A painted canvas featuring a dreamcatcher with rainbow feathers. Included in the post are tips for anyone trying a new craft.
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If you don’t like something, you can just paint over it. Tips for anyone trying a new craft!

Have you ever painted on a canvas?

Painting on a canvas was on my bucket list. Maybe you are an expert and make those beautiful works of art that I see on Instagram. Or maybe you are super-intimidated about putting paint to brush to canvas.

woman pouring down a brown paint

A few months ago I went with a friend to a paint and sip night benefitting a Black Dog Rescue, and we were led through the steps to create a beautiful canvas featuring a black puppy playing in a bathtub. Mine certainly didn’t look like the teachers, but all of our paintings were the same.  I was happy with it, and gifted it to my mom in memory of her sweet black lab.

I haven’t painted since. I don’t own my own paints, nor did I remember to throw a canvas into my cart during my last trip through a craft store (let’s be honest…during my last time on Amazon). I’ve wanted to paint again..it was so much fun for me, but something kept me from pulling the trigger. Did I think I wouldn’t be able to paint something… discernable… without the help of a teacher?

white soft tube bottles

Fast forward to last week, and I saw a flier for an Arts and Crafts night in the community where we recently moved. Why not? I’d love to meet like-minded neighbors! I arrive to a group of fantastic ladies, am handed a canvas (and maybe a glass of wine 😉 ha ha), and told the theme is dreamcatchers. No step-by-step directions were given, although the resident Artist was full of great tips for whatever someone wanted to do. I was apprehensive…similar to how I felt in the canvas aisle!

Painting isn’t in my comfort zone… I’m a stamper and sewist!

Then the resident Artist said “If you don’t like something, you can just paint over it.” Those words were so powerful. The reminder we all need sometimes that mistakes are just that, and can be corrected.

I began creating a background: the easy first step to (let the wine kick in) get the creative juices flowing. I created a red to black ombre. I looked up to see others making beautiful blue sky and sunny yellow backgrounds. “Oh no. These ladies are going to think I’m morbid.”

A painted canvas featuring a dreamcatcher with rainbow feathers. Included in the post are tips for anyone trying a new craft.
It’s no picasso, but it’s a reminder to try new things without hesitation!

From there I just had fun with it.

No more hesitation.

I’ve been trying to improve my calligraphy, and so why not practice it in paint! I could just paint over it if it looked terrible. But I would welcome any suggestions for how to improve my writing!

One of my new friends mentioned putting a rainbow behind her dreamcatcher. If you’ve read any of my other posts, you might have noticed how much I LOVE creating with rainbows! (Check out the Rainbow Watercolor cards or these Comic cards or these colorful Blooms). But I already had the dark background… it looked like I’d just have to paint over my dark background to add some rainbow feathers! I had so much fun!

Everyone had a very VERY different looking canvas, and each had a unique personality. Great things happen when we let go of the possibility of failure.

TIPS FOR ANYONE TRYING A NEW CRAFT

  • Think about what you would do next if the project in front of you was your “craft of choice.” Would you arrange your colors nearby? Would you create a background?
  • Accept that this is new to you and out of your comfort zone. No one expects you to be an expert. 🙂
  • If you are able, observe or ask what others have done while learning the craft.
    • Look online! Tutorials are everywhere for beginners of just about everything.
    • Learning the basics can allow you to relax and enjoy your progress.
  • Ask yourself “Why am I afraid to create?”
    • Don’t compare yourself to others. You are the only one who can create like you do.
    • The only person who needs to like it is YOU.
    • Try physically putting the pen to the page (or brush to the canvas, or yarn to the needle) without making a permanent mark.
  • Don’t worry about making a mistake.
    • I can’t stress this enough. I heard a lot of anguish of other people afraid to paint because they “might make a mistake.”
    • Art is supposed to be fun. Let it be!
    • Purposefully make a mistake. Seriously! You’ll be surprised at how easily you are able to be resourceful and create something beautiful from your mistake.
    • I get messy when I’m crafting, and smudges happen. Sequins can cover those!
    • Think about what the worst-case scenario. You might need to paint over it 😉 or throw a sequin over it. It’ll be ok.
    • You can learn from your “mistakes” and try again.
  • Trust your intuition.
  • Can I recommend a glass of wine?
  • Take a break and relax. You can’t force it.
  • You got this! Have FUN!

The process of creating a design without having a plan can be really intimidating. But we all have creativity inside of us and the ability to adapt as we go. We’ve been doing it our whole lives.

I’m a newbie to painting on canvas, but so glad I tried it. I might have caught the bug! When was the last time you tried something new or out of your comfort zone? I’d love to hear about your experience! Did anything help you feel more comforable? Comment below. How did your project turn out?

No matter what your “Craft of Choice” is, Happy Crafting!

A painted canvas featuring a dreamcatcher with rainbow feathers. Included in the post are tips for anyone trying a new craft.

two cards using one embossingTwo cards using one rose embossing folder but different techniques
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2 Embossing Techniques With the Same Folder!

Hello Crafties! New stamps and craft supplies are always fun, right? But what about those items at the back of your toy bin “craft closet?” I’m guilty of letting those get a bit dusty.

