Rusting Jingle Bells

Hi everyone!

Today I have a tutorial for rusting jingle bells, safety pins, stars and any other metal items. Now, I realize that this rusty look is not for everyone but if you like the primitive/country style, you might want to give this a try.

You will need: safety glasses, metal items to be rusted {jingle bells, safety pins, metal stars/hearts, etc.}, sand paper, glass jar with lid, stirring spoon, measuring cup/spoons, soft toothbrush, *rusting solution {recipe below}.

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*Please note:

~ Always wear safety glasses when working with and mixing any liquids.

~ Try not to breathe in any smell from the rusting solution if it gets foamy. It’s a good idea to turn on the stove fan or open a window.

 

*Rusting solution: 3/4 cup peroxide, 1/4 cup vinegar and 1 tablespoon of salt. Stir together until the salt dissolves. Depending on how large your jar is and how many items you are rusting, you can always double the amounts if you feel it’s neccesary.

 

#1} Give each metal item just a little bit of a sanding ~ this will remove some of the protective layer and get the rusting happening.

#2} *Put on the safety glasses when mixing and pouring the rusting solution. Add jingle bells/metal items to the jar. *Place the jar in the sink in case it foams over when the solution makes contact with the metal. Slowly pour in the rusting solution just a bit at a time {about 2 tbsp. at a time}. If foaming occurs, wait until it stops before adding more solution. Take care to completely cover metal items.  Once the foaming stops, put the lid on and gently turn to make sure all are thoroughly covered. *Be sure to completely rinse the sink and anything else the solution has been in contact with once this step is complete.

#3} Let sit for 24 – 48 hours.

#4} You can pour the used rusting solution down the drain or if you would prefer not to do that, place it in a disposable container for the trash. Leave the wet jingle bells/metal items in the jar with the lid off and put the jar out in the sun to dry. Or lay them on a paper towel lined piece of tin foil on a cookie sheet. The metal items items will start rusting as they dry.

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#5} Because there are holes in the jingle bells, the insides will also rust. When they are totally dry, tap 2 bells together and then shake out the rusty powder from the insides. This is best done outside or over the trash can. For all the now rusty items, use a soft toothbrush to brush off any rusty powder residue from the outsides.

#6} Your rusty items are now ready to add to crafting projects. Add rusty stars to a wreath, a jingle bell to a jar candle or snowman, or attach a tag with a rusty paper clip.

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Hints:

*If you want a bit of protection for your rusty items, lightly spray with matte finish and let dry thoroughly before using.

 

 

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The Country Touch

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Tuesday’s Tip #10

Hi everyone!

Welcome to today’s Tuesday’s Tip. These posts are tips about different products, crafting and also ways of stretching the supplies that you already may have. I alternate Technique Tuesday and Tuesday’s Tip just to change things up a bit.

No matter what sort of paper crafting a person does, there is always scraps left over. So, instead of just throwing them away, I want to share with you some ways to use up those paper scraps. I have a basket beside my desk that all the scraps, both card stock and patterned paper, go into. *Please note: it is a good idea to always check scraps before cutting into a brand new sheet of card stock or patterned paper.

These are some ideas I have for putting card stock scraps as well as patterned paper scraps to good use. See what you can come up with and feel welcome to share.

 

#1}Strips ~ work great for cutting into borders. Use either border dies or decorative scissors.

#2}Photo mats ~ photos look nice when backed with a mat. If there isn’t a piece of paper big enough for a photo, you can always piece some together. Perhaps four squares that coordinate ~ just tape them together from behind to make a mat.

#3}Tags ~ tags don’t require large pieces of paper. Use a tag punch or cut out by hand some tags to add to gifts, scrapbook layouts or journals.

#4}Bookmark ~ add a handmade bookmark to a new book or gift card for a book store and it’s a great gift for a book lover.

#5}Handmade paper ~ making handmade paper is a great way to make use of paper scraps.

#6}Pull tabs ~ use a tab punch or hand cut some pieces of paper to attach to the end of a tag as a pull tab.

#7}Stickers ~ punch out or fussy cut shapes or images from any paper and run through a sticker maker. Or, if you don’t have a sticker maker, double sided tape would work as well.

#8}Decorate clothespins ~ use little scraps to adhere to the tops of clothes pins and use them for holding hotes, cards or art work on a wired frame. Or attach strong tiny magnets on the backs to use as fridge magnets.

#9}Cover letters or shapes ~ perhaps you have some chipboard letters or shapes in your stash but you would like to coordinate them with your project. Cover the surface of the piece with adhesive, place the paper on and carefully cut out with a sharp craft knife. You can then use a fine grit sand paper or file to gently smooth the edges after cutting.

#10}Confetti ~ punch out tiny shapes for confetti to add to a shaker card.

#11}Lunch box notes ~ what a nice surprise for someone to open their lunch bag and find a tiny note hidden inside. Maybe say “I love you”, “thinking of you”, “have a great day”, “you’re a super kid”, etc. There are endless possibilities!

#12}Shred for packaging ~ if you have a paper shredder, shredded scraps would be perfect for lining a gift basket.

