“If the Shoe Fits” Plaque

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Simple clay embellishments and paint turn a wooden plaque into a fun décor piece for your home!

Materials

  • Wooden plaque, 9”x7″
  • Polyform Premo! Sculpey Clay: Black, Green, Orange, Purple
  • Black ribbon, 1/4” wide, 8” length
  • Felt, scraps

Tools

  • Scrub sponge or scruffy pad
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: Olive Green, Canyon Orange, Saffron Yellow, Lamp Black; StarLite Varnish
  • Jacquard Products Powdered Pigments: Orange, Green, Purple
  • Dimensional paints: black, yellow
  • Gesso
  • Parchment-lined baking sheet and oven
  • Aleene’s Thick Designer Tacky Glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, toothpick, paint palette, soft cloth, wax paper and newspaper (to cover work surface), fine sandpaper, transfer paper, pencil, cardstock, copy paper, paintbrush, craft knife, stylus

Directions

Size

9”x7″

Plaque

1. Print shoe patterns onto cardstock and saying pattern onto copy paper. (Note: The blue word “patterns” is a link. To access these patterns, select the link, then download and print patterns.)

2. Condition clay separately in hands until soft and pliable. On wax paper-covered work surface, roll Black clay to 1/8” thickness. Press scrub sponge or scruffy pad onto surface to make texture. Trace and cut out shoe patterns from textured clay using craft knife. Position shoes on parchment-lined baking sheet.

3. Roll Green, Orange, and Purple clays separately on work surface to 1/8” thickness. Press scrub sponge on surface of each clay to make texture. Use craft knife to cut out 1/4”-1/2”-thick strips of clay for each shoe. Follow color combinations as shown in photo.

4. Roll and flatten four 3/8”-diameter Orange balls (pumpkins) for left shoe. Use toothpick to make eye holes and smile on each flattened pumpkin. Press pumpkins, evenly spaced, along Green strip. Press strip onto left shoe.

5. Cut Purple clay strip and scallop one edge using craft knife. Gently curve and press Purple scalloped edge onto Green strip; blend edges. Press onto center shoe. Add tiny Green clay balls onto Purple scalloped edge; use toothpick to dot centers. Repeat process to add Purple/Green scalloped trim onto top of shoe.

6. Cut two Orange clay strips; press onto right shoe. Cut small diamond shape from Purple clay and smaller diamond shape from Orange clay. Press Orange diamond onto Purple diamond; press onto front of shoe. Roll skinny snake of Purple clay; form into bow and press onto back of shoe.

7. Use paintbrush to apply coordinating-color pigment powders onto each clay embellishment. Bake shoes on parchment-lined baking sheet in oven at 275º for 10 minutes. Let cool.

8. On newspaper-covered work surface, apply gesso onto front of plaque. Let dry. Lightly sand and remove dust with soft cloth. Paint edges of plaque Canyon Orange; apply second coat if needed. Let dry. Measure 1” in from orange edge; paint front 6” rectangle on plaque Olive Green. Let dry. Measure and mark off center 6-1/2”x4-1/4” rectangle on front of plaque. Paint center rectangle Saffron Yellow. Apply two or three coats for opaque coverage if needed; let dry.

9. Use transfer paper and pencil to transfer saying on top of center rectangle. Trace over saying using Lamp Black paint and paintbrush. Let dry.

10. Add alternating black and yellow dots around center rectangle and edges of plaque using handle end of paintbrush or stylus (if available). Let dry.

11. Apply varnish over entire plaque using paintbrush. Let dry.

12. Adhere shoes on plaque as shown. Let dry. Spot glue clay embellishments if needed. Let dry.

13. Turn plaque over on work surface. Adhere black ribbon ends to corners of plaque to hang. Adhere felt scraps over ribbon ends to reinforce. Let dry overnight before hanging.

by Sandy Rollinger

Front Porch Witch

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Scrap wood, paint, and simple embellishments come together perfectly to create this Halloween porch greeter!