But don’t worry about dusting…this isn’t a time for housework. I wanna try two different cards with the same (retired) embossing folder. Does anyone have the Stampin Up Manhattan Flower embossing folder? 🙋🏻‍♀️🙋‍♂️ It’s very pretty, but I don’t find myself using it much anymore. So I brought it out in an attempt to “stamp my stash” and want to share the results with you!

two cards using one embossingTwo cards using one rose embossing folder but different techniques
Petal outlines are depressed vs Petal outlines are raised

So here is two different ways to use the same embossing folder. They are mirror images of each other because for the first one we want the outlines raised (this will hold the watercolors inside the lines) and the second one we want the outlines depressed and pressed down. Not to mention the bonus of using HEAT embossing, too!

Supplies:

How to create the pink card:

  1. I embossed a 5 1/4″ x 4″ piece of watercolour paper with the Manhattan Flower folder.
  2. I inked up the brayer with versamark and lightly ran it over the embossed image, catching the high spots of the embossed flowers.
  3. Next I sprinkled clear embossing powder and heat set. This ensures my watercolors stay on the petals where I want them.
  4. Now its time to watercolor!! I used Melon Mambo, and put more ink towards the bottom of the petals. Start light–you can always add more ink. Watercoloring is a very forgiving technique.
  5.  Lastly, I stamped the sentiment with the Blusing Bride ink, and adhered this card front to the top of some folded blushing bride cardstock. If you are wondering why I switched from Melon Mambo to Blushing Bride, it’s because when I watercolored, the ink became diluted to the point of matching the more subtle pink shade!

Manhattan Flower Rose Thinking of You card embossing folder pink watercolors

How to create the blue card:

If you follow my blog (and please do hit that button in the side bar for fun crafty awesomeness!), you may notice this card looks similar to a stack of cards I recently created. After these embossing steps, the I colored these beautiful flowers using prismacolor pencils. Detailed steps can be found outlined in this tutorial!

  1. I brayered versamark ink directly onto the embossing folder, careful to keep it on the flower outlines. I placed the black cardstock (5 1/4″ x 4″) carefully inside the folder and ran it through my Big Shot.
  2. Then I sprinkled gold embossing powder inside the flower outlines (which is now impressed down), carefully tapped off the excess, and heated it. This should leave you with the petals outlined in gold!
  3. The rest of the steps are outlined in this tutorial, so check it out!

Manhattan Flower Rose Best Wishes card embossing folder gold embossed blue prismacolors

I’m entering the Pink Watercolor card into the Happy Little Stampers Watercolour Challenge (Flowers) and the Create Something Catchy Challenge (Watercolor).

I hope you found this tutorial useful, and maybe you are even inspired to dust off an older craft item to create something updated! Flip that embossing folder over and see what you can do!

Wanna see some other embossed beauties? Check out this Wedding Card with a window, or these garden cards that use the embossed stamp resist technique, or the Majestic Unicorn with glitter embossing!

Is there a craft item in the back of your closet that you’ve forgotten about? Maybe a different embossing folder, a stamp set that you still like, some funky paper, or some brads? Let me know what it is! If I also have it, or something similar, I’d love to help you find a new way to use it. We can challenge each other to create something new with it! Leave a comment below and who knows — Maybe it’ll be a future post! Can’t wait to hear from you!

Happy Crafting!

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Congratulations tasty truck card with moving drive mechanism
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Truck Pull Card…with Moving Food Truck!

A neighbor friend is opening a bistro in the area this month, complete with food trucks! We all couldn’t be more excited, and I knew I wanted to make a congratulations card!

One of the best advantages of creating your own cards is the ability to personalize cards specifically for your recipient and the occassion. I couldn’t help myself but to personalize this card and create a scene behind the food truck with houses next to the new bistro, a mighty tree, and a gorgeous lake. Yes, it’s an amazing place!

Congratulations tasty truck card with moving drive mechanism

When the tab is pulled, the muffin truck “drives” to the other end of the card, and backs up when the tab is returned.

Do you wanna know how this card works? Make it!

  1. Create your scene on a 5 1/4″ x 4″ piece of white cardstock.
  2. On the back of your scene, draw lines 1/2″ from your short edges and 3/4″ from the bottom as shown below. Cut ONLY on the red lines using a paper trimmer.          truckpull_dimensions
  3. Cut a 3/4″ strip of plastic packaging (mine was from my most recent die cut set…nothing goes to waste!), insert it through the holes and adhere the ends together on the back using glue dots. The plastic strip should be able to slide freely. Move the point of connection to the opposite end of where the truck will be “parked.”
  4. On a scrap piece of white cardstock, stamp and color your truck. Using dimensionals, adhere the truck to the plastic on the front of the card (ensure this is still the opposite end from where the plastic ends meet on the back).
  5. Cut a 3/4″ x 3 1/2″ piece of cardstock for your tab, and punch the end (or just write “pull” on it). Adhere the tab to the plastic on the back at just the far end, so it can be pulled out and stop at the end.
  6. Using foam adhesive strips, create a channel on the back of your card around the pull tab, as well as around the edges. Go ahead– pull the tab and make sure your mechanism works.
  7. Adhere to a 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ card base.

I used FIVE different Stampin Up sets on this card! That might be a new record for me. Some new, some retired, some only available for a short time, but all still fantastic! One of my favorite things about stamps is that you can use them over and over! If I like a set, I try not to worry about when I’ll have the “perfect” occassion to use it…I’ll have fun and use it!

In The City Photopolymer Stamp Set

In The City Photopolymer Stamp Set

Big News Clear-Mount Stamp Set

Big News Clear-Mount Stamp Set

If you are interested in making this or a similar card, other supplies you will need are listed below.

Product List

 

I’m playing along with the following challenges:

 

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. I do a happy dance for every comment, so please let me know how you would personalize this card for your recipient or if you tried making this card! Happy Crafting!!