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Quick and Easy Angel DIY Pallet

 

 
Greetings!  Today I am excited to share this adorable homespun angel I created using Clear Scrap Mini Angel Pallet Shape  and a few scraps of burlap and lace and a little paint that I had laying around my craft space. I love creating quick and easy projects during this time of the year!  It helps me with last minute gifts and to still keep my creative juices flowing! 
 
So lets grab our supplies and get started!
 
Start by painting your  Clear Scrap Mini Angel Pallet Shape.  
 
Gather a large piece of lace in the center and adhere to your angel pallet.  Repeat for other wing. 

 
Cut buralp scrap and gather at the top. 
 
 
 Adhere to pallet for your angel's dress. 
 
Add jute bow to finish your angel! 
 
 
I hope you are excited to get creative with your supplies!

 


Autumn Flowers

Hello, Kelly Parker on the blog today with Clear Scraps Mini Shakers creating this fall-themed floral canvas to hang on the wall. 
 
I started by painting my canvas in green, let it dry then using teal paint with a bit of water over the green to create a mottled effect on the canvas. You can see that the paint doesn't have to be smooth and completely cover the canvas as it will have several layers of paint on it. 
 
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Here I am applying the teal paint and taking some of it off with a paper towel.
 
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I then used my Mini Shaker Mason Jar and filled it with the Ocean colored sequins to mimic water. I then let the shaker dry and painted the "table" on the bottom. To assemble the piece, I glued down the shaker jar, then painted the flower stems in the background, using hot glue, I added the flowers. Then added the sequins to the background. 
 
I now have a fall home decor piece hanging on my wall! 
 
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Enjoy and thanks for stopping by! 

GTB Pumpkin Fall Decor

Hi Ya'll,

Tami with you here on the blog today, and it's just a few days before Thanksgiving. A time where hopefully we are all feeling GTB - Grateful, Thankful and Blessed.

Clear Scraps has an XL Wood Quote with just that sentiment on it. It fits perfectly on the Medium Pumpkin DIY Pallet Shape. I thought it would make a nice display on my Thanksgiving buffet table. 

I had just bought some Scribble Sticks and was in the mood for coloring, so I decided to try them out on the wood. They worked great on the Clear Scraps wood products; the effect resembled hand coloring...

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I started by rubbing an orange stick diagonally in one direction on the pallet, then I went the other way to create a cross-hatch pattern...

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I added in a little yellow to add some color variation...

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*note: I decided the wood piece that holds the pallet together needed to be colored orange so it wouldn't stand out. To do that, scribble with orange on scrap paper, then swirl a wet paintbrush in it. Then paint in the wood piece between pallet pieces...

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Add some shading around the edges with grey...

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I filled in the stem the same way with green and shaded with grey...

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I used a barely damp sponge to gently blend the colors. This wakes them up a bit and makes them brighter...

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I did the same thing on the XL Wood Quote, using blue and aqua on Grateful, grey, aqua and green on Thankful and green and yellow on Blessed. I also added a little shading around them with the grey. They also got the sponge treatment...

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Then just glue on the XL Wood Quote and it's all ready to display!

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SUPPLIES:

Clear Scraps: Medium Pumpkin DIY Pallet Shape and Grateful, Thankful, Blessed XL Wood Quote

Other: Ranger: Dina Wakely Media Scribble Sticks and Beacon Adhesives: 3-in-1 Glue

Tools: Sponge


Clear Scraps Heart DIY Medium Pallet--Perfect Family Day

Hi all!  Laura is here with you today, and I'm sharing a home decor project that

is a great way to remember a special family memory!

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The Clear Scraps Heart DIY Medium Pallet is great for family photos!  It's just the

right size to hold a couple of 3x4" photos matted and there is even a little room to

add an embellishment or two!  The tree paper was a good fit for the colors of my

photos as well as the family theme (thinking family tree....haha!).  I just traced the

heart on my tree patterned paper, cut the shape out, inked the edges with a brown

distress ink, and then glued to the wood pallet.  These pallets come in a lot of great

shapes, and there are also different sizes--even minis!  They are so fun to create with!

