April 26, 2012

Teaching Thursday: Vintage Style Plates

One of my favorite surfaces to craft on is plates. I like to use this surface, because there are so many creative things one can create with them. Take these vintage style plates. They are so elegant, and stylish. One look at these and they are sure to garner several oohs and ahhs. These vintage style plates would make a lovely Mother’s Day gift or could be the perfect accompaniment at a ladies luncheon. Try using photographs or even writing a poem or personal message. To create these plates you will need some FolkArt and Mod Podge. Below is complete list of supplies, and instructions. Have you ever created a craft project using plates?

PLAID Supplies

  • FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors – Licorice, 2 oz.
  • Mod Podge ® Gloss, 8 oz.
Other Supplies
2 clear glass dinner plates, Tissue paper from an old sewing pattern, 2 old book pages with text, Black scrapbook paper, Silhouette images or photographs, Foam paintbrush, Small detail scissors, Sandpaper

Instructions

1. Silhouette images with small scissors.

2. Tear tissue paper into 3 or 4 inch pieces. Set aside.

3. Cut each book page into a circle slightly larger than the images.

4. Use the black scrapbook paper to cut two circles approx. 3/8 inch larger than each book page (make sure it’s not larger than the base of the plate).

5. Adhere the silhouettes to the center of each book page with Mod Podge carefully smoothing out any bubbles with your fingers. Glue to the back of the glass plate.

6. Use Mod Podge to adhere the black paper circles over the book pages smoothing out any bubbles with your fingers.

7. Randomly attach the tissue papers to the back of the plate overlapping as you work allowing the papers to extend the edges of the plate. Allow to dry.

8. Use sandpaper to remove excess tissue paper from the edges of the plates. Sand towards the back of the plate in one direction.

9. Paint the base of the plate with Licorice.

Note: Wipe the plate clean with a dry cloth. Keep away from water.

April 25, 2012

An Etsy Themed Show on Martha Stewart

Just wanted to give you a heads up about some exciting news. If you do nothing else tomorrow you must watch “The Martha Stewart Show” on the Hallmark channel. Tomorrow it’s an Etsy themed show. The entire audience will be filled with Etsy sellers. On this episode you will get to see some great craft projects, a fashion show from the site’s vendors, and learn important tips on how to open up your own Etsy store. To learn more information about this show click here. “The Martha Stewart Show” airs weekdays at 10 a.m. ET on Hallmark Channel.

April 25, 2012

Web Wednesday: Martha Stewart Etched Glass Vase

Still not sure what to give your Mom for Mother’s Day? Have you thought about making something by hand? A handmade gift is very personal, and anything you make with your hands is made with love. Most mothers, and women in general, love flowers. I know I do! Here is a great project that shows you how to customize a flower vase. This etched glass vase was made with products from the Martha Stewart craft line. Kim from Sand and Sisal created this vase. Isn’t it lovely? To learn step by step how to make this vase click here. Enjoy! Below are the items you will need.

A plain glass vase

Martha Stewart Crafts Stencils

Martha Stewart Stencil Adhesive

Glass Etching Crème

Foam brush and rubber kitchen gloves

April 24, 2012

Tuesday Huesday: Color Blocking A Room

Color blocking is a design concept, and fashion trend that is very hot right now. Mainly when people think of color blocking they typically think in terms of fashion and accessories. I’m sure you have seen several color blocking editorials in the latest fashion magazines, and on mannequins in the mall, but did you know you could color-block a room in your home? This is non-traditional concept, and a daring one as well. If done correctly you can have a look like the living room pictured above. This image is from Martha Stewart, and I love the way this room was decorated. The pops of green hues against the deep neutral tones compliment each other very well. So if you are in the mood to re-decorate any room in your home, be bold and opt to color-block it.

This palette was created using FolkArt acrylic paint colors: # 954 Fresh Foliage, # 407 Kelly Green, # 467 Italian Sage, # 679 Turner’s Yellow,

 

April 23, 2012

Hot Glue Gun Helper Giveaway

Do you burn your fingers when using a hot glue gun? It is a common occurrence that has happened so many times to people. Well did know we here at Plaid have a solution for this issue? It’s a product called a Hot Glue Gun Helper. Take the sting and mess out of working with hot glue guns. Our one-of-a-kind set of must-have tools will banish your hot glue woes! Set includes a mat, finger caps, tweezers, a paddle and a press wand. Cathie Filian and Steve Piacenza created this hot glue gun helper. This week on Paint Me Plaid we are giving away one hot glue gun helper, to a lucky reader. The winner will be selected and announced on Friday April 27th.

To enter this giveaway, all you have to do is leave a comment below telling us what you would use this product to create? For extra entries (leave a separate comment for each):

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The contest will end Friday April 27th, 2012 at 12 noon EST.