#13}Give to a new crafter ~ a new paper crafter would be thrilled with a nice assortment of paper scraps!

#14}Embellishments ~ die cut or punch shapes {butterflies, hearts, flourishes, flowers, etc.} and layer them to make dimensional embellishments. Please feel free to check out this blog post: https://thecountrytouch.wordpress.com/2016/04/26/technique-tuesday-10/

#15}Swap with a friend ~ it’s always nice to share crafting products with a friend!

#16}Banners ~ to make the triangular pieces for a banner, use a triangle punch or a square punch {cut each in half diagonally to make two triangles}. You can also cut them out with scissors. Attach them along a string {this can be yarn, embrodery floss or bakers twine} with liquid glue or glue dots and fasten a pre-made bow to each end. A banners spelling out the baby’s name is a nice addition to a baby scrapbook layout or card.

#17}Donate to a pre school or kindergarten class ~  little ones love to craft. Ask at your local school if they would accept a donation of papers.

 

I hope some of these ideas are of some help to all of you paper crafters out there 🙂

 

 
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Erin

The Country Touch

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Halloween Stacking Boxes

Hi everyone!

These little paper mache boxes are fun to use to decorate for different holidays and can even store small decorations when the holidays are over. Have a set on the kitchen counter or maybe on an entry way table to welcome guests with a treat or two. Or how about give as a gift to someone with a birthday at holiday time!

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You will need: set of paper mache stacking boxes {round or square}, patterned papers, ruler, cutting tool of choice, paints {coordinate with papers}, paint brush, adhesive, 4 round wood beads {these get attached to the underneath of the bottom box}, hot glue gun/glue stick, stickers {optional}, ribbon {optional}, sand paper {optional if you want a distressed look}, inking sponge/ink {to touch up the lid sanding}, paper to protect your work surface when painting.

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There are 2 different ways to decorate the boxes.  #1} Paint the outsides of the boxes and lids. Use a strip of patterned paper around the outside edge of the lid and add stickers to the fronts of the boxes or #2}  Cover the boxes with patterned paper. Paint the lids a solid color or add paper to the top of the lid/paint around the outside edge of the lid. The choice is yours. I ended up doing some of each method and also did some distressing on the boxes.

*Please note: Whether you choose to paint the boxes or not, it is a good idea to paint the wood beads at the start of this project so that they have lots of time to dry before attaching to the bottom box.

 

I painted all 3 boxes/lids and 4 beads black and let dry overnight. As you can see, I wasn’t too fussy about not getting paint over the edges to the insides as I plan to display them stacked with the lids on.

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Green, white and orange paint was applied lightly over the black boxes. It ended up looking more like a wash than a solid coat of paint. Once thoroughly dry, I lightly sanded the surfaces to let some more of the black show through. Wipe off the dust with a soft dry cloth.

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Trace around the lids onto patterned papers and carefully cut out the circles. Adhere to the tops of the lids. Once the paper was glued on, I used the sandpaper to sand the joins between the paper and lids just to smooth and distress them. If the sanding takes off any paint, you can either touch it up with more paint and small brush or use an inking tool/ink to sponge the edges. The outside edge of the lids may be left black or a solid color of ribbon can be glued on. *Please note: tape runner or double sided tape works the best for adhering the paper to the lids as a liquid glue can cause bubbling or wrinkles. But a liquid glue could be used for the ribbon if used sparingly.

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Making sure any joins are facing the back, add the stickers to the front of each box. Then, with the hot glue gun, glue on the 4 beads to the underneath of the bottom box. *Please note: as with any project using a hot glue gun, please be careful! Serious burns can occur if skin comes in contact with the hot glue.

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Hints:

*Be sure to check the dollar stores for the paper mache boxes, patterned paper and paints needed for this project. I got the K & Company Halloween stickers at Dollarama for $1.25. What a deal! 🙂

*Swiffer cloths work great for wiping off the dust from any sanding.

 

 
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. As always, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

 

 
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The Country Touch

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Technique Tuesday #21

Hi everyone!

Welcome to this weeks Technique Tuesday. In these posts I share a technique that can be applied to many forms of paper crafting ~ card making, scrapbooking, albums and tags. I alternate Technique Tuesday and Tuesday’s Tip just to change things up a bit.

This week’s technique: DRY EMBOSSING WITH DIES.

This is a fun way to add a different look to a paper crafting project while getting more use out of your dies.

You will need: card stock, die/dies, die cutting machine, rubber/silicone mat or piece of craft foam, post it note or washi tape {for holding die in place}, extra cardstock/chipboard for a shim {if neccesary}.

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*Please note: depending on what kind of die cutting machine you are using, you may have to experiment with the cutting plates/shims to get the proper “sandwich” which will result in an embossed image that you are happy with. I would suggest using a small die and small pieces of card stock for practicing {this will reduce wasting paper}. If the embossing is too faint, use a thicker sandwich by adding a shim {card stock/chipboard}. If the card stock ends up cut through, cracked or wrinkled make the sandwich thinner.

