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Citra Solv Art Prints

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Hi cool crafters! Mahe Zehra here! As many of you know, I have a blog at www.alteredupcycling.com and I love making beautiful papers out of what some people might call trash. This is why when I first came across this art technique I couldn’t wait to try it. The geeky scientist in me was so very intrigued to see how chemistry led to art.

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Citra-Solv  is a natural degreaser/cleaner and it reacts beautifully with old National Geographic magazines. It works best with National Geographic since the inks used in printing the magazine react with the elements used to make Citra Solv. The technique is very simple. Follow the steps below to make your own art prints!

1. Get some old National Geographic magazines from your thrift store/old book store. The older the better.

2. Citra Solv is a natural cleaner that is found in some grocery stores. If you can’t find it locally you can order it online and it comes in many different sizes.

3. Gather your magazines and Citra Solv, a small dish and a foam brush. Pour some Citra Solv into the dish.

4. Use the brush to ‘paint’ the pages of your choice in Citra Solv. Go for pages heavy with imagery.

5. Go through the entire magazine in this way, shut it, and let it ‘cook’ for 10 minutes.

6. You can open up some pages to see what the prints look like. If you think they aren’t done, let the magazine dry for another 5 minutes.

7. I just hang the pages up with clothespins to dry.

Here are a few of the prints I made. Each and every time I try this technique it turns out different. I love using these pages in mixed media art, art journal layouts and even cards. What will you do with yours?

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Making Mixed Media Paper

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Hello Everyone!

This weekend I’m going to take some time out to craft and since we’re getting a lot of sunny days here in my part of the world I am thinking of making some mixed media paper. My version of mixed media paper is super green. I love to upcycle everything that I possibly can and my mixed media paper project is no different.

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I use old calendars, paper scraps, napkins, tissue paper and paint to make large sheets of paper that can then be turned into beautiful arts and crafts projects.

To make your own mixed media paper you will need:

1. Old calendars or other large pieces of card stock or paper to use as a base for your sheets.
2. Scraps of paper, book paper, wrapping paper, old cards and napkins.
3. Sheets of white tissue paper.
4. Large paint brush.
5. Mod Podge or Elmers Glue mixed in with water in a 1:1 ratio.
6. Acrylic paints of your choice.

The steps are simple and can also be viewed on my YouTube video – click here!

1. Cover your work surface with some newspaper as things can get messy.
2. Tear all your paper scraps into squares and rectangles.
3. Lay your calendar page or other base sheet on your surface and brush on a layer of Mod Podge. You can also use Elmers thinned with water 1:1 ratio – I find that this is much more economical.
4. Layer all your paper scraps onto the base sheet. Now cover again with a layer of glue.
5. Add a sheet of white tissue on top and add another layer of glue.
6. Let the sheet dry.
7. Now add paint to the surface. Take care to work with a few colors that have been watered down. You don’t want the patterns showing through to be blocked completely. Add a light paint wash to the top so that all the designs and layers show through.
8. Let your sheet dry.

Voila! You’re done!

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I use these sheets in all sorts of projects, from making books and scrapbooks to creating mixed media art pieces. You can find more projects for this paper in my book Mixed Media Art Adventures, available on Amazon.


 

Stand Up Paper Dolls

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Hello Everyone! It’s Mahe Zehra here, the name is a bit long so I mostly go by MZ. I am a mathematician and data scientist by training and run a software company during the day. I am an avid mixed media artist and green crafter by nature and run a small green crafting company called Altered Upcycling. At Altered Upcycling, I am always looking for more ways to save resources while crafting, so more often than not you will see me battling with soda cans and plastic packaging and trying to turn them into beautiful pieces of art.

In this blog post – my first for Cool2Craft… YAY! … I am going to share with you some stand up paper dolls that I make using paper scraps, my Mixed Media Doll Stencils available here, and some small shampoo bottles. CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR GIVEAWAY WINNER – Mirta M. De Jesus!

OK! Let’s get started!

Materials

Mixed Media Doll Stencils
Pencil or pen
Lightweight cardboard or cardstock
Scrapbook paper scraps or printed scrapbook card stock scraps
Scissors
Glue – for paper
Paper clips
Small shampoo bottle or shampoo tube
Embellishments – small assorted paper flowers, rhinestones, etc.

First let me tell you a little bit about the stencils. I designed my Mixed Media Doll Stencils in the hopes that people would start using their paper scraps to make really beautiful little paper dolls. Each stencil kit comes with 3 body postures, 5 dress designs and lots of options for hair and hats.

To start this project, assemble a paper doll using the Victorian dress. This dress has a full skirt and makes it easy for the small shampoo bottle to fit inside.

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Create two dolls — one with a front view and one with a back. The dress is identical in both instances and the face is really the only thing that changes. One doll has a face while the other has the back view of her hairstyle.

