POP Paint – recycled jar lids.

I love it when you have too many ideas and not enough time – on many levels I hate it too, but when you actually get to do them it is amazing. This was the case with these POP painted recycled jar lids. I have been holding onto pretty empty bottles for ages, and yes they do tend to get packed away and hoarded, but when I use them they find a new loving home and become totally functional.
I painted the lids and then added pretty store bought handles to finish them off and make them pretty.
Step 1 – Paint the lids in two layers of POP paint. I used 3 different colours for my 3 jars.
Step 2 – Leave the lids to dry and then drill a small hole in the center of each lid.
Step 3 – Add a layer of grey wax using a stipple brush.
TIP: I did not sand my lids after painting so that I could keep the texture and brush streaks.
The wax sits inside the texture formed by the brush strokes and create a beautiful effect.
Step 4 – Use an old t-shirt and buff the wax to a shine.
Step 5 – Insert the handle in the lid and tighten.
Step 6 – See how the grey wax sits inside the texture for a lovely distressed effect.
Make sure the handles are tightened well.
All you need to do now is fill the jars with sweets for Easter and you have a lovely table decoration.
These will make great memory jars filled with trinkets, notes, Polaroid photos and keepsakes.
painted jar lid3Select one of the 15 trendy colours to recycle your jars and create something truly unique for your home.
Look out for the POP paint of range at your nearest craft, home decor and hardware store!
Add some colour to your life in a few easy strokes!

POP Paint – an Easter inspired transfer project.

On the blog today I am sharing a relic inspired project just in time for Easter celebrations. Whatever your faith, this quick and easy project can inspire some fun home decor items. So let your imagination take flight. I created this wooden plaque with a transfer image on it, a POP Paint base and some vintage details as finishing touches.
step 1 – Paint a wooden block in a light coloured POP paint colour.
step 2 – Print your selected image onto typing paper. I printed my image on an inkjet printer.
step 3 – Adhere the image face down onto the painted wooden block using gel medium to transfer the image.
step 4 – Once the gel medium is dry, wet the image with a sponge soaked in water. Keep on wetting the image and rubbing away at the paper.
step 5 – Keep on soaking and rubbing away the paper. Check every now and again to make sure the image transfers onto the wood and the paper rubs off.
step 6 – Once all the paper is removed, paint another layer of gel medium over the image.
I adhered some extra strips of paper to the wooden block, added paint splats and some old rusty nails.
Decorate the edge of the wooden block using washi tape.

Add stamped images to finish off the decorative block.
POP paint offers a wonderful base for transfers onto wood. Create wooden plaques and signs
using a variety of colours from the POP paint range of paints.
Look for them at your local craft store and hardware store – perfect for whenever you need a POP of colour in your life!

Monochromatic – Shades of blue layout.

If you haven’t seen the new Lady Pattern Paper Oh my word! sticker sheets yet, then you are in for a treat. I think one of my favourites is the Baby Boy sticker sheet with its cute little whale (yeah I was sold immediately). But I was even more excited when I started creating with them. At such an amazing price tag I couldn’t help but almost use the entire sticker sheet on a layout and not even feel guilty for doing so.
I opted to create a beautiful monochromatic layout to match my stickers and found not only my Lady Pattern Paper scraps useful but some other scraps too.

Monochromatic colours are all the colours (tints, tones, and shades) of a single hue. Monochromatic colour schemes are derived from a single base hue and extended using its shades, tones and tints

I  like matting my stickers to make them look ‘more’ if that even makes sense. So I start off by matting them.
 Remove the sticker from the sticker sheet and adhere them to Lady Pattern Paper scrap bits of paper.

Freehand trim around the sticker to leave a coloured border.
 Cut some of the little images out of the sticker and use them directly onto your layout or card. TIP: Ink the edges to hide cutting marks.
Shades Of Blue Layout - Baby Boy Sticker

I added my matted stickers and cut out bits to my layout and added finishing touches like the sewn crosses and lines to them. I like dressing up my stickers a bit to help them support my theme better. Adding little details to stickers will give you dimension and texture to an otherwise plain and flat sticker elemen

Creating a shades of blue layout with Lady Pattern Paper sticker sheets and papers is quick and simple.

How to dress up your stickers

  • Matt your stickers on patterned paper or cardstock
  • Ink the edges of your stickers
  • Add sewing details like crosses and lines to your stickers
  • Emboss your stickers for a fun textured look
  • Add diamant√©, pearls and buttons to your stickers to dress them up
  • Add a layer of glitter glue or dimensional glaze to your stickers

Couture Creations DIY Baroque Plant Tin.

 Every so often we rediscover something that we have and really have never used to its full potential. This happened while looking for a die-cut to use on a project, and so came to be this recycled tin. It can really be used for anything from a plant container, to storing pens, small trinkets etc.
 But here’s how I created this beautiful luxurious look using a single die cut and some other items.

 step 1 - Die-cut the Vallicola die out of white smooth cardstock. I needed 5 to run around the rim of my tin.
 step 2 - Colour the die-cuts using Bloom mist in the colour Gold Foil. This is the most amazing colour and really looks spectacular.
 step 3 - Adhere the die-cuts to the painted tin using 3D Matte Gel. I used the gel because of its 3D qualities. I knew that it would create some texture around the die-cuts as it build up and that was perfect for this project.
 step 4 - Once the gel is dry, add a layer of dark wax using a stipple brush. Buff it using an old t-shirt.
 step 5 - add a layer of clear wax using the t-shirt and then buff it to a shine. It will make the surface really smooth and give it a luxurious touch.
And so I created this beautiful tin with a lovely die-cut paper band around it. Once the wax settled, I finished it off with a few red diamanté just for that added sparkling effect. So even if you have a single die cut, remember that repetition is one of the key design principles, and can even help create a stunning effect by repeating a single patterned several times.

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