Cutlery Pouch

Cork Cutlery Pouch

Materials:
3370603 – Cork Leather, Stripes
1945040 – UHU Kraft Adhesive
1402404 – Wooden Clothes Pegs
4900100 – Oaki Doki Bias Binding Tape
9586205 – Transparent Craft Glue
2004228 – Waxed Cotton Cord
2523308 – Smyrna Needle

1. Cut a 45 x 10 cm piece of cork leather. Fold over 10 cm at one end and stick it with UHU Kraft glue. Use wooden pegs to hold it together whilst it dries.

 

2. Fold a piece of Oaki Doki bias binding tape over the opposite end. Apply a thin layer of transparent glue to the cork leather to stick the tape in position. Hold it there whilst it dries with wooden pegs. The Oaki Doki binding should be flush with the cork.

Tip: To ensure that the tape doesn’t fray over time make sure that the edges are firmly stuck.

 

3. Draw a heart on grid paper using crosses as a template for the cross stitch decoration. Place the pouch on the felt pad. Use masking tape to fix the template on top of the cork beneath the binding. Use the awl to pierce the corners of all the crosses. Remove the paper template and, if necessary, re-pierce the holes in the cork. Cut a 240 cm piece of waxed cotton cord and tie a knot in one end. Thread the smallest Smyrna needle with the cotton and pass the needle up from the back through the bottom left hole. Create little cross stitches until the heart is created. Tie the cord off at the back with another knot and trim the excess cord.

4. Apply a line of UHU glue down either side on the back of the cork leather (approx. 26cm long). Fold the leather in two, pressing the edges together. Hold it in place with clips until the glue has dried.

Beton Bag Planter

Beton Jute Bag

Materials:
9318701 Beton Hobby for Modelling, 1,5 kg
3423122 Jute sack with cord, 14 x 18 cm
9911005 Empty container 155 ml, ø 69 mm, h 65 mm
1260178 Wool Cord, brown, 5 mm

 

1. Remove the cord from the jute bag and turn it inside out. Wrap the beaker in clingfilm.

Weigh out 1 kg of modelling Beton and mix it thoroughly with 160 g of water until it forms a smooth concrete mass. Leave the mixture to rest for 2 minutes before using it to fill the jute bag. Make sure the bag is filled completely (including the corners) and that there are no air pockets. Push the wrapped beaker into the Beton and loosely tie a piece of wool cord around the sack just below the top of the Beton. Leave to dry for several hours (preferably 24 hours).

2. Discard the wool cord. Carefully remove the jute bag by using a scalpel to cut the seam open and peeling it off the Beton. Remove the beaker and peel away the cling film. Tie a piece of wool cord around the Beton bag to finish.

Check out the Spring/Summer 2017 Trends Catalogue for efco’s range of Beton products.

A corker of a bag!

Efco’s cork leather and fabric can easily be hand or machine sewn with a standard foot. They are available in 4 different designs: 1 dark – Marron and 3 light – Granulo, Mosaic and Stripes. The leather has a faux suede effect backing and is medium weight whilst the fabric (labelled ‘Tissue’ in the catalogue) has a woven fabric backing and is the heaviest weight.

The Marron cork leather sheet (45 x 35cm) along with some of Efco’s cork tapes is all you need to create a simple yet stylish small bag…

Quick and simple to create this would make an ideal workshop project for anyone running sewing classes. Instructions can be found on the Projects4Crafters.com blog page.

To view the full cork range please see the Basics Catalogue.

iZink I see flamingos!

Flamingo Coasters

Materials:

1607601 – Round Beer Mats
4550607 – iZink Dye Ink, Aurore
4550663 – iZink Dye Ink, Menthe
4550407 – iZink Pigment Ink, Pearl effect, Citronella
4550461 – iZink Pigment Ink, Glitter, Bamboo
4550435 – iZink Pigment Ink, Pearl effect, Orchid
4550307 – Stampo Bird Stamps and Ink Pad
4511400 – Stamp Cleaner
4512700 – Embossing Powder
1965002 – Matt Varnish Spray, Clear

1. Protect your work surface with paper before you start. Place the beer mats side by side on the paper. Sprinkle the beer mats with drops of yellow and green iZink dye ink. Leave to dry.

Spritz the surface of the mats with yellow and green iZink pigment ink sprays. Leave to dry.

2. Stamp the coasters with flamingos using the Stampo black ink pad. Whilst the ink is still wet cover them with transparent embossing powder and tap off the excess.

Heat with the embossing heat tool until the powder has melted.

Tip: When working with embossing powder always keep a piece of paper handy to tap any excess powder onto so that it is easier to pour it back into the jar.

3. Colour the famingos pink with a brush and pink pearl effect iZink pigment ink. Leave to dry. If the green colour shows through when dry reapply the pink colour and leave to dry.

Spray the beer mats with clear matt varnish and leave to dry. Spray the backs of the beer mats with clear varnish and leave to dry.

Tick Tock Time Flies…

Creaflexx Leaves Wall Clock

Materials:
3400001 – Creaflexx White
3400021 – Creaflexx Transparent
6832062 – MS Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic, Pollen
6832010 – MS Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic, Scallion
6832003 – MS Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic, Scottish Highlands
9320300 – Stencil-Fix
9320300 – Leaves Stencil
1855313 – Quartz Clockwork Mechanism

Apply a thin coat of stencil fix to the back of the stencil and leave to dry. Place the stencil adhesive side down on the rough side of the white Creaflexx. Use a stencil sponge to apply the acrylics colours, allowing them to blend, over the entire surface of the stencil. Repeat the process using half the stencil. Leave to dry.