The dolls are easily decorated using stencils, scraps of pattered card stock (for added strength) and glue. If you choose to use scrapbook paper, glue it on a piece of scrap card first. This will help to reinforce the design.

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To assemble, glue the top sections together along with the head and arms and a bit of the body. Let this dry completely. To stand the doll, push the bottle inside and glue the sides of the dress together to hold the bottle in place. This can be slightly tricky so use paper clips to secure the dress edges while the glue dries.

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Once this is done your doll is ready for embellishments! Add hats, wands, wings, beads, bling, rub-ons, stickers and whatever else you have in your crafting stash to make this beauty your own.

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Click here for the awesome giveaway!


 

 

 

Paper Flower Corsage with Spellbinders Die-cuts

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This flower corsage is actually quite versatile – you can pin it to your lapel, use it on a gift package, or embellish the lid of a box or jar with it. I combined three different sets of Spellbinders dies to create this one-of-a-kind paper flower corsage.

Watch my Spellbinders Paper Flower Corsage YouTube video tutorial!

Supplies

Spellbinders Grand Calibur diecutting machine
Spellbinders Nestabilities Majestic Elements – Opulent Ovals die set
Spellbinders Shapeabilities – Foliage Two die set
Spellbinders Shapeabilities – Spiral Blossom One die set
Green and yellow cardstock
Crinkly handmade art paper
Glitters – green and yellow
Small paintbrush
Craft glue
Buttons, small bead and bling
Pencil and small cylindrical vial

1.  Die-cut a medium solid oval from green cardstock and a smaller lacy-edge oval from yellow cardstock – glue the yellow on top of the green oval, off-center to create a base for the corsage. Die-cut some of the smallest ovals to use as accent leaves.

2.  Die-cut two spiral blossoms from crinkly art paper. Starting with the outside end, wrap one spiral around a pencil. Keep the bottom edge of the spiral flush against itself and add a little glue in a few spots as you coil it around the pencil to create a tight bloom. Slide it off the pencil and let dry.

3.  Make a larger bloom with second spiral by wrapping it around a small vial (I used my glitter container) instead of a pencil.

4.  Die-cut a variety of leafy foliage vines from the green and yellow cardstock. Brush glue on the leaf tips and sprinkle glitter over the glue.

5.  Stack and glue 3 buttons together with a smaller one on top, then glue the stack inside the hole of the larger bloom. Add glitter to the tips of the petals.

6.  Glue a small bead inside the center of the smaller bloom.

7.  When all the glitter and glue is dry, arrange the blooms, accent leaves and vines on the oval base as and glue into place as desired.

8.  Glue on some crystal bling accents in a few places; glue a pin finding to the back if you plan to wear it.

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Silly Super Hero Mask by Candace Jedrowicz

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Do you remember wearing a towel like a cape and pretending to fly like Superman when you were a kid?  Candace Jedrowicz never stopped doing that.  She can be seen flying around town all the time.  Not really, but she’d love to!  Candace shares a fun and easy super hero costume that can be made with things you have around the house!

Watch Candace’s Silly Super Hero Mask YouTube video tutorial!

 

Materials:

Felt in a light and dark color or paper plate and markers/crayons
Aleene’s No Sew Glue or Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
Scissors
Glitter
Black eyelash yarn or colored paper
Glittery foam or paper plate for the crown and chest emblem
Gems or whatever your super hero wants to decorate with
Long sleeve shirt
Letters for the chest emblem – foam, paper. felt. wrapping paper, etc.
Headband or ribbon
Clothespins
Gator clip
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Super Hero Printout 2

1. Print out the patterns and cut them out.

2. Use regular paper to measure the mask for the eye holes before cutting on your material.

3. Glue the mask to the bottom of your crown and decorate with gems or glitter.  Cut pieces of eyelash yarn or paper to fit under the upper eye hole.  Glue in place.  If you use paper, it’s a good idea to cut the lash slits before gluing on.

4.Whether you are using material or paper, glue a piece of material to the inside of the headband. Cover the outside of the  headband and material with glue and wrap the mask and crown around it.  Make sure it’s not too close to the eye holes.  Use clothespins to hold it together as it dries.  If you don’t want to use a headband – make holes on the outer points of the mask and use ribbons for ties.

5. Make your chest emblem any shape you want and glue on letters, or a logo or anything at all  Glue the gator pin on the back, reenforce with material.  I used felt on the back with a slit so that I could slip the clip through.

6. Use your imagination do the magic and have FUN!


 

 

Ann Butler Unity Blog Hop – Tiled Heart Box by Candace Jedrowicz

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Ann Butler has designed a new set of stamps that she calls Faux Quilting (for their patterns) and they are way too much fun!  There are several packs of designs to choose from, so the combinations and uses are fan-zillion-tastic!  Ann set up this blog hop to show many of the ways the stamps could be used.

