Easy Chalkboard Vinyl humorous signs

I needed a break from cleaning up and had a play with some fun signs.. nothing major, just some fun signs with some fun images. I popped a square piece of Cohas Adhesive Chalkboard Vinyl onto an 8×8 wood canvas/blank and added some of the fun images I got from CraftsUPrint designer Gordon Fraser.  These were watercolored using Gansai Tambi paints  and H2o brushes on Canson Mix Media Paper.

It’s really easy to  swap images in and out…. if you don’t want to keep a permanent image on it, just use a 2 way temporary bond glue.  Great way to make motivational signs for yourself, or other family members.  I just  wrote on mine with blue and white Zig wet wipe Chalk Markers, which cleans right off with a wet rag. You could of course use a more permanent pen which they also  make, that comes off with window cleaner.  I deliberately didn’t prime my chalk pens, to keep it more  rustic and not so intense.

This vinyl comes in 12×12 sheets, or pre-cut labels in various shapes.  I like the 12×12 sheets  because I can cut this on my Cricut Explore if I want something a bit fancy and also write on it on my Cricut.. because let’s face it, my handwriting sucks haha…. or pop it in a 12×12 Scrapbook page frame if I want something bigger.  I have the labels too and they are awesome for  labeling jars etc with my lil man as gifts.. lots of fun shapes.

When I want a more permanent sign, I confess I usually  run it through my Cricut first to add the text..

 

Cohas Chalkboard vinyl 12 x12 sheets (formerly Ziggyboard)

Zig Chalk Pens

Zig 2 way glue

H2o Brush

Gansai Tambi

beach-dudess digital stamp

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Fabric Crafting for the sewing impaired

I can’t sew for toffee, at least not with a machine…. but that doesn’t mean I can’t have fun with some of the gorgeous fabrics available.. right? Here are a few ideas for fun things you can try with fabric block panels, velvet and recycled fabrics.

Fabric Block Panels –  cards, memory box frames ….and more.
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Supplies

Fabric Panel
Fabric Heat Bond
Foam Sheet
Pens for embellishments * optional
Acrylic Sealer * optional
Scissors/cutting tools

 

 

The first panel I did as a tester, which you got a sneak peek at in a previous post is this cute panel from Loralei Designs ( << AFF. LINK ) .  This idea will work with any fabric you can iron heat bond on with, so you recyclers…. have a dig around in your closet for old fabrics before you throw out clothing.  Specially you ladies with kids; before you throw out that piece of clothing, or fabric that got stained beyond redemption.  It’s perfect to use on that favorite photo of your kid covered in peas,or spaghetti sauce. the stains will actually enhance the project   LOL

Later on in this post you will see a few ideas you can try to spice up plain fabrics too 🙂

 

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Ok, this is a super simple project… these panels can be used on cards, in picture boxes on the front of photo albums… all sorts of cool places you can use these.

 

Cut your fabric panel out.. this image is part of a panel from Loralei Designs  ( << Aff.Link ) originally had the border frame on it and was trimmed away at the end.  It just made it easier to trim the shape.  So lets get to the technicals…. this is  a very technical process…so play close attention.

 

 

 

  • Cut the panel to size
  • Cut a piece of Heat bond to size
  • Iron fabric to heat bond
  • Remove Heat Bond Backing Paper
  • Iron Fabric  on to a sheet of foam
  • Seal, trim and embellish as desired.
  • Mount on project

I like to spray mine with an acrylic sealer so that I can decorate it with Wink of Stella Glitter pens and glitter gel pens, without the worry of bleeding.  Plus it protects the fabric somewhat and also gives it a slightly stiffer texture and sheen.

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This one is mounted to a 65 lb card stock in a complimentary shade of purple. The Wink of Stella Clear glitter pen was  just enough bling without being OTT.  The edges were done in Wink of Stella Black glitter, but if you want the contrast between foam and the card base.. you can leave it showing.  These multi packs of foam come in so many shades, you may not want to hide it.

Very simple idea…. you can add a sentiment, or embellishment if you want to.  I would have added a ribbon or flower to the hat, over the image for a 3D feel if I had one that matched… but I didn’t have one.  Don’t be  afraid to experiment with texture and layers and 3D .. it can be a lot of fun.