April 23, 2012

Make It Monday: Jewelry Box for Her

Mother’s Day is right around the corner, why not make something cute and useful for Mom? This jewelry box by Cathie and Steve is a great craft to make and gift to give. Mom can keep all her trinkets, and jewelry organized in this classic looking box. Here’s how to make it.

First, gather these supplies:

PLAID Supplies

  • Plaid ® Hot Glue Gun Helpers
  • Mod Podge ® Professional Tool Set
  • FolkArt ® Metallics – Royal Gold, 2 oz.
  • FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors – Parchment, 2 oz.
  • FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors – Autumn Leaves, 2 oz.
  • Mod Podge ® Matte, 8 oz.
Other Supplies
Wood jewelry box, Small screwdriver, Foam paintbrush, Loose bristle paintbrush for dry brushing, Ruler, Scissors, Scrapbook papers, Hot glue, Ribbons, and Silk Flowers

Instructions

1. Using a small screwdriver, remove the hinges from the jewelry box. Paint the lid of the box with Autumn Leaves (You will only need to paint the base of the lid and the edges). Paint two coats if needed. Paint the base of the box with Parchment paint.

2. Dip the end of the loose bristle brush into Royal Gold paint. Tap of the excess paint so the brush is almost dry. Lightly and quickly brush over the entire lid and base of the box. Use a real light hand so the colors still show through.

3. Trim the scrapbook papers to fit the top and side of the box. To create a tattered edge, tear the tops of the papers so the core shows.

4. Working on top of the lid, apply a thick coat of Mod Podge. Apply Mod Podge to the back of the trimmed paper. Position the paper on top of the lid. Use the brayer to smooth the paper and to prevent air bubbles. Wait 15 min. and top coat with a layer of Mod Podge. Repeat this step on the sides of the box.

5. Once all the Mod Podge is dry. Hot glue ribbon around the base of the box. Glue ribbons and silk flowers to the top of the box.

April 21, 2012

Scene it Saturday: Create Color Block Purse and Shoes with Apple Barrel Paint

Color blocking is a huge trend right now. I am sure you have seen this trend on many handbags and shoes. Well in case you are looking for an affordable way to stay in style, watch this video to learn how to color block your own accessories. In this video you will see how a girl transformed a handbag and shoes, with several Apple Barrel colors. I love this idea, and she gives great easy to follow instructions on how to recreate this look. This is a great craft project to tackle over the weekend. Once your friends see what you have created, I bet they will be so jealous and want to copy your style. To watch this video view below, or click here. Enjoy!

April 20, 2012

Freelance Friday: Re-Style Your Jeans with Plaid Sequins

A hot trend right now for spring and summer fashions are embellishments. This is a trend that can be seen on anything ranging from handbags, to tops. We here at Plaid want to share a cool way you can embellish your jeans with some sequins. Typically when you think of Plaid thoughts of paint, and mod podge may come to mind, but did you know we make sequins too? We are just full of surprises, and great products. Let me introduce you to Plaid’s no sew iron on sequins. Ideal for trimming t-shirts, evening wear, skating and dance outfits, costumes, jeans, and home décor/craft projects! Each package features complete application instruction, 1 sheet of iron-on placement film and care suggestions. A blog friend of ours, Anne from Wobisobi, used our sequins to re-style her jeans. This is such a chic project. It took barley anytime to create, and only requires a few supplies. Click here to see how Anne made this.

April 19, 2012

The Winner of the Martha Stewart Variety Pack is…

This week flew by so fast. Can you believe tomorrow is Friday? Oh well to celebrate the weekend coming up, let us announce the winner of this week’s great giveaway. This week we are giving away a variety pack filled with Martha Stewart goodies. The variety pack includes, 1 Holiday Icons stencil pack, 1 Basic Brush Set, and a 5 color assortment of Martha Stewart paint. The lucky winner is…

CONGRATULATIONS

LeAnn H.

(winner has been contacted by email)

Thanks to everyone that entered our giveaway this week. We will be having another shortly, so be sure to check back on Paint Me Plaid to be notified. Have a great weekend.

April 19, 2012

Technique Thursday: Create a Chalkboard Surface with FolkArt Chalkboard Paint

Have you crafted with chalkboard paint before? If you haven’t it’s something you should consider. Chalkboard paint allows you to create a chalkboard writing surface on wood, terra cotta or other materials. FolkArt Chalkboard Paint is great for decorating furniture, party favors or gifts. Below we are going to show you how to create a chalkboard surface.

Lightly sand project surface (if needed).

Base-coat with a FolkArt Acrylic Color. Let Dry. Mask off area where you will apply Chalkboard Paint with tape.

Apply 2-3 coats of FolkArt Chalkboard Paint. Let dry between coats. Peel away tape while paint is wet.

Condition by rubbing entire surface with chalk and erase.
Your surface is now ready to be used. Enjoy!