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.
Have you ever crafted with gilding? Do you know what gilding is? It’s ok if you don’t. You are not alone. Gilding is a craft finishing technique. It is very easy to learn, and easy to do. Gilding produces luxurious results, which can enhance any project you create. This technique is a great for all skill levels, and it’s even better for beginners to tryout, since you do not have to be an expert to use gilding.
So what exactly is gilding? Gilding is the art of applying metallic leaf to a surface. Gilding can be applied to almost everything, wood, metal, glass, and fabric. Gilding comes in a variety of colors including gold, silver, and copper. Gold gilding is typically the most popular color selected by crafters, but all colors produce a wonderful finish. Before you begin gilding you will need to make sure your surface is prepared correctly. This means it should be smooth, without any bumps or cracks.
So now that you know more about gilding, it’s time to try this technique out for yourself. Don’t be afraid to use this technique on your next craft project. Below are some images you can use for inspiration. Wondering where to buy gilding? While there are several brands out there, we recommend Martha Stewart’s liquid gilding. This is a one-step leafing paint that creates a rich metallic luster as beautiful as precious metal. It can be used on any paintable surface. Buy this gilding at your local Michaels, Jo-Ann Fabrics & Craft Stores, or Plaid’s online store.
A mirror with gold gilding
Pumpkins painted with gold and copper gilding
A necklace painted with Martha Stewart’s gold gilding. Designed by Glitter N Glue.
Martha Stewart liquid gilding
Tomorrow on “The Martha Stewart Show” tune in to get prepared for Easter. They are having an egg-cellent celebration, and there will be tons of how to decorating ideas being shared. Learn how to create the project on the cover of Martha Stewart Living’s April issue. It’s pictured above, and was created using Mod Podge. Check your local listings to find out when “The Martha Stewart Show” will air in your area. You definitely will not want to miss this episode. Enjoy!
By: Candie Cooper (To see more crafts from Candie check out her blog, Candie Cooper’s Journal)
I was thinking back to my own school days. About this time twenty-five years ago my mom and I would be working on my Valentine Box. You know the ones–they house all the little notes classmates give to one another. One year it was wrapped in red paper with conversation hearts glued on, another it looked like a mini mailbox. So fun! I was trying to think of a quick-to-make-Valentine box and this is what I came up with. It’s a retro clutch disguised as a Valentine holder!
It is now the fourth week in our blog series, All About Plaid. In this series we have been introducing our readers to each brand that falls under the Plaid Enterprise umbrella. This week we would like to bring your attention to another brand we helped create, Martha Stewart craft paints. I am sure Martha Stewart needs no introduction :). She is the queen of crafts, and has been sharing her helpful tips and tricks for a long time. Plaid is so honored to be in the company of Martha Stewart, and help create some amazing craft products. Transform everything from curtains to glassware to flower pots with the first multi-surface craft paint available! Martha Stewart Crafts™ premium acrylic paints provide superior coverage for all fabric, wood, glass, ceramic, plastic, and metal craft projects. These vibrant acrylic paints are offered in a range of beautiful colors and five high-quality finishes—satin, high gloss, metallic, pearl, and glitter. Martha’s craft paints resist fading and wear, are ideal for indoor or outdoor use, and even safe for dishwashers. To see projects, and view the entire Martha Stewart craft paint inventory click here.
Yesterday there was an interesting post on Martha Stewart’s blog. I love this blog. There are always so many helpful and creative craft tips and tricks to learn. Martha had CNBC’s Mad Money host, Jim Crammer, on and taught him how to personalize a mug. The supplies used to decorate these mugs included, Martha’s peel off stencils, and Martha Stewart craft paints. Usually personalization of certain items can be a little costly. Well this is a very affordable way to personalize something. This is a great craft to create perhaps sometime over the weekend. Make sure you watch the video, it’s really funny :).
Click the link to watch this video. Martha Teaches Jim Crammer How To Craft
I am so excited for the CHA Winter show in Anaheim, CA. The Anaheim Convention Center will be packed with attendees and exhibitors, in just a few days. We here at Plaid have been preparing for this show for months, and our team is getting ready to travel west. The 2012 CHA Winter Show will be held in Anaheim, CA at the Anaheim Convention Center. The trade show floor will officially open on Sunday January 29th at 10 AM. From the time the show opens until it closes, the Plaid booth will have some wonderful activities going on, lead by some celebrity crafters. While at the show make sure you stop by our booth (#1918 & #1919), to join in on the fun of these great make it take its. We will have three make it take it stations featuring crafts from our Martha Stewart, Mod Podge, and Ring Bling brands. You are not going to want to miss this. For those of you that will be unable to attend CHA, don’t fret we will be blogging, tweeting, and taking videos of all these activities to share with you.
Sunday January 29, 2012 – Tuesday January 31, 2012
10 AM – 1 PM: Stencil a Martha Stewart tote with Marianne
10 AM – 12 PM: Discover Podgeables with Cathie and Steve
10 AM – 12 PM: Make a ring with Candie Cooper
2PM – 5:30 PM: Stencil a Martha Stewart tote with Marianne
1PM – 5:30 PM: Discover Podgeables with Cathie and Steve
1PM – 5:30 PM: Make a ring with Candie Cooper
During the third week of our Month of Martha Giveaway (Xmas Edition), the prize up for grabs was, an assortment of glitter paint colors, a patterning brush set (includes 4 brushes), and a bottle of fine crackle effect. This week’s winner is…
(Winner has been contacted via email)
Thank you to everyone that entered. If you did not win this week, don’t fret. We have one more week filled with more giveaways featuring products from the new Martha Stewart Craft Line. Be sure to check back here on Monday to find out when the next giveaway begins, and the product(s) we will be giving away next.
During the second week of our Month of Martha Giveaway (Xmas Edition), the prize up for grabs was, an assortment of glitter paint colors, a stencil brush set (includes 6 brushes), and a stencil scroll pack. This week’s winner is…
TJ Brown Armstrong
(Winner has been contacted via email)
Thank you to everyone that entered. If you did not win this week, don’t fret. We have two more weeks filled with more giveaways featuring products from the new Martha Stewart Craft Line. Be sure to check back here on Monday to find out when the next giveaway begins, and the product(s) we will be giving away next.
During the first week of our Month of Martha Giveaway (Xmas Edition), the prize up for grabs was, an assortment of glitter paint colors, a 6 oz. bottle of glitter finish, the 3 piece utility brush set, and an adjustable striping brush. This week’s winners are…
(Winners have been contacted via email)
Thank you to everyone that entered. If you did not win this week, don’t fret. We have three more weeks filled with more giveaways featuring products from the new Martha Stewart Craft Line. Be sure to check back here on Monday to find out when the next giveaway begins, and the product(s) we will be giving away next.