Viva Decor Inka Gold rub on wax paste for crafts, altered arts and home decor. Tips and Tricks from Wendy showing some of the many surfaces this rub on and buff to a shine, wax paste can be easily applied to.
Craft along with Wendy and learn how to make a shabby chic style small chest of drawers using paper napkins, flat packed MDF kit and pretty embellishments.
Hi Ho People! Here at Cuddly Buddly we're getting excited about our new monthly Craft Challenges which start on Friday 14th March.
Each month we'll be creating to a new theme, showing you our Team makes, publishing articles listing the materials used and helpful instructions on how to make the projects. Then we'll be 'challenging' you to Keep Creating with us in whichever craft medium is closest to your heart - card making and papercrafting, sewing, painting, mixed media and much, much more! If we sell the products you're using then consider yourself invited!
We very much want to encourage you to join in and show us your finished make by linking it in on our blog comments. At the end of the challenge we'll choose a Winner who'll receive a £25 Gift Certificate to spend in our craft shop on any of the 12,000+ craft products and downloads that tickle your fancy.
We are truly blessed to be able to work with such a talented Design Team and proudly introduce these lovely people to you along with a sampler of their favourite crafty makes. Click on the project photos to explore the Team's web homes and see more of their beautiful crafts.
Hi! My name is Kyriakos and I live in Greece. I can always remember doing something artistic like painting on canvas and glass, although today, my profession is completely irrelevant to the arts!
About 2 years ago, a friend introduced me to the wonderful world of scrapbooking. Since that day I have been involved in different kinds of crafts.
I enjoy learning new techniques and mixing various materials in my projects. I especially enjoy making shadow boxes with photographs of people’s special moments and beloved ones and decorating jewellery boxes. My favourite materials are metallic foils, charms and wires which you can see in the photos on my website.
Hi Everyone, I’m Gill Hobbs, a Decorative Painter & Teacher from North Cornwall.
Hubby dearest of 34 years is a rare breed of man who understands that dinner can sometimes be baked beans and egg on toast, because I’ve lost all track of time in my studio! We have two children both working and basically off our hands. Time at last to start to do all the things that were put on hold.
I’ve dabbled in several crafts over the years. Knitting, crochet, patchwork and cross stitching to name a few, but my love of Decorative Painting has out shone them all. All technique taught just like all the other crafts and it has grown from the Traditional Folk Art styles into something that overlaps with lots of other things - Card Making, Scrapbooking, Altered Art and Mixed Media. The sky's the limit!
Visit my Blog to see what can be achieved with brushes and paint and watch this space - I’ve got a ton of ideas to share with you! Thank you Kim and Cuddly Buddly for the chance to do this with my favourite products.
Hello! My name is Lorraine Widdison and I live in regional/rural Australia. We have made the “escape to the country” change. I love card making, stamping and paper craft, but I also like to try my hand at most crafts. My computer is turned on all day (and much of the night) checking blogs, e-mails and Facebook. I think this is a carry-over from my days working in an office. I’m a bit of a
hoarder collector of lovely papers, stamps, dies and colouring mediums.
My husband is very tolerant of my card making obsession (just has to be really) and our 3 grown children, their spouses and 5 grandchildren are very understanding of my passion. The little ones know not to play in Grandma’s special room unless G’ma is with them.
I am thrilled that Kim invited me to be a Design Team member for Cuddly Buddly and I hope to inspire you and make some great crafty friends. I have used digital stamps from Cuddly Buddly for several years now and love them.
I invite you to drop by my blog and would love you to say hello.
Hello, my name is Isabela, I am 22 and I am a 4th year medical student. I've been in love with paper for as long as I can remember. I discovered quilling 3 years ago and I started to create cards. Soon after, I found out about die-cutting machines and I got mine 7 months ago.
I create bookmarks and gift boxes. I decorate albums, but cards are by far my favorite thing to do. I think card making is a special way of expressing our personality and also a good opportunity to show our feelings to the people we love.
Hi, I’m Josie from sewforsoul. I live in the North East of England with my husband, two children and a very naughty cat.
I enjoy all things creative, but my first love is sewing, especially appliqué. Wherever possible I try to use upcycled materials as celebrating life shouldn’t cost the Earth. My thrifty habits also enable me to save my pennies for the purchase of gorgeous pieces of statement fabric! I get so much pleasure from creating hand-stitched gifts such as bunting, tea cosies and journal covers for special friends and family members. I hope I can inspire others to get stitching too!
My Name is Wendy, I have been crafting one way or another all my life, I love sharing inspiration and projects. Over the past 5 years my crafty style has changed and grown. I love card making and altered arts, vintage and shabby chic style are some of my favorite styles.
I was previously on Cuddly Buddly's Design Team and loved working with Kim and the fab digital artwork, so I was thrilled to return to be on Kim's New Design Team where we will be creating some amazing projects using all sorts of products from the Cuddly Buddly online shop. Thanks to Kim I was also published in two craft magazines of which I am very proud. I can't wait to share my first Challenge Project with everyone.
