  • Diamond Tech Jennifer’s Mosaic Stained Glass Chips: green, blue, yellow, white
  • Blue ribbon, 7/8”, 25” length
  • Metal hinges, 3-1/2”, two
  • White porcelain doorknob, 1″
  • Gold cup hooks, 1″, three
  • Screw eyes, 1″, two

Tools

  • Acrylic paints: light blue, white
  • Glass nippers or hammer
  • Screwdriver
  • Aleene’s Glass & Bead Adhesive

Basic Supplies

ruler, paintbrush, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

STEP 1

Remove glass from frame. Basecoat frame mixture of light blue and white and hinges blue. Print pattern. (Note: The blue word “pattern” is a link. To access this pattern, select the link, then download and print pattern.)

STEP 2

Use nippers or hammer to carefully break glass chips into assorted sizes. Position pattern underneath glass. Adhere chips to areas as follows, leaving small space between each: blue flower; green leaves; yellow center of flower; white background. Accent background with blue and green chips as desired.

STEP 3

Use hammer to attach hinges to frame, leaving 2″ between. Screw doorknob, hooks, and screw eyes into frame. Refer to photo for placement.

STEP 4

Place sheet glass over mosaic design; place glass in frame. (Note: Sheet glass is needed to ensure safety from glass chips.)

STEP 5

For hanger, thread ribbon through screw eyes; tie bow.

by Frances Lopez for Duncan Enterprises

Upscale Your Dollar Store Finds

If you’re like me, the clearance aisle and the dollar aisle at any department or craft store is like being let loose in a candy store. I always manage to find something that takes my fancy and that I believe I can “do something with.” It’s typically a piece that I describe as having “good bones” – meaning it is smartly designed, robust, and useful but typically in need of a special “something extra.”

This frame is just that. It is a well-made plastic frame that takes three 2″x2″ photos. It stands up well and it has a certain charm – but that soccer ball at one end just didn’t do it for me. I don’t have kids who play soccer and I’m not a soccer player anymore – though I did play in school – so this frame needed a touch of magic to make it mine.

The photos are easy – whenever I do a photo project I always end up with lots more photos printed than I will actually use so I keep a stash of photos in my craft cabinet. These small images of my cat Molly are leftovers from recent projects so I chose three that would look good together – they have similar color schemes and they are varied in zoom – I find a mix of close-ups and longer shots usually works well in multi-photo frames like this.

Next up was some text to break up the very black area of the frame. I didn’t know if rub-ons would work on plastic but there are lots of things I don’t know will work until I try them. Turns out that rub-ons work really well!

Finally it was time to deal with the soccer ball – I wanted something big enough to cover it and to make the frame work- the answer was a huge fabric flower. I pulled it apart to remove the bit that pokes through all the pieces which is used to connect it to the flower stalk. I did this because I needed a relatively flat back to glue to the frame. Of course as soon as you pull a fabric flower apart like this, it is now in lots of pieces! I used Fabri-Tac  glue to glue the flower back together. Fabri-Tac is thick and grabs fast so it is ideal for gluing flowers.

Once the glue was set, I used E6000 to glue the plastic back on the flower to the frame – although Fabri-Tac would have done just as well.

So, an inexpensive frame now has place of pride in my home and I have a couple more of these frames ready for re-purposing when I’m in need of a fast, unique gift.

So now, what have you found recently that was inexpensive but had “good bones?” What did you do to make it your own?

  by Helen Bradley (www.craftinggoodness.com)

Stamped Fern Frame

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Why spend a small fortune shopping for a similar frame in catalogs or boutiques when it’s so easy to make in the comfort of your own home? 

Materials

  • Heart frame with large surface area
  • STAEDTLER FIMO Soft Oven Bake Clay, White, two packages

Tools

  • Delta Ceramcoat Acrylic Paints: Eucalyptus, Moss Green
  • Lowe-Cornell Flat Glaze Paintbrush, Series 798, 1”
  • Delta Ceramcoat Clear Glaze
  • Delta Ceramcoat Matter Interior Spray Varnish
  • Fern rubber stamp
  • Clay-dedicated pasta machine or acrylic brayer
  • Oven and parchment-lined baking sheet
  • Textured fabric scrap (optional)
  • Delta Sobo Glue

Basic Supplies

paper towels, craft knife

Directions

STEP 1

Apply thin layer of glue to front of frame; let dry.

STEP 2

Condition clay on work surface until pliable. Roll clay to 1⁄8” thickness. Cover front of frame with clay, piecing as needed. Use craft knife to trim excess clay around frame edges and use fingers to smooth edges. If desired, cover clay with fabric scrap and use brayer to imprint texture.

STEP 3

Follow manufacturer’s instructions to stamp fern into clay. (Note: Apply enough pressure to stamp to leave a distinct impression.) Bake clay on parchment-lined baking sheet at 265° for 30 minutes. Let cool. (Note: Weight frame while cooling to keep it flat if necessary.)

STEP 4

Mix equal parts of each paint color with glaze. Randomly paint frame with both glaze mixtures, allowing glaze to settle into stamped impressions. Immediately wipe frame with paper towel until desired look is achieved; let dry. Apply two coats of varnish to frame.

Tip

  • Can’t locate a heart frame? Cut a frame front from foam board or wood, then adhere to the front of an old picture frame.

by Sandy Laipply