DIY Your Own Mixed Media Sprays

final panels

I will show you how to make your own DIY Mixed Media Sprays. I called this “plastic paint” for lack of a better explanation. I was inspired by a video I watched on the Pink Poodles Craft channel and went in my own direction from her experimentation.

Materials:

  • spray bottle
  • beads
  • water
  • polyacrylic
  • craft paint

Video Tutorial:

2 variations of play

Depending on your chosen colors, you can end up with very different results. There is no end to how many layers of spray you can use.

close up

In the close-up image, you can see the variety of layered colors showing through and the spots created by the spray of paint and the spray of water on top.

I am not done experimenting, I want to try adding mica powders and metallic paints. It was really fun to do and hard to stop layering.

Tell me how you would use these creations, as card backgrounds. Would you die cut them? In collage? I want to make more to add to my stash for future crafting.

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Freebie Friday – Fall Music

Since the floral music printables went over so well last week for Freebie Friday, I combined sheet music and fall leaves for these beautiful card fronts this week. You can change the size in your printer dialog and use them for other paper crafts like ATC cards, collages, junk journals, and scrapbooks.

Grab the free PDF file here: [Fall Music Card Fronts]

My favorite printer brand for many years has been HP. I also use their ink supply service where I pay a monthly fee and they send me ink cartridges as needed. It comes out to be a lot less money this way. The HP Envy Inspire is a great-priced machine that will produce beautiful prints.

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And if you are looking for a great crafting weight paper for printables, I have been using HP Project Paper. It is heavier than copier paper but not quite as heavy as cardstock. It is a great medium weight for layering, folding, and more!

No Cost Yarn Ball Winder

I remember seeing this DIY idea a while back and stored it in my memory because I knew I would use it. All yarn “should” be wound into a ball. While in grad school I was spoiled taking a few Fiber Art courses and getting to use all the great tools they had on hand. I always wanted a ball winder but it was one of those tools I thought expensive and a luxury. After all, I can wind a ball of yarn by hand, but now I don’t have to. I love this hands-on McGuiver-type tool and bet you have everything you need on hand. 

mixer

Materials:

  • Kitchen mixer with one whisk
  • toilet paper roll core
  • yarn
core on mixer

This is how you place the paper roll onto the mixer so you can wind the yarn. I wrapped some yarn around the core before turning the mixer on. Now, don’t just go hog wild here. I suggest turning the mixer on and off in small bursts so you can control the placement of the yarn. With one hand on the switch of the mixer and the other holding the yarn close to the paper core, begin winding. You’ll have a ball wound in no time at all and it cost you nothing!

Gone Fishing – Tag it Tuesday

final fish tag

This week’s tag uses a fun paint bubble technique for the background which is fun to do. Then I added printable images to finish it off with a fun fishing theme.

fishprint

If you would like the free fish printable you can download it here: [Fish.pdf]

The words are from a printable available in the shop. I printed it out on sticker paper and just cut out the words as I use them. You can purchase the printable here [Art Words]

Video Tutorial:

close-up image

The close-up image shows a lot of detail in the paint bubbles and the quality of the printable images.

Freebie Friday – Floral Music

Combining sheet music and flowers for these beautiful card fronts. You can change the size in your printer dialog and use them for other paper crafting.

Grab the free PDF file here: [Floral Music Card Fronts]

My favorite printer brand for many years has been HP. I also use their ink supply service where I pay a monthly fee and they send me ink cartridges as needed. It comes out to be a lot less money this way. The HP Envy Inspire is a great-priced machine that will produce beautiful prints.

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And if you are looking for a great crafting weight paper for printables, I have been using HP Project Paper. It is heavier than copier paper but not quite as heavy as cardstock. It is a great medium weight for layering, folding, and more!

Etching a Keepsake

with etchall creme

glass jar etched

I dried the flowers from my daughter’s homecoming dance and then found this glass jar at the Dollar Tree that they fit into. I then etched the date and school on the side of the glass as a keepsake for her. etchall creme made this possible.

parts

Using a Cricut Maker, I cut vinyl and weeded away the parts of the vinyl that I wanted to etch.

alcohol

Before etching use rubbing alcohol to clean the glass surface.

vinyl on glass

Place the vinyl onto the clean glass and make sure to rub it down well.

creme on the glass

Apply the etchall creme onto the area to etch making sure not to go beyond the covered area. Wait 15 minutes for the glass to etch. After 15 minutes remove the creme and put it back into the container, it is reusable.

Now wash the surface under running water and remove the vinyl.

close-up

Here is a close-up image of the finished piece.

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Tag it Tuesday – Alternative Stencil Tag

final tag

This week’s Tag it Tuesday uses a stencil in an alternative way. The alteration comes from last week’s stencil tag. The technique came from a way I was cleaning off my stencils after making the tag last week.

both tags

Here are both tags so you can see the variation between the two.

close up image

The close-up image of the finished tag shows so much detail. You can see the layering of the stencil images, the stamped word, and the addition of the glitter to the tag.

Video Tutorial:

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Valentine Chain

valentine chain

This DIY Valentine Chain is a fun craft that is easy to make with a few Dollar Tree supplies and a free printable. The chain can be used in so many different ways. Consider it for your Valentine’s Day decor, as a long chain with a tassel on the end, or even as a festive necklace.

Grab the free PDF file here: [Valentine inchies]

This DIY doesn’t just have to be for Valentine’s Day, you can use any printable inchies or even decorative paper.

materials

The materials I used were scissors, a 1″ paper punch, a free printable, twine, and wooden beads.

Video Tutorial:

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Valentine Card Fronts – Freebie Friday

Do you make your own Valentine’s Day cards? These printable card fronts will be so helpful. Each has the heart theme but they are very different from each other. If you don’t make cards, consider printing them for collage, glue books, mixed media, scrapbooking, and more.

Grab the free PDF file here: [Valentine card fronts]

My favorite printer brand for many years has been HP. I also use their ink supply service where I pay a monthly fee and they send me ink cartridges as needed. It comes out to be a lot less money this way. The HP Envy Inspire is a great-priced machine that will produce beautiful prints.

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And if you are looking for a great crafting weight paper for printables, I have been using HP Project Paper. It is heavier than copier paper but not quite as heavy as cardstock. It is a great medium weight for layering, folding, and more!

Double Stencil Technique

Tag it Tuesday

final tag

This week’s Tag it Tuesday uses a double stencil technique. Using two stencils, one larger than the other. and two inks, one darker than the other. This double stencil technique offers a lot of variety. Next week’s Tag it Tuesday post will be a variation of this process.

Video Tutorial:

close-up image

The close-up image above shows a lot of the different details, the ink layering, the rhinestones, and the die-cut word – how shiny it is from the packing tape.

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