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How To Projects — Paper Crafts

Shadow Box

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Shadow Box

Supplies:

Shadow box

Decorative paper, ephemera and chipboard cut outs

Washi tape and baker's twine

Double sided foam tape and/or foam dots

Glue dots

We R memory keepers (R) Frame punch board

Glitter, beads and tiny bottles

Directions:

Cut paper and glue into back of each section

Use washi tape to attach ephemera to box

Attach chipboard pieces using several layers of double sided foam tape

To stand ephemera in box glue a folded 1/2 x 2" piece of cardstock (it will form an "L") to back of ephemera and then attach to box with foam tape

Use punch board to create frame for photos

Fill tiny bottles with beads and glitter and attach to box using glue dots

 

 

 

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Nature Sketchbook

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Nature Sketchbook

Supplies:

Photo Journal

Nature Sketchbook Graphic 45(R) cardstock, chipboard, stickers etc.

Coordinating colors of solid cardstock

Washi tape, bakers twine, gems, brads, tags, etc.

Glue stick and/or tape runner, foam dots

Directions:

Measure and cut paper to fill pockets; add twine, gems and brads as you go

Attach chipboard to papers or randomly place in pockets

Ephemera that is too small can be glued to solid cardstock before inserting

Have fun and get creative!! The ideas are endless!

 

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Mixed Media Canvas

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Mixed Media Canvas

Supplies:

8x10 canvas

5 colors of acrylic paint and foam brushes

Washi tape

Background stamps

4-5 different patterns of cardstock for flowers and 4-5 for leaves

3 buttons

Glue gun and glue

Glue stick or tape runner

Distressing tool or scissors

Directions:

Place 5-7 pieces of washi tape on canvas

Spread 2-3 colors of paint over tape using foam brush or credit card; speed dry with heat tool; be sure to go around the edges of the canvas so no white is showing

Spread acrylic paint onto background stamp and randomly stamp; use at least 2 different background stamps and 2 colors of paint. Set aside to dry

Cut out graduating circles in a variety of coordinating colors and patterns; distress the edges. Make enough to have 3 flowers with 4-5 circles in each

Glue circles on top of each other and glue button on top

Place flowers on canvas and use pencil to draw stems on each

Cut leaves in a variety of colors and sizes and glue in place

Glue flowers onto canvas

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Mermaid Mixed Media Canvas

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Mermaid Mixed Media Canvas

Materials

  • 8x10 canvas
  • White gesso and foam brushes
  • Molding paste and spatula
  • Fabri-Tac™
  • Super Tacky Glue
  • Mod Podge™ or clear gesso
  • Spray bottle for water
  • Spray inks
  • Gelatos™ in a variety of colors
  • Acrylic craft paint
  • Watercolor paints and brushes
  • Colored pencils
  • Clear sparkly embossing powder and heat tool
  • White pigment ink pad
  • Stencils (Mini Sea Bubbles and Mini Moving Vines or other patterns of stencils)
  • Fish netting and sea shells
  • Brown thread or floss
  • Scissors
  • Old music sheet, printed text and washi tape
  • Mermaids Make Waves Downloadable Printout

Instructions

  1. Cover canvas front and sides with a thin coat of gesso, allow to dry or use heat tool to speed up process.
  2. Tear up music or printed text and glue to canvas.
  3. Place pieces of washi tape in random areas of canvas to add texture.
  4. Apply a thin layer of white or clear gesso, allow to dry or use heat tool to speed up process.
  5. Select 3-4 colors of Gelatos™ and rub on several areas of canvas; use fingers to spread colors around being sure to start with lightest colors first. Use darkest colors around the edges and rub them in last.
  6. Using stencil (Mini Sea Bubbles), place stencil on random areas of canvas and spritz with spray ink. Remove stencil, flip stencil and press down on another area of the canvas. Spritz with water to allow ink to move, dab off excess with tissue or paper towel. Wipe stencil off with paper towel.
  7. Place bubbles stencil on canvas and spread modeling paste over top with a spreading spatula and gently lift stencil off; repeat several times randomly over the canvas. Speed drying process with heat tool if desired. Wipe stencil and spatula clean with paper towel or baby wipes.
  8. Using various ink sprays, unscrew lid and place several drops on the molding paste areas, spritz with water and tilt the canvas for the ink to run in different directions. Blot dry with paper towel and/or heat tool.
  9. Download the Mermaids Make Waves Art Journal Print Out and use watercolors on the bottle and mermaid. Use colored pencils on the seagrass. Apply a thin coat of Mod Podge™ or clear gesso to these items, allow to dry or use heat tool to speed up process. Cut out and set aside. Roll up some printed or handwritten text and tie with floss and glue on top of bottle for a 3-D effect.
  10. Cut decorative fish net to fit a small area on the corner of the canvas and select several seashells. Set aside.
  11. Using the vine stencil, determine placement and then prepare modeling paste by putting a small amount on a wipeable surface. Add a small about on acrylic paint and mix with the modeling paste until well blended then spread over the vines stencil. Lift stencil, sprinkle with some clear sparkly embossing powder and shake off excess onto scrap paper (return excess powder to container). Use heat tool to emboss (be sure to move heat tool around so that molding paste does not bubble and change form).
  12. To make bubbles, remove several sizes of pen caps or spray bottle lids. Use a white pigment ink pad and stamp bubbles randomly on the canvas, sprinkle with sparkly embossing powder, shake off excess and use heat tool to emboss.
  13. Glue netting to canvas with Fabri-Tac™, wrapping netting around the edges of the canvas. Do the same with the sea shells.
  14. Add seagrass, mermaid and bottle using Super Tacky Glue. Trim excess mermaid with scissors.

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