Saturday, February 9, 2013

All You Need is Love

I love the Beatles, but more than just the Fab Four, I love Lennon/McCartney lyrics. That’s why the first thing that came to mind when I set out to create a project using the Duetica Lettering Arts software, was All you need is love. This Valentine says that in an odd way. We usually don’t think of brown and beige as Valentine colors, but then again, love is all you need, no matter what color it is.

Duetica makes it easy to get the letters to behave just the way you want. I used one Mandolyn option for the L and set the additional letters (OVE) in Piperl, but with different letter options. I also moved the L closer to the o using the letter spacing button in the software.

This makes the perfect wall hanging because it weighs very little. That wood-look base is really Smoothfoam®. Any weight comes from the hardware.

Note: This is actually a recycled piece of Smoothfoam. I made several clocks for the Craft and Hobby Tradeshow and Convention. One was a fatality in the shipment home, so I used it for the heart shape.

Here’s how I made it:
Duetica Lettering Arts Studio (
Smoothfoam disc, 8” x 1”, Expandable Polystyrene (EPS)(
3D Stamping Paint , Moss Green and Copper (Viva Décor) (
Copper Pearl Pen (Viva Décor)
Round sponge daubers
Colorbox Cat’s Eye ink, Brown,(Clearsnap)
Chains, Copper and Black, assorted styles (Blue Moon)
Copper wire
Prima Flowers
Beads (Blue Moon)
3/8" circle punch
Black cardstock scraps
Foam Cutter (Marvy)
White Tacky Glue (Aleene’s)
Clock hands
Valentine charms
Dew Drops (Robin's Nest)
Swirl stamp
Black Stazon Ink Pad

1. Cut heart from Smoothfoam with foam cutter.
TIP: To make the heart symmetrical, fold a sheet of  paper in half and cut both sides at once. Use the resulting piece to trace the lines onto your Smoothfoam.

2. Paint entire heart, front and back, with copper 3D Stamping  Paint. Add Moss Green 3D Stamping  Paint to simulate copper aging. This paint dries very quickly, so there’s very little waiting time. Stamp swirls with Black Stazon.

3. Coat black cardstock with copper and moss green stamping paint. Punch 25-30 circles from the painted cardstock and adhere them around the edge of the heart. 

4.  Set the words using the Duetica Lettering Arts Studio. Love is set using Mandolyn font and All you need is  set with Piper. Love should be approximately 4” wide and All you need is should fit above the last three letters. Print the sentiment on cream cardstock and tear the edges to create a heart shape. Use brown stamp pad to color edges, then lightly pounce copper Stamping Paint over the entire piece, making it lighter in the center. Touch up small letters with fine line black pen if necessary. Adhere to Smoothfoam.

5. Use the Copper Pearl Pen to trace over the letters in Love. Allow to dry.

6. Drape chains in three tiers and secure in place with 1” pieces of wire. Insert the wire into the last link of the three chains, fold to hold in place, then dip in glue and push it into the Smoothfoam. Repeat with the other end, adjusting the lengths to make the chains drape.  Add beads to 2” pieces of wire to dangle from each side of the heart where the chains attach. Cover the insertion points with flowers. Add dew Drops to flower centers.

7. Trim the portion of clock hands  that will be inserted in the foam sides of the heart if necessary. Cut the end of the arrow (not the tip) with scissors to simulate feathers. Use 3D Stamping  Paint to paint the clock hands. Cut a slit in each side, dip the ends of the hands in glue and insert into Smoothfoam.

8. Add additional dangles with valentine charms at the bottom of the heart and chain at the top for hanging.

Right now, this piece is hanging on my front door. In order to use it outdoors, I coated the paper portion and the flowers with Krylon Triple Thick.

It’s almost February 14th. You can make this for your Valentine in about two hours. Take care of that, then hug your sweetie, just because all you need is love.

Note: I received product from Duetica Lettering Arts Studio, Viva Décor and Smoothfoam.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Steampunk, Southern Style

Open box to show clock (display mode).

Box top, back and side detail
Welcome to the February edition of the Designer Crafts Connection (DCC) Blog Hop. This month's theme is Handmade With Love/My Favorite Technique. I decided to combine the two and show one of the projects I made for the Designer Display window Beth Watson and I created at the Craft and Hobby(CHA) Convention last month. The window theme was It's About Time, referring to the new push to carve out time for the things we love, and we created 10 clocks using a variety of materials. The clock is not handmade, but the box that holds it certainly is. My favorite technique? Painting chipboard with Viva Décor's new 3D Stamping Paint. If you pounce it on, it has the feel of rusty metal. Love it, love it, love it!

