Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Dress My Craft Teflon Bone Folders

Hi friends...I love doing product and tool reviews as I love to thoroughly explore the various ways you can use a particular tool, ponder about the pros and cons and share tips and tricks about  the new product.
In today's post I will be sharing reviews, tips and the various ways you can use Teflon Bone folders...specifically from Dress My Craft . I hope it will be useful to my crafty friends .
The DMC Tefon Bone folders were launched a couple of months back and I actually got them last year but wanted to get to know them intimately by using them day in and day out so that I can give a proper unbiased opinion in the review.
What is a Bone Folder?
Ok...most of you do know what a bone folder is but for the newbie is an awesome tool which helps you to score  papers to achieve crisp folds and is an invaluable tool in card making, box making and scrap-booking.
Plastic Versus Teflon Bone Folders
A bone folder is such an essential tool for a paper crafter. Most of you must have got your first bone folder along with your scoreboard. And perhaps you have been content with it never seeing the need to invest in something better or perhaps not even knowing there were better options out there!
Over the years I have acquired a collection of 4 plastic bone folders  and here are some of the problems
The scoring tip of the plastic bone folders became blunt over time
One particular plastic bone folder had such a sharply pointed tip that it tore paper if one was not careful
Shape of most of them was not very conducive to effective and easy burnishing
The last plastic one I bought was made of such a brittle type material that after just a few months it became brittle and started chipping off !
Special advantages of Teflon Bone folders
  • They are smooth and will literally slide over paper
  • Does not scratch and leave marks over paper
  • They are heat resistant to a high degree
  • They are heavy and sturdy and hence feels good to use
  • Depending on the design there is a certain amount of flexibility with the teflon folders. This is especially advantageous in some situations eg in the Angle folder while spreading glue
  • Very durable
  • Nonstick to a huge extent and that means it is super easy to clean
  • If glue gets on it and dries can literally peel the glue off!
  • Available in various designs each with its own special feature

And here is a video demonstration showing the feature of 3 types of the Dress My Craft Teflon Bone folders and the versatile uses of these special tools

The Choice...Which Teflon Bone Folder to Buy?
Shalini has launched a beautiful range of the Teflon bone folders and each one is made of high quality Teflon and differ in the design and size  in order to cater to the different needs of a crafter.

After using the 3 Dress My Craft Bone folders shown in the picture I got here is my input

  • The Teflon Bone Folder 3 is my go to without thinking too much as it is super handy for both scoring, burnishing and getting into every nook and cranny when you are making boxes, albums ,3 D projects etc. If you are on a budget I would highly recommend this as your first Tefon folder
  • The Ergo is the one I really love and it is so easy on your hand and it is perfect for burnishing a large surface as its flat surface literally glides on paper. The rounded edges are especially useful in box making. And the large flat surface is so useful  as you can see in the video where I used it to fold up paper, fold over papers etc
  • The Angle folder - is so flexible and I am keeping mine exclusively to use for gluing and decoupaging . If you are like me and dislike getting your fingers dirty with glue and dislike using brushes for gluing/ decoupage as you hate the washing up part....this is a god sent will just love it! Because this tool is made of Teflon and is so smooth  glue does not stick to it unlike regular plastic  and you can easily wipe it off after use and in case you forget or are too lazy...the best and fun part is you can peel off the glue as you saw me do in the video!

I am actually tempted to  buy all the designs as I think each one has its own cool advantage and special use!!
I hope you find my demo and review useful
International buyers can buy the Teflon Bone folders from Dress My Craft
Crafters from India can buy them from Crafters Corner  :Dress My Craft Bone Folders

Friday, 1 February 2019

Dress My Craft Flower Sentiment Dies

Hi friends... .. Dr Sonia here and so happy to share a project I designed specially to showcase the gorgeous Dress My Craft Flower Sentiment dies.

 These  flower sentiment dies are so unique and beautifully designed.They are so delicate and pretty and would look good on cards on your table, in scrapbooks and simply fabulous as bookmarks!

To make these self standing Pop Up Cards  you can die cut the flower sentiment dies in white card stock and color them using your favorite coloring media to enhance the detailing. I just used Distress Inks  .

The lovely papers you can see are from the Dress My Craft Magical Unicorns 6 x 6 paper pack. You just need a small 5 x 3 inch piece of pattern paper to make this Pop Up Card .

The design I used from Magical Unicorns was so pretty I just used a few pearls to embellish the card!

These Pop Up Cards can be made with very little supplies.
Materials Used
  • Cardstock-3 x 10 inch
  • Pattern paper - Dress My Craft Magical Unicorns : Only a 5 x 3 inch strip is required: Cut this into two 1 x 3 inch strips and one 3 x 3 inch square

  • Acetate Sheet- 2 x 6 inches- trim on the 2 inch side slightly
  • Adhesive- Red Tacky Tape and Liquid Adhesive like glossy accents to help stick the die cuts to the acetate without a creating a mess!!
  • Dies : Dress My Craft Flower Sentiment Dies
  • Scoring Board
  • Bone Folders- from Dress My Craft 
  • Coloring Media: Distress Inks 
  • Glitter : Sparkling Dust

I love how the sentiment acts as the stem of the pretty flower design!
These mini cards would look cool as party props on the table...what do you say!!!