Take a peek in the Clear Scraps store, you'll find all the medium pallets HERE.   If

you'd like to check out the mini pallets (these make great Christmas ornaments or

a cute addition to any home decor project) you can find them right HERE.

Along the top of the heart shape, I added a strip of cardstock and then stickers.

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I also this "Family" Chipboard Word Title from Clear Scraps.  It's painted with

green acrylic paint, then I used a sponge applicator to dab brown on the bottom

half to give a cool ombre' type effect.  A little tip: I did go back over the center of

the word with a little light dab of green again to blend the colors a bit more to

give it a smoother transition from one color to the next.  I added a little enamel

dot to the "i" just for a fun touch to bring the yellow color in.

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I carried that through to the pictures "framing" them with more yellow

enamel dots and some little banners of green and yellow as well.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Hope you are inspired to try

crafting your own fun home decor with these medium pallets!

 

Supplies Used:

Clear Scraps:  Heart Medium DIY Pallet Shape,

Family Chipboard Word Title.

Other:  Echo Park-A Perfect Autumn paper and stickers,

enamel dots, brown and ivory cardstock, Vintage Photo

Distress Ink, green and brown acrylic paint, adhesive, foam tape.


Recipe book - Quick Coffee Cake

Hello, today I am on the blog with Clear Scraps using the Jar Mini Pallet Shape for use in my recipe book. 
I have to give you a little history on my recipe book, I started this book a long time ago, like 10 years ago and I keep adding to it with old and new recipes I find. It is a treasured item in my kitchen! I am to the point where I am going to have to start a new recipe book as this is one almost full. I have enjoyed watching my art evolve through this book. Hope you like it too!
 
For starters, I took the jar pallet apart and then glued it together as one piece. I didn't need the extra bulk in my book. I then let it dry and picked out several coordinating colors of washi tape and the recipe I wanted to use.  Below, you can see the colors of the washi tape I chose and the recipe.  
 
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I then used glue and started adding the washi tape on the jar pallet in an array of colors and patterns. The glue helped to keep the washi tape stuck down on the wood. Here is the jar with all of the washi tape applied. 
 
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I then glued my recipe on top of the washi taped jar and glued it to my recipe page. I thought about stamping on the background but in the end, I liked it just the way it was already painted!
 
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Thanks for stopping by!

Fall Medium Wood Gnome

Hi friends and happy Monday.  Jennifer here on the blog to share one of the cute new Wood Gnome Shapes! There are three different styles including the Medium Wood Gnome 1 that I  used for my project! The are so adorable and you can decorate them for just about any season/theme. 

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I  began by painting the feet of my gnome with brown acrylic paint. Only one coat is needed as the birch wood accepts the paint nicely; plus using a small amount of paint allows for the wood grain to show through! 

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I  used the same color of paint on the beard portion again using a small amount to cover the wood.  

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Once my paint was dry, I  added a coat of crackle paint to the surface.  Once that was dry, I  painted the beard with off white acrylic paint.  This helps give it some dimension and not look flat. 

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While my beard was drying, I  used my Beacon 3-in-1 Adhesive to cover the body and hat pieces with patterned paper.  I  then trimmed excess paper with scissors and an x-acto knife. A sanding tool will help smooth any edges as well as give them a distressed look. 

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I   assembled the Circle Mini Shaker Shape and added die cuts and stickers to decorate.  I  then adhered it to the center of the gnome followed by the two hand pieces. 

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I  also used a cute floral cluster to add to the hat brim as well as tied jute string around the top.

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Thank you for stopping by the blog today! You can check out all things new with Clear Scraps by clicking HERE!  Have a great day!

