Around the World Mini Crate

By Judi Kauffman

 

I met Mary C. Nasser through a Walnut HollowStencilGirl Products blog hop and we’ve bonded over a shared love of dogs, stencils, teaching, and wood products. We decided to do a 2-person blog hop. There was only one catch to the plan: I don’t have a blog. But Walnut Hollow generously agreed to be my home base, and they sent both of us the surfaces to use for our projects.

 

I chose a Rustic Pallet Mini Crate and Mary’s Around the World Longitude Stencil. I thought it would be fun to play with the stencil in two ways: First, as a large-scale pattern on the sides of the crate where the lines on the globe are prominent, second, on smaller size circles (or “planets”). Only a small portion of the stencil is evident on each circle.

 

While I was at it, I made enough extra circles to use for earrings. And rather than wasting the scraps leftover after cutting out the circles, I used those pieces to create a mosaic-style card front. Nothing wasted and two bonus projects I hope you’ll enjoy!

**When you are finished viewing Judi’s beautiful crate be sure to take a look at Mary’s Blog Hop Project here.**

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INSTRUCTIONS

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1. Basecoat the crate with acrylic paint in French Blue Gray. Allow to dry. Add a second coat to the bottom and inside of the crate and inside of the handles. No second coat is needed on the ends and side slats.

 

2. Alter two 5” x 12” pieces of Light Blue Iris Shimmer Sheetz with alcohol inks in Baja Blue followed by Rich Gold Metallic. Use a felt applicator to create a mottled effect, allowing some of the Light Blue to remain visible.

 

3. Back the pieces with double-sided adhesive sheet. Cut one piece in half (5” x 6”). Cut one of the halves into five 1” x 6” strips. Cut one more 1” x 6” strip and a 5” x 6” rectangle from the other half. Cut a 5” x 6” rectangle from one end of the other altered 5” x 12” piece and set aside all scraps.

 

4. Trace the end of the crate onto lightweight paper to make a cutting template. Cut the curved opening into the two end pieces.

 

5. Remove the backing from the double-sided adhesive and adhere the strips to the slats; adhere the rectangles with handle openings to the ends of the crate.

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6. Position the stencil at an angle on one end of the crate and use a felt applicator to daub StazOn ink in Royal Purple through the openings. Position the stencil at a different angle on one side of the crate and repeat. Position the stencil onto the altered Shimmer Sheetz scraps (set aside in step 3) and apply ink, same as for the crate. Allow the ink to dry. (Drying time depends on climate and how heavy-handed you were with the ink)

 

7. Repeat step 6 for the other end and other side of the crate.

 

8. Position the stencil at a different angle on one end of the crate and daub alcohol ink in Rich Gold through the openings. Position the stencil at yet another angle on one side of the crate and repeat. Position the stencil onto the altered Shimmer Sheetz scraps and apply ink, same as for the crate. Allow the ink to dry. (Again, drying time depends on climate and the amount of ink that was applied)

 

9. Repeat step 8 for the other end and other side of the crate.

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10. Put adhesive-backed resin bottle cap stickers onto some (or all) of the stenciled Shimmer Sheetz scraps. I used three per side, but you may want to use more or fewer. Cut around the circles. (Keep the scraps from around the circles for the bonus card project.)

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11. Remove the backing from the double-sided adhesive and adhere the circles to the slats and end pieces of the crate. There will be exposed adhesive on the back wherever the circles cross from one slat to another or extend past the top edge of the crate. Remove the stickiness by rubbing a tiny bit of glitter or talcum powder onto the exposed adhesive.

 

BONUS PROJECTS

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*Earrings – Add clip or post backs to some of the circles for super lightweight, sparkly earrings! (Use Beacon Glass, Metal & More Glue or any adhesive that is formulated for non-porous surfaces)

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*Card – Place a 3.5” x 4” piece of double-sided adhesive sheet onto an A2 (4.25” x 5.5”) white cardstock card base with fold at the left side. Remove the backing to expose the adhesive. Cut the remaining stenciled Shimmer Sheetz scraps into little pieces and randomly place them on the adhesive. (TIP: Hold onto the white cardstock, don’t touch the adhesive with your fingers!)

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When the mosaic looks good to your eye, fill the remaining adhesive with Silk Microfine Glitter in whatever color you want (light color for more contrast, dark color for a tone-on-tone effect). Polish the glitter with your fingertip to bring out the sparkle.

 

OPTIONS

 

Switch the color palette to suit your taste and décor!

This project works well for any flat surface so there are many other possibilities, for example: Walnut Hollow boutique tissue boxes, clocks, or wall panels

For larger projects, adjust the amount of Shimmer Sheetz and the number of “planets”.

 

SUPPLIES

 

StencilGirl Products – L260 Around the World Longitude Stencil by Mary C. Nasser

 

Walnut Hollow – 23873 Rustic Pallet Mini Crate

 

Elizabeth Craft Designs – Shimmer Sheetz in Light Blue Iridescent, Double-sided adhesive sheets in 5” x 12”

 

DecoArt – Americana Acrylics in French Gray Blue

 

Imagine Crafts featuring Tsukineko – StazOn Ink in Royal Purple

 

Jacquard Products – Pinata Color Alcohol Inks in Baja Blue and Rich Gold Metallic

 

Other – Adhesive-backed resin bottle cap stickers in several sizes, ink applicator, paint brush, craft knife, gridded ruler, cutting mat, non-stick scissors

 

For Bonus Earrings – Glass, Metal & More Glue (Beacon Adhesives); Clip or post earring backs

 

For Bonus Card – Silk Microfine Glitter in color(s) of choice (Elizabeth Craft Designs); ColorMates Smooth & Silky 90# cardstock in White (Worldwin Papers)

**When you are finished viewing Judi’s beautiful crate be sure to take a look at Mary’s Blog Hop Project here.**

Modern Plaque Chalkboard Hanger

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Materials:

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I designed this Modern Plaque Chalkboard project for Walnut Hollow’s Make-and-Take at CHA back in January. It was a big hit! I will share pictures from our booth at the end of the post. This project was really easy to make. I started by sanding the Thin Modern Plaque and spray painting it with Krylon Spray Paint. I used Ballet Slipper on half of the plaques and Catalina Mist on the other half.

I conditioned chalkboard paper with the regular chalk and wiped off the excess with a paper towel. Then I cut the paper to fit onto the modern plaque (about 3″ x 5″) in the center of the plaque. I glued it down using a Tombow Stamp Runner.

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I added the trim around the chalkboard- cutting it down using the edges of the chalkboard as a guide for the length needed. I glued down the trim using Beacon Gem-Tac Adhesive. It will dry clear!

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Once the Chalkboard Paper and Trim were in Place I was ready to add the floral and button embellishments! I used Tombow Power Adhesive Tabs to attach the Prima flowers and the Buttons Galore and More buttons to opposite corners of the chalkboard.

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To write my message on the chalkboard, I first drew it out with some white chalk. It comes off easier than the Chalk ink because it does not need water. Then I traced over the design with the chalk ink pen.

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Finally I added a screw hook. The basswood is soft- you can just push the screw into the wood then turn. It will go in easily.

Here are some finished pieces from our CHA booth!

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Last week we went to Madison Mingle in Madison, Wisconsin to show the participants how to make the same project! It was really fun to work with card makers- and we got to make some cards too!

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Now go forth and make your chalkboard!