Materials

  • Scrap wood, 1/8” thick, 5-1/2”x13”
  • Wooden items: alphabet letter “A”, 6” tall; paint stick; jumbo craft sticks, six; teardrop, 2-1/2”; teardrops, 1/2”, two; mini craft stick; circles, 1/4”, 1/2”
  • Wiggle eyes, two each: 1/4”, 1”
  • DMC Black Memory Thread
  • Ribbon, 18” lengths: black, 2” wide; orange/black polka dot, 3/8” wide

Tools

  • Saws: hand, band
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: Citron Green, Plum, Lamp Black, Snow White, Pumpkin Spice
  • Beacon Adhesives Premium Tacky Glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, sanding block, cutting surface, paintbrush, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

Size

Approximately 17”x9”

Witch

1. Use band saw to cut scrap wood into 13” length. Sand edges and surface. Use hand saw to cut paint stick to 9” length. Sand cut edge on paint stick.

2. On covered work surface, paint as follows: 13” scrap wood (face) and 1/4” circle (nose wart) Citron Green; jumbo craft sticks (hair), mini craft stick (mouth), 2-1/2” teardrop shape (nose) Lamp Black; paint stick (hat brim), wooden letter “A” (hat top) Plum; two small teardrops (teeth) Snow White; 1/2” circle (spider’s body) Pumpkin Spice. Let dry. Paint top 2” edge on face Plum. Let dry.

3. Refer to photograph to adhere hat top and hat brim on top of face using tacky glue. Adhere three craft sticks, on each side of face, onto back edge of hat brim for hair. Let dry. Adhere large wiggle eyes, nose, mouth, and teeth on face. Adhere wart on nose. Let dry.

4. Measure and cut eight 2” thread lengths (for spider legs). Adhere legs on back side of spider’s body. Adhere spider onto hat. Bend legs and spot glue to secure. Adhere small wiggle eyes on spider. Let dry.

5. Layer orange ribbon on top of black ribbon on work surface. Wrap ribbon lengths around bottom of face and tie into bow. Spot glue ribbon on face to secure. Let dry.

by Melony Miller Bradley (www.mel-designs.typepad.com)

Fall Leaves Table Runner

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Tired of looking for just the right table runner to match your décor? Design your own using basic sewing instructions and stamping techniques. The possibilities are practically endless!

Materials

  • Fabrics, 2 yards each: unbleached muslin; cotton or poly-cotton, light green or color of choice
  • Sage cording, 4 yds.
  • Sage tassels, 3” long

Tools

  • Sewing machine and matching thread
  • Stamps: ivy leaves, birch leaves
  • DecoArt Acrylic Paints: Terra Cotta, Antique Gold, Hauser Light Green, Dazzling Metallic Emperor’s Gold
  • Fabric pencil, or dressmaker’s chalk

Basic Supplies

scissors, yardstick, T-square, straight pins, iron, paintbrush, paper plate, paper towels, container with soap and water

Directions

Size

12”x60”

Table Runner

1. To sew top of table runner, use yardstick, T-square, and fabric pencil, to measure and mark a 13”x61” rectangle on muslin fabric; cut out. See Figure 1. To shape each end into a point, trim away corners as shown.

Figure 1

2. Using top as pattern, cut one backing from green fabric and one lining from muslin.

3. Place backing, right side up, on work surface. See Figure 2. Pin cording to edges of backing so cording faces inward, and cording overlaps at one edge. Pin one tassel, tassels facing inward, to each end. Using zipper foot, sew cording and tassels to backing.

Figure 2

4. Pin muslin layers to right side of backing. Use zipper foot to sew back and front together, leaving an 8” opening at one side for turning.

