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May 8, 2012

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May 8, 2012

Tuesday Tutorial: Stenciled and Stitched Napkin and Charger

During the spring I love having a picnic. It is one of my favorite things to do this time of year. There’s nothing like packing up some sandwiches, chips, sodas, and some fruit to lounge and dine at a park on nice warm day. Typically picnics are very casual, and paper plates or Tupperware are used to eat off of. Well here is a way you can add some flair to your picnic, create these stenciled and stitched napkin and charger. Cathie and Steve designed this adorable project. It is an easy project that will take an hour to create. Have you been on a picnic this year?

PLAID Supplies

  • Apple Barrel ® Colors – Melted Chocolate, 2 oz.
  • FolkArt ® Shiny™ Acrylic Paint – Sugar Plum, 2 oz.
  • Plaid ® Craft Stencils – Value Packs – Foliage/Leaf
  • FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors – Parchment, 2 oz.
Other Supplies
Stencil paintbrush, 17 x 17″ Light color cotton fabric (pre-washed), 17 x 17″ printed cotton fabric (pre-washed), Low tack painters tape, Sewing machine, Rhinestones, Gem glue, Buttons, Hand sewing needle and thread, and a Plate charger
Instructions

1. Position the bird stencil in the corner (1.5” from the edge) of the light colored fabric. Tape the stencil to the fabric to secure. Load the stencil paintbrush with sugar plum paint, tap off the excess paint. Working directly above the stencil, tap the brush over the bird design. Lift the stencil to reveal the design. Next stencil the branch with melted chocolate paint and the leaves with parchment paint. Wash stencil and reuse. Heat set the paint with an iron.

2. Place the painted fabric right-side down on the right-side of the printed fabric. Pin around the edges. Stitch around the edges (leave a space open for turning and stuffing). Trim the edges and corners, turn the napkin right-side out, press. Sew a boarder around the edge.

3. Embellish the napkin with free-form stitching. (This will also serve as a quilt effect, holding the two pieces together) Hand sew buttons to the bird design. Tie up the napkin with a scrap of fabric.

4. To paint the charger, tape the bird stencil to the edge of the charger. Load the stencil paintbrush with sugar plum paint, tap off the excess paint. Working directly above the stencil, tap the brush over the bird design. Lift the stencil to reveal the design. If needed, fill in the design with paint and a small brush.

May 1, 2012

Paint Me Plaid Will Be Doing Some Maintenance

For any of you bloggers out there, you know that from time to time you may have to perform some maintenance on your site. Well it is time for us here at Paint Me Plaid to have some blog maintenance done. We wanted to warn you, because due to this maintenance we will not be posting anything for the next 24 to 48 hours. We plan to work as fast as possible to be back up in no time. Just because Paint Me Plaid will be down for a short time, doesn’t mean we will stop providing craft inspiration. Please be sure to check us out at any of the following places below,

 

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May 1, 2012

Create A Fiesta Banner

By Sherrie Ragsdale

Break out the chips, guacamole, and salsa. It’s time to have a fiesta! The first big celebration to take place this month is Cinco de Mayo, and it is this Saturday. Although it is soon, you still have plenty of time to gather some decorations to throw a party. This fiesta banner is a fun project to create. Use this banner at your party, and it is sure to be the center of attention. Below are all the supplies you will need, and we show you step by step how to create this project.

Step by Step Instructions

1.  Base-coat all the hats with matching colors.

2.  Cut out the stencil for the zigzag around the each out of poster board and then stencil with licorice.

3.  Hot glue pompoms to the edge of each hat.

4.  Stencil each letter onto poster board and in black and then cut out leaving small border.

5.  Paint a curvy line using the stencil brush on each letter. See the rest of the steps here.

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May 1, 2012

Floral ZigZag Maracas

Since Cinco de Mayo is quickly approaching, we here at Plaid wanted to share with you another project you can create for this occasion. Shake up some fun using these Floral ZigZag Maracas. One of our fabulous designers, Kindra Boroff created these maracas. These were made using FolkArt paint, FolkArt Extreme Glitter, and Mod Podge. This is an intermediate level craft that will take 2 hours to complete. Be the life of the party with these bright and festive maracas. Enjoy!

Plaid Supplies

FolkArt Acrylic Paint: 2553 Lime Green, 2578 New Leaf Green,  412 Magenta, 660 Pure Gold

FolkArt Extreme Glitter: 2836 Champagne

Mod Podge: CS11305 4oz Matte

Plaid tools: 1534 1 ¼” Spouncer,  1” Flat

Other Supplies

6” Paper mache eggs, Large dowel rods, Dried beans, Brown craft paper, Hot glue, Sandpaper, Scissors, Gloss Sealer

Instructions

1. Cut the dowel rods into 2- 11” pieces. Sand the edge of one side to create a smooth handle.

2. Cut a hole into the bottom of the paper mache eggs and fill with dried beans. Add hot glue to the un-sanded end of the dowel rod, insert into the egg, attaching to the inside top of the egg. Hot glue around the hole of the egg and the dowel rod.

3. Cut pieces of craft paper and Mod Podge to the egg and the handle to create a finished look.

4. Base-coat the maracas with New Leaf Green. With the masking tape create a zigzag pattern as shown.  Tape off thin stripes on the handles. Paint with Lime Green.

5. Remove tape and paint the flowers onto the maracas with Magenta. Add Pure Gold centers to the flowers. Add Champagne glitter to the centers.

6. Seal with gloss sealer.

May 1, 2012

Tuesday Tutorial: A Festive Sombrero

When people think of May they generally think of Mother’s Day, however there is another reason to celebrate this month and that’s Cinco de Mayo. This festive holiday is approaching quickly, and will be here this weekend. In case you are planning to throw a little fiesta gathering here is a must have item you will need. A sombrero can be used not just to wear, but also as a festive centerpiece for your party. Another creative way to use this item is to line the hat rim with napkins and fill with chips. Kindra Boroff designed this sombrero. It was created primarily using FolkArt Acrylic Paint. This is a beginner level project that will take just about an hour to complete. Below is a full list of supplies you will need, and the instructions to create this project. Do you have any plans for Cinco de Mayo?

Plaid Supplies

FolkArt Acrylic Paint: 901 Wicker White, 2553 Lime Green, 643 Azure Blue,  2546 Bright Pink,  437 Lipstick Red

Plaid Tools: 1534  1 ¼” Spouncer,  1” Flat Brush

Other Supplies

Straw sombrero, Blue and white striped 1 ½” ribbon, Hot glue, Turquoise felt, Lime felt, Red felt, Hot pink felt, Tulle, Scissors, Large clear rhinestone.

Instructions

1. Base-coat approximately 4” on the top and bottom rim of the hat with Azure blue.

2. Add some 1” to 2” inch stripes using Bright Pink, Lime Green, and Lipstick Red in that order on the remaining rim of the hat.

3. Base-coat the top of the hat with Azure Blue.

4. Using Bright Pink, Lipstick Red, and Lime Green, spouncer polka dots as shown.

5. Cut a large flower shape from the turquoise felt and a piece of white tulle. Repeat with the other colors of felt, making each flower a little smaller. Hot glue the flowers together and add a rhinestone in the center. Hot glue to the hat.