How to Age Paper – 6 easy technique to make paper look old

If you want to give a pristine white paper a browned, unevenly-colored aged appearance and parchment-like texture you need to use an aging technique. I love using my own aged paper for my vintage and steampunk projects. It’s also very cost effective because you only need a few ingredients to create this effect instead of buying lots of expensive paper. There are a few techniques to age paper: Coffee I’m not a coffee drinker but this aroma filled powder can be much more than just a bevarage, it can be used to age paper and give it a brown antique look.There are two ways to acheive this effect: Painting with coffee Dipping in coffee Tea Tea staining will give you a lighter color and more suttle result than coffee. You can use the tea bag itself to stain the paper directly or dip the paper in the tea. You can dry the stained paper in the oven or in a …

5 Minutes Craft – Mummy TP Trick or Treat Boxes

There’s just enough time to make these spook-tacular easy and fun toilet paper rolls mini Trick or Treat boxes and fill them with yummy candies. All you need are a few TP rolls that instead of finding their way to the bin can be used to create last minute party favors. This is a great craft to do with your kids or in school. It only takes 5 minutes to create the box, wrap it with a white bandage you can get at the pharmacy and add a face. The face is the really fun part because you can create all kinds of spooky faces with as many eyes or teeth that you want! Don’t miss out! Keep up with all the crafty goodness by subscribing to the Einat Kessler creative newsletter Have fun creating! 

Art Journal Page: Be Yourself

The best advice I ever got was to Be Myself. No masks, no costumes, no fake smiles just me. If someone will love me or accepts me it should be because they like me and not who they think I am. This art journal page is all about this feeling of self acceptance. I created a colorful background with sprays and stencils as the base for this spread. Then I started to add layers of colors. Bright and happy colors that would deliver this positive message. I cut face parts from a magazine and created a face. This artificial face is of course meant to make a point, a few points actually. How we are all made of so many things and facets and we are not just one layer. How we should be ourselves and not fit into pre designed molds someone decided for us and how artificial it looks when we do fall into these patterns and definitions. …

5 Ways to Maximizw Space in your Craft Room

We all have too much supplies and not enough space for it. It doesn’t matter if you have a craft room, a corner in the house or just a closet. These tips will help you get more space for all the supplies you need to store.   1. Stack I have a thing about boxes.Most boxes have lids on the top which means you can put anything on top of them because you need to open them up right? WRONG! Stack your boxes. Put one on top of the other. In a perfect world you would put the boxes one next to the other but in real life we have to make compromises. Use coordinating boxes in size and in pattern or color so it will look nice as well as being practical. And if you need something from the bottom box just move the boxes on top, a little exercise for the hands.   2. Adjustable Shelves I bought …

Halloween Altered Spell Book – part 2

Last week we created a spook-tacular altered spell book and I promised that this week we’ll work on the inside. Well…here it is. An apothecary style, shadow box, magical potions and spell book!   First you need to glue all the pages to the back cover. This will basically create the base for the shadow box. Next you will need to cut out four little compartments in the book by removing all the pages. The best way to do that is to use a ruler and a craft knife.   After distressing and spraying the shadow boxes it’s time to fill them with little bottles, containers and everything Halloween. Use stuff that you think a witch might need to make her potions and spells…   Finally I added a chipboard with the word spells on it. And I also added a printable tag with an inventory written on it. If you want to get the tag please email me at …

DIY Boo-tiful Halloween Frame

Everybody is so busy getting ready for Halloween, deciding what costumes to wear, what candies to buy and what decorations to have. The the big spooky day will be here and you’ll take lots of photos why not display them in a spooktacular way too? You can make this BOOtiful frame ahead of time and display photos from previous Halloweens! This frame is so easy to make you’ll not believe it: 1. Attach metal wire to the back of plastic skulls with tape. 2. Attach wire to the back of frame with tape. 3. Cover frame with skulls duct tape. 4. Attach black cord to spiders. Let dry. 5. Attach cord to the back side of the top of the frame with tape so the spiders will hang from frame. 6. Cut the letter “B” from orange cardstock. Glue to bottom left corner of the frame. Add two bottle caps as O’s. The instructions for creating the spooky bottle caps …

Altered Halloween Spell Book

I think the most fun projects I ever made were made for Halloween. I love all the creepy spooky stuff you get to add to everything and even if I don’t celebrate this holiday it’s still fun. This altered spell book takes a little time to create but I think the result is worth the wait. You start with an old book and a plastic skull. If you have a spider or some other Halloween embellishment you can use that instead. The next step is to create texture on the front cover of the book by adding the skull and a spider web with a hot glue gun. Don’t worry if the lines are not straight or you get glue hair, the more texture the better. When the glue is dry cover it with a damp paper towel and Mod Podge. Once that’s dry (remember I told you it takes time? Be patient) paint everything with black acrylic paint. It …

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