Additional products used:  patterned paper, die cuts, stickers, enamel dot: Simple Stories; paint: DecoArt, FolkArt; crackle paint: Martha Stewart Crafts; sequins: Recollections; border punch: EK Success; adhesive: Beacon, Thermoweb; misc: jute, sanding tool, x-acto knife


Clear Scraps DIY Mason Jar Pallet--Jar of Blessings

Hi everybody!!  Laura joining you all today with a sweet little fall home decor project!

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This was created using the Clear Scraps Mason Jar Medium DIY Pallet Shape.

To create the base on the pallet, I painted the top of the jar gray and used some

black ink to distress once the paint was dry.  Then I traced the top and bottom of

the jar on the leaf patterned paper, cut it out, inked it, then glued to the pallet.

The center was fun, I did end up covering most of it up, but it's painted and stenciled.

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I started out with the brown paint, and then set aside to dry.  Once it was

ready, I placed the Clear Scraps 6" Chevron Stencil centered in the middle.

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I used a sponge applicator to dab on orange paint for a nice pop of color.

Now that the base was set, it was time to paint the Clear Scraps Blessed

Chipboard Word Title with the matching orange paint, then set aside to

dry while I started on the NEW Mini Shaker Maple Leaf.  The frame was painted 

with green, then dabbed with some brown.  I traced it onto some patterned paper,

cut out and glued to the solid back piece, then glued the outline layers on to

build the shaker up to hold the sequins.  Next thing was to add the sequins,

then glue down the acrylic layer.  I thought I'd show a picture of the protective

plastic that is on BOTH sides of the acrylic so it doesn't get scratched or all

fingerprint filled.  I carefully peel off the back, glue it down, THEN I peel off

the other side like you can see in the picture here:

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Now it is nice and fingerprint/scratch free and I can glue down the final layer of the

 frame I painted green/brown.  Easy but such a great little feature on these shakers!

Then I just put it all together and added a few finishing touches with some paper

scraps, twine, and enamel dots. 

Thanks for stopping by today!  Stop back soon!

 

Supplies Used:

Clear Scraps:  Mason Jar Medium DIY Pallet Shape

6" Chevron Stencil, Blessed Chipboard Word Title

Mini Shaker Maple Leaf Shaker

Other:  Echo Park-A Perfect Autumn paper, twine,

enamel dots, acrylic paint--green, gray, brown, orange,

Distress Ink--Black Soot, Vintage Photo, sequins, adhesive.


Hello Fall Home Decor Project

Hello Crafty Friends!

Dana here with a Fall Home Decor Project to display on your door or wall. I love decorating my home with seasonal decorations. Clear scraps has so many products to choose from. Click Here and see what's new.

For this project I am using the Hello Fall 4x6 stencil Click Here

For the wooden base I'm using Clear Scraps Jumbo Wooden Rounded Tag shape Click Here

I also chose one of the Clear Scraps chipboard trees Click Here

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First of all I painted my Jumbo Wooden tag using Folk Art Chalk paint "sheepskin" cover the front surface and sides of tag. Let dry.

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I also painted my chipboard bare tree with brown acrylic paint. Let dry.

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Next I took my Hello Fall stencil and using some masking tape, I adhered my stencil towards the top of my wooden tag piece. Then using my Distress Inks and a ink dabber, I applied each color randomly over my stencil using a light circular motion. Make sure your stencil is secured firmly to your wood surface to prevent it from moving. Carefully lift your stencil off and then touch up any areas where the ink may show using your sheepskin chalk paint. Let dry.

Now I applied some Finnibair Rust paste to the bottom edge of my tag, using a stiff old paintbrush. Using a pouncing motion, I applied each layer of color till I achieved the look I desired. I also applied some green acrylic paint over the layer of rust paste, in scattered areas.

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After the paste dries, I took some Beacon 3 in 1 Glue to adhere my chipboard tree to the bottom of my tag. 

