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Questions

How do I combine paper patterns?

Dear Fellow Crafters,

If you’re like me, you probably have several paper packs from different companies. I have some from DCV (Die Cuts with a View) and some from K and Company. Paper companies change designs every year so it is hard to mix patterns and prints but there are some specific rules:

1. Start with one multi-color print and then pull in subtle patterns that are the same color.

2. Try using different papers with the same print like flowers or polka dots but in varying scales.

3. You can pair papers of the same color together like shades of red.

4. Try mixing similar design elements like circles, stripes and polka dots.

5. Neutral colors work well with pattern papers.

‘Til next time,

~Sallie

Mod Podge

Mod Podge Part 1

Dear Fellow Crafters,

This month we’ll take a look at the classic matte finish, how to prepare surfaces and the basic tool kit. In Part 2 of this series, we will discover the basic matte finish.

First a brief word about how to prepare surfaces. No matter what finish you use always let a coat dry before you add another layer and when you’ve completed the project, ALWAYS allow it to dry 24 hours before using.

1. Test a small area on your project to be sure Mod Podge will adhere. Glass, tin and wood need extra attention in their preparation. If using glass, remove surface oils by washing and drying with a lint-free cloth. Older tin needs a 50/50 vinegar and water solution and a wire brush to clean rust spots. Unfinished wood needs sanding with fine-grit sandpaper. You can also paint the wood with acrylic paint.

2. if adhering fabric, wash, (no fabric softener), dry and iron. Use a brush to paint a light layer of Mod Podge onto the fabric. Let the fabric dry. You will be able to cut the fabric and the edges will not fray.

3. Plan your design. At this point, nothing is glued down so you are free to move the elements around.

4. Using the formula of your choice, brush Mod Podge onto the surface. It is better to use a little more than not enough. Lay the material down and smooth out the material with your fingers. Use a brush to wipe away any excess Mod Podge. Allow to dry 20 minutes before applying next coat.

5. You can sand again and wipe if you wish.

6. Add embellishments with either craft glue or Dimensional Magic Mod Podge.

Basic Tool Kit

Mod Podge Formula     Squeege     Brayer     Paper Towels

Paper or plastic plate   scissors,     craft knife and self-healing mat

water basin    brushes (foam are best) craft glue   ruler   pencil or pen   Sandpaper (variety of grits) and steel wool (extra fine to fine.)

     Please see Part 2 tomorrow.

‘Til next time,

~Sallie

Fun and Easy Mason Jar Crafts

Fun and easy!

valentine-mason-jar-craft

Dear Fellow Crafters,

Are you looking for a fun and easy craft? All you need for this Mason Jar Valentine can be found at your local craft store and put together in minutes.

Start by washing and drying (with a lint-free cloth) the mason jar. Using music designed paper, die cut several banners. Glue the banners to bakers twine. Take a small piece of green floral foam block (you can use Styrofoam if you wish) and glue onto the lid. Cover it with moss for a realistic look. Next, either go outside and look for a small branch or two or check the florist aisle in the craft store. Stick the branch into the block and tie the ends of the banners to the sticks.

Carefully place the mason jar onto the lid covering the branches. You can finish off the jar with ribbon, a colorful bow or embellishments. The tiles make a nice, personalized touch.

Voila! Done!

‘Til next time,

~Sallie