Thursday, November 29, 2012

Holiday Crafting with LIQUID LAMINATE, DAZZLE-TAC, and ZIP DRY

Silver Snowflake Cookie Tin
Silver Snowflake Cookie Tin
 4” X 6” metal tin (any color)
 Silver metallic spray paint for tin
 Blue spray paint for tin
 Paper clay or any air dry clay
 2” snowflake cookie cutter
 Blue and silver metallic craft papers
 Holographic glitter
 Assorted silver, white & blue tiny beads
 Small craft brush, ruler, pencil, paper cutter or scissors, Lucite roller or old rolling pin, toothpick
1.Take can outside in a cardboard box and spray the lid using the blue metallic spray paint. Let dry and apply a second coat to cover completely. Remove from box.
2.Using the same box, spray the bottom of the tin with the silver paint. Once dry, repeat to cover completely.
3.Cut a strip of blue metallic paper 1” wide and about 5” long. Make sure the paper meets the lid and does not fit under it. Glue strip to tin with ZIP DRY PAPER GLUE. Repeat process on the other three sides and let dry.
4.Cut a 3 ½” square of silver metallic paper for the lid. Glue to lid top with ZIP DRY PAPER GLUE.  Let dry.
5.Roll paper clay to 1/8” thickness. Cut out five snowflakes and let dry at least 3 hours depending upon the humidity in your area.
6.Paint both sides of the wooden star with 2 coats of gold paint, drying between coats. Draw lines around the edges of the star with the black marker.
7.Glue one snowflake to the lid with DAZZLE-TAC and the other four onto the blue strips on the side. Hold in place for a few minutes to allow glue time to grab onto surface.
8.Add a thin line of DAZZLE-TAC around the perimeter of the silver paper on the lid, one side at a time. Use a toothpick to move the tiny beads onto the glue. Repeat process on sides of can over the edges of the blue strips as shown. Let one side dry before finishing remaining sides.
Designer: Sandy Rollinger

Monday, November 26, 2012

Family Ties

The Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) featured an article called FAMILY TIES in the fall issue of CRAFT INDUSTRY TODAY magazine that highlighted family businesses that have continued through the generations to the present day. More of these fascinating stories are featured on the CHA Blog at and include a wonderful video interview with two generations of the Meshirer family, Beacon’s owners since 1926. Please visit the CHA's blog to hear all about Beacon’s history and the Meshirer ‘s experience of maintaining a successful family business for over 85 years.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Box craft using FABRI-TAC




  • Creative Paperclay Delight White,
  • 3” X 4” paper mache box with lid
  • Blue dotted craft ribbon, grosgrain ½ wide
  • Acrylic craft paints: light blue, white, yellow, & light green
  • Holographic glitter paint
  • ½” flat craft brush, #1 detail craft brush
  • Clay roller, craft knife, ruler, toothpick , scissors, plastic mat for work surface
  • Jar of water & paper towels for clean up


1. Paint box light blue and the lid light green. Let dry. Use the handle end of the brush to make
dots of white paint on the lid. Paint lid & box with glitter paint.

2. Cut a 6” length of ribbon and notch both ends. Glue to the tops of box as in photo. Cut a 5”
piece of ribbon, glue ends together to make a loop and then glue the center together to make a
box. Glue to center of ribbon on the box.

3. Roll out 1/8” thick sheet of clay onto the work surface. Use the craft knife to cut sixteen ¼” X
3’4” strips of clay for the daisy petal. Apply a dot of glue to the center of the bow. Place 8 petals
on the bow so that each is touching the glue. Glue the 8 remaining petals on top of the first
petals and gently press into the glue.

4. Apply another dot of glue to the center of the petals. Rolls a pea size ball of clay and press onto
the center of the petals. Use a toothpick to make tiny holes in the flower center. Let dry. Use the
small detail craft brush to paint the center with yellow paint.