Then I took a Gemini die and using my diecutting machine, cut out a variety of different colored leaves from scrap papers. I then glued my leaves on some of the bare tree branches, on the ground and some below my tree to resemble them falling.

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To finish off my tag, I scattered a few glittered leaves onto the surface, some with foam dots to add some dimension. Also adhered a chipboard sentiment. 

Last I took my jude cord (included in your package) thread it through the hole in the top of your tag and tied into a knot. Hot glued a silk flower on top. 

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I hope this project has inspired you! This tag will look great hanging on your door and is sure to be a seasonal fall decor piece you can use for many years to come. 

Thank you for visiting the Clear Scraps TypePad blog! Until next time, happy crafting!

Other Supplies used: Beacon 3 in 1 Glue, Finnibair Rust paste, Distress inks: orange marmalade, mustard seed and rusty hinge. Gemini Papercraft diecut leaves, Folk Art Sheepskin acrylic paint.

 


Father Time/Mechanical Santa

Good morning all my fellow artist and mixed media lovers.... This is Dora and today we are going to make something super cool and unique. I just love Christmas!! Though, I also love "time", "mechanical", and "grunge"!! So why not put them all together? Are you ready to dive in and get started? Let's go...

In this piece I am using the Wood Deco, Clock Chipboard, Edison Light Bulb Chipboard, and lots of metal embellishments. Here is a photo of the finished pieced so you can see how it turned out. If you are inspired, grab some materials, and have some fun with me.

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So this first step is a little different than normal. I already had the wooden piece covered in crackle medium, as I was going to use it for something else, then of course changed my mind at the last minute. Set it to the side, thought about it, and now here we are making use of it once more. 

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Now I start to gather up all the things I want to add onto my panel. Including gears, wire, ornament hangers, and odds n ends. I use my sprays, paints, waxes, and texture paste to color, coat and give that grungy feel.

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This is the easiest step - I just take my black ink and distress all the sides of my focal point papers.

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Here I am using my own mixture of alcohol ink sprays for the background. You can use any color that you like. I have chosen - orange, green, brown, copper, and blue. 

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Once the background is fully dry (I use my heat tool to speed things up a bit), start laying out how you would like to see it on your panel. Take a photo if you feel like you may forget. I personally like going off the whim, so I lay it out and then put it back where I feel it looks good. 

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Once everything adhered to the panel, making sure it is dry, I use some of my bright waxes, Teal and Cream, to go over the tops of some of the embellishments. This will allow them to stand out and be seen. You don't want them to be hidden away - you want them to be brightened up a bit. 

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And there you have it. I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial on my take of Father Time/Mechanical Santa. I say that because we all have our own perception of who these people are. I see Father Time in a mechanical sense. I see Santa as a jolly guy who helps out the kids on Christmas..... So I have just combined them together as one person!! I feel it has come out rather nice and unique. Below you will find the finished panel and close up photos of all the angels. 

Be sure to check out ClearScraps and all their new goodies on the website!

As always, see you next time!!! Be bless, think outside the box, and color outside the lines!!! All the best artists do!! Happy Creating!!

 

 

 


Clear Scraps Medium Wood Gnome--No Place Like Gnome

Hi there everyone!  Laura is here with you today sharing a home decor project

with one of Clear Scraps fun new goodies, their Medium Wood Gnome!

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How cute is this guy??!!  These are so much fun to decorate!  The raw wood can be

painted, inked, sprayed, covered with paper, whatever you'd like to do to make

this little cutie your own!  On this one I used a combo of different things.  Most of

him is painted.  The beard you can see I used 2 colors to give it a lot more depth

and dimension.  I also inked around the edges of all of the pieces, which you

don't have to do, but I like the "woodsy" feel it give using the brown ink to create

shadows and layers of color.  I did also use some paper and I'm sure you can see!

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The best part is that there is a separate piece for the hat and the beard, so that

way if you want to trace around it and cut out of paper, it's super easy to do!

I did add a little embellishment to the hat, adding a band and also some decoration.

