Painting on silk is also not new to me, but I use gutta as a resist. Using gutta allows me to be consistent in the width of my lines. I need to work on controlling the wax in the Tjanting tool to get more consistency in the width of my lines. That will take a little practice.
Today, I created two medium-sized rice-paper batiks (10 by 10-inch). Same design, painted differently, using watercolor paint instead of dye. Because these are test samples, I didn’t want to break out the dye and I knew the watercolor paint would work just fine. The medium-sized paper batiks continue to dry. I will remove the wax from them tomorrow.
I also created two smaller paper batik images that would not take as long to dry. Impatient as I am, I wanted to make sure I was able to complete a sample or two today. These smaller samples are less complex in design, but were also a valuable learning tool. The graphic above shows the two small hearts that I created today.
The finished CHA Gallery piece is still not fully designed but will be a silk batik using dyes from I Love To Create (also on Facebook). The design will also use paper and wire.
Learn about my upcoming articles in my Simply Carol Heppner Newsletter.
By Carol Heppner
© Carol Heppner 2009
Every great party starts with an outstanding invitation design. This design should be carried through the place card and gift bag for a unified party look.
A single digital scrapbooking kit creates all of these fun projects, making them cost effective. It also allows the projects to be produced quickly so that party givers can move onto other important party preparations. Scrap Girls provided the digital kit used in this project. Visit Scrap Girls for Halloween kits and sign up for their free newsletter.
Binder Clip Place Card Holder
If you have every priced place card holders, you know that they can be expensive. Readers learn how to create coordinating place card holders from inexpensive metal binder clips, which can be found at office supply stores.
Digital scrapbook paper is used on the clip, and then embellished. These place card holders are super quick to make and coordinate with the personalized place card.
Tiny crystals embellishments provide sparkle for added richness. Iron-on crystals are secured to the design with Tulip’s clear 3-D fashion paint. Because the flexible paint is in a squeeze bottle, it allows the crafter to apply a tiny dot of paint onto the paper which securely holds the crystals - even through the mail.
All the whimsical floral accents come from one craft punch. This multi-floral punch is teamed with coordinating scrapbook paper to create orange or blue flowers with green leaves.
No party would be complete without a gift bag filled with goodies for party goers to take home. The top of the black paper bag is cut with decorative-edged scissors and a sheer black ribbon becomes the handle to the bag. A tiny, decorated green binder clip, green baby rickrack, paper flowers, and tiny crystals enhance the digital design on the face of the bag. The Velcro enclosure makes it easy to open and close the gift bag.
Invitation: 5 by 7”
Place card: 2 1/2 by 3 1/2”
Place card holder: 1 1/4 by 2 1/4”
Gift bag: 6 by 8”
Scrap Girls: Bump in the Night digital kit
McGill: Petite Petals punch
Ilovetocreate: Tulip® Gellies, clear & Tulip® Glam- it-up™ Iron-on Fashion Designs™, Silver Swirl
HP: Matte photograph paper
Velcro: Sticky Back™, black
Nicole™: 1/4” black ribbon
Offray: Black & white polka dot ribbon
Morex Corp: 1 1/2” organza ribbon
Making Memories: 3/16” copper eyelets
©Carol Heppner 2009
Congratulations to Holly Berlin on winning the Totally Creative Online Magazine Giveaway. Make sure to visit Holly's website and join her on Twitter. Also check out Totally Creative Online Magazine which is packed with craft projects.
I reviewed a free copy of their magazine and there are many great fall projects in the current issue. You'll have to check it out.
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My fall edition of my newsletter, Simply Carol Heppner, is here. Check out my Halloween craft projects and learn about my home town.
Ah, Fall. The cool air whips around your head as the golden and russet leaves rustle in the wind. You dream about those rich fall colors as the leaves crunch under your feet. “I’m inspired,” you grin to yourself as the earthy fragrance the autumn leaves kisses your nose; “to craft with these great colors. I wonder,” you ask yourself, “where I can find some fun fall projects?”
That’s easy; just pick up the fall issue of Totally Creative Magazine. The projects will fill your creative desire to bring a touch of fall into your home. There are also jewelry pieces to create as well. You won’t want to miss the tutorial on creating unique fabric to use in any of your crafting ventures. Visit Totally Creative Magazine to learn more.
