Sunday, 10 March 2019

Multi Layered Heat Transfer Vinyl How To

How to start with layering HTV ( Heat Transfer Vinyl)
When you see a multi coloured design using vinyl it can be a little daunting but it doesn't need to be.


 Where do you start? well I think finding a design that you like is a very good starting point. Then I would say finding a vinyl that is of good quality that has been trialed and tested.
That is where GM Crafts comes in. For my project I used the Premium Vinyl, it's flexible and just look at the colour range.


Once you have your colours you need to take your design into your electronic cutting machine ( I used Silhouette Cameo) 


When I send to cut it was easier for me to cut by colour fill, see the pic below.


Once  each colour of the vinyl is cut and the weeding is finished then the fun of adding it to your project begins.
I found it best to print my design out onto paper and add it between the layers of the T-Shirt, I could see the design through the T-Shirt making it much easier to know where each colour needed to be when pressing.


Working one colour at a time and pressing for 5 seconds until all layers are completed.


Once I have all of the vinyl colours on the T-Shirt I gave it a final maximum 10 second press and then you're done, For an EasyPress machine follow the manufacturers recommendations.


This could be the perfect way of using up all of your colour scraps.


Products used and links.

Child's T-Shirt in white




Sunday, 3 March 2019

Etched Glass with Vinyl

Recycle a vase into something special. 
It doesn't have to be difficult with G.M. Crafts


If you haven't tried G.M Crafts you may want to pay them a visit, they do a full spectrum of different vinyls.
Working on a vase I've used my Silhouette Cameo 3 to cut out the designs however there is nothing stopping you using a die cutting machine and dies.


Can you see the sparkle from the Gemstone Vinyl and the Frosted Glass Dark Sparkle Etch Vinyl?
Long gone are the days of just a gloss sign writing vinyl as G.M.Crafts are geared for us crafty folk that want a bit more than the normal.
You need a application sheet to transfer the vinyl from it's carrier sheet to your project but they last a long time as they are reusable.


List and links of product used and where to find them.

Self Adhesive A4 Frosted Glass Dark Sparkle Etch Sheets







Thursday, 8 November 2018

Fancy Fold Card

I love working with paper, of course pretty papers help.
Paper pads have came down in price over the years and you can get get pads that have substance relatively quite cheap to what the used to be.


I used a 6 x 6 printed paper cut in half and scored in opposite directions then cut at an angle and butted together at the centre. a second paper underneath to make it pop.


layering up a Tim Holtz tattered poinsettia to use for the focal point.




Monday, 5 November 2018

A Christmas Centre Piece

Still playing ahem... working with glass pieces but this time for the dinner table.

This was made from a balloon Gin glass.


Paper napkins were used alongside the starlight paints.


I little bit tricky trying to work from the inside of the glass.


Love the overall effect.



Sunday, 4 November 2018

Making Christmas Gifts

Getting ready for Christmas and making some gifts.
Bonbon Plate
A large glass plate painted with Starlight Paints by Imagination Crafts and some Christmas napkins.


Love working with starlight paints and normally I work from the back side of the plate however was a frosted plate and wouldn't show the image so I worked from the front with this one.

I actually love how it turned out, quite different from working on the reverse as you see all of the mica flakes from the front.


As you can see from the above picture it is so sumptuous.
all in all I think both my Mam and my Mother -in-law would both love this plate.


Something that could be brought out each year.



Thursday, 25 October 2018

Over the Tree Tops

A little card, I know it's been a while and I will try to make more soon.

I love doing dimension cards, they are definite mantle piece pleasers.
I used two diesets from Tim Holze Woodland collection with Sizzix Thinlets.
The Tree top dies were cut multiple times. 


I used my ink and glitz mists for the colour, I just love how these work, You can find them here. https://www.essentialcrafts.co.uk/jak-heaths-mists

Yes it takes quite a bit of card to make but I think the effect makes it worth while.


The ladies really enjoyed making these and learning new skills of keeping the trees from cutting all the way out of the card stock allowing to make graduated trees.

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Something Exciting is Happening


I've been working on something for a little while now and it is finally happening.
I love mixed media and colour, I wanted something that works, something easy to use and something Solvent free.


So lets show you my Mists that will be exclusive to Essential Crafts and we will have them at an amazing price.

Acrylic Mists

Cool Colours
Purple Rain, Lagoon and A little Pinky


Warm Colours
Green Fingers, Sunshine and In The Red



Putting on the Glitz (metallic range)

Jewel Colours
Royal Velvet, Sea Spray, and Oh So Pink


 Precious Metals
9ct Gold, Copper Pot and Silver Slipper


All stunning colours and 100ml in each mist ( I love value for money)
They will be in the sets of 3 as seen above the Acrylic Mists will be £11.99 and the Putting on the Glitz will be 13.99 a set making them exceptional value.

Now available to buy at Essential Crafts by clicking here







Happy Misting Everyone x




Monday, 24 September 2018

Tonic Studio Mixed Media

Did you see it?
Tonic Studios media die launch.
I was curious to how well these would work but to be honest I should have known that they would be just as fabulous as their other dies.
At the same time they launched the Media Dies they also launched the Expanding Mousse.
As soon as they arrived I got to play.



I started my journey cutting out the Traditional Timepiece and the Steam Cogs and Widgets from the Tonic Grey board and as soon as I had them cut out in front of me I knew I was going to build a 3D vintage clock.
Using black foam board a began cutting out several pieces to create the clock face gluing one on top of another until I had the depth that I wanted, then using black gesso I painted the inside to hide the foam.


I then started to add the Expanding Mousse in Tuscan Gold all over the outside of the clock face, I used a heat gun over the mousse and watched it expand and bubble until it looked distressed and vintage.

Now to decide what to do with the cogs, I wanted them to shine unlike the clock face housing.
Tonic gilding flakes are wonderful, you get quite big flakes in a large pot and the Nuvo glue pens work beautifully with it.
Just look how gorgeous they are.


Next to use another colour of the Expanding Mousse for the clock face this time I used Old Linen.


Adding the cogs inside the clock face housing building them up in layers. Adding the pointer hands onto the clock face.


For the base I had an MDF plaque that my husband kindly made for me and paired with the black gesso then I cut out some of the Media Frame dies and joined them together before rubbing in the Tuscan Gold Expanding Mousse


Now putting it all together.
I used a couple of different sized dowels to sit the clock housing onto the plaque.

I’m thrilled at how this turned out.

Tick tock. tick tock.


As you can see it has a very rustic look to it.


It just needed a place to sit....