5. Turn table runner right side out. Whipstitch opening closed; press.

6. Use paintbrush to apply paint to leaf stamps. See Stamping Tips below. Apply paint in a thin, even layer. Practice stamping on fabric scrap until you are confident about the amount of paint and pressure to use. Stamp all leaves using the same paint color at one time. Wash stamp with mild soap and water and dry thoroughly before changing colors. Repeat stamping/cleaning/drying process until all paints have been used.

Tip

  • Instead of making a table runner from scratch, give an old one new life by embellishing with stamped designs, new tassels, or other trims.

Stamping Tips

  • If the stamps include more than one size leaf, apply paint to one leaf at a time, stamp design, then wash and dry stamp before changing leaf size or color.
  • Here’s an easy way to arrange your design. Paint three or four leaves, both birch and ivy, using each color of paint, onto paper. Cut out paper leaves and arrange on table runner. When satisfied with arrangement, pin leaves in place to use as a painting guide.
  • In case of a misplaced paint drop or slip of the stamp, change design slightly and add a leaf to cover the mistake.

by Connie Matricardi

Autumn Leaves Lamp & Shade

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Would you believe the lamp is actually a glass goblet? The shade is made from Bristol board, a type of paperboard found in craft and art supply stores. Make a different lamp for all seasons and special occasions!

Materials

  • Goblet, 2-1⁄2” diameter opening, 7” tall
  • White Bristol board, 8”x14”
  • Delta Stencil Paint Crème: Goldenrod Yellow, Garnet Red, Jungle Green, Christmas Red, Paprika
  • Delta Air-Dry PermEnamel (for painting on glass): Dark Goldenrod, Rooster Red, Hunter Green
  • Battery-operated tea light

Tools

  • Leaf and acorn stencil
  • Paintbrushes: stencil, 1⁄4” and 3⁄8”; round
  • Delta Air-Dry PermEnamel Surface Conditioner
  • Delta Air-Dry PermEnamel Clear Gloss Glaze
  • Craft glue

Basic Supplies

scissors or craft knife, pencil, paper towels, newpaper (to cover work area)

Directions

STEP 1

To make the shade, print and cut pattern. (Note: The blue word “pattern” is a link. To access this pattern, select the link, then download and print pattern.) Use pattern to cut shade from Bristol board. If you prefer a shade with a straight edge or are using a different style stencil, cut pattern on dashed line.

STEP 2

Place stencil on shade. Starting with lightest color and working to darkest color, stencil leaves and acorns. Use some of each color on all leaves and acorns. Stencil stems with Garnet Red, Christmas Red, and Paprika. Reposition stencil as needed to fill bottom of shade with leaves and acorns. Set shade aside.

STEP 3

Following manufacturer’s instructions, apply conditioner to base and glass. Do not apply to stem. Paint base with two coats of Rooster Red, letting dry between coats. In the same way, paint outside of glass with Dark Goldenrod.

STEP 4

Cut one acorn design from stencil. Using single acorn and Dark Goldenrod, stencil four acorns around base. When dry, stencil portions of each acorn with Hunter Green.

STEP 5

Apply two coats of clear gloss glaze to outside of glass and base, letting dry between coats.

STEP 6

Overlap short ends of shade approximately 1⁄4”; glue to secure.

STEP 7

Place tea light in glass. Place shade on glass.

Tip

  • For a different look, purchase goblets with colored stems and bases. Leave the glass section unpainted.

by Dorris Sorensen

Stacked Clay Pots Centerpiece

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

It looks like wood and expensive paint, but the secret to this eye-catching centerpiece is everyday clay pots and acrylic paint.

Materials

  • Clay items: bowl, 8″; pot, 4″; saucer, 6″
  • Wooden beads, 30 to 35 each: round, 3⁄4″, 3⁄8″, 1⁄4″; oblong, 3⁄4″
  • Wooden items: hearts, 1″, eight; wheels, 1⁄2″, eight; knobs, 1″, two; buttons or discs, 1″, two

Tools

  • Acrylic or outdoor paints: burgundy, black
  • Spray sealer
  • String or heavy thread
  • Damp sponge or cloth
  • Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Glue

Basic Supplies

paintbrush, newpaper (to cover work surface), damp sponge or cloth

Directions

STEP 1

Turn saucer upside down; adhere pot to saucer and bowl to pot. Let dry overnight.