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You focus on the crystals as if they are glittering stars dancing in the night. The crystals that are attached to the painted tree on the canvas sparkle to capture your attention.
Looking closer, you gasp as you notice the tree is dimensional. You wonder how it was created. The fine-crackled finish on the canvas makes it seem as if this frame has been past down from generation to generation. The age, embossed metal peeking from behind the photograph also seems to hide the true age of the frame.
You wonder, "Is it possible to create this frame? After all," you think, "wouldn't it be fun to play with those materials?" A smile creeps over your face as you realize the instructions can be found on Fave Crafts.
It is a few months way, but I love Halloween. Those who have taken my quiz on Facebook know that Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. I’m already thinking about my new Halloween mask. I don’t dress in a costume, but I love wearing a great hand-made papier mache and a beautiful black velvet full length cape that is lined in white satin (Mom made it for me many, many years ago).
This year, I’m thinking about a peacock blue and gold mask. I’m going to add feathers and maybe even some delicate chains and beadwork.
In a few weeks, I will create a new plaster cast of my face with the help of my husband or niece. That will be the form on which I will build this year’s mask.
The mask above is one of my favorites from last year.
Check out my Bewitching paper shoes in the October issue of Scrap and Stamp Arts. If you love paper arts, you will LOVE these shoes. The pattern will work with any paper design and any holiday theme. These are not just for witches!
It was a great flight down to Orlando and we really enjoyed the 2009 Summer Show. Read my review of the show and check out some new products that you might see at your local stores. It's a pdf file and you will need the free Adobe file reader to see the review. Enjoy!
Join me at the Designers' Showcase at CHA
this summer in FL. Look for me at Table 2.
September Scrap and Stamp Arts Magazine
Check out my September article on Transparency Albums. These albums are striking and make wonderful keepsakes for holidays, vacations, celebrations, and everyday life.
Along with the instructions for the albums, you will find a ton of great crafting tips.
My new article in Scrap and Stamp Arts features ATCs. Many of the ATCs were created using Scrap Girls digital scrapbooking kits.
The article also lets you in on two fun groups that you can join to swap ATCs. It’s a great way to grow and explore new mediums.
After you create your ATCs, this article will show you how you can use them to create greeting cards and displays for your home.
Speaking of Mother’s Day, the projects in this article will make a great gift when you team it with the magazine and my new book on Artist Trading Cards.
Hope you enjoy crafting with your family as much as I do mine.
My only regret was that I missed seeing a new Twitter friend who was only one block away from where I was standing.
I had charged my camera’s battery, chosen the lenses that I would take with me, packed everything nicely – only to get a “card full” error right after my first photograph. Thank goodness I had a small backup camera. These are a few of the photographs taken on that day. Hope you enjoy!
It’s a great way to combine your love of paper crafts with photographs of your family, pets, flowers, and all types of photographs that you love to take.
This book is packed with great ideas for Photograph ATCs that can be traded with family and friends, or used in other artwork.
Place them on greeting cards, combine several of them and place them in a frame, or add them to your scrapbook pages.
The small size of the Photograph ATCs allows you to use all of those scraps from other craft projects to create the ATCs.
You’ll also learn how to use more than just paper in your crafting. There are projects that show you how to use fabric, metal, and my favorite -- acrylic sheets.
Along with the beautifully displayed Trading Card and instructions, you’ll find many crafting tips and secrets with each project.
For more information, CLICK HERE. Purchase the book today!
There are three exciting articles now on the bookstand (Scott Publications):
Learn how to make this inspirational Star Book in the January, 2009, edition of Scrap & Stamp Arts. It makes a great project for a swap, wonderful Valentine's Day or Birthday gift.
Make my fun invitations for your child's next party. These colorful invitations will let your party goers know they are in for a great time.
ALL STAR ISSUE
Learn all about hybrid cards along with other great techniques from some great writers. Read more below.
Wishing you a Very Happy New Year - May it be filled with creativity.
My niece brought some fun glasses that we used on the table. Another niece and I played in the snow. Once our gloves became too wet and our fingers were far too cold, we decided it was time to get inside.