April 23, 2012
Do you burn your fingers when using a hot glue gun? It is a common occurrence that has happened so many times to people. Well did know we here at Plaid have a solution for this issue? It’s a product called a Hot Glue Gun Helper. Take the sting and mess out of working with hot glue guns. Our one-of-a-kind set of must-have tools will banish your hot glue woes! Set includes a mat, finger caps, tweezers, a paddle and a press wand. Cathie Filian and Steve Piacenza created this hot glue gun helper. This week on Paint Me Plaid we are giving away one hot glue gun helper, to a lucky reader. The winner will be selected and announced on Friday April 27th.
To enter this giveaway, all you have to do is leave a comment below telling us what you would use this product to create? For extra entries (leave a separate comment for each):
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The contest will end Friday April 27th, 2012 at 12 noon EST.
April 23, 2012
Mother’s Day is right around the corner, why not make something cute and useful for Mom? This jewelry box by Cathie and Steve is a great craft to make and gift to give. Mom can keep all her trinkets, and jewelry organized in this classic looking box. Here’s how to make it.
First, gather these supplies:
- Plaid ® Hot Glue Gun Helpers
- Mod Podge ® Professional Tool Set
- FolkArt ® Metallics – Royal Gold, 2 oz.
- FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors – Parchment, 2 oz.
- FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors – Autumn Leaves, 2 oz.
- Mod Podge ® Matte, 8 oz.
Wood jewelry box, Small screwdriver, Foam paintbrush, Loose bristle paintbrush for dry brushing, Ruler, Scissors, Scrapbook papers, Hot glue, Ribbons, and Silk Flowers
1. Using a small screwdriver, remove the hinges from the jewelry box. Paint the lid of the box with Autumn Leaves (You will only need to paint the base of the lid and the edges). Paint two coats if needed. Paint the base of the box with Parchment paint.
2. Dip the end of the loose bristle brush into Royal Gold paint. Tap of the excess paint so the brush is almost dry. Lightly and quickly brush over the entire lid and base of the box. Use a real light hand so the colors still show through.
3. Trim the scrapbook papers to fit the top and side of the box. To create a tattered edge, tear the tops of the papers so the core shows.
4. Working on top of the lid, apply a thick coat of Mod Podge. Apply Mod Podge to the back of the trimmed paper. Position the paper on top of the lid. Use the brayer to smooth the paper and to prevent air bubbles. Wait 15 min. and top coat with a layer of Mod Podge. Repeat this step on the sides of the box.
5. Once all the Mod Podge is dry. Hot glue ribbon around the base of the box. Glue ribbons and silk flowers to the top of the box.
April 21, 2012
Color blocking is a huge trend right now. I am sure you have seen this trend on many handbags and shoes. Well in case you are looking for an affordable way to stay in style, watch this video to learn how to color block your own accessories. In this video you will see how a girl transformed a handbag and shoes, with several Apple Barrel colors. I love this idea, and she gives great easy to follow instructions on how to recreate this look. This is a great craft project to tackle over the weekend. Once your friends see what you have created, I bet they will be so jealous and want to copy your style. To watch this video view below, or click here. Enjoy!
April 20, 2012
A hot trend right now for spring and summer fashions are embellishments. This is a trend that can be seen on anything ranging from handbags, to tops. We here at Plaid want to share a cool way you can embellish your jeans with some sequins. Typically when you think of Plaid thoughts of paint, and mod podge may come to mind, but did you know we make sequins too? We are just full of surprises, and great products. Let me introduce you to Plaid’s no sew iron on sequins. Ideal for trimming t-shirts, evening wear, skating and dance outfits, costumes, jeans, and home décor/craft projects! Each package features complete application instruction, 1 sheet of iron-on placement film and care suggestions. A blog friend of ours, Anne from Wobisobi, used our sequins to re-style her jeans. This is such a chic project. It took barley anytime to create, and only requires a few supplies. Click here to see how Anne made this.
April 19, 2012
This week flew by so fast. Can you believe tomorrow is Friday? Oh well to celebrate the weekend coming up, let us announce the winner of this week’s great giveaway. This week we are giving away a variety pack filled with Martha Stewart goodies. The variety pack includes, 1 Holiday Icons stencil pack, 1 Basic Brush Set, and a 5 color assortment of Martha Stewart paint. The lucky winner is…
(winner has been contacted by email)
Thanks to everyone that entered our giveaway this week. We will be having another shortly, so be sure to check back on Paint Me Plaid to be notified. Have a great weekend.
April 19, 2012
Have you crafted with chalkboard paint before? If you haven’t it’s something you should consider. Chalkboard paint allows you to create a chalkboard writing surface on wood, terra cotta or other materials. FolkArt Chalkboard Paint is great for decorating furniture, party favors or gifts. Below we are going to show you how to create a chalkboard surface.
Lightly sand project surface (if needed).
Base-coat with a FolkArt Acrylic Color. Let Dry. Mask off area where you will apply Chalkboard Paint with tape.
Apply 2-3 coats of FolkArt Chalkboard Paint. Let dry between coats. Peel away tape while paint is wet.
Condition by rubbing entire surface with chalk and erase.
Your surface is now ready to be used. Enjoy!
April 19, 2012
Earth Day is right around the corner. This is a great day to remember how we all can work together, and do our part to keep our planet clean. One way I do my part to help the Earth is by taking my canvas tote with me to the grocery store. In celebration of Earth Day, I wanted to decorate one of my totes. Here is a great project anyone can create that will not only promote Earth Day, but also give your basic tote a new look. Keep the Earth happy by proudly toting this recycled tote. Julie Lewis designed this tote, and used primarily FolkArt fabric paint. The supplies needed for this are listed below, along with instructions.
- FolkArt ® Fabric™ Paint – Brush On – Wicker White
- FolkArt ® Fabric™ Paint – Brush On – Yellow Citron
- FolkArt ® Fabric™ Paint – Brush On – Coastal Blue
- FolkArt ® Fabric™ Paint – Brush On – Licorice
Round brush #3
Liner brush #1
Flat brush ½”
Ultra Fine Point fabric marker
Piece of poster board
White canvas tote bag 13.5” x 13.5”
- Transfer earth pattern to tote bag. Insert board.
- Paint Earth Coastal Blue and Yellow Citron. Mix equal parts Wicker White and Coastal Blue for top area of earth.
- Paint arms Licorice. Apply face with black marker.
- Heat set paint referring to bottle instructions.
April 18, 2012
When it comes to home accessories, what is the one item you can never have enough of? Coasters! It may be just my personal opinion, but I think coasters are very handy to have around. My only issue with coasters is that often times I don’t find very stylish ones when out shopping. No worries I plan on taking a cue from a blog friend of ours, Crystal. Crystal is a crafter and blogs on A Pumpkin and A Princess. She created these colorful and stylish washi tape coasters. This is such a great project and it only requires two supplies, washi tape and mod podge. To see how Crystal made these coasters, visit her blog here.
April 17, 2012
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