Shall I add another voice onto the fire of “where did the year go” lamentations? I suppose I shall–dude, this year is flying by! I have no idea where it went and not nearly as much as I would have liked to show for it, but I have a cute craft today that can help get you on the way to holiday preparedness.
Two sides of the same stocking–which side you flip is between you and Santa!
Holiday prep was another of our prompts and, combined with the color of the month (Sangria), I decided to go with a classic Christmas stocking with a twist. One side of the linen cuff reads Naughty, with some prickly holly leaves, while the other says Nice, paired with a pair of pretty poinsettias. Both feature a bit of heat embossing, which is the real highlight of this project (I think).
In preparation, I tested several Imagine mediums to see which would give me the result I wanted.
Versamark (pad and marker): definitely held the embossing powder but became part of the fabric rather than sitting up on top like heat embossing on paper.
Delicata (and other pigment inks): Also sunk into the fabric a bit more than I wanted, wicking through the fibers in some cases–this was problematic for details.
Creative Medium: Great through a stencil but I think you’d really need a good mask (like freezer paper ironed-on) to hold the integrity of finer details in a design. Did maintain it’s raised quality after heating.
On Point Glue: Perfect for fine details! This was what I used to embellish the Memento Marker and All-Purpose Ink words and art on my stockings.
Because of the heat embossing, you definitely want to make sure the fabric you’re decorating can take the heat without melting. Mine was felt (wool felt) and linen and I made it specifically for this project. If you’re purchasing one to decorate, make sure you test in an inconspicuous place before starting.
Lately I’ve had puzzle pieces on my mind. Not so much the desire to put together an actual puzzle, but more their use as a metaphor for life.
Picking up the pieces
Piece of my heart
And so on…
Puzzles make fairly inexpensive crafting materials, since you can usually find some at the thrift or dollar stores. It doesn’t matter what’s on them, because you’re going to transform them into something else.
I have a whole list of projects planned for puzzle pieces (watch the blog and, more often, my Instagram feed for works in progress), but today I’m sharing a fun faux finish project over on the Imagine Blog–faux metal stamping. The metallic silver Creative Medium is pretty much perfect for this technique, and I hope you’ll give it a try!
So this month the Imagine team gave us an interesting assignment: design a project to be sent to another Artist to complete and get someone else’s instructions in return.
I received instructions from Kyriakos on how to make an awesome necklace and earring set out of Sheet Metal ovals that had been embossed and inked with StazOn! You can see how I was able to follow his instructions on yesterday’s Imagine post!
The instructions for the card I created were sent to Kyriakos in kind, and his version of my card can be found on the Imagine blog today!
It’s so much fun when Imagine teams up with other companies–sometimes it’s brands I know and other times it’s brands new to me, like today and the Precious Remembrance Shop!
They were kind enough to send each of the Imagine AIRs the same two stamp sets, so get ready to see how the same sets can be used in different ways over the next two days!
For today’s project I upcycled a drink container–carrier? holder? pack? I’m really not sure what you call the box they came in–into a fun gift box with built-in handle. Thanks to the School Days stamp set, it’s perfect for end of year gifts to teachers or congratulatory gifts to your grads.