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Mixed Media Monday: Valentine's Inspiration

Looking for some inspiration for your Valentine's cards? Our Anne Grbic created this adorable piece using Craft Attitude, doilies, red paper and gold textured paper, ribbon and some flowers.

She printed the fairy, a free printable from TheGraphicsFairy.com, and all the words including "LOVE" on the plastic heart on Craft Attitude and glued them to the different surfaces. She punched the little hearts from gold and red foil paper and glued them down.  The gold rays are recycled from an old Christmas decoration. 

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8 Hot Products from the CHA Show

Our team attending the Craft & Hobby Association's 2015 Mega Show last weekend in California enjoyed three days of non-stop crafting action. They discovered a bunch of new products hitting the market, reconnected with some familiar faces and made lots of new friends, too. 

"Having a chance to meet and get to know the artists and designers who really make up this wonderful industry let you understand how crafts not only give a personal touch, but leave you wanting to join in and experience more," says our Andrea Atwater. "To me, crafting is soothing, healing, brings friends and family together and is just all out creative fun with basically no rules!”

One of the most anticipated events at the annual Mega Show is the unveiling of the year's Hot Product winners, a true celebration of ingeniuty.

"Taking in the colors, textures and original designs; seeing how modern crafters have revived needle arts, revved up DIY home décor and mixed art with craft for mixed media – I wanted to share this positive energy with everyone who thought arts and crafts were passé!" says our Anne Grbic.

Here are the top 8 Hot Products for 2015 in each of their categories:

  • Bead & Jewelry 
    Beadalon: Artistic Wire 3d Bracelet Jig

  • Cake & food Decorating
    Alumilite: Amazing Remelt

  • Fabric & Needle
    Fabric Editions: Fabric Elements

  • Floral
    Little B: Little B Petal Packs

  • Kids
    Fox Chapel Publishing: trend books for kids

  • Paint & Art
    Lumi: Lumi Photo Printing Kit

  • Paper
    Sizzix/Ellison: Sizzix Inksheets

  • General
    Hazel & Ruby: DIY Décor Tape

Mixed Media Monday: Digital Collage

Craft Attitude pro Anne Grbic tells us how she made this cool, modern collage:

I created my own digital collage, printed it on Craft Attitude, then glued it and wrapped it around the wood wall panel to make this décor piece. 

BEFORE

  

AFTER

 

I layered a separate printed piano piece on the bottom right. I applied Liquitex gloss varnish over the whole thing, then embellished with alcohol inks and. I wrapped the ribbon around for an interesting effect – the black and white representing piano keys. I then glued down a piece of cardstock on the back.

Materials Used:

Start with your own digital collage or favorite image sized to 8-by-8 inches. Go here for a great tutorial from Digital Arts on how to create your own collage.

  • Wood wall panel for base.
  • Craft Attitude to print image.
  • PVA glue stick to wrap and glue print to wood.
  • Liquitex gloss varnish to give a sheen to surface.
  • Tim Holtz Adirondack Alcohol inks to dab some colors over the surface. Craft Attitude is compatible with stamps and inks to embellish the surface.
  • Ribbon, if desired
  • Paper back, if desired.
Holiday Portrait: Craft Attitude on Linen

To create a authentic portrait look on linen, try printing a photograph on Craft Attitude film, then adhere it to linen canvas. As you can see below, the film is a translucent skin that becomes a part of whatever you adhere it to. 

    

Craft Attitude will take on the texture of textured, metallic, pattern or handmade paper, canvas, fabric, metal, rocks, stones, tile, wood, glass, bricks, shoes, candles and more.

What have you created with Craft Attitude film? We'd love to see!

#MixedMediaMonday Romantic Vintage Décor

Craft Attitude pro Anne Grbic turned a basic gesso board into a romantic vintage art piece using Craft Attitude film and crackle paste to give it an aged look. She applied the crackle to the board, then adhered the rose image, which was printed on Craft Attitude film. She then applied a layer of pearl glaze to give it a pretty sheen.

She finished the piece off with some lace, pearls and other embellishments, and placed it all on a decorated MDF plaque.

This close-up image shows how the rose printed on Craft Attitude film conforms to the crackled surface:

 

Materials used: 

5 x 7 Gesso or Chipboard 

7.5 x 10.5 MDF Board for background

Gold Crackle Texture Paste

Deco Art Antiquing Cream

Craft Attitude film

Various Adhesives

Mod Podge Pearl Glaze or Diamond Glaze

Embellishments

Lace and ribbon

Last-Minute Christmas Cards

Don't worry, you've still got time to whip up some pretty, customized Christmas cards to send out this year. We're making it even easier with these inspirational ideas from artists Anne Grbic and Einat Kessler.

In card #1, Anne printed this angel image onto Craft Attitude film, and then adhered it to some glitter paper and finished it off with some embellishments.