 


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I had the pleasure of working with the Leaves All Over and Stripes.Dots.Hearts. sets.  I immediately pictured polymer clay tiles textured with Ann’s wonderful designs!  And, oh my heck, WHAT FUN!

Materials:

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Polymer clay – I used black
Pasta roller
Water Spritzer
Tissue blade
Metallic paste – I used Inka Gold purple and green
Clear dimensional sealer
Aleene’s Super Thick Tacky Glue
Aleene’s Decoupage matte
Gems
Papier mache box
Decorative paper
Scissors
Paint brush

 

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Anns Heart Box 2 Ann Butler Unity Blog Hop   Tiled Heart Box by Candace Jedrowicz Use your tissue blade to cut irregular shapes and sizes.I bent the blade to make curved edges.Bake the clay according to the directions.
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Ann Butler Designs & Unity Blog Hop !

You can find the Ann Butler Designs Stamps Collection on Unity Stamps Co.

1. Ann Butler
2. Beth Watson
3. Candace Jedrowicz
4. Candice Windham
5. Carol Heppner
6. Cheryl Boglioli
7. Cindi Bisson
8. Debra Quartermain
9. Denise Clason
10. Eileen Hull
11. Fabrizio (Fab) Martellucci
12. Jen Goode
13. Jonathan Fong
14. Kristin Kelly
15. Lisa Fulmer
16. Lorine Mason
17. Madeline Arendt
18. Theresa Cifali

 

Perfect Paper Bunting with KellyCraft’s Laser Square by Lisa Fulmer – DIY Craft

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Paper bunting is a really cute way to accent an assortment of framed art or photos on the wall, decorate your mantel, or add a touch of whimsy beneath a book shelf. The KellyCraft™ Get-It-Straight™ Laser Square makes it easier to perfectly align all your pretty punched-out papers as you create each flag of the bunting.

Watch my KellyCraft Perfect Paper Bunting YouTube video tutorial!

 

There’s still time to enter to win your very own Laser Square! Check out this week’s Kelly Craft Laser Square Giveaway (giveaway ends 4/21/13)!

Supplies

  • KellyCraft Get-It-Straight Laser Square
  • White cardstock – cut to 8.5″ square
  • Scrapbook papers in coordinating patterns/colors
  • 1.5″ square punch and small hole punch
  • Paint markers
  • Scissors
  • Dry adhesive and craft glue
  • Ribbons and buttons

1.  Cut each square of cardstock in half on the diagonal to make desired number of flags.
2.  Position flag inside laser square (hold in place with a bit of tape if needed).
3.  Move laser pointer to shine a line approximately 3/8″ inside the edge of one side of flag.
4.  Punch several squares from each scrapbook paper; cut a few into triangles.
5.  Move the laser pointer as needed to position squares and triangles on the flag as desired, approximately 3/8″ apart, alternating patterns/colors.
6.  Apply dry adhesive to each square and triangle, then press back into position, using the laser pointer as a guideline.
7.  Glue buttons on the squares to accent.
8. Punch a small hole in the corner of each flag, then thread ribbon through to tie the flags together with little bows.

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Mini Dog Adventure Book by Candace Jedrowicz

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Pets bring so much love into our lives!  Candace Jedrowicz shares a fun and easy way to create a loving tribute to the family pet, with humor and panache.  This mini book is die cut, decorated and then assembled with buttons and wire.

Watch Candace’s Mini Dog Adventure Book YouTube video tutorial!

Materials:

Aleene’s Tacky Line Runner
Aleene’s Tacky Glue Pen
Sizzix Originals – Album Cover & Page Die (or hand cut pages)
Cardboard for the book covers
Card stock for the pages and to cover the cardboard covers
Decorative card stock
Photos and/or drawings
Printed story
Embellisments – gems, tag board bits, letters, fibers and charms
Felt pen to edge the pages – I used black
Buttons  – I used Blumenthal Lansing buttons
20 Gauge wire – I used copper
Round nose pliers
Chain nose pliers
Wire cutters

1. Cut 2 covers and several pages.  Print the story with plenty of space to cut out the words and phrases.

2. Cover the cardboard book covers with decorative paper using the Tacky Line Runner.  Tape pages back to back, as well.

3. Edge the cover and pages with black felt pen.

4. Lay out the story and photos in order.  Cut backing for the photos from complementary papers.  Be sure to leave space for the buttons which will line up with the spine holes on the front of each page.  Decide the placement of your embellishments.Mini Dog Book Side Mini Dog Adventure Book by Candace Jedrowicz

5. Tape photos and backing onto the pages.

6. Glue on buttons and embellishments.

7. Cut 3 6″ pieces of wire.  Feed one wire through each set of spine holes.  Use the round nose pliers to wrap spirals on each end of wire, wrapping right up to the book.  The wire allows the book to open and close easily.


 

Gypsy Tree Canvas by Candace Jedrowicz DIY Craft

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Candace Jedrowicz is mesmerized by gypsy style.  It’s not surprising that she would turn to that soulful, expressive style to tell a story about her path. Using die cuts and doo dads, Candace shares a recipe for layered dimensional wall art.

Watch Candace’s Gypsy Canvas Wall Art YouTube video tutorial!

Materials:

Aleene’s Super Thick Tacky Glue
Aleene’s Original Tacky Pen
6″ x 6″ Canvas
Gypsy caravan photo from Wikimedia commons
Decorative Paper – I used an embossed paper as a key part of my design
Black craft foam
Die cutter and dies – Tim Holtz Mini Bird and Cage, Tiny Tabs and Tags, Mini Lock and Key Set and Branch Tree
Doo dads – I used a polymer clay face (push mold Art Doll Faces), Tulip Beads in a Bottle dots in several colors (make them ahead on waxed paper so they’ll peel right off) – or you can use anything you have to personalize
Metallic paste – copper
Lumiere paint – pink gold, blue, bronze and olive
Sand paper
Brown acrylic paint
Brown distress ink pad
Drill with 1/8″ bit
Needle tool
6″ piece of 20 gauge copper wire
Round nose pliers
Chain nose pliers
Assorted fibers

1. Cut decorative paper to fit front and sides of the canvas.  Glue in place with a thin, even coat of Super Thick Tacky Glue.  Allow to dry.

2. Cut 1 tree of embossed paper and one from black craft foam.  Glue together with Tacky Pen.  Allow to dry.  very gently run a finger tip dipped in copper metallic paste over the top of the embossed design.

3. Cut a 1″ x 6″ piece of foam.  Position the foam on the Branch Tree die so that it just covers 1/2″ of the bottom of the die.  This leaves some foam sticking out, fold it over the top plate to avoid tearing.  Run it through the cutter.  Use a finger to paint olive Lumiere paint.

4. Cut a small tag from the Tiny Tabs and Tags die from foam and 1 from embossed paper.  Glue together,  Allow to dry.  Treat with copper metallic paste as you did with the tree.

5.  Paint your moon face with pink gold Lumiere.  Allow to dry.

6. Cut a foam key from the Mini Lock and Key Set and a cage and bird from the Mini bird and cage set.

7. Paint the key bronze, the birdcage copper and bronze and the bird blue with bronze beak and feet.  Glue the bird to the cage.  Allow to dry.

8. Sand the edges of the paper on the canvas until they are smooth and the canvas shows through.  Paint the exposed canvas with brown acrylic paint and spread a bit onto the papers.  Allow to dry.

9. Drill a hole in the center of the bottom of the canvas.

10. Fit the bottom of the tree into the strip of green foam and glue in place on the canvas using the Tacky Glue Pen.

11. Color the edges of the photo with distress ink and glue into place with the glue pen.

12. Add the foam key and Beads in a bottle dots with the glue pen.

13. Cut 12″ of assorted fibers.  Feed them through the hole in the small tag and tie.  Glue the tag in place.

14. Make a hole in the top of the bird cage with the needle tool.

15. Wrap the copper wire around the round nose pliers and crimp with the chain nose pliers to make  loop.

16. Slide the bird cage on to the loop, slide the wire ends through the hole in the canvas and bend the ends down to secure it.

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Layered Photo Fun by Candace Jedrowicz

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Grab your photos, camera and scissors and get ready to make big fun!  Candace Jedrowicz shares an easy layering method for creating whimsical family photos.  Featured on Cool2Craft TV.

Watch Candace’s super cool Layered Photo Fun YouTube video tutorial!

Materials:

Printed photo of anything – I used a photo I took of the Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas
Digital camera
Card stick (to print on)
The ability to re-size a digital photo
Scissors
Pop dots
Aleene’s Tacky Tape Runner
Aleene’s Tacky Glue Pen
Glitter

1. Using your printed photo as a guide, take photos of family members in positions that will work well with your subject.  Since the Luxor Hotel has giant sphinx in front of a pyramid, I had the kids wear an Egyptian headdress and pose as though they were riding the sphinx, holding his beard and leaning against him.

2. Upload the posed photos.  Take measurements for where you want your figures to fit in the photo and re-size them.

3. Print as many photos of the original photos as you need to make your layers.  I needed a layer for the sphinx and one for the pyramid, so I could put a little one riding the sphinx.  I was able to cut out the sphinx’s face from the first layer, so I didn’t need a whole additional print.

4. Print, cut out your figures and arrange them in the layers.

5. Add pop dots to areas that will stand out and secure the layers together with Tacky Tape.

6. Use the glue pen and glitter for highlights.

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