Patriotic Banner using Metallic Foils

June 26th, 2015

theprojectgirl-minc-usa-banner2Things have been busy around here, lots of deadlines and such with my design work. But I was happy to take a day and play with my new goodies for the Minc machine.

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I used these great letters and flag kits, as well as the silver, red, and blue foils. You can get starter kits and accessories for the Minc machine at Hobby Lobby, Jo-Ann, as well as local and online shops.

I love using this machine to foil. the foil goes on like butter, and the transfer sleeve helps keep the foil lined up with the paper.  Here you can see how the letters and banners look straight out of the bags. Black/white, ready to foil. Its kind of hard to visualize your project without the color, but so AWESOME once they are foiled because it’s such a huge change.
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The machine is super easy to use, you just send your toner-printed items or the Minc accessories through the machine with foil over the areas you want to foil. Once they come through the other end, you peel off the foil, and you have gorgeous vibrant metallic designs.
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I ran all my pieces through the Minc, and then put foam dots on the backs of the letters to add dimension to the banner. theprojectgirl-minc-usa-banner-pop

Then I assembled the banner, adding some ribbon between each letter. theprojectgirl-minc-usa-banner-closeAnd here’s my cute finished foil banner! Just in time for the month of July!
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Metallic Butterfly Magnets

May 31st, 2015

theprojectgirl-butterfly-chalkboardI’m having so much fun with my MINC foiling machine. I created some adorable metallic butterfly magnets and it was seriously so fast and easy.

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Supplies:

Minc Foil Applicator

Minc 3D Butterflies

light pink foil

mint foil

hot pink foil

rose gold foil

green foil

3/8″ small magnets

Ad tech glue gun

The Minc 3D butterflies come pre-cut, you just have to punch them out, and then run them through the MINC machine with the color of foil that you like.
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After they’ve run through the machine, you pull away the foil sheet, and everywhere that was black on the butterflies is now fabulously metallic. For this project, I used the light pink hot pink, rose gold, mint, and green foils. theprojectgirl-foil-minc

The foil transferred so well on these, they look like they are made of metal not paper.  For the magnet part, I just got some small round magnets, and used my handy Adtech HiTemp glue gun. I gently folded the wings up, and then glued the flat part of the butterfly body to the magnet.
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All the little butterflies turned out so so cute!

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I recently bought this GIANT magnetic chalkboard from Chalk Couture (they custom painted it for me too!), and knew the butterfly magnets would be perfect for it. So I wrote a little spring quote, and then added all my butterfly magnets too it. theprojectgirl-butterfly-chalkboard-full

Look how cute they turned out, and so so so metallic. I love the bright and fun colors of all the MINC foils. theprojectgirl-butterfly-chalkboard

All these supplies should be available at your local Jo-ann and Hobby Lobby as well as a variety of online stores.  And I have to say that I was super impressed at how well the foil transferred onto these butterflies using the MINC machine. I have a regular laminator and have done some foil transfer stuff before, but these turned out phenomenally using the MINC.
theprojectgirl-butterflies-close*Disclosure of Material Connection: This is a “sponsored post.” The company who sponsored it compensated me via product provided, payment, gift, or something else of value to write it. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” Links contained on this post and within this blog may be affiliate links.

 

Michaels Makers Denim Embroidery

February 16th, 2015

If you’ve been into a Michaels store lately, you’ve probably noticed some big changes. I know my local Michaels has so many cool products right now, and one of my favorite new resets is this “Make Market” which is a combination of home décor and DIY products made of on-trend surfaces and textures, like chalk, denim, burlap, galvanized, cork and metal.

All of the Michaels Makers were asked to create a craft using denim. I love the look of denim in projects especially for the 4th of July. So I guess now is a good time to stock up!

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For my denim project, I thought it would be fun to create a little needlepoint project. I’ve never hand-embroidered before, but there’s always a first for everything! I love the idea of alternative fabrics for needlepoint, and I found these denim squares that fit a 3.5″ embroidery hoop perfectly.

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Supplies:

Denim Squares

3.5″ Embroidery Hoop

Embroidery Floss

Embroidery Needles

I created a simple pattern on my computer with some basic stars and a cursive font.  I printed it out and used it as a guide for my stitches (I’m pretty sure this isn’t really how you do needlepoint,ha! So if you’re more of a craft purist, maybe look for some more technical instructions). This worked fine for me, I freehanded some of the stars and all the french knots at the end though because those were super easy. The lettering was the hardest, I used a stem stitch for those.
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Here you can see before I trimmed off the excess denim. theprojectgirl-denim-embroidery

And the final mini embroidery. I created the Little Star design to match my son’s room decor. I love the look of the dark denim and the bright embroidery floss. theprojectgirl-denim-embroidery-final

Such a fun little project and great to get my feet wet trying out some embroidery! Have you crafted with Denim? I’d love to see any fun projects you’ve created using denim or other dark materials. Check out the links below to see what all the other Michaels Makers created this month!

Also, you’ll want to check back on my blog March 2 to get all the details on how to enter an upcoming craft contest that will send one lucky participant on the trip of a lifetime to Paris!

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