 

I use a Cuttlebug so my layers are the following {bottom to top}: A plate, B plate, rubber mat or foam, card stock, die {cutting side on the card stock}, chip board {for a shim}, B plate.

 

Place the “sandwich” {all of the layers} in the die cutting machine and run this through the machine very carefully. I used just a bit of washi tape to make sure the die didn’t shift while embossing. *Please note: if you feel a lot of resistance, remove it and reduce the thickness. This may be as simple as removing one card stock shim.

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Remove the embossed card stock from the layers and it is now ready to use for your paper crafting project. This is the impression after embossing the largest snowflake.

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Since we are now into September, I decided to make a Christmas card with the embossed panel. I cut it down a bit, adhered it to some patterned paper, added some sparkly white ribbon tied into a knot before attaching it to a white card base. I then cut out two other snowflakes and layered them with a brad. Dimensional adhesive was used to add them to the front of the card and then a touch of Wink of Stella was applied on the top one. Finally, a few sequins for a bit of shine 🙂

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I hope you enjoyed this weeks technique. As always, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. See you next time!

 

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Tuesday’s Tip #9

Hi everyone!

Welcome to today’s Tuesday’s Tip. These posts are tips about different products, crafting and also ways of stretching the supplies that you already may have. I alternate Technique Tuesday and Tuesday’s Tip just to change things up a bit.

Today I want to share with you some different ways to decorate envelopes for cards. After all, care and time were put into creating just the right card for someone special. So why not include a fancy envelope as well!

#1} Machine emboss ~ very simple to do as all you need is an envelope, embossing folder and embossing machine. Insert the flap only into the embossing folder and run it throught the embossing machine. That’s it!

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#2} Heat embossed stamping ~ stamp a matching or coordinating image from the card onto the front of the envelope {if there is room} and heat emboss with embossing powder. As with any heat embossing, use a powder tool first. {I added some Liquid Pearls “sprinkles” to match the card}.

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#3} Die cut edge ~ this is  a great way to dress up an envelope with a rectangular flap. Or if you don’t have any border dies, draw a faint straight pencil line along the bottom of the flap and cut along it with decorative scissors.

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#4} Stickers ~ one or even a couple of stickers on the front or back of an envelope adds a nice finishing touch. They can coordinate with the card {theme or colors} or can be something completely different that will mean alot to the recipient.

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#5}  Washi tape ~ place a strip along each edge of the envelope and along the bottom of a cut out address label. Add a strip to seal the flap closed as well.

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#6} Pencil eraser dots ~ this might be fun to do for a birthday or baby shower card envelope. Lots of fun dots ~ kind of like confetti or sprinkles at a party! I masked the center part of the envelope, the left/right hand corner {with pieces of a post it note} for a clear area for the address/return address labels and stamp. Then dipped the eraser on the end of a pencil into different inks and used it as a stamp. This pencil could be saved just for this technique to keep the eraser nice and flat and smooth.

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#7} Envelope liner ~ a coordinating envelope liner not only makes the envelope pretty but also a bit more sturdy, which is a bonus if your card happens to be a little on the bulky side.

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#8} Envelope stamp sets ~ there are a few envelope stamp sets that embellish an envelope beautifully. They include sentiments such as “happy mail for”, “open me a.s.a.p.”, “hugs enclosed” and many more. They are available in every day as well as holiday. I don’t have any of these sets but I do know that you can purchase them from http://www.simonsaysstamp.com {*Type envelope stamp sets in the search bar}.

 

So there you go! Some ways to dress up otherwise plain envelopes and make them extra special for the recipients of your handmade cards 🙂

 

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Erin

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Fall Items Now Available

Hi everyone!

I’m popping in today to share with you that my fall products are now available at Sparkling Dahlia in Carstairs. As well, some of them are also available on The Country Touch website. These items include stitcheries, cards, pillows, prim candles, pumpkin pokes, place setting card sets, room sprays, soy tart brittle and potpourri. So whether you are searching for a special gift or maybe something for yourself this fall season, you just might find it here!

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Technique Tuesday #20

Hi everyone!

Welcome to this weeks Technique Tuesday. In these posts I share a technique that can be applied to many forms of paper crafting ~ card making, scrapbooking, albums and tags. I alternate Technique Tuesday and Tuesday’s Tip just to change things up a bit.

This week’s technique: FLOCKING.

Flocking is the process of depositing many small fiber particles (called flock) onto a surface to give it a velvety look and feel. This technique can be done for animals, flowers or any stamped image. I think it would be especially fun for a child’s card or a baby shower invitation {as shown in this example}.

You will need: a stamped or die cut image, flock, white glue, small paint brush, piece of scrap paper.

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With the paint brush, cover stamped image with an even layer of white glue. The thicker the glue, the more thicker the flock can be applied.

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Sprinkle on the flock to completely cover the image. Gently press the flock into the glue.

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Shake off excess powder and fold scrap paper in half to funnel the remaining flock back into the container.

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I cut out the little bear with the matching die and added him to a baby shower invitation. *Please note: the flocking does flatten a bit after it’s been through the die cut machine but still has a velvety feel.

 

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I hope you enjoyed this weeks technique. As always, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. See you next time!

 

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