The flower die cuts have beautiful detailing on them but you can enhance the beauty with a sprinkling of Dress My Craft Sparkling dust to add a subtle shimmer to the flowers!
Video Tutorial 
Here is a quick  video Tutorial on the Dress My Craft channel to show you how to make these pretty and cute Pop Up Cards

The "Love" Flower sentiment die is more intricately designed than the other two and is sooo beautiful !

I hope you liked this card idea!

List of products used : International buyers can buy from Dress My Craft 
Crafters from India can buy the supplies from Crafters Corner  

Dress My Craft Bone Folders- Bone folder 3 , Ergo 

Thursday, 10 January 2019

Cadence cream foil bond and DMC metallic foil

Hellooo there!

This Thursday I have a video tute on how to give gilding effects to your projects using the Cream foil bond from Cadence and the foil sheets from Dress My Craft!

This gilding effect gives a lovely rustic finish to your projects.

You can use the foil bond(glue) with stencils or do a free hand pattern with a brush or your fingers, allow to dry, stick the foil sheet and pull have a lovely gilded effect left on the surface!
Here is what I did with it today!

A desk top accessory which says "BLOOM" using the gilded effect.

There are more pictures in the video below.
The tutorial is here...enjoy and let me know what you think!

I have lot of pictures too in the video where I have used the foil bond on various projects. Do have a look.

That's it for today.

Until my next creative journey,
Happy crafting and recycling.

Products from the store

Decoupage tissues
Very chalk paints from Cadendence -October mist
Very chalky paint- purple lilac
Cream foil bond from Cadence
Foil sheets from Dress my craft

Decoupage glue from Cadence

Saturday, 22 December 2018

Flowers and Leaves with DMC dies

Foamiran Roses and Leaves
Hi friends Dr Sonia here sharing  a floral bouquet made with the new Dress My Craft Rose die set No.2. I was so excited to see all the beautiful beautiful flower dies Shalini released and even though it is hard to pick a favorite....the Dress My Craft Rose die set No.2 is my favorite There are a total of 14 dies in this set and it is perfect to make roses ranging in size from tiny rose buds to really huge blooms!
Let me jump right into the Tutorial
Foamiran Roses and Leaves Tutorial 
You can use just 2 sizes of petals to make large  foamiran roses. Die cut 5 sheets of foamiran at a time using the petal dies.This not only saves time but helps to thin the foamiran even further!
Foamiran Rose Tutorial 
Die cut at least 2+3+5 [these are the petals in each layer from inside to out] =10 small petals and 5+7 [outer 2 layers of petals]= 12 larger petals. Always cut a few extra petals as foamiran is very thin and it is inevitable to tear a few petals as you work especially if you are impatient like me!
Foamiran Rose Tutorial 
Use a coloring media of your choice to shade petals if you wish. For these roses I lightly shaded the upper part of the petals with Mungyo Artists Soft Oil Pastels. I shaded the small petals slightly darker.
Tip:  Shading the central petals darker helps to give more depth to your flower.
Foamiran Rose Tutorial 
Shape the petals into a cup shape using your fingers or a ball tool. If you want to save time you can heat your petals by touching the petals to an iron and your petals will quickly curl into a cup shape  but this does tend to make your petals thicker !
Tip: Using your fingers is faster but make sure you don't have nails on your fingers as otherwise you will get nail marks on your petals!
Foamiran Rose Tutorial 
Take a forceps and grasp the upper edge of your petal as shown.

Foamiran Rose Tutorial 
Twist the forceps to the back  as shown.

Foamiran Rose Tutorial 
Heat this edge on the iron box for a few seconds

Foamiran Rose Tutorial 
Remove and curl it into place using your fingers again.This is how the back of your petal will look now.

Foamiran Rose Tutorial 
Do the same for the other side of your petal.

Foamiran Rose Tutorial 
Sometimes as your heat the petal the cupping may smoothen out...then use your ball tool/finger again to cup the central part again.

Foamiran Rose Tutorial 
Don't be frustrated if you tear a few petals in this shaping step !! Shape all your petals in this way. You will need around 10 small and 12 large petals to make your rose.
Foamiran Rose Tutorial 
The easiest way to make a rose is by starting with the bud. You can use  a crunched up cotton ball, aluminium foil , clay or even a paper ball  as your center. 
I used the pointed Styrofoam buds from Dress My Craft for my rose that these come in many sizes,have a wire stem to hold and the shape is just perfect!
Foamiran Rose Tutorial 
Glue 2 petals overlapping each other around the central Styrofoam bud. 
Tip: the quickest glue for foamiran is hot glue but be very sparing in the amount of glue you use and only apply at the lower part of the petal...that way you wont see unsightly white blobs of glue when you make your flower!

Foamiran Rose Tutorial 
For the 2nd layer use 2 to 3 petals. The easiest for beginners is to use 2 petals in the 2nd layer as trying to get in 3 petals is a tight fit don't be frustrated if your rose center doesn't look as cool as you wanted it to!

Foamiran Rose Tutorial 
Add 4 to 5 layers in the 3rd layer. Working in 5 petals in easier 
Tip: Once you have made one or 2 flowers you will quickly understand the right amount of overlap to get that perfect petal arrangement!
Foamiran Rose Tutorial 
Add the  outