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Reverse watercolour technique with Chalk Couture
This DIY project is a simple and fun one that gives you unique yet controlled results. Let your inner child out with this easy reverse watercolour technique!
Silk Screen Stencil
Plastic - such as plastic bag, laminating sheet, page protector
Water colour paints or Chalkology Paste
Grabyour Chalk Couture supplies
Heat Embossing with Chalk Couture stencils
If you are a paper crafter you have likely dabbled with heat embossing powders and stamping. I love the way embossing powders enhance the look of your project. So of course we had to try using the embossing powders with our Chalk Couture stencils and it was fabulous creative success!
Silk Screen stencil
Heat embossing powder
Surface such as cardstock, wood
We had an idea... dangerous I know. Would heat embossing powder work with our Chalk Couture silk screen stencils? So we tested it. After much thought, we decided that ink would be the better choice over paste because the ink is made to be heat set and the paste can have negative effects when heat set.
Following the same process as normal for applying the ink--
DIY shirts with Hot mess ink background
There is nothing like creating customized shirts, whether it's for yourself or a gift this hot mess ink background will add a fun pop to your design.
Easy to do and unique outcome every time!
With just a few simple supplies we are ready to make gorgeous backgrounds. Add a silkscreen image or HTV image on top and be ready for everyone to love your outfit!
Permanent Ink 2+ colours for best results
Water & dropper
Place the sticky mat inside of your shirt or under your fabric-- this will prevent ink from bleeding through to the backside of your shirt as well as stabilize your fabric while working. Set aside
Spread ink in random places on your parchment paper. Approximately the size you want you background to be.
Drip a few drops of water on your ink.
Using a squeegee gently pull the colours together to create light blends.
Carefully flip the shirt onto your parchment paper & press down, applying the ink to the shirt.
Remove parchment and let the ink dry.
Top your beautiful background with a silk screen image or HTV.
See video below for a quick visual how-to!
DIY rolled paper flowers for shadow boxes and more
Easy to care for a beautiful every day of the year. Paper flowers make a great addition to your creative inspiration.
I love mixing paper flowers into my projects.
Rolled paper flowers are one of the easiest to create. You can cut them by hand, with an electronic machine (like Cricut/ Silhouette) or even a hand die cut machine.
Rolled paper flowers are simple to make and there are a wide variety of templates available. You can cut them by hand, use your electronic machine or die cut machine.
Personally I love the simple coil or scalloped edge ones.
Paper - printer paper or cardstock
Scissors (or cutting machine)
Quilling tool, bobby pin or toothpick
Start by cutting out your template. A simple coil shape is easiest to cut by hand. Using your quilling tool (or bobby pin or tooth pick) start at the outer edge and begin rolling in towards the center. After rolling, allow your flower to "relax" a little by letting it go slightly to loosen it's coil.
When you are happy with the shape, apply a small dot of hot glue to hold your flower on the base. If desired form & curl the top edges of your flower- depending on the template used this can enhance the look.
I love using rolled flowers to add an interesting pop to our projects. So many ways to incorporate paper flowers into your projects!
DIY long lasting stickers and labels
Water bottles, plastic cups, Tupperware labels and more. Sometimes you want to personalize them to stand out for quick identification or a joyful look to your eyes!
This easy DIY sticker will allow you to create a long lasting, washable design with ease. For yourself or for a gift these will be an easy project for you!
Iron, heat press or mini press
Stencil of choice
Permanent vinyl-- my preference Oracal 651
Grab your vinyl colour of choice. You can pre-cut a shape by hand or use your electronic cutting machine like a Cricut or Silhouette Cameo. Or you can create your design and cut it out after-- a little fussy cutting (hand cutting close to the design) can create a unique look.
* Fuzz of your stencil (Tap it a few times on a towel to remove a little of the stickiness, we don't want to pull the vinyl off it's backer yet!).
* Place your stencil as desired.
* With your inks and create, create create. Gently pull your inks across the design, remember no need for hard pressure.
*Gently remove your stencil. Wash the ink out of the stencil so you can re-use it.
*Allow your ink to dry on the vinyl, you can speed this up by using a cool air fan/hair dryer.
*Using an a heat press at 300F or an iron (med heat), heat set your inks by placing a piece of parchment between the design and your iron. Press for 30 seconds -- just long enough to set your ink but not enough to melt the sticky off your vinyl!
*Stick your vinyl to the item of choice & admire your fabulous work!
Let's STICK on the creativity!
I'd love to see your designs.
How to Heat set permanent Inks on cups,coffee mugs and more!
There is nothing like a customized coffee mug or wine glass created perfect for yourself, gifting or selling. We want that fabulous DIY design to last for days to come even after washing.
It's quick and easy with permanent inks and little bit of heat.
Let's get creative!
Here are my steps for DIY inked mugs and cups success!
1. Select your cup or coffee mug. This will be going in the oven so ensure there is no plastic that could melt on it.
2. Wipe off dust/oils with rubbing alcohol (manufacturing-store dust, finger oils)
3. Select your stencil or plan out your free hand painting!
4. If using a silk screen stencil ensure to Fuzz it (remove excess sticky by placing it on a towel or your shirt a few times). These stencils love to stick but they are reuseable so we don't want to ruin them by stretching when removing!
5. Apply your inks. If painting with a paint brush get creative. If using your stencil gently pull across the mesh with your squeegee.
6. Allow to FULLY dry. This is important or it will run in the oven instead of setting. I like to leave it overniht but if it's really humid out you may need more time. I have also used a fan blowing on my design to speed up the drying process
7. Heat set time
Place the cup/glass/mug into the COLD oven. Set the oven to 350F. Allow the cups to warm up along with the oven. .Once to temperature set the timer for 30min. Allow the cups to COOL down along with the oven.
Your ink is now ready for use!
I still recommend gentle hand washing for longest lasting results.
A Christmas Eve box tradition
Do you have a Christmas Eve box family tradition? It's very simple and can encourage family togetherness or simply a fun tradition with wonder and excitement. It's very simple to create and lots of fun to plan the contents each year!
Christmas Eve box project is part of our 12 Crafts of Christmas.. check them all out here
Let's get creative with our Christmas Eve box!
Fun to fill the box! (movie, book, snacks, pj's,etc)
Always start with a good base for your wood, check out "Prepping your Surface" This is key to any type of stencil you use. Paint your crate the desired colour.
Once your paint is dry. Apply your silk screen stencil to the crate- if it is brand new you may need to "fuzz" it off a little, this will remove a bit of the stickiness so that it doesn't adhere too well. Simply place your silk screen on the fuzzing cloth or towel, rub gently & pull up.
Gently pull your paste across the stencil design, remove excess paste. Remove your stencil. Let paste dry (this is quick!) See video below for a quick how-to.
Once your design is complete fill your box with all the Christmas Eve treats and fun.
Ideas: Movie, Story book, PJ's, Snacks & treats, Reindeer Food, small gifts, new ornament, Snowman soup. Be creative and enjoy filling your box each year!
DIY wood burn design cutting board
This easy DIY cutting board is created with wood burning so that you can safely use it for food preparation. Easy to create with a stencil and wood burning gel. You can buy pre-made wood burning gel or check out our DIY wood burning gel blog post & create your own!
This project is part of our 12 Crafts of Christmas series.
This easy DIY project will have you ready to create gifts for everyone! Teachers, coaches, friends and yourself of course!
Wood cutting board (ours was bamboo)
Wood burning Gel -- purchase or see our DIY recipe
Food grade mineral oil
Apply your silk screen stencil. Using your choice of wood burning gel, gently pull it across your design. Be careful not to go off your stencil.
Remove your stencil slowly.
Let your gel sit for a moment while you wash off your stencil.
Ensure you are working on a heat safe surface. I use a heat protecting mat & it works fabulous.
Using a heat gun/tool slowly move around your design. Continuously move the heat.
Although I have not tried it -- I have heard others set their design in the heat press or oven However, you do not have control of which sections set darker. This is why I prefer the heat tool as I can control how dark each section gets (with practice!).
Allow your design to cool and then go over your board with food grade mineral oil. Your board is now ready to be a functional decor piece!
See this project come together in the video below.
DIY Etched cookie jar
Etching ... simple, fun and permanent meaning your design can be washed by hand or in the dishwasher! Grab your favourite stencil some etching cream and get ready to wow your friends!
This project is part of the 12 Crafts of Christmas series, be sure to catch all 12 days!
Etching cream (we use Armour etch)
Stencil (silkscreen transfer)
Select your favouite stencil to etch. Ensure to "fuzz" it off. The stencils love to stick to glass-- "Fuzzing" the act of temporarily removing some of the stickiness will make removing your stencil easier as well as prolong the life of it. Remember they are reusable!
Carefully place your stencil and remove all air bubbles/wrinkles. The etching cream will sneak under if you do not do this.
Etching is permanent-- there is no fix (aside from covering it up!)
Apply a generous amount of etching cream on the silk screen part, ensure full coverage. Allow to sit for 5-20 min (longer will equal a deeper etch). Using a squeegee, scrape the excess cream off, yes you can reuse this so I just put it back into the jar.
Remove your stencil. Wash off both the stencil and your glass item. You want to stop the cream from etching so wash it off.
Enjoy your now dishwasher safe design!
Fill with your favourite cookies... try not to eat them all in one sitting. Check out our printables page for my Grandma's famous Jam Jam cookies!
See the video below for a quick how-to create this project.
A busy mom of three finding me time, therapy and fun with Chalk Couture and crafting!