STEP 2

String beads as follows: large, medium, small, oblong, small, medium; adhere strand to bowl edge. For seam between bowl and pot, string all large beads; adhere in place. For seam between pot and saucer, string medium, small, oblong, small beads; adhere in place.

STEP 3

For handles, adhere buttons/discs to sides of bowl; adhere knobs to buttons. Adhere evenly-spaced hearts under beads between bowl and pot. Adhere wheels to hearts.

STEP 4

On covered work surface, paint centerpiece burgundy; let dry. For antique look, paint small sections black and quickly wipe with damp sponge or cloth. Apply sealer.

by Kirsten Peters McGrath for iLoveToCreate

Americana Serving Tray

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Serve your favorite beverage on this Americana tray to bring a little patriotism to your Labor Day celebration.

Materials

  • Walnut Hollow Wooden Tray (3580), 11”x15”
  • Delta CeramCoat Acrylic Paints: Ivory, Blue Velvet, Black, Brown Iron Oxide, Tomato Spice

Tools

  • Royal Langnickel Golden Taklon Paintbrushes: glaze/wash, Series 700, 3⁄4”, 1”; script liner, Series 585, #1
  • Delta CeramCoat Crackle Medium
  • Delta CeramCoat Satin Varnish
  • Delta CeramCoat All-Purpose Sealer
  • Compressed sponge
  • Transfer paper: black, white

Basic Supplies

pencil, plastic tablecloth (to cover work surface)

Directions

STEP 1

Follow manufacturer’s instructions to apply sealer to entire tray; let dry. (Note: Flag design will be painted first, then remainder of tray.)

STEP 2

Print and cut out pattern. (Note: The blue word “pattern” is a link. To access this pattern, select the link, then download and print pattern.) Transfer star field (“union”) only. Basecoat union and outside bottom of tray Ivory. Basecoat rest of inside tray bottom and edge trim Brown Iron Oxide. Following manufacturer’s instructions, apply crackle medium to entire inside bottom of tray.

STEP 3

Use white transfer paper to transfer stripes only. (Note: To paint over crackle medium, work quickly and apply brush strokes in same direction. Do not apply excessive amount of paint.) Paint union Blue Velvet; let dry.

STEP 4

Paint stripes, alternating Tomato Spice and Ivory; let dry. Use black transfer paper to transfer lettering; use liner to paint Black. Add Tomato Spice hearts. Freehand cut star from sponge and sponge paint Ivory stars in star field; let dry.

STEP 5

Apply crackle medium to remainder of tray, except outside bottom. Paint Ivory. (Note: Outside bottom will be solid, not crackled.)

STEP 6

Apply two to three coats of varnish to entire tray, letting dry completely between coats. If using tray for food, line with plastic wrap before use.

by Linda Staton for Delta Creative

Great Finds Friday: CHA Summer 2013 Hot List Part II

Create-n-Connect, the summer trade show sponsored by the Craft and Hobby Association, tantalized crafters with a tempting array of nifty new artsy toys and inspiration.

Here’s the second installment in our two-part, exhaustive look at what’s new, hot, and enticing, from trends and tools to inks, stamps, and more. Grab a pen and paper because you’ll want to start your holiday wish list now!

At Ranger, Tim Holtz introduced 24 Distress Glitters, which sparkle like mica; 12 new Distress Markers; and Distress Watercolor Cardstock made specifically to handle wet inking techniques. Create your own rainbow stamping pad with spray mists using Dyan Reaveley’s Ink Spray Pad, an oversized, blank foam pad. Ranger’s latest inklings are Wendy Vecchi’s waterproof Archival Inks in vintage colors that coordinate with Distress Inks. Ranger describes the palette of colors as “inspired by a vintage country garden.” The inks are permanent, so you can stamp with them, and then use water-based inks (such as Distress) right over the designs.

