Tuesday, April 25, 2017

How To Tuesday - Geode Shrink Film Charms for Jewelry and Stitch Markers

For those of you that follow me on Facebook and Instagram: THANK YOU!  I try to share my project progress to show a little bit of what happens "behind the scenes" and where my inspiration comes from.  As promised, here is a step-by-step photo tutorial showing how I made shrink film geodes. 

To begin, first gather your supplies:

Colored Pencils
Standard Hole Punch
Oven, Cookie Sheet, and Parchment Paper
Mod Podge Dimensional Magic or Comparable Dimensional Sealer
Glitter (optional, but recommended)
Small Paint Brush (optional, but recommended)
Jump Rings, Jewelry Hardware, and Pliers 
Step 1: Use StazOn ink on a Geode Rubber Stamp to stamp images onto the sanded surface of the shrink film.  Leave a little bit of room between images.
 Step 2: Using craft scissors, cut images apart.
 Step 3: Using a variety of colored pencils, color your geodes.  Search the internet for color inspiration and reference.  TIP: Use a white or lighter colored pencil to blend colors.
 Step 4: If a hole is desired, it is important to punch a hole BEFORE shrinking the film.  Punch a single hole on either side of the geode for making charms or stitch markers.  Don't punch a hole if you would prefer to keep a solid shape.
 Step 5: Bake your geodes according to package directions.  TIP: I use parchment paper on a cookie sheet with a second piece of parchment paper over the top to prevent curling.
 The geodes shrink to about HALF of their original size!
 Step 6: Put a drop of Dimensional Magic on your craft sheet (in my case, it is the parchment paper from the oven.)  Use a small paintbrush to brush the Dimensional Magic onto the center of your geodes.  Dust the geodes with glitter.  TIP: Using the parchment paper as a craft sheet will allow you to return the unused glitter to the original container.  Set aside to dry.

Step 7: Seal your geodes with a layer of Mod Podge Dimensional Magic for a thick gloss finish.  TIP: Keep a pin on the table to pop any bubbles that may appear.  Set aside to dry according to package directions.  I usually leave mine for about 24 hours before attaching any hardware.
Now you have a collection of unique charms to use to create a variety of projects.  Some suggestions are: stitch markers, earrings, necklace charms, lapel pins, rings, decorative accent buttons, wine glass charms, card embellishments... and I'm sure you can think of lots of other ideas, too!
I hope you have found this tutorial to be helpful.  If you like the geode rubber stamp and want to see more original hand carved rubber stamps, I invite you to visit my Etsy shop.  If you've found this tutorial to be informative and know someone who may benefit from it, please share it with your friends.  Happy crafting!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Hand Stamped Note Cards - A Brief Tutorial

Often, when I'm testing out a new rubber stamp design, I'll stamp the image repeatedly over a sheet of cardstock, then splash a bit of watercolor on it.  (If you follow my adventures on Instagram you've probably seen the timelapse videos showing the process.)  It's simple and so much FUN!  Then I have a handmade, hand stamped sheet that I can cut down to make note cards.  You can make your cards in any dimension that you'd like, with any medium and supplies you have on hand, but I'll include notes below for how I made mine.  
Supplies needed:
printed paper (hand stamped, hand painted is what I used)
paper cutter
scoring mat and bone folder (optional)
pigment ink (permanent, optional)

For every one 8 1/2" x 11" sheet of printed cardstock, I will need two sheets of blank cardstock for the card bases.  I cut the printed paper down to 4" wide by 2 1/4" high (giving me 8 cards,) then I cut the other two blank sheets down to 4 1/4" wide by 5" high (giving me 8 card bases.)
I use a scoring mat and bone folder to score the card base at 2 1/2" so that my finished card measures 4 1/4" wide by 2 1/2" high.
Since I like to use my note cards as Thank You cards, and because I just LOVE this chunky "Thank You" stamp by Inkadinkado, this is my go-to for these types of cards.  Any sentiment stamp will work.  Or, you don't have to use any type of sentiment stamp at all.  It's up to you!  I happened to have this Ranger archival ink pad out, and because it has permanent, waterproof ink, this is what I used on my cards.
Be sure to have a scrap piece of paper behind your work for this step, otherwise you may have an inky mess on your work surface!
Now that my stamping is finished, it's time to attach the cards to the card bases.  Tombow Mono Liquid Glue is one of my very favorite adhesives to use.  (My kid's too.  I know because he's ALWAYS stealing mine to use on his art projects.  I've since learned to buy them two at a time.)  That's just me.  Use your favorite adhesive or tape runner to attach your cards to their bases.
Really, that's it!  You can modify this technique to create any size card that you need.  For example: quarter the sheet (4 1/4" x 5 1/2") and you've got four A2 size cards.  That may be useful when mass-producing holiday cards!
For unique hand carved rubber stamps, I invite you to visit my Etsy shop.
Happy Crafting!  And as always, THANK YOU for following along on my handmade journey.

Friday, April 29, 2016

FREE Coloring Page - Multnomah Falls, Oregon

I feel fortunate to live in such a beautiful region.  When I first moved to Oregon, I often found my way out to the Columbia River Gorge and traveled the twisty, winding, Historic Columbia River Highway 30.  I've sat with coffee watching many sunrises at Crown Point.  In recent years, we've spent several weekend days hiking the trails and visiting the many waterfalls that dot that stretch of our gorgeous landscape.  The Columbia River Gorge, to me, truly is a magical place.  

So begins my journey with coloring pages.  I can't think of a better place to start than with the magnificent Multnomah Falls.  It's a beauty to observe from the ground level as a stop along the highway, but it's a whole different thing to hike a mile up the switchbacks to view the Columbia River and north into the state of Washington from the top of the falls.  (Don't stop there.  Your hike on the mountain has only begun.)

This coloring page is FREE for you to print and color at home or in the classroom.  (Illustration is property of R.Goodwin/hoffeeandanuffin and may NOT be used for sale or reproduction.) For educational purposes, have students research and discuss:

Columbia River Gorge
Oregon History
Lewis and Clark
Benson Footbridge
Salmonberries (and other edible wild fruit)
Hiking and Trails
Hiking Safety

To print this coloring page, click on the image to view the full page, then right-click on the image and "Save Image As" to your computer.  I hope you enjoy coloring Multnomah Falls, Oregon.  I would love to see your colored pages!  Follow me on Facebook and tag #hoffeeandanuffincoloring @hoffeeandanuffin on Instagram.