It's always fun to add a little bit of extra detail, and the fussy cut leaves, button and

twine are a perfect addition.  The other embellishment that I added on to this project,

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The word "Home" is one of the Clear Scraps Chipboard Word Titles.  They come

as raw chipboard that you paint, ink, etc.  Here I painted it with green acrylic

paint and then dabbed on a little bit of brown paint to fit with the fall woods

theme.  I turned it into a sign for him to hold by gluing the word on a scrap of

brown cardstock, and then I added more fussy cut leaves on the sign.  He just looks

like an adorable little guy that lives in the forest, doesn't he?

 

Thanks so much for stopping by today, stop back again soon!

 

Supplies Used:

Clear Scraps: 

Medium Wood Gnome, Home Chipboard Word Title

Other:

Echo Park--A Perfect Autumn papers, enamel dots, twine,

button, brown cardstock, orange, brown, green, pink and

cream acrylic paint, Vintage Photo distress ink.


Grateful Deco Wood Decor

Happy Fall Ya'll!

Tami with you today and trying to get in the mood for fall. We finally are having more cool days in Texas and it's easier to think about fall decor when you can slip into a sweater when you go for a walk. We don't get many of the gorgeous fall colors that some other areas get. I do have a pear tree out front that the leaves change colors on. But every year, a day or two after they change, the wind knocks them all off the tree! 

If I can't get the autumn colors in the nature around me, I guess I can make some for myself. And that is exactly what I did when I made this project. You could use it as part of your thanksgiving decor, but it is more of a fall project than a thanksgiving project...

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I started with a Deco Wood Shape these come in a pack of 3, so you will have 2 to leftover, for gifts or other seasonal decor.

I painted it with a base of darker brown slightly mixed with tan...

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Then I added another layer of paint, this time using Ivory and Tan; i spritzed the surface lightly to help the paint apply in a thin coat...

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After the paint dried, I lightly sanded the piece, sanding a little more around the edges...

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Next, it was time to prepare the leaves. I used 2 of the Maple Branch Chipboard Embellishments. I wanted to create the wonderful color variations that real leaves have, so after perusing my studio, I decided on my Color Bursts. Color Bursts are powders that are activated by water.

First, puff the powder in tiny scattered amounts on all the leaves. I used 3 colors...

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Then the fun part! Spritz on a little water and watch the magic happen. The Color Bursts work great on Clear Scraps Chipboard...

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I wanted a little more pop of yellow on the leaves, so I added small amounts of powder to them and dabbed them with my finger while the leaves were still damp. Set the leaves aside to dry...

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Then print out the Grateful definition, or whatever fall word or phrase you want to use...

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Cut out your sentiment and ink the top and bottom edges with brown ink, then adhere it at a slight angle to the wood shape...

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Use a file to remove excess paper from around the edges...

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Then ink the side edges...

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When the leaves on the chipboard have dried, paint the branches brown, and set aside to dry...

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When the chipboard pieces are dry, adhere to the top right and bottom left of the wood shape using 3D Dots...

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*NOTE: I'll be using the chipboard frame from the Maple Branch Chipboard Embellishment that is usually discarded on a card for my November 14 post.

SUPPLIES:

Clear Scraps: Deco Wood Shape and Maple Branch Chipboard Embellishments

Other: TCW: Ken Oliver Color Bursts: Calypso Pack and Spray Bottle, Clear Snap: ColorBox Chalk Ink and Stylus & Tips, Beacon Adhesives: 3-in-1 Glue, Brown, Tan and Ivory Acrylic Paint and 3D Dots

Tools: Trimmer, Sandpaper and Paintbrush


Featured Designer Maya Yang

Hello everyone and happy November! It's Maya on the blog today sharing a mixed media thank you album using the Thank You Wood Card and the Brick Wall Masking Stencil. The wood cards are just perfect to use as a front and back cover to a mini album! Below are the process pictures of how I created this album. 
 