Clearsnap brought SurfaceZ, a fast-drying, multi-surface, permanent ink; new ColorBox Archival dye colors; a cleaning pad; Spritzers quick-drying dye spray; Art Screens stencils; blending tools; Smooch foam Accent Tips for precision coloring; and more.

Faber-Castell’s Gelatos Kit is a great introduction to these creamy, blendable, water-soluble color sticks. The kit comes with 10 Gelatos, mister, instruction book, sample of surfaces, and more. Mixed-media journal cards have a watercolor texture and are sturdy enough to withstand wet mediums without warping.

Tombow’s new Fun Doodling Kit is a great gift for a budding artist, while the Blending Kit comes with blender, palette, spray mister, and guide showing how to get the most from Dual Brush Pens. Also, soft-lead, wax-based Irojiten Colored Pencils now come in sepia tones.

We are beguiled by Milk Paint lead-free powder by Imaginisce. Just add water and mix. Mix only what you need, or store leftover liquid for about a week in the ‘fridge.

DecoArt has chalkboard paint for porous and non-porous surfaces, plus new Clear Chalkboard Paint that turns any acrylic-painted surface into a chalkboard.

Want the chalkboard look without the paint? We saw lots of stickers, tags, and papers, including Authentique’s Irresistible papers and Prima’s La Tiza Chalkboard Paper Flowers (shown here, great with colored pencil, inks, metallic pastes, etc.).

Rustic and vintage paper and embellishments are abundant, including: Bo Bunny’s kraft bags, paper rolls, pleated burlap, etc.; Hemptique’s Bamboo baker’s twine (shown here), May Arts’ well-stocked ribbons (including new elastic ribbon); Maya Road’s colored burlap and fabric tape; new products from Canvas Corp, etc. Or go bright with Tulip One-Step Spray Dye Kit (spray bottles are pre-packaged with powder that you dissolve in water, shown here).

We’re intrigued by Bazzill Basics Paper Tarnished Tissue. It’s lightweight but strong enough to take inks, sprays, chalks, and even dry embossing and punching. We also love the company’s Pleated Papers and Antique Paper Tape.

We wouldn’t forget stamps. Tim Holtz has more holiday images in his popular blueprint series, and his new line of old-school apothecary designs are so very Tim. (Do check out his blog to see all the vintage goodness, including his fabulous show booth.)

Sweet and sassy more your thing? Find both at Art Impressions (chubby babies to sassy old ladies and gents, as well as scene-stealing trios that make delightful tri-fold cards), Some Odd Girl (cute to quirky with some nice teen/tween images), Something Tattered (romantic, French-inspired clear stamps destined for weddings and elegant stationery, shown here), and Whimsy Stamps (demure to risqué), to name just a few.

Impression Obsession added 300 images to its already extensive line, including beautifully detailed Gary Robertson scenes (shown here), lovely cowboy silhouettes and phrases, Cover-a-Card backgrounds, and some nice teen-centric silhouettes. House-Mouse Designs stamps are new at Stampendous! Art Impressions and Hero Arts have stamps that help support Operation Write Home, a non-profit that sends handcrafted cards so military personnel overseas can write home; a new Art Impressions set is shown here.

Paper, paper, paper! So good, so plentiful! Anna Griffin’s holiday line runs from retro ’40s colors to the elegant silver and gold Winter Wonderland Collection. Authentique has cute puzzle pieces in the holiday Joyous Collection. BoBunny’s Zip a Dee Doodle Collection, shown here, features hand-drawn designs. Carta Bella’s cowboy/cowgirl themes, from Echo Park Paper Co., will make you say giddy-up.

Kaisercraft’s Basecoat papers look like wood, brick, linen, etc. WorldWin can’t be beat for variety, from textures and shimmers to Cut Mates (specially designed for crisp die cutting) and Tube (slightly coated to handle inks, mists, etc., with no soak-through).

