Birgit’s Mixed Media Art Crew | Imagine A World Where

Marsha Valk | BMMAC: Imagine A World Where

It’s Wednesday today, so that means there is a new Mixed Media Art Crew post up on Birgit Koopsen’s blog!

The theme this month is ‘Imagine a world where…’ and I tried to come up with a way to kill two birds with one stone.

Visit Birgit’s blog to see what I did!

Enjoy your Wednesday!

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Elizabeth Craft Designs | Stamped Easter Egg Napkins

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Stamped Easter Egg Napkins

Hi there! I’m over on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog today, sharing these Easter Egg napkins!

Easter brunch is a tradition in my family and we tend to have the same festive foods on the Easter table each year. I usually buy a bunch of spring-coloured paper napkins to put on the table, but this year I thought it would be fun to decorate cloth napkins with fabric paint.

Steps to decorate the napkins:
1 | Read the directions of your fabric paint. If you want to be able to put your napkins in the laundry later on, it’s safe to prepare the cloth as stated in the directions before you start stamping. (Or you can just fly by the seat of your pants like I did…)

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Stamped Easter Egg Napkins

2 | Back a couple of scraps of craft foam with Clear Double-Sided Adhesive. Use the Easter Eggs die-set to die-cut the three overlays and one of the coordinating solid eggs each. Also cut an extra solid egg each out of just craft foam.

3 | Assemble the foam stamps: peel the backing from the solid egg and stick it on a coordinating (just craft foam) egg. Then peel the backing from the same sized overlay and stick it on the double foam solid egg.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Stamped Easter Egg Napkins

4 | Adhere your stamp to an acrylic block with a little strip of Clear Double-Sided Adhesive Tape or a non-permanent adhesive roller if you want.

Use a brayer to roll your fabric paint onto the stamp or use a sponge to dab the paint on.

You want to cover the stamp evenly with fabric paint, not too thick and not too thin either. Also keep an eye out for excess paint in the stamp crevices, because this will cause blobs of paint in your stamped image!

Practice stamping on a fabric scrap first if needed.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Stamped Easter Egg Napkins

5 | Stamp your pattern. Work fairly quick so the paint doesn’t dry on your stamp.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Stamped Easter Egg Napkins

6 | You can also adhere more than one stamp onto one acrylic block for quicker fabric coverage.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Stamped Easter Egg Napkins

7 | Don’t forget the solid side of the stamp. Stamp the solid egg first and then stamp over it with the overlay!

8 | Once you are done stamping, I recommend checking the directions of your fabric paint again. Some paints need to dry for a certain time and/or need to be heat set in order to become permanent and washable.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Stamped Easter Egg Napkins

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Stamped Easter Egg Napkins

Happy Easter crafting!

Supplies: 

Elizabeth Craft Designs:
Easter Eggs
Clear Double-Sided Adhesive

Other:
Cloth napkins
Craft foam
Fabric paint
Repositionable adhesive (Scrapbook Adhesives)
Brayer or sponge
Acrylic blocks

Inspired by | Festive Food

Inspired by: a monthly challenge by Riikka Kovasin and Marsha Valk

Oh, how time flies when you’re having fun! It’s the 10th of December… so it’s time for another Inspired by!

Inspired by is a monthly challenge. My friend Riikka and I decide on a theme (and that theme can be anything from a film, a book, a painting, to an item, colour scheme or material) and then we create something with that theme or thing in mind.

We keep what we’re making a secret until reveal day on the 10th, when we show you and each other our creations.

The theme for this month is ‘festive food’. We’ve never done anything food related before and in my head I was going to bake something for Sinterklaas, because in the Netherlands we tend to save anything Christmas related until after December 5th.

And that got me thinking about festive food dishes to serve festive foods in. I don’t have Sinterklaas bowls, plates or mugs and I decorated a Christmas cookie plate several years ago for a trade show:

Marsha Valk | Inspired by: Festive Food

I don’t have it any more, I left it at my aunt’s house last year (and I think this grainy breakfast-in-bed-iPhone-photo is the only proof of its existence!).

So maybe it was time to decorate a new plate? I had meant to do so for quite some time. I even had plates and porcelain markers ready to make it happen!

December 5th approached and I still hadn’t baked anything… So the Sinterklaas plates became Christmas plates instead:

Marsha Valk | Inspired by: Festive Food

I tried incorporating colour like on my previous cookie plate, but I was working from memory and in my mind the stars needed to be yellow…

I thought I couldn’t get it to look right because I was using a different brand of markers (these by Baker Ross). But now that I’ve seen a photo, it makes sense: on the original I probably used a gold marker instead of a yellow one!

Anyway: the black marker was perfect, so I stuck with black (and white) this time.

Marsha Valk | Inspired by: Festive Food

I hope there is time for some Christmas baking this year, because I can’t wait to use my new plates!!!

Don’t forget to visit Riikka at Paperiliitin! I wonder if she did make time to bake?!

Elizabeth Craft Designs | Festive Leaves and Berry Branch Gift Tags

Busy season has kicked in, so I’m on the look-out for easy to do handmade projects, that take minimal effort.

Today I’m sharing a minimal but stylish gift tag idea over on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog.

I was looking at a magazine and saw these beautiful gift tags with fresh greenery attached to them. I loved the idea, it’s easy to do, but you can’t really prepare this in advance, as the fresh leaves and berries won’t keep until the holidays.

Unless… you make them out of paper!

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Festive Leaves and Berry Branch Gift Tags

The individual steps for these tags hardly take any time, so I think this is an excellent project you can do one step at a time, whenever you have a spare moment!

Here are the steps to create the tags:

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Festive Leaves and Berry Branch Gift Tags

1 | Die-cut as many leaves and (berry) branches as you think you’ll need out of watercolour paper.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Festive Leaves and Berry Branch Gift Tags

2 | Colour the leaves and branches with watercolours. Leave the watercoloured die-cuts to dry completely.

Don’t have time to wait for paint to dry? Replace the watercolours with a colouring medium that is instantly dry, like alcohol markers, brush tip pens or coloured pencils!

3 | Die-cut as many tags as you think you’ll need out of your favourite cardstock.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Festive Leaves and Berry Branch Gift Tags

4 | Add Glossy Accents and/or Puffy Paint to the berries. Leave to dry completely.

Don’t have time to wait for the accents to dry? Replace them with Glitter Dots or self-adhesive crystals. Or… just skip this step!

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Festive Leaves and Berry Branch Gift Tags

5 | Adhere the branches and leaves to the tags with small strips of washi tape.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Festive Leaves and Berry Branch Gift Tags

6 | Add some twine to the tags and use the tags to decorate your gifts or your home!

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Festive Leaves and Berry Branch Gift Tags

Happy crafting!

SUPPLIES:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:
1074 Leaf & Berry Branches
1033 Leafy Branch
958 Tags & More 5 – Sunburst
758 Berry Branch
703 Triple Leaf Set

Other:
Watercolours (Winsor and Newton)
Bakers twine
Glossy Accents (Ranger)
Puffy Paint White (Tulip)