Cut out an approx. 8 x 8 cm piece of white Creaflexx. Cut out the stencil decorated Creaflexx to create a wavy edged rectangle (only the area of the whole stencil leaving the half stencil for later). Make a hole in the centre of the white square and then a hole in the decorated Creaflexx off centre to the right. Heat the smooth side of the white Creaflexx square with a rubber stamping heat tool and stick it on the back of the decorated piece aligning the holes. Insert the quartz clock movement and fix the clock hands according the package instructions.

Note: It is advisable to work on a heat-resistant surface and place a layer of baking parchment on top so that the Creaflexx doesn’t stick to the surface when warm. In addition, we recommend you wear thin cotton gloves when working with Creaflexx, as the glue gets very hot when heated.

Heat the clock below the clock hands’ radius and shape the Creaflexx into a wave whilst hot. The Creaflexx should be left in this position for 2-3 minutes until cool. Creaflexx can always be reheated and re-shaped at any time if necessary.

Tip: The Creaflexx can be laid over a pipe or the cardboard tube whilst warm, but always cover the surface with baking parchment so that the Creaflexx doesn’t stick.

Cut out an isosceles triangle approx. 8 x 15 x 15 cm from the transparent Creaflexx. Cut out some leaves from the half stencilled Creaflexx. Heat the transparent Creaflexx and shape it in waves. Heat the cut leaves one by one bending them slightly. Heat the upper right corner of the clock and stick the transparent triangle behind it. Glue the leaves onto the transparent Creaflexx by heating them. If desired, add a few leaves to the decorated white Creaflexx. No extra glue is needed for this, as the white Creaflexx becomes sticky when heated and adheres to itself.

Note: Since the clockwork is off centred most of the leaves must be stuck on the right side of the clock so that it will hang straight.

 

Wood Veneer Vase

Wooden Egg Shaped Vase

Materials:
3480520 – Wood Veneer, 20cm x 1.25m
2239116 – Plastic Egg with hole, 160mm
1549976 – My Colors Cardstock, Olé (brown)
1520612 – Tacky Special Double-Sided Tape, 12mm

Cut a 50 cm piece of wood veneer. Cut this piece into 6 mm wide strips. Take the plastic egg and wrap a strip of wood veneer around the centre where the two halves connect to conceal the join. Wraps lots of wood veneer strips around the egg, making sure that it is evenly covered.

Tip: If the wood veneer is glued in several places, one on top of the other, the curvature of the wood veneer may not be as smooth. Simple stick the ends in place with pieces of Tacky double-sided tape.

Cut two 1.5 cm wide strips from brown paper. Use a piece of Tacky double-sided tape to stick one of the paper strips together to form a circle. Reinforce this by sticking the other paper strip to it. Wrap the paper strips with a 1.5cm wide strip of wood veneer. Place the egg opening side down on the work surface and position the circle on top, bending it as necessary to fit the egg. Cut out four 2 x 3 cm pieces of brown paper and fold them in half (1.5 cm). Use Tacky double-sided tape to stick them on the inside of the paper circle, half on the egg and half on the paper/wood veneer stand. Turn the egg over and fill with your chosen flowers or plant!

Creaflexx for Jewellery Makers

 

Transparent Creaflexx is the perfect product for jewellery makers as it enables them to create their own, unique features and embellishments for their jewellery. It can be cut with scissors or a knife. It can also be die cut with stronger die cutting machines such as the Spellbinders Platinum and the Contour Steel Rule Dies. Coloured with alcohol inks, acrylic paints, markers or left clear, it is the perfect compliment to beads and crystals!

Check out the Spring/Summer 2017 Trends Catalogue for more information.

 

What a corker!

House Clock

Materials:
2629799 – House Frame
3370400 – Pressed Cork
1549901 – My Colours Cardstock, Snowbound
6832076 – Martha Stewart Satin Acrylic, Wedding Cake (White)
6832040 – Martha Stewart Satin Acrylic, Pink Dahlia (Pink)
9320781 – Numbers Stencil
9320300 – Stencil-Fix
1520606 – Special Tacky Double-sided Tape
1855315 – Quartz Clockworks

Trace around the outside of the house frame onto some white card and around the inside of the frame onto a sheet of pressed cork and cut them both out. Glue the cork house in the centre of the card house. Punch a hole in the centre, making sure that the clock hands can rotate freely without touching the sides of the house frame. Install the quartz movement and hands according to the package instructions.

Paint the house frame with white acrylic. Leave to dry. Apply a thin coat of Stencil-Fix to the back of the stencils and leave to dry. Position the stencil (adhesive side down) on the outside of the house frame and sponge pink acrylic over the top. Repeat the process until the outside of the house has been entirely decorated. Leave to dry.

Apply double-sided tape around the back edge of the house frame. Stick the paper & cork house with the clock movement to the back of the frame.

Home is where the heart is…

Studio Light’s new Home and Happiness range of scrapbooking products are ideal for card makers, scrapbookers and mix media artists! There are co-ordinating papers, stamps, metal dies and punched papers.

To view this and their other range, Romantic Summer, look at pages C.W.13-15 of the Creative World Catalogue 2017.

Award Winning Wood Veneers

Efco’s award winning wood veneers are the perfect way to create a natural look for DIY projects. The range consists of real wood veneers laminated onto fabric with a matte, velvety texture and genuine grains. They are flexible along the grain and can be cut, embossed, sewn, glued, riveted, stamped, and painted. (They should be lightly ironed before being cut etc.)

They are available in three different colours (stone, natural & brown) and three different sizes with an option of self-adhesive or not.

For more information look at pages N.64-N.65 of the Trends Spring/Summer 2017 Catalogue.