Einat used cardstock, distress stamp ink, stencil, thread and letter stickers to create the adorable Santa-inspired card in #2. 

Anne printed the image on card #3 on Craft Attitude film, and then adhered the image to Vertigo Film Translucent Patterned Sheets to achieve this cool prism effect. The Craft Attitude film allows the texture of any paper to show thorugh the image.

Einat used a scalloped punch, circle punch, inks and embellishments for card #4, which she glued to red corrugated sheets.

Be sure to check out Einat's 12 Cards of Christmas videos on her YouTube page for even more ideas and go here for lots of Christmas paper craft supplies in our super store!

Tuesday Tips: Containers of All Types: Personalized!

AWe know one thing you'll need plenty of this holiday season: Containers for gift boxes, cookies and candies, trinkets, keepsakes and even leftovers! Here are several ways to take your containers to the next level and personalize them for every occasion.

  

Special Shapes: Eileen Hull makes a variety of boxes using the Sizzix Big Shot die cutter and any of the container dies available in our super store. Here's a quick video from Eileen that shows you how:

Upcycle Cookie Tins: Give those old cookie tins a modern new look by covering them with Krylon paint and adding some snowflake embellishments and names, like these, created by Andrea Atwater. So easy!

Grandma's Treasures: Anne Grbic took an ordinary round cardboard box and turned it into a sweet gold box with photos of the grandkids by using gold paint over the box, printing the photos and the words "Grandma's Treasures" onto Craft Attitude film and adhering those with adhesive, followed by gloss varnish placed over the images and finished off with a bunch of bling. Grandma is sure to display this somewhere special. 

Cute Leftovers Tubs: And finally, Jonathan Fong came up with this great idea to take ordinary plastic tubs and give them a cute, customized touch using Craft Attitude film. Just swap out the Thanksgiving design for the holiday of your choice!

Check out the When Creativity Knocks All-Star Designers Holiday Series video:

Mixed Media Monday: Vintage Santa Print

Craft Attitude pro Anne Grbic created this lovely Vintage Santa décor piece using a frame, Craft Attitude film and some floral and lace embellishments. 

 

"I printed one of my favorite patterns on Craft Attitude film to decorate the frame and the background and to print the Vintage Santa," Anne says. "I 'grunged up' the smaller board before adhering the Santa, and then used foam tape to 'lift' it from the background. I then finished the piece off with lace and flowers. The Vintage Santa image is from the website The Graphics Fairy, which has many free printables you can download."

Materials needed: 

Frame

Craft Attitude Film

Embellishments

'Print' on Metal? Now You can!

You can't print on crafting metal, but you could add an image with Craft Attitude film, and then emboss it. Imagine the possibilities! This same technique could be used for cards, artwork, gift trinket boxes, jewelry, bottles and lots more.

Anne Grbic created this look by printing the image onto Craft Attitude with her inkjet printer, adhered the print to gold crafting metal, and then embossed the entire piece.

She created the piece below with the same technique, applying the print onto a piece of copper with the top embossed in a maple leaf pattern.

"It’s much prettier live because the sheen shows through more than in the photo," she says. "I printed my image on Craft Attitude, adhered ink side down to the embossing metal, then, using an embossing folder and machine, embossed the entire piece. Because the Craft Attitude film has a matte finish, I applied the Liquitex Gloss Varnish over the print and over the edges for a gloss finish to match the metal."

Materials used: 

Craft Attitude Printable Film

Aerosol Spray Adhesive

Copper or Gold Metal Embossing Sheets

Embossing Folders

Sizzix Texture Boutique Embossing Machine

Liquitex Gloss Varnish and Sealer

Christmas Cards with Attitude

This year, we're all about bringing back the tradition of mailing out Christmas cards ... you know, individually signed and stamped and all that. We're even going so far as to encourage that you use all your crafty creativity to make cards yourself. What could be a more lovely sentiment than something handmade that arrives in the mail? 

You'll certainly find a great batch of Christmas-related paper crafts here on our site. To take your cards to the next level, consider using Craft Attitude film on textured paper. Simply print out your image on Craft Attitude film using your inkjet printer, cut the image to size, apply adhesive (glue stick or spray) on the printed side, press the image, glue side down, onto the textured paper and then remove the white backing. 

Here are a few examples of how our Craft Attitude pros Andrea Atwater and Anne Grbic really elevated their handmade cards.

Made with embossed papers, ribbons, self-adhesive jewels and Craft Attitude:

 

Made with Craft Attitude, gold linen cardstock, gold satin cardstock, bling. Elmer’s Glue runner to attach everything. Image from the Graphics Fairy.

  

Made with embossed papers, glitter papers, felt papers, pearl adhesives, Craft Attitude, papercrafting bows, corner cutter and linen ribbon.

 

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