Project Idea – A New Twist!

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Greetings, baseball fans! The Tigers are not doing so well in Game 1 right now, so I’m working off a little anger by posting a project that makes me so happy! You may have seen Project #10 a few weeks ago.  Well, my friend Nicole and her adorable little boy have made one of their own! This is the first time someone has shared a GrahamCrafter project with me and it’s very exciting! More exciting than, say, this Tigers game.

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I love how they used three different papers.  She also used wooden letters (painted black and with lots of GLITTER!) which give some extra dimension.

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He looks so proud of his project! Happy Crafting! Thanks for sharing, Nicole!

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Project #14: Glitter Jars

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OK, this is a really easy and really quick project.  I had something else in mind for tonight and it was a total disaster.  So, I had to come up with something on the fly.  AND the Tigers have a playoff game tonight so it had to be quick.  Glitter jars it is!

We’ll start with the supplies.  You need a jar (clean out a food jar and remove the label), glitter, Modge Podge, a cheapo foam brush, and possibly ribbon or cardstock to add a little decoration.  You may also want a file folder (more on that later.)

There aren’t really many steps here.  You basically just brush on the Modge Podge and then dump on the glitter.  BUT! I have a little tip for you.  Open the file folder and lay it down before you dump the glitter… then read on…

After you’ve dumped all that glitter onto the jar, you probably have a mess that looks something like this:

If you used the file folder, you now have an easy way to clean up the glitter with as little mess as possible.  Just shake the glitter into the crease and use the folder to funnel your little sparkles of wonder back into the jar.

Happy Crafting!

Halloween Idea

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Here is an idea that combines two previous projects: Project #11: Glitter Pumpkins, and Project #8: Decorative Letters. You might recognize my windowsill at work from the “Go State” letters that used to be there (never fear, Spartan fans… they’re still out – just on a shelf now.) I apologize for the grainy look to the photo – I had to do a LOT of edits to get rid of the shadowy backlight effects from the beautiful sunny day we’re having.

A new project will be posted tonight!

Project #13: Halloween/Fall Invites & Cards

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Oops… I didn’t quite crop the bottom of that photo well enough.  Hopefully, you’re too mesmerized by the AWESOME cards to notice.  This week’s project is actually three in one… one card made entirely with my Cricut, and two without.

The supplies for this one are pretty basic.  At the very least, you need scrapbook paper, basic stickers, and glue.  I like to use pre-cut cards (they come with matching envelopes), but you can make your own with a simple fold.  You’ll also need a paper cutter (and/or Exacto Knife), possibly a black stamp pad, and I like the fine-point glue pens for the little pieces.  If you have a Cricut, I used the Wrap it Up and Lyrical Letters cartridges.

We’ll start with the witch card.  I know you’re super impressed with the clever “Ghouls’ Night Out” saying.  But take note! You can only use my cute invitation idea if your costume is discernible from “Whore.”  If you put on some lingerie and hooker heels, you’re not a “sexy cat” or a “sexy ladybug.”  You’re dressed as a whore.  Alright, with that said… let’s make some crafts.  This one is done entirely with the Cricut.  I used the Wrap it Up cartridge to do the witch… I used black cardstock for the main body, purple glitter cardstock for the accents (I LOVE GLITTER), green cardstock for her arm, leg, and face, and yellow cardstock for the broom and her sock stripes.  The letters are 1″ and I used the base font from Lyrical Letters.

Here’s a little tip if you’re working with this many tiny pieces… lay everything out and make sure you know exactly where you want it before you glue.  As my Dad would say, “measure twice, cut once.”  Except actually, he would measure like 27 times and then use a bunch of non-specific pronouns to say where he wants you to put something until nobody understands him.  “No! Not there! Move that here! HERE! Oh my God!  HERE!”

 

Next up is a card using a torn paper technique.  This one is pretty easy.  Tear three ovals for the pumpkin.  It helps if you use a pencil to sketch them first so you have guidelines for the tearing.  I also sliced very thin pieces of green cardstock for the tendrils.  You can give the tendrils a little curl and texture by wrapping them around a pencil.

 

The rest of this one is just assembling and gluing.  I chose a light green and white patterned paper as an accent.  I used the stamp pad to ink the edges of some of the rectangles.