As for embellishments, mustaches, cameras, and chevrons are still popular design motifs. Doodlebug Designs Pixies, shown here, are colorful picks for cards, pages, cupcakes, etc., while Sprinkles are bright, round, glossy stickers. Piddix photo images are sized just right for bezels and already coated so you don’t have to worry about bleeding, while Bazzill Basics Paper alterable metal tags are great for jewelry.

Did you miss part I of this CHA Recap? Check out the August 16th Great Finds Friday blog post. Visit the companies mentioned in the Resources list for more information about new products.

RESOURCES

American Crafts www.americancrafts.com

Anna Griffin www.annagriffin.com

Art Gone Wild www.agwstamps.com

Art Impressions www.artimpressions.com

Authentique www.authentiquepaper.com

Bazzill Basics Paper www.bazzillbasics.com

BoBunny www.bobunny.com

Bottle Cutting Inc. www.bottlecutting.com

Canvas Corp. www.canvascorp.com

Clearsnap www.clearsnap.com

Craftwell www.craftwellusa.com

DecoArt www.decoart.com

Doodlebug Design www.doodlebug.ws

Dreamweaver www.dreamweaverstencils.com

Echo Park/Carta Bella www.echoparkpaper.com

Ecstasy Crafts www.ecstasycrafts.com

Elizabeth Craft Designs www.elizabethcraftdesigns.com

Faber-Castell www.designmemorycraft.com

Hemptique www.hemptique.net

Hot Off The Press www.hotp.com

Imaginisce www.imaginisce.com

Impression Obsession www.iostamps.com

KaiserCraft www.kaisercraft.com.au

Lifestyle Crafts www.lifestylecrafts.com

Little B www.littlebllc.com

May Arts www.mayarts.com

Maya Road www.mayaroad.com

My Mind’s Eye www.mymindseye.com

Penny Black www.pennyblackinc.com

Piddix www.piddix.com

Prima www.livewithprima.com

Queen & Co. www.queenandcompany.com

Ranger www.rangerink.com

Scotch www.scotchbrand.com

Sizzix www.sizzix.com

Some Odd Girl www.someoddgirl.com

Something Tattered www.somethingtattered.com

Spellbinders www.spellbinderscreativearts.com

Stampendous! www.stampendous.com

Stamper’s Anonymous www.stampersanonymous.com

Taylored Expressions www.tayloredexpressions.com

The Crafter’s Workshop www.thecraftersworkshop.com

Tim Holtz www.timholtz.com

Tombow www.tombowusa.com

Tulip www.ilovetocreate.com

We R Memory Keepers www.weronthenet.com

Whimsy Stamps www.whimsystamps.com

World Win Papers www.worldwinpapers.com

Xyron www.xyron.com

by Roberta Wax (www.creativeunblock.com)

Kitchen Tools Jar

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Crackled paint is the key to giving plain glass a complete makeover. Try this technique to make great storage containers for your pens, crochet hooks, drinking straws, etc. Post your craft on the Community page at www.craftsnthings.com – we’d love to see your creation!

Materials

  • Glass quart jar
  • Delta Ceramcoat Acrylic Paints: Black, White, Antique White, Nightfall Blue, Spice Brown
  • Raffia

Tools

  • Delta Ceramcoat Crackle Medium
  • All-purpose sealer
  • Satin varnish
  • Paintbrushes: flat, round, liner, large and small shaders
  • Sponge scrap (optional)

Basic Supplies

scissors, pencil, transfer paper, toothpick, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

STEP 1

On covered work surface, use flat brush to apply one coat sealer to outside of jar. Basecoat jar Black.

STEP 2

Following manufacturer’s instructions, apply crackle medium to jar. Use large shader brush and Antique White to paint jar. (Note: Load paintbrush heavily. Apply only one coat of Antique White. Do not paint over areas that have already been covered or paint will lift. For a smaller cracked appearance, use sponge and apply paint heavily over surface.)

