April 30, 2012
Happy Monday! Today is the last day of April. Isn’t that crazy? This month flew by so quickly. On this last day of the month we wanted to share with you a romantic project to create. Debbie Saenz designed this Whimsical ‘Love Birds’ Collage Frame. Tell a beautiful story about the image you place in the frame, by creating this project. Debbie used a mixture of texture and embellishments to achieve this look. This frame collage was created with Mod Podge, FolkArt acrylic paints and mediums. Full instructions can be found below on how to make this frame.
- FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors – Light Blue, 2 oz.
- FolkArt ® Artists Pigments™ – Burnt Umber 2 oz.
- FolkArt ® Mediums – Antiquing Medium – Apple Butter Brown, 2 oz.
- Mod Podge ® Matte, 16 oz.
Wood frame, 2 pieces of coordinating antiqued blue scrapbook paper, Sheet music, Words from magazines or typed words, Bird templates, Branchlike stamp with swirls, 2 yards 1″ ribbon, 1 wooden tag, 3 small blue silk flowers, Key charm, Heart charm, 5 jump rings, Two 1½” antique brass handles, Hot glue, Hand drill, Sandpaper, and Black inkpad
- Sand rough edges of frame; wipe clean.
- Paint the outside edges of the frame and tag and inside frame opening with Burnt Umber; allow to dry then dry brush with Light Blue.
- Decoupage scrapbook papers onto frame with the upper right and bottom left corners beings the same pattern and the upper left and bottom right corners being the same pattern; refer to photo. Decoupage tag. Once dry, sand edges of frame and tag smooth.
- Trace and cut out birds using the sheet music, cut out 5 musical notes and words that say “Let Us Sing A Sweet Love Song” or any saying of your choice. Dilute Brown Antiquing Medium with water to desired color and paint over birds, musical notes and words; allow to dry then antique edges with full strength Brown Antiquing Medium; allow to dry.
- Stamp branches where birds will be perched; refer to photo.
- Decoupage birds, musical notes in place; refer to photo. Decoupage words on tag, antique edges of tag; allow to dry. Give the entire frame and tag a coat of Mod Podge to seal; allow to dry.
- Drill a small hole in the bottom of the tag and attach a jump ring with heart charm then use Mod Podge to attach the key in place on the tag, aligning holes; dry and attach 4 jump rings.
- Attach antique brass handles on each side of the top edge of the frame. Tie ribbons on each side of the front of the frame (attach tag on right side) then, with remaining ribbon, make a loop through handles and tie a bow at the top; refer to photo. Use hot glue to adhere the flowers.
December 11, 2011
This year, we’re dreaming of a White Christmas and we have a variety of home decorating and crafting ideas for you! It’s easy to add light and bright touches to your home this winter season. Check out our tips and project ideas and be sure to download our free recipe and recipe cards for Sea Glass Candy!
Create a winter wonderland in your own home:
- Use Gallery Glass to adorn ornaments, create framed art and decorate windows.
- Decorate with shades of white. Add touches of amethyst, turquoise, silver and gray as accent colors.
- Add snowman and snowflake motifs to decorate glassware and other home accents for festive holiday touches.
- Create a warm, rustic feel with weathered wood frames with simple and easy techniques. Check out the White Christmas Framed Art project below for how-to techniques.
- Check out a variety of winter projects to get you inspired.
White Christmas Ornaments
White Christmas Vase
White Christmas Framed Art
November 11, 2011
Wood frames are one of the most popular surfaces to craft with. Frames are always needed, regardless of the time of year. We all love storing our pictures in some unique frame design. Instead of buying a unique frame, why not try creating your own. This is exactly what Jennie did over at Craft-O-Maniac. Jennie created this chic stenciled frame, using some of Plaid’s new stencils from our Easy to Paint Line. Click here to see the before and after pictures, and learn how to make your own chic stenciled frame.
August 26, 2011
In case you were unaware, but I am sure you have heard by now 🙂 , the new Martha Stewart Paint Line is available now in Michaels nationwide. We can’t tell you how excited everyone here in the Plaid office has been this week. We have been so impressed with all the wonderfully creative craft projects people are making, using the new Martha Stewart paint products. Check out this glitter frame we found over on, Always Expect Moore. This personalized project is so cute. Click here to see step by step instructions on how to make this project.
August 5, 2011
I have noticed several comments from some people new to crafting, inquiring about which surface should they use FolkArt Enamel paint on? This is a great question, and the answer is that FolkArt Enamel paint can be used on several different surfaces. But are created specifically for painting non-porous surfaces (any glass, metal, ceramic). I recently came across these great craft projects I found on Keep Calm and Craft, that shows several surfaces and projects created using FolkArt Enamel paint. Check out their blog to learn how to make these projects and more. To view all the colors FolkArt paint comes in click here.