If you like the idea of making an old book beautiful here is what you need to know. While thrifting I found an old poem book in excellent shape but without illustrations. There was plenty of space on the pages so I decided to add my own illustrations. This months collaboration between Joy Clair Stamps and Rinea Foiled Paper made this project a snap!
~ The Owl and the Pussy Cat ~
Before we start here is a look at the book, a gorgeous slim volume of verse bound in green with an embossed cover.
As you can see there is plenty of room on the pages for beautification.
The corner pieces I cut from Rinea Copper Foiled Paper. The paper shapes so beautifully with detailed dies. I add a layer of craft foam underneath the foiled paper before running it through my embosser/cutter.
The Best Glue Ever holds the glossy foiled paper securely. Spread it thin and let it dry to a translucent finish.
The finished product meshes well with the page design and leaves space on the pages. The shine of the Foiled Paper adds a luxurious touch. Look for more illustrated poems in the coming days. This quick and easy project was perfect for Rinea Foiled Paper and ScraPerfect's Best Glue Ever.
Ghost Ink and Foiled Paper:Rinea
Clear Stamps:Joy Clair
Today I have a few tips and photos for how to use colorful paint to make a beautiful model. I had Spine Surgery in mid-July. To keep me occupied with out overdoing it my daughter suggested we assemble and paint this wooden St. Petersburgh Cathedral.
We have nearly the full collection of Deco Art Dazzling Mettalics paints and have been eager to use them on a project.
These wood models are difficult to assemble. They contain many pieces and they don't quite fit together right. We have done many so we were ready with a craft knife for trimming and hot glue for assembling. We use the hot glue more as a sealer that fills in for the pieces that aren't.
We assembled in layers, fine tuning each piece to fit and lay properly before we painted. For this model we purchased a string of LED lights. To create a glow I added vellum to the windows.
ScraPerfect's Best Glue Ever attached the vellum without leaving marks. Spreading a thin layer of the glue and letting it dry to a semi-gloss ensured perfect attachment.
Two layers of acrylic paint give sufficient coverage. We always add a layer to the back to avoid glaring edges. One nights work was done in such a rush that it had to be resurfaced the next day. For this I used ScraPerfect's solvent, Best Cleaner Ever. I spritzed it on the pieces, let them sit for a few minutes, then rubbed off the layers of black and silver paint.
For our project we used 9 colors of paint in a variety of combinations. We completed the ground floor and central tower first. We used variations of that design to decorate the other towers. The spires are divided into 5 Purple/Gold, 2 Blue/Silver, 2 Green/Silver, and 2 Plum and Olive with Silver. The roof of the first floor is primarily Teal and Black cleanses the pallet between layers of color.
If you decide to try your hand at this hobby start simple, and purchase 2 of any beloved design. The practice of putting it together twice will pay off. As for color, pic any you like and enjoy the process. It can be repainted if you decide to tweak the design a little.
Don't worry if your model leans a little or is missing pieces. The finished project is about the time spent together and the joy of accomplishment. Perfection isn't a necessary ingredient for happiness.
3-D Wood Model:Sea Land (Amazon)
Acrylic Paint:Deco Art
Vellum, Hot Glue:Hobby Lobby
This post on how to make a bright, colorful, worry free aquarium is for anyone who likes the beauty without the bother. My kiddos are always wanting another pet, but not the chores that go along with it. Using stamps, pigment ink, and an empty jar I created an aquarium that will never need more than dusting!
~ Foiled Fish Aquarium ~
I knew I wanted a lot of different colors in my aquarium so I used the Jewels Variety Pack of Rinea Foiled Paper. This set has both glossy and star embossed papers.
Pigment ink stamps easily onto Rinea Foiled Paper but is just as easy to smear. The good thing with that is a smear can be cleaned off and the same paper re-stamped. Heat embossing the Foiled Paper is tricky but with a light hand and a little practice it is no big deal. One tip is to emboss one image, or portion of an image at a time, allowing the paper to cool between.
I placed the largest piece of "coral" at the center of the jar then built out from that on either side. I used different colored paper for the fish and coral but the same stamp. This view of the side gives an idea of the many layers.
