Hello Foamie peeps,
Alana from Red Tin Roof Designs here.
I love giving gifts in a gift bag with a handmade card, but what if the bag and card is handmade all in one?
I made three paper bags in one sitting and will use the back of the bags as a space for a special message.
Since it’s still winter here in Canada, I decided on using my Artfoamies snowflakes design pack with blue and white combinations.
With this project you can make as many bags with varying sizes as you want. Any fluid acrylic paint is great for using with Artfoamies stamps. I also used my Gel Press, brayer, some tissue paper and light white card stock.
Place dots of blue and white paint on your Gel Press and roll it flat with the brayer. Lift some paint with the stamps and stamp on your bags and also some on white paper for cutting out later.
Some of the bags can be placed on the Gel Press and pressed on the negative image that’s left behind. Remember, you can also make extra images on tissue paper for other projects.
Play around and experiment, there’s no rules here. Splatter some paint on the bags and round it off with your own personal arty crafty style.
Your bags are now ready for a thoughtful message on the back. Staple it, use ribbon or even a painted clothespin to close it in a pretty way.
Enjoy making your bags.
Have fun till next time.
My dad built this beautiful little cupboard for my son's birthday. All I had to do was paint it. :) My son LOVES Dr. Who., hence the theme here. My son and I are also knitting a Dr Who Scarf together (The one around Dr. Who's neck with all the colours.) Sometimes he knits on it and sometimes I knit on it. I mostly knit on it while he practices the violin. Very soothing actually. Now back to how I painted the little cupboard.
I used Rebekah Meier Mixed Media Adhesive Sheets to make the "Free to use to Public" sticker and also the round police sticker. I used normal white printer paper to print the labels and then stuck it onto the "Mixed Media Adhesive Sheets". After the paint was dry, I used a varnish over the whole cupboard, including the stickers.
I used CHALK PAINT. Ol Navy and Black. I used Pebeo white fabric paint for the stamping with my own custom ArtFoamies Stamp.
Here is the birthday boy with the finished project.
Comment on this blog post to win the Dr. Who ArtFoamies Stamp I used here.
So this Autums projects included apple harvesting, fruit drying, Canadian Thanksgiving and bathroom wall stamping with ArtFoamies. What a beautiful time of the year. The Fall colors make me so very happy. We have so much to be thankful for.
If you wanted to try stamping with some ArtFoamies on your wall, make sure your prepping is done right. Walls covered with acrylic based paint first, works the best. If you do have an oil based surface lightly criss-cross with sandpaper where you will be stamping. This will give the surface a very light "tooth" to grip the paint that you will be using on your ArtFoamies.
I love using lots of colour. This picture doesn't show it very well, but the walls are painted a very light sea-green. (Acrylic based) I used a variety of opaque acrylic based paints with strong pigments for the stamping. Even Pebeo's fabric paint. Once you wait 72 hours for the paint to cure - it won't easily wash off. I also used Decoart for some lovely colours.
ArtFoamies that I used were: ArtByMarlene -Circle Salad and Geo flower. Balzer - Spot-on and Swirly large. I think I might add some pen lines or leaves to the mix. Why not? Life is too short not to. My kids were worried about me stamping the bathroom wall with lots of colour, but they loved it in the end.
Couldn't help myself....had to have a spring celebration picture. I hope you enjoy the photo of the Prune Blossom Trees looking out from the ArtFoamie factory.
I spooned the Jaquard Colour Magnet straight onto the StampBuddy. Stamp your prepared muslin with the ArtFoamies. Make sure you keep the Stampbuddy wet so that the stamp get a good coverage before stamping. Wait for the cloth to dry completely before dying the cloth.
The Colour Magnet pulls more dye into the fabric where you have stamped, making it look like you stamped with a darket shade.
As you can see - I don't always wash my ArtFoamies as I should and some of the colour transferred with the magnet. This has no affect on the end result. In fact it makes for more interesting results.
I used neutral colours - if all goes well it will be turned into a doggie doll for the CHA. Look how beautiful the stamped images appeared after dyeing! If you have any questions about dyes etc. - please ask in the comments section. I love the subtle, hand-dyed look of this totally unique piece. Make sure to let me know what you think?
I was pleasantly surprised! Things to remember when using texture paste with ArtFoamies.
Make sure you rinse your stamps immediatly under running water if you can. You don't want the texture paste to get stuck in the grooves of your stamps forever! I waited for the texture paste to dry completly and then painted it with acrylic paint. I used Pebeo's new fabric paint. I just LOVE the colors.
Once that was properly dry - I used different complementing colors to dry-brush color lightly on the bumps to make the texture more apparent. What texture pastes do you like to use?
ArtFoamies Stamps Used:
Rebekah Meier: Mesh and Mandala, Balzer designs: Love Candy, Zig Zag and Africon Skin.
Balzer: Ring Fling and Julie Love ArtFoamies Stamps made the front cover of Scrap&Stamp Magazine. Thank you so much Carol Heppner. You did an amazing job.
This little owl was a custom order. I used the Music Notes and the Sea-side mixed ArtFoamies stamps to create the background. This 14" x 14" fabric painting was stretched on stretcher bars to be a wall hanging. I used the Violin ArtFoamies stamp and just added a foot-rest to change it into Chello. I did make a custom stamp to get the antique looking wording in. The fabric paint liners did alot of the accentuating in this piece. Let me know what you think?