Hello, I'm Carol Findon and I'm a passionate crafter and can’t remember a time when I wasn’t creating something. I started crafting seriously when I wanted to make my own Christmas cards one year and I was introduced to Pergamano (Parchment Craft) and went on to produce very different and original work from then on. I have a dedicated Craft Studio where I spend the majority of my time and like nothing better than to bring to life things I have been planning in my very busy head, which is always full of new ideas.
I think as crafters we evolve over the years, and this has been my ‘mixed media year’ where I have diversified into all sorts of new techniques; working with metal, using tissue paper to enhance quite ordinary every day things, and generally get messy and I’m loving every minute of it. I’m hoping I have many years left to develop and expand and learn new techniques. I am looking forward to my monthly challenge with Cuddly Buddly and very excited at the prospect of working with the team! I am never happier than when I am creating! Long may it continue!
We all hope you'll enjoy the Cuddly Buddly Craft Challenges and feel encouraged to craft along with us.
'Til the 14th March ... Keep Creating!
Faber-Castell Polychromos artists’ colour pencils have especially soft, oil leads, which are non-smudge and waterproof. They are characterised by their unparalleled light-fastness and break-resistance.
A - Blocks of rich colour
To create blocks of intense colour, hold the pencil in an almost vertical position and press down hard on the paper.
B - Shading
To colour an area evenly, hold the pencil at a very shallow angle, and only press down lightly on the paper. The structure of the paper will be visible, while individual strokes will not.
C - Hatching and cross-hatching
Drawing many lines alongside each other will create an area of colour, which can be intensified by repeatedly overlaying lines at different angles.
D - From light to dark
Light colours are transparent, while dark colours provide coverage. Superimposing layers of colour increases the brilliance and vividness of the colours.
E - Brush painting and blending
To create even and graduated areas of colour, paint over the strokes made with Polychromos artists’ colour pencils using a bristle brush and paraffin oil (baby oil or salad oil).
Oil paints also dissolve the artists’ colour pencils, which is why they are often used to draw preparatory sketches for oil paintings. The lines subsequently dissolve when they are painted over.
F - Working onto coloured backgrounds
A coloured background can result in very attractive changes to the character of a colour.
G - Working on different surfaces
Polychromos colour pencils adhere to many different surfaces, such as paper, parchment, cardboard, wood, stone, leather and metal.
Polychromos artists’ colour pencils are permanent, adhere firmly to their background, and do not require fixing. Fixing could cause lower layers of colour to bleed through to the surface.
This product information article has been reproduced from the Faber-Castell Catalogue.
What's the main difference between Polychromos and Prismacolor pencils?
Polychromos are medium-soft oil based pencils that can be blended and graduated using baby oil or salad oils.
Prismacolor are soft wax based pencils, susceptible to unwanted bloom. Prismacolor pencils are blended with alcohol solutions.
Illustrator Heather Franzen has written a very helpful comparison article between the two pencils. Visit her blog to read what she has to say.
Die cutting intricate shapes can be a real headache when the delicate cut paper pieces refuse to come away easily from the metal die. With a little extra patience and attention you can easily remedy this and create beautiful papercuts which would be oh so very difficult to have cut by hand!
Insert a piece of greaseproof paper between your cutting die and paper and keeping them together, pop them into your 'plates sandwich' and run them through your Big Shot (or other brand) die cutting machine. The paper cut piece will now be easy to remove from the die. Poke out any small 'interior' areas of cut paper with a craft knife or pokey tool. If the greaseproof paper stays in the die when you remove your cut shape, it won't do any harm to leave it there.
The pressure between die cutting machine's rollers seems to be strongest at the outer edges. This can prove a problem when cutting larger dies and delicate dies and leave areas of the design uncut or partially cut. To remedy this run the cutting die/paper forwards and backwards through the machine a couple of times and then turn the die and paper/card 90 degrees and run it forwards and backwards through the machine again.
The quality of paper being cut can make a huge difference to the crispness of the cut - be sure to use a good 'crisp' card or paper such as the Marianne Design Papers, Bazzill, cArt-Us and Papicolor.
Cheap printer paper can be a little too loose sometimes for intricate cuts, especially if it's still damp from going through an inkjet printer. Be sure to give the ink time to dry properly and then try cutting two layers of paper at the same time. If they both cleanly, that's excellent but be ready to keep the cleanest cut and throw the other away.
When cutting tissue paper, crepe paper and other fibrous papers try sandwiching a few layers of the papers between cheap printer paper so that the die can get a better 'bite' as it passes through the machine's rollers.
And finally the shims! Don't be afraid to add extra shims of paper into your cutting sandwich to get a better cut - a thin shim or two can make a huge difference, especially if your cutting plates are starting to look a tad curled and aged.