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Embroidery Hoop Home Decor


Tools
Stamp &/ Stencil: Paperbabe Tree Hugs stamp set
Fiskars Punches: Cross Stitch hand punch; Petal large squeeze punch; Feather large squeeze punch
Miscellaneous Tools: MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette

Supplies
Card/Paper: Watercolour card; Sheena Douglass white stamping card; Kraft card; embroidery hoop
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours: Spectrum Noir Perfectly Primary AquaTints; two shades of brown ink pads & a green ink pad
Embellishments: Wild Orchid Crafts white daisies, sheer ribbon; gems
Adhesives/Mediums: Collall all purpose glue; fun foam




1. I created pale blue and pale green watercolour washes and painted a simple landscape on watercolour paper and left to dry.

2. I stamped the Paperbabe tree trunks using a pale brown ink pad and then I stamped them again using the darker brown with the bark overlay stamp.

3. I stamped the top of the tree with the polka dot canopy to give the project a whimsical look.

4. I used snippets to cut a house and a roof shape. I coloured them with watercolour washes and left to dry.

5. I delved into my coloured snippets bag and found white, red, Kraft and green card. I punched a pile of the cross stitches until I thought there was enough and adhered them onto the house and the roof.

6. I coloured the embroidery frame with my pale green ink pad and left to dry overnight.

7. I very lightly traced around the outer edge of the hoop frame onto the watercolour landscape using a pencil and cut it out. I then used an eraser to remove any of the visible pencil marks.

8. I lined up the trees to make sure they were level and adhered the watercoloured landscape onto the back of the embroidery hoop. I ‘drew’ thin lines of glue onto the edge of the hoop and carefully positioned it onto the watercolour scene. I left it to dry overnight.

9. The next day I cut up sheets of fun foam to roughly the size of the house and roof. I attached double sided tape to the back of the house and the roof then attached the fun foam on the back.

10. I attached double sided tape and a piece of sheer ribbon to the back of the hoop and covered that with another piece of card. This means that the piece can be hung or put on a mini easel.

11. I delved back into the coloured card snippets bag and punched the tear drop five times. I also punched two little circles and adhered each petal point to one of the punched circles. Once I had the leaves of the daisy looking how I wanted I adhered the second punched circle over the top.

12. Using green/blue coloured card snippets I punched six of the feathers to use them as the leaves of the punched flowers and daisies. I adhered them to the frame.
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How to Alter a Paper Mâché Box


Tools
Fiskars Punch: mini bumble bee
Miscellaneous Tools: Martha Stewart silicon cherry blossom mould; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette; ink blending tool and foam

Supplies
Card/Paper: snippets white stamping card; Paper Mâché box
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours: DecoArt Americana turquoise acrylic paint; Luminarte Twinkling H2O watercolours
Embellishments: Sisal; pearls
Adhesives/Mediums: DecoArt white gesso; Pebeo Matt Medium




1. I got my supplies ready to go and I’ve found that for myself a piece of ink blending foam works when applying a layer of gesso.

  

2. Above left shows the box after one coat of gesso was applied. Above right shows how the box looks after two light coats of gesso.

 

3. Once the two layers of gesso were dry I adhered the air dry clay flowers to the box lid with matt gel, to ensure they, hopefully, won’t fall off.

  

4. I then applied two coats of acrylic paint to the inside and outside of the box and lid trying to avoid the pretty white flowers.



5. Once the acrylic paint was dry I started to colour the flowers, I used two coats of H2O watercolours to colour them. I punched the little bee out of snippets and then coloured them with a black watercolour pencil and gold H2O watercolour paint. I added some sisal to the centre of the flowers and attached the bees and three little white pearls.


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