Ok, here is the what NOT to do…. the first panel came out so nice, I cut out a second one.  It didn’t even occur to me that the acrylic spray was going to soak through into the card behind and lift the panel….DO NOT mount directly onto card stock if you plan to use the Acrylic sealer. Of course at the time I was more concerned with…. ‘iron it on to the card after spraying it’….lol

Well following the method used on the other panel, except for the foam backing….resulted in a  lifted fabric panel,so I removed it from the cardboard backing and attached it to a foam sheet  with glue instead.  I really like the spongy feel the foam sheets gives to these projects, so I don’t even know why I decided to try direct on card anyway lol.

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…so here she is salvaged and foam mounted.

This one I kept the fabric frame on, unlike the one above which was trimmed to the inner frame and cut around the pieces that overlapped the edge.

Now there is a story behind this one and it will also explain why I chose to put this one in a box frame, instead of on a card.

The minute I saw this image on my fabric panel, It hit me how much she reminded me of my friends mom, who sadly passed away suddenly a few years ago.  I think it was the attitude and the short spikey hair do.  Mrs B had some feisty LOL.  Well when I saw it,  I decide to go ahead and frame this one and I am going to give it to her daughter.  It’s a very simple project…. it’s just a  background paper with  text about  memories and such….which seemed appropriate.  I just added a  few small simple red flowers and it’s mounted in an 8×8 box frame.  The word imagine was a die cut that was glitzed with a WOS clear glitter pen.

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Super simple  project …. the possibilities to personalize are endless.  I have seen projects that used  fabric from a relatives outfit,  to frame or create a background for a photo of them wearing said outfit.   This would work great for a photo of a deceased loved one… or even just a memories frame of your kid in a favorite outfit.

The fabric panel doesn’t have to be the main focal point of the project.. but it can be.  There are soooo many fabric block panels out there, covering so many themes, in so many sizes… you can probably find one for any occasion, lifestyle etc.  Be sure to check the panel sizes….not the overall panel, but the block sizes  for each individual block if you have a particular project in mind.

I have a huge bucket of recycle material waiting for the right project… so expect to see more of this idea in the coming months.

Now while we are on the subject of fabric and recycling etc.. it may surprise some of you to know.. you can heat emboss on fabric too.  I tried it out on a piece of denim when I first started heat embossing….it’s kinda cool.  Obviously you have to bear in mind the fabric you are going to be doing this on, so don’t try it on flammable materials that will melt under the heat.  You can heat emboss on all sorts of materials.. I have tried it on wood too.. that was pretty cool.

Now I haven’t tried this ….YET…. but I am under the impression that the Cricut Explore will cut material quite nicely, specially if it is pre-bonded.  Think of the possibilities if you used the writing feature, even if you didn’t cut it out on the Cricut…..  you can create your own fabric design ….and then color it.  That is definitely something to try for a future project methinks. I have Amy Chomas adapters on my Explore, so my range of pen options is huge …and my home-made, super fine embossing pen would be great to test this out with.  Maybe you will see that in an upcoming project Post… we shall see.

Anywho… next…. Velvet embossing

I don’t have any velvet handy to recycle.. that’s on my list for the next Joann shopping spree.  I’ll hit the bargain bins for end of roll or scraps…. because I have been dying to try Velvet embossing.  All I have here right now is a sample pack of adhesive backed velvet sheets I just got in the mail last week from Elizabeth Craft Designs ( << Aff.Link) .. yeah you bet I tried it lol.  I have to say it has mixed results depending on the stamp you use for the design….some work better than others.  But I think the biggest problem for me,was the  ironing.  It seemed to move the  velvet around a bit in places and  that created a few bald spots which you can see in the photos. If you have an iron press, as opposed to a hand iron…. this probably wouldn’t be an issue.  Practice however would take card of that issue, I’m sure  🙂

It may have been the heat was too much in places…. or movement…. not too sure at this point. I liked the overall idea and effect, it just needs more practice.  One thing I had to try, because I found some of the stamps were just too busy to be embossed as is….and didn’t have enough impact…. I inked it first LOL.
Yup I know…. it’s a crazy idea since you would expect it to get all over the fabric/velvet… but it was surprisingly clean.  With patience and practice, I bet you could get a pristine stamp with no residual.  And there you have it, I was left with a velvet embossed image with a contrast outline.  Again a few bald spots.. but the idea is definitely worth further exploration.  I think if it was done on regular velvet fabric that the  problem would be resolved.

It’s hard to photograph this  to show how cool it really is.. but I hope you can at least get an idea from the pictures.