This is my version of Steampunk, Southern Style. The copper base paint gives a little bit of an  industrial looks, but the blue, green, rose and lavender colors make it soft like an early June morning when you can smell honeysuckle and hear birds chirping. Oh, I do love the South!

Be sure to click on the DCC button on the left to hop to other blogs and see their wonderful creations. You'll be glad you did!

Paper maché box with lid, 8" cube (Hobby Lobby)
3D Stamping Paint, Mint, Metallic Blue, Rose (Viva Décor)
Inka Gold, Light Blue, Violet, Lime Green, Rose, Copper, Cobalt Blue (Viva Décor)
Round sponge dauber (Viva Décor)
Sponge brushes
Sophisticated Finishes, Copper
Gadget Gears die cuts from chipboard (Tim Holtz Alterations/Sizzix)
Swirls die cuts from chipboard (Sizzix)
Weathered Clock die cuts from chipboard (Tim Holtz Alterations/Sizzix)
Beacon 3-in-1 Adhesive
Alarm clock, no taller than 7" (Big Lots)
Makin's Air Dry Clay (white)
Paper towel center roll, cut into 4 2.5" pieces
Grunge Board numbers, 1-12 (Tim Holtz/Ranger)
Foam floral block cut to fit the width of the box and approx. 4" deep
Chipboard, 8" x 8"
Kraft Paper, 10" x 10" and 4 scraps, 4" x 4" (Packing material works great for this!)
Flat found objects (book plates, watch faces,washers, etc.)
Metal strip, 2" x 1/2", textured with a Sizzix Texture Plate
Chestnut Roan ink (Colorbox/Clearsnap)
Big Shot and Texture Plates
Lightweight silver metal, such as aluminum flashing or Walnut Hollow Aluminum

1. Cover box surfaces, inside and out, with copper paint. Apply all colors of Inka Gold to all box surfaces, blending all the colors as you go.

2. Paint all the die cuts and Grunge Board with 3D Stamping Paint, using an up-and-down motion with the sponge dauber to create texture. When dry, rub Inka Gold on the edges of some of the pieces to set them apart. Sponge all edges with Chestnut Roan ink.

Lid attachment on side of box.
3. Use swirls on box surfaces to create a mask and apply 3D Stamping Paint or Inka Gold to the box, creating a reverse image.

4. When all surfaces are dry, begin arranging the diecuts and flat found objects and gluing them down.

5. On the lid inside, arrange Grunge Board numbers and fill in blank spots with flat found objects.

6. Adhere the foam block inside the box. Cover the 8" chipboard with Kraft Paper that has been wrinkled and smoothed out and paint it with copper paint. Rub Chestnut Roan ink over the surface if you want the wrinkles to stand out. Adhere the chipboard to the foam block. This creates a stop so that your clock doesn't go all the way to the back of the box.

Box lid detail
7. Apply Inka Gold to the clock's metal surfaces. Place the clock in the box, pushing it back toward the chipboard. Put the metal strip through the top of the handle and glue it into place to hold the clock.

Tip: You can hold the clock in place with a piece of Scotch Poster Tape, which will allow you to remove the clock without damage to either the clock or chipboard surface. 
Tip: Remember that you need to be able to remove the clock to reset time or change the battery. You will probably have to re-attach the metal strip each time you want to remove the clock.

8. Make roses and leaves using Makin's Clay. When dry, paint with copper paint, rub with Inka Gold and adhere them around the base of the clock .

9. Texturize metal pieces, approx. 4" x 4",  and adhere to the paper towel rolls, turning the metal inside the rolls to finish the edges. Apply Inka Gold (Cobalt Blue) to each piece and adhere to box bottom.
Inside lid detail.

10. Carefully slit the edges of the box top on the side that will be opened. Glue the loose box edge to the box side. Hold in place with push pins until it dries thoroughly.

You can add embellishments from here to Sunday if you like. Just be sure you put a dab of Inka Gold or 3D Stamping Paint to make it blend with the rest of this project.

There you have it. An easy-peasy Southern Steampunk clock to proudly display. Usually when I have completed a project, I look back and always see something I would change about it. This is an exception. I love this one just the way it is.

Note: I received product from Viva Décor, Beacon Adhesives and Makin's Clay.