Hey there! Welcome to the Control Freaks October blog tour! This month’s theme centers around masculine projects. If you’re following the tour, you’ve just come from the wonderfully talented Wendy Weixler’s blog. I love everything that girl does! 🙂
I must admit I was a little stumped at what kind of masculine 3-D project I could create that wouldn’t still come across as slightly feminine (I have a tendency to do that sometimes). I ended up creating a card and a matching set of four coasters made out of electrical outlet box covers. See my posts below!
PROJECT #1 – Miss You Card
I’ve had the stamp set Lovely As a Tree for probably eight of the ten years I’ve been a demonstrator — it’s one of the most VERSATILE sets I’ve ever owned! Yet despite having had this set for eight plus years, I’m a little embarrassed to admit I did not realize you could stamp the tree in black ink and then go back and color it in! 🙂 I’ve always stamped this tree in one color (usually brown or green), but I really loved the effect of stamping it in black and then going back and coloring the boughs in Lucky Limeade and the trunk in Early Espresso.
Stamps: Lovely As a Tree, Lacy & Lovely, Woodgrain
Paper: Very Vanilla, Festival of Prints DSP, Early Espresso, First Edition Specialty DSP
Ink: Black StazOn, Lucky Limeade, Always Artichoke, Early Espresso, VersaMark
Accessories: Aqua Painter and Reinker Inks, Sponge, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Very Vanilla Embossing Powder, Brushed Bronze Designer Button, Always Artichoke Seam Binding Ribbon
PROJECT #2 – Lovely As a Tree Set of Four Coasters
These coasters are made out of outlet box covers! I found the covers at Lowe’s for $1.97 each so it ended up being a very economical craft to make. I stamped the images first in Black StazOn ink on Very Vanilla cardstock and then watercolored the images with an Aqua Painter and reinker ink. I used the 2-1/2″ Circle Punch to punch the images out and then sponged Early Espresso ink around the edges. The next step is VERY IMPORTANT! In order to prevent the water-based inks from running when applying the Mod Podge, I covered each image with VersaMark ink and embossed them with Clear Embossing Powder. The Early Espresso circle was cut out using the 3″ Circle Originals Bigz Die and then I pierced the edges with the Paper Piercing Tool and Mat (freehand). I attached the watercolored images to the Early Espresso circles with regular adhesive. I used the paper insert (found in the outlet box cover pack) as a template to cut the circles out of the Festival of Prints DSP. I applied Mod Podge to one side of the metal cover and attached the Festival of Prints circle to that, attached the stamped images with regular adhesive and then covered everything with Mod Podge. The outlet pack comes with a thin, foam ring that I attached to the base of each coaster. Here are a couple of photos of the outlet box cover and the contents:
Stamps: Lovely As a Tree
Paper: Festival of Prints DSP, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla
Ink: Black StazOn, VersaMark, Lucky Limeade, Always Artichoke, Early Espresso
Accessories: Big Shot, 3″ Circle Originals Bigz Die, 2-1/2″ Circle Punch, Aqua Painter and Reinker Inks, Clear Embossing Powder, Paper Piercing Tool and Mat, Sponge, Mod Podge, Outlet Box Covers
To see the next blog, please click the link below. Jason Casper is next and the projects he’s created will definitely inspire you! Thanks so much for taking the tour!