STEP 3

Print pattern. (Note: The blue word “pattern” is a link. To access this pattern, select the link, then download and print pattern.) Transfer pattern to center front of jar.

STEP 4

Use round brush to paint the following: flour bag and measuring cup White; bowl Nightfall Blue; spoon handle Spice Brown. Use liner brush and Black to outline shapes, write “Flour” on flour bag and add accents. Add swirl lines to bowl with White. Use Nightfall Blue and liner brush to paint “Kitchen Tools”; add dots to ends of letters with handle end of paintbrush or toothpick.

STEP 5

Apply two coats varnish to jar. Tie raffia into bow around rim.

Tip

  • Applying a water-based or polyurethane varnish will give your jar a protective coating. Some oil-based varnishes may yellow. Polyurethane varnish provides a durable protective layer that is easy to clean and will give your jar added sheen.

by Alice Duerr

DIY Wooden Key Rack

Having just moved into a new place, I realized recently I was in desperate need for a place to store my keys, sunglasses, etc. Things I seem to always be looking for these days. When I recently received this Cherry finished wooden innkeeper sign from Walnut Hollow, I knew instantly that I was going to make a DIY wooden key rack.

I wanted to make this a simple yet sophisticated project. You can create this attractive DIY wooden key rack in a snap using a few materials you probably have on hand.

I love all of Walnut Hollow’s products. This 6”x14” innkeeper signboard turned out to be perfect for my wooden key rack project. Knowing that I would want to use five to six hooks, it turned out to be the perfect size.

I used DecoArt Americana Acrylics in Snow White, Lamp Black, and Neutral Grey. Perfect for my grey kitchen with red accents.

For the embellishments, I used these Melissa Francis flower clip hangers. I deconstructed them by removing the flowers to use as a decorative embellishment for my wooden key rack.

The remaining embellishment is a simple fabric flower, created with fabric scraps rolled into a spiraled flower shape.

Finally, the simple phrase “keys” were die cut using Sizzix’s BigShot Pro, Serif Essential Die Cuts, and Little Sizzles Matboard.

To give my project a little depth, I drybrushed the edges with white paint. Drybrushing is a simple decorative painting technique. Simply load a flat brush with paint, swipe the brush back and forth on a paper towel or other absorbent surface and brush onto project surface. Brush in both directions for a natural look. I used simple cup hooks since they are the most versatile for hanging keys, sunglasses, etc.

Live Life Creatively,

 

 

 

 

Melony Bradley (www.mel-designs.typepad.com)

 

Monogrammed Bath Towels

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Personalize towels and other fabric accessories with this quick-and-easy spray paint technique.

Materials

  • Towel set, in color of choice
  • Simply Spray Stencil Paint!: Black (or color to coordinate with towels)
  • Coordinating ribbon, 1” wide, 2 yds.

Tools

  • Alphabet stencils, 2” tall
  • Stencil adhesive spray
  • Lightweight cardboard
  • Sewing machine and thread

Basic Supplies

scissors, paper towels, masking tape, washing machine and dryer, plastic tablecloth (to cover work surface)

Directions

STEP 1

Wash and dry towels without fabric softener. Protect work area with plastic tablecloth.

STEP 2

Cut desired letters from stencil sheet, leaving at least 1/8” border. Apply stencil adhesive to stencil backs; position letters on towel. Apply masking tape to secure letters to towel and to mask off areas between stencils. Tape cardboard around edges of stencil to mask remaining towel areas.

STEP 3

Place towel on plastic tablecloth. Shake Simply Spray can well. (Note: Practice spraying on fabric scrap or paper first if desired.) Spray over top of stencil until desired coverage is achieved. Dab excess paint with paper towel. Remove stencils and let dry.

STEP 4

Turn ribbon ends under and sew to towels as shown.

for Craft Marketing Connections, Inc.