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First, this is the thank you wood card pack that contains 2 wood pieces (size 3.75 x 5.75). To start this album, I painted the front and back wood pieces in pink acrylic paint.
 
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When the background paint dried, I painted another layer by adding some brick pattern using lighter pink acrylic paint and Brick Wall Masking Stencil.
 
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For the inside covers, I cut down 2 cards from a 4 x 6 journaling cards paper, trimmed them to 3.75 x 5.75, and adhered with tacky glue.
 
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Next, I chose 4 patterned papers for the inside note pads and cut them to 3.75 x 5.75. I also punched holes in the note pads and added the book rings.
 
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For the cover decoration, I chose some patterned stickers, paper flowers and burlap ribbon to decorate the front and back cover. I also tied a piece of lace ribbon on the book ring.
 
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And here is the finished back cover.
 
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I hope you are inspired to create a mini album of your own using a Clear Scraps album. Have a wonderful day! Blessings.
 
Additional Products Used:
Patterned Paper, Ephemera: Carta Bella "12 x 12 Spring Market Collection"
Paint: Master's Touch Acrylic Paint Set
Adhesive: Aleene's Original Tacky Glue
Tool: We R Memory Keepers Crop-A-Dile all-in-one tool

Harvest Gnome Girl

Hi Crafty Friends! It's Dana here with another Fall Home Decor project for you. Have you seen all the new Clear Scraps Gnomes? Aren't they the cutest? When I saw them I just knew I had to make one. For this project I used the Medium Gnome Girl.

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First off I painted the nose and hands with a peach/skin colored paint. Be sure to paint around all sides. Let dry. Afterwards, you can ink the edges with Distress Ink.  I painted borh hair pieces with Red rust colored paint. 

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For the body I used Martha Stewart Orange Sorbet glittered paint. And black acrylic paint for the shoes. Right above the body,  you can add some peach paint for part of the face. Only a small portion will be visible, once you glue all your pieces in place. This is how the body should look at this point.

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Next I chose some paper for her hat. You can use any papers you like. For my project I used Crate Papers "Hello Autumn" collection. Trace the hat piece onto your patterned paper. And cut out.

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You can then smooth any rough edges with a distress tool. Then ink the edges with Distress Ink. Glue your paper onto the wood hat piece using Beacon 3-1 Glue.  Make sure your edges are even on all sides of the hat base. You can hold these pieces together with clamps or clothes pins, till dried throughly.  Then take an exacto knife and cut along the heart shape on the hat.  Take the little wood heart shape and trace onto another paper of your choice. Cut out. Distress any rough edges and place inside the heart area on your hat. I added a puffy heart sticker to the side of the heart. Glued a paper flower above my heart sentiment. 

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For the vest I traced two pieces onto a burlap like paper. Cut them out and glued on each side of the body. Added a few buttons. Make sure you leave some space between the buttons, for the hands. Glue a piece of jute cord being each hand before adhering to the body. Glue nose in place.

For the hair braids, I cut 6 pieces of rust yarn, 7 inches long. Tied the top part with a thin piece of twine. Braid pieces together and tie at the bottom. I used hot glue to attach the braids to each wooden hair piece. Added foam tape to the back and glued each hair piece in place, matching the edges along the rim of the hat. The bows I diecut using a small bow die. Glued to the bottom of the braids and added a gem in the middle. 

Last I glued a few tiny paper leaves to the twine strand. 

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I hope you've enjoyed this project. Check out the Clear Scraps website and see all the new gnomes available and other great products. Click Here

Thanks again for visiting the Clear Scraps TypePad blog! See you soon!

Dana

Other Supplies: Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Crate paper "Hello Autumn" papers, acrylic paints, twine, Beacon 3-1 Glue 

 

 


Witch Hat Mini Shaker Pallet

Hello friends! It's Jennifer on the blog today to share a fun Halloween themed project with you  (call me weird but Halloween is my favorite holiday)!   I  also love to create Halloween projects so I  was so excited to see new fall themed Mini Shaker Shapes released this year!  The Witch Hat Mini Shaker is the focal point of my project and I'm going to show you how I  put everything together! 