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Stay tuned for lots more fun fabric projects in the future … If you have any cool fabric projects you want to share…. leave a comment below, or hop on over to the message board and share your projects.   We love to see other people’s project pics. 🙂

 

If you are looking for Fabric Panels…. try Ebay or Amazon …. and your local fabric stores like Joann and Hancock Fabrics all carry great fabrics

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Why buy Fabric…if you can’t sew ??

Well let me tellya you…. I can’t sew for toffee…BUT

I was having one of my “moments” again…. I have those where I get a crazy thought and run with it.

Like my super fine embossing pens I created, which …. by the way are awesome and I should pull that out and use it on some of the projects and I may at some point share that project with you all.  All you ladies with Cricut Explores and a pen adapter, you are going to love that one.  I tried to get Ranger pens to  run with the idea, but so far looks like they haven’t…. their loss. It’s an awesome idea and the pens are so fine, you have never seen embossing this good and certainly not anything you could write and emboss on the explore.

Or my attempt to make inkjet embossing ink… I haven’t given up on that one yet, it’s just on a back burner LOL

Anywho, I digress… fabric… yup..so many cool things you can do with fabric, even if you can’t sew.
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Here’s a sneak peek at an upcoming project featuring Loralei Designs fabric that arrived in the mail today. Great designs, great prices and fast delivery…
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This is just my initial test piece to see if the idea would even work… and now that I know it does… expect a full step by step tutorial sometime over the weekend or early next week 🙂

 

 

 

 
NOTE: This is something that caught my eye.. if any of you ladies or gents  are interested she has a really cool panel that features ladies with cancer… it’s a beautiful homage to women who have lost their hair and are still beautiful.  It’s called “On the mend” and it’s another one going on my wish list…  I have to have this, it’s just awesome to see something  that takes the ugly out of cancer  in a fun colorful way.  🙂

Hint,  If you think you might want to try this upcoming project … dig around in your craft supplies and see if you already have the following:  fabric heat bond and some foam sheets… the kind you buy at Walmart for kids crafts… not the adhesive one tho.  I have a big stash of both, as I use that a LOT  for 3D topper cards and to back card images for a super cool spongy raised feel… more about that another time tho.

Optional is Something like Mod Podge Acrylic Sealer… I have Matt and Luster… and I like the  fact it seals and protects the fabric for projects like this as well as stiffens it up  and makes  embellishing the fabric afterwards much easier.

Beginner Guide ..Stuck on Sticky?

As a beginner one of my big questions was..”what do you stick everything with ?”

There are so many choices of glues and tapes and such to use.. what do you buy?? paper glue, rubber, glue, all purpose glue, glue dots, tape runners… the list is endless!  Everyone has their own preferences as to what they use on their projects… here are just a few of the things I use, and what I use them for.

 

 

Tombow Aqua –  Personally I find that this glue is too wet for card and paper ..unless you use a sponge applicator or your finger to spread it around thinly.  I find if I use the large applicator the card gets too wet and warps.  However I find it is fantastic for sticking on the nail bling that I bought at Amazon. If I have small pieces of card to add to a project, it is perfectly fine, I just don’t like to use it for  sticking large pieces to base cards unless I thin it out.

 

Elmers Tape Runner

 

 

Tape Runners  – Love this thing….I just wish they came in longer lengths, or bigger refill packs.  I know there are other brands that have longer lengths, I just haven’t tried them ..YET.  These tape runners are fantastic for sticking large background pieces and It’s a must have for any card maker.

 

 

 

 

Glue Dots

 

Glue Dots …I know a lot of people love these, but I can’t quite seem to get into these as much as the tape runner.  They definitely have their uses and I would always keep one handy, but for actual assembly…. for the most part I find them too thick and obvious and not so permanent as the tape runner. Maybe I need to find a lower profile dot or just use them on the smaller pieces of thick card.  Definitely a good thing to have on hand..but I wouldn’t use it for everything.

 

 

 

Double sided tape –  basically its a not so convenient tape runner.  Works the same it is just not as quick and easy to apply as a tape runner.

Rubber Cement – always a useful thing to have on hand.  You can pick this up in the local hardware store.  Very handy for sticking wood, rubber, and other heavier materials to your projects. Comes in handy for sticking unmounted rubber stamps to wood blocks too if you decide you want a permanent bond.  It stinks a bit and comes with a brush applicator that is over-sized for a lot of projects. It’s designed for use by plumbers really  not crafters..so just use your own applicator.  It’s definitely worth having tucked away for those moments when.. and we all have them… when you  decide to use something crazy on a project and then realize you have nothing in your box of tricks to stick it down with.

 

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