Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Happy Father's Day Cone Card


It's time for the May Pin Challenge! The purpose of the Pinterest Challenge is to motivate us to not just pin, but to make it happen! This month's challenge is about Father's Day or projects geared towards the men in our lives.

This Father's Day will be different - as has all the holidays and activities since the covid virus pandemic began. We are still pretty much sheltering in place, so it's difficult to relax and go shopping now - especially to look at cards. So this year, I'm making a card for the hubs. One, that's a bit unique in shape and different from the usual rectangular and square themed cards. 

There are lots of diy cards on Pinterest but I was attracted to this one because of its' cone shape! The pin went directly to a Youtube video showing exactly how it's made! But of course, I had to put my own spin on it using printed cardstock, an oversized tie instead of a bow, and foam sheets instead of paper for the flower! Here's how I made mine:

Materials Used
Card stock - 8" square, 7.5" square
Decorative paper
Tacky glue
Clothespin or paper clip
Ruler/pencil
Foam sheets
Skewer
Iron
Hot glue
Bead (for flower center)


Let's get started with selecting two sheets of cardstock that compliments each other. I chose a solid gray and a double-sided dark gray striped paper. I cut the gray into an 8" square and the stripe one, slightly smaller at 7.5 inches.

To make the cone, hold the square paper at an even angle with one corner at the top, one at the bottom, and one on either side - right, left. A diamond shape.Then roll the sides together, overlapping while forming a cone shape - coming together, forming a point or tip at the bottom. Take your time and roll the paper together. It takes practice to get it just right.
Use a clothespin to hold the cone shape together while adjusting the shape. 
Apply tacky glue to the outer edge and hold in place until the glue grabs and takes hold.
Use the already made cone as a template to make the second cone. Just roll it over the cone to shape and glue.

The second one was so much easier to make.


Trim the top edge of the solid color into a slight "V" shape in front. 
Put the solid color back inside the print one to measure and draw a straight line midway down the center of the outer cone. Cut the drawn-on line.
Then open and fold out the printed one at the cut to make a lapel.
I found a tie template online and adjusted the size in Word to fit. Also found a fun  purple print paper to cut one out and glued it onto the center cone.
For the cone card insert, fold cardstock the length of the cone .  .  .
and measure around the cone at the fold. Draw a half heart shape following the cone outline.


 Adjust the cone card to fit inside the cone by cutting off excess paper following the shape.
Create a inside heart shape graphic for card and cut out. 
Glue onto inner card.

To make the flowers, cut out six petal flower templates - starting at 5" and subtracting half inches for each smaller one - 4.5", 4", 3.5", 3", 2.5" 

Use the tip of a skewer to trace on foam to cut out.
Then fold petals together .  .  .
and press against a medium heat iron for a few seconds.
Remove and twist heated petals, as if tearing .  .  .
and then open. Glue on a bead to the center of the smallest flower. Add a dab of glue to the center of each of the flower .  .  .
layering and staggering flowers together as you increase in flower size.

Glue finished flower onto top of cone card.

Make leaves (following directions here) and glue to back of flower.

What a pretty and unique card for Father's Day!
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Monday, May 18, 2020

Decoupage Coffee Creamer Vase DIY

I am a collector of all kinds of bottles, cans and containers. When I laid my eyes on this coffee creamer bottle, I knew exactly what I would do with it after I finished drinking what was in it, lol - the bottle was the perfect shape for a vase.  
Even more so when the label was removed .  .  .
and then the neck, using a hot knife. Thought using the hot knife would leave a clean edge.
But I was wrong. it wasn't as easy as I thought it would be. Had to file the opening to remove some plastic jagged edges.
Then sponged painted the bottle using chalk paint and let dry! A couple of coats gave it a nice finish. Did you know chalk paint and paint made for plastics is the only kind that will adhere to plastics? Acrylic paint will come right off!
I found a pretty napkin to use to decoupage the bottle. The flowers are nice and big and easy to tear out!
But first, paint on a generous amount of Mod Podge where you want to place the napkin design. Remove all the white ply layers from the printed side .  .  .
and gently lay the printed layer down on top of the mod podge.
Use plastic cling wrap to smooth out any wrinkles.
Once dry, apply more mod podge to seal.
Add additional napkin flower designs to complete the look around the vase, applying as before.


And be sure to cover up the opening edges with flower napkin designs and mod podge.
Once dry, use a nail file to remove any dry napkin overhand - filing down and inward to remove.
Would you believe I had faux flowers that mimic the purple ones in the napkin! How cool is that!
This coffee creamer makeover is perfect for this month's Craft Room Destash Challenge! I had everything I needed in my stash! 

The challenge is held on the third Monday of the month where a group of bloggers are challenged by C'mon Get Crafty to create a new craft or project from their own stash of goodies! Everyone is allowed a $10 allowance for necessities to complete their project (i.e. paint brushes, glue, etc), but the bulk of it must be created from their own stash of goodies. 

And because of what's going on in the world now, most of us are using whatever we have in our stash for our craft projects these days.


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