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I  began by painting the Rectangle 12x10 Medium DIY Pallet Shape with black acrylic paint. It just needed one coat as the birch wood accept the paint nicely.  I  set my pallet aside to dry to work on my Mini Shaker.

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I  adhered a fun Halloween patterned paper to the chipboard base of the shaker using my Beacon 3-in-1 Adhesive.  I  then trimmed excess paper with scissors followed my using a sanding tool to smooth any rough edges. 

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After affixing the two chipboard frames, I  filled my shaker with sequins and small glitter. I  did overfill my shaker a bit but it was done by accident! I  affixed the acrylic top piece and held in place to dry with clips as shown.  You can also wait to add the clips once you adhere the top chipboard frame. 

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Here is my completed shaker! I  added orange and black bakers twine to the middle and added a bow. I  carefully measured out patterned papers to fit each slat of my pallet and adhered using my Beacon adhesive.  I  then affixed my Witch Hat Shaker to the top of the pallet again using my Beacon 3-in-1. 

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Using a cut file from my Silhouette along with silver mirror cardstock and an orange patterned paper, I  added a title to the bottom of my pallet. 

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Lastly, I  punched holes at the top of the pallet to string ribbon in order to hang my project! Wire or twine will work as well! 

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Thank you for stopping by the blog and reading! Have a great day!

Additional products used:  patterned paper:  Carta Bella; cardstock; Bazzill, bakers twine: Whisker Graphics; adhesive: Beacon; sequins: Recollections; paint: Craft Smart; cut file: Silhouette; rhinestones: Taylored Expressions: hole punch: We R Memory Keepers; misc: ribbon


Art Journal Cover

Good Morning all my fellow artists and crafters. This is Dora and today we are going to decorate a book cover. I am using this as my art journal cover, but you are more than welcome to use it how you see fit. I am using the following materials.... Swirls Flourish Stencil, Blank Wood Album Cover (plain), and the Chicken Wire Chipboard Embellishment Shape. Here is a picture of the finished product and there will be some close ups at the end of this post. Hope you enjoy creating with me today. 

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Now let's get started on the basics.... before you do anything always gesso or prime your project pieces, so that they will hold paint, and embossing better. Here I have done that with both the cover, back cover, and the pieces I will be using. 

 

The next thing I do is paint the pieces - making them appear to be vintage and old.

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While those are drying, I take the front and back cover, using a stencil, and crackle paste, create texture for the background of both side. 

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Once the crackle paste is fully dried. I begin to add paints and watercolors, for a grungy/vintage look. You can do this by spraying water on the canvas, while wet, apply the paint or watercolor. It will in turn run down and through the texture you created in the step before. As you can see below, I controlled the flow to only move in the middle and where I wanted the color to be.

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Now comes the fun part as always, laying out the design you would like on your cover. If you are afraid you may forget, please take a photo with your phone, so that you can reference it when you are reassembling it. I have chosen to use molds and clay for some of my frame, wings, and stars. Now once you are ready, use some matte gel medium to make sure everything stays in place. Paper embellishments can be stuck with regular glue. 

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Now I am going to use some matte get medium and place some mini stones along the areas that appear to be a little bare.

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Once you have everything in it's place, this step is always optional, as I do love this step, and do it frequently. Cover your focal point (especially if it is a face, animal, or family picture), to protect it from all the splatters we are going to be doing next. I am using liquid acrylic paint. Adding just a tad of water to thin it for the splatter effect.

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There you have it.... You are done and just look at what we created together. I am so happy you have joined me today in created this cover for my new art journal. 

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As always, see you next time!!! Be bless, think outside your box, and color outside the lines!!! All the best artists do!! Happy Creating!!