Last but not least, here is a VERY easy Halloween party invitation.  The hardest thing you have to do here is cut.  It’s cute, but not fancy, and it won’t take long to make.  That means you can do many in a short amount of time — an important thing to keep in mind when making party invitations.  For this one, I chose a patterned spiderweb paper and two solid colors.  Here is a picture of how to ink the edges:

The more times you run the edges along the stamp pad, the thicker the color will be.   All that’s left is adding the sticker.  This one is by K&Company and has a 3D adhesive so it makes the sticker stand out a little.

Happy Crafting!

Bonus!

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Because it’s allllmooost Friday (gotta get down on Friday), here is a Graham Crafter bonus! This is a project I made with the photo transfer technique explained earlier this week in Project #12. This is a music box I made for my sister using one of her favorite wedding photos. I bought a plain box from the craft store, painted, photo transferred, and then had my awesome bro-in-law help me drill a hole and attach the music implement.

You might notice that this photo is a little less “full” than the ones in the wall hanging. That’s because I used a thinner layer of the gel medium for a more rustic-ish look. Rustic is not usually my thing. At all. But I think it works really nicely on this.

Project #12: Wood Block Photo Transfer

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If you check out the early days of Graham Crafter, you’ll see that some of the first projects were in preparation for my sister’s wedding.  Today’s project was post-wedding… once we had the photos.  All of the beautiful photos came from Timeless Elegance Photography.  I can’t say enough good things about them.

I was inspired to make this project after watching this succinct but adorable video on wood block photo transfers:

That video pretty much sums it up, but if I left it at that, this wouldn’t be much of a blog post.  So we’ll start with supplies.  Please note that not all the supplies are pictured.  I only photographed the ones I used to make the photo blocks.   The other stuff came about later as I worked to assemble one pretty, finished product.  You will need: photos printed on regular copy paper (printed in reverse – more on that later), acrylic gel medium (I used Liquitex), wood blocks (I used unfinished wood plaques I found at the Hobby Lobby), craft acrylic paint, the ever-useful cheapo foam brush, Modge Podge, ribbon, and scrapbook paper.  You may also want the little decorative touch – I chose a silk orchid because orchids were the main flower at the wedding.

First things first… I painted the edges of the wood plaque (the parts that won’t be the area for the photo transfer.)  If you’re using a more rustic piece of wood or going for an unfinished look, you may want to skip the paint.

Start by doing the photo transfer.  The very beginning is to print your photos.  They work best on a laser printer using regular copy paper.  You should have a setting on your printer to print the image in reverse.  Because we’ll be laying the photo face down, NOT printing it in reverse will make your people look backwards.  Trim away the edges of the photo to make it fit your space.  Then cover the space for the photo in gel medium.  Gel medium is pretty thick and looks like really heavy glue when you first apply it.  The thicker the coverage, the fuller your image transfer will be.  So if you want a more rustic look, use a bit thinner coat.  But let’s be real – this bride and these bridesmaids will look good no matter what.

 

Once the gel medium is on, lay the photo face down.  Smooth out any wrinkles and bubbles.  The photos don’t maybe show this step real well.  Check out the video above.  After this dried a bit, I touched up the painted edges.  Let the entire thing dry overnight.

 

The next day, your block will look exactly the same, but dry.  You now need a bowl of water and a sponge.  Using the sponge, get the paper wet and start removing the paper.  Once it’s good and soaked, use your fingers to start peeling away the paper.  The image will have transferred to the gel medium.  It’s MAGIC! If only they made gel medium with glitter.  You know what else is magic? That between trimming and peeling away the paper, a photo of bridesmaids turned into a photo of the happy couple.

 

Scraping away the paper might take a while.  You might have to go back and get little bits that stuck around the first time.  But once you’re done, let everything dry and brush on some Modge Podge to seal the deal.  This is magical Modge Podge – it turned the photo BACK into the bridesmaids!

From here on out, assembling this project looks a lot like Project #10: Halloween Sign.  Use a staple gun to attach the ribbon that connects the blocks to each other.  I used two strands of thinner ribbon and tied them into a bow at the top.  For a bit of added fancy, I used Modge Podge to add scrapbook paper to the back of the photo blocks.  This covers up the ribbon and staples, and generally classes up the joint a bit.

 

At the very end, I used my trusty glue gun to attach the orchid.

When you’re done, give the awesome finished project to your sister and favorite brother-in-law.  Then watch your sister try to decide where to hang it.  Happy Crafting!