Wednesday, April 11, 2018

FaveCrafts Best Blogger Contest 2018: DIY Hello Chalkboard Sign

UPDATE + CLOSED: THANK YOU x 3!!! I placed 6th in the contest :) Thanks to all who voted every day or constantly!!

ETA: I'm in the FINAL 20! SQUEAL! If you like my project, please VOTE DAILY (til 4/16). USE DIFFERENT DEVICE. SHARE + THANK YOU!!

Back in January, I attended Creativation (the largest craft trade show in the U.S. hosted by Association For Creative Industries, AFCI formerly Craft & Hobby Assoc./CHA) in Phoenix AZ.

A bloggers' event was held by Prime Publishing where influencers and manufacturers meet to seek social media opportunities and brand awareness. Participating manufacturers were kind enough to send or offer their products for bloggers to create with and enter into a contest. My project is a home decor piece, DIY Hello Chalkboard Sign.

**I receive products from Sakura America, Uchida Marvy, DecoArt, Plaid, Spellbinders Paper Arts and Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® for use in my projects. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience and doing so I can share what I personally love to use.**

Getting Our DIY On!

The black chalkboard tin sign was picked up in a big box craft chain store for under $2.00 and right away I knew what I wanted to do with it!

Using white glittered cardstock, I applied 3D Foam Creative Sheet on the back by taking off the liner and placing the cardstock on top. Next, die-cut a heart shape. To add more sparkle and interest, I foam brushed Intense Glitter Brillance Paint. Once dried, it gave a more sparkly effect to my die cut.

Using the Gelly Roll® Classic™ White Pen (10 Bold), I hand drew circles with my heart die cut in the middle as a guide. The circles don't have to be perfect because no one will know after I draw my leaves ;) This pen is fantastic - it writes on metal...painted metal! After drawing in the leaves, set aside.

Let's start with the flowers. Let me just say I love Plaid's FolkArt® Color Shift™ Paint in Pink Flash!! It's a thick paint that creates metallic lusters with colors that sift in changing light. Really cool and dries fast. Perfect for my flowers! I used white cardstock as my painting surface.

I got so excited about how the flowers turned out I forgot to take a picture - oops! LOL! The etched die set I used was Rolled Flowers in small and medium size. This is a clever set designed by talented + sweet friend, Marisa Job. All you have to do is roll the flower - it includes the stamens, petals and leaf.

But before rolling the die cut, I colored the stamens with DecoColor Liquid Gold. Goodness, I wanted to paint EVERYTHING in gold. This paint marker goes on smoothly and it leaves a beautiful gold color behind. LOVE!

Using the leftover from cutting the heart die cut, I cut Hello Geo Heart's hello die and painted it gold. After it dried, I center the sentiment onto the heart shape.

Next die-cut the Layered Leaf Vines' small and large outline vine dies with white cardstock and paint in gold. I cut two sets to layer. Set aside to dry.

While the vines are drying, I rolled my flower die cuts and secured with E-Z Runner® Micro. Perfect adhesive for narrow areas! Fluff up the flowers - the petals have a coating to them so they are protected and sturdy but not stiff. I used an Adhesive Dot 3D for the bottom of each flower to adhere to the tray. Keep the liner on them for now until placement.

Place an Adhesive Dot 3D in two areas where the vine tips will be attached. Shape the vines first for dimension. Place the larger vine first and then layer the smaller one. Repeat in the second area.

Next, take the Adhesive Dot 3D liners off the flowers and place them between the two sets of vines. Adjust the petals and vines until you achieve your look.

For the finishing touch, take the bottom liner off of the glittered heart and center it inside the wreath. It's ready to be displayed! Here's another look at the DIY Hello Chalkboard Sign.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope I earn your vote :)
Margie Higuchi

Supplies List:
Testors®: Intense Glitter Brillance Paint in Silver
Sakura® of America: Gelly Roll® Classic™ White Pen (10 Bold)
Marvy® Uchida: DecoColor™ Liquid Gold
Plaid®: Plaid's FolkArt® Color Shift™ Paint (Pink Flash)
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L®: Adhesive Dots 3D, E-Z Runner® Micro and 3D Creative Foam Sheets
Spellbinders® Creative Arts: Classic Hearts, Rolled Flowers, Layered Leaf Vines and Hello Geo Heart
Chalkboard Tray Sign
White Glittered Cardstock
White Cardstock
Foam Brush

Monday, April 02, 2018

Paper House Productions: Washi Tape Flower Card

Do you have a lot of washi tapes in your craft stash? I am raising my hands! In my CAS (Clean And Simple) style card, I will show you two techniques. The gold foil in this Paper House® Productions washi tape is stunning against the watercolor background.

Interested in their tapes? I have a promo code if you plan to order through the Paper House® Productions website. Use PH18MARGIE and get 15% off your purchase.

**I receive products from Paper House Productions, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® and Spellbinders Paper Arts for use in my projects. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience and doing so I can share what I personally love to use.**

Washi Tape Uses

The first use of washi tape I used the thinner tape to make loops in order to make a blossom. I made two to layer on top of each other for a fuller bloom.

Once the two blossoms were created, I used an Adhesive Dot Small and adhered the two.

The second use was to create a background on my A2 (4.25 x 5.5 inch) white card base. I used two washi tapes - a thin gold one and a complimentary wider gold foiled tape. By placing alternatively on a diagonal, you achieve an interesting design. Trim off the excess to finish.

Next, I die-cut Layered Leaf Vines etched die with white cardstock to balance out my washi tape flower. Using Adhesive Dots Small, I adhered both vine die cuts on top of the washi tape background.

To secure the washi tape flower, I used Adhesive Dots Large in between the vine die cuts and placed the flower on it.

Finally, I centered a 3D Foam Circle Black Small in the flower and added foil to tie in the gold foil accent on the tapes.

Now it's ready to be given away! So quick, easy and has an impact, don't you think?

Share with me your washi tape projects - link in comments so that I can visit! I am always looking to use my tapes in fun ways.

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Paper House® Productions: Stargazer Washi Tape Set (flower); Washi Tape

Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L®: 3D Foam Circles Mix Black; Adhesive Dots Small; Adhesives Dots Large and 3D Foam Creative Embellishment Kit with Foil

Spellbinders® Paper Arts: Layered Leaf Vines Etched Dies

Other: White Cardstock