To adhere the foiled paper to the bottom of the jar I bent the lower edge under and applied a thin line of the Best Glue Ever. After letting the glue dry to a semi-clear state I placed the foiled paper image in the jar and used a bamboo skewer to tamp down the glued portion.
The lid of the jar is moreRinea Foiled Paper that has been heat embossed with an ocean wave theme. The Foiled Paper waves were glued to the jar lid using the same Scraperfect glue.
Once again I found I could NOT take gorgeous photos of my project without the help of the Perfect Cleaning Cloth. Every adjustment left finger prints on the foil decorated lid or glass sides. After a really good clean I used the Perfect Cleaning Cloth to reposition the jar for each photo. Supplies:
Here is how to make an elegant peacock from colorful flower petals. During the month of August Rinea is collaborating with Petaloo by Floracraft. When I opened my parcel to the Cool Tones Floradoodles all I could see was the green, blue, and purple of peacock feathers.
~ Flower Petal Peacock ~
Copper is my favorite metallic tone and the perfect compliment to my stash of flowers. How delightful that Glossy Copper Foiled Paper is available by the role from Rinea! Follow the steps below to make your own Flower Petal Peacock.
Glossy Copper Foiled Paper, cut to fit 7x11 Frame.
Foiled Paper in Contrasting color for Head and Neck
Decorative Corner Punch for edge of Peacock Body ScraPerfect glue for attaching petals to Foiled Paper.
Assortment of Floradoodles in cool tones, cut into individual petals.
Draw or Print peacock silhouette. Trace onto foiled paper.
Place one drop of the Best Glue Ever onto each petal. Allow to dry to semi-clear finish.
Add petals to the peacock silhouette starting at the tip of the tail and working upward.
Trace the head and body of the Peacock Silhouette onto a contrasting color of Rinea foiled paper from the Jewels Variety Pack.
Carefully cut out the shape. The curve of paper from the peacocks neck makes an excellent wing shape. Use corner punch for the lower edge of the body.
Glue the body over the tail feathers, adjusting and filling in petals as necessary. Place short petals on head for top knot. Place Flower Petal Peacock in frame. Add layers of cardboard till foiled paper fits snugly without a wrinkle. Use Perfect Cleaning Cloth to remove finger prints from foiled paper.
Here's how to make a beautiful Mermaid Pillow Cover, the quick and easy way. Start with a Canvas Corp Brands pillow cover and the project will be done in an hour or two. Add vibrant color with High Impact Paint by Tattered Angels. The only difficulty is selecting which shade NOT to use.
~ Mer-Pillow ~
Supplies: Burlap Pillow Rectangle; 10" x 18" Pillow Form or Stuffing; Card Stock; High Impact Paint in Light Blue and Turquoise. Tools: Wax Paper; Craft Knife; Washi Tape; Paint Brushes Step 1: Print or draw mermaid silhouette. I used Whiteboard paper so I could redraw the lines until I got the angles just right.
Step 2: Cut out mermaid silhouette with craft knife and tape stencil to Burlap Pillow Rectangle. Cut 9" x 17" liner from wax paper. Insert into Rectangle to prevent paint bleed through.
Today I am sharing how to make epic ATC's with Foiled Paper that is beautiful and unique. My theme for June's ATC A Day Challenge was Ocean. It quickly deteriorated into a chaos of unrelated ideas. Before it did I made this pair of ATC's with Rinea Foiled Paper accents.
~ Ocean ATC's ~
Making the Fish ATC was fairly simple. First I punched the center then the opposite corners with detailed designs. I stamped and embossed fish then lined the card with Red Glossy Foiled Paper.
The Ocean Waves ATC took several applications of product. First I painted stripes of watercolors onto the cards. Over that I stamped and then embossed layers of waves. The final step was a frame, die cut from Silver Glossy Foiled Paper.
Together, this pair of ATC's show how simple it is to add a bit of glow to any project using Rinea Foiled Paper!
Cardstock:Warehouse Paper Co.
Embossing Powder:Wow Embossing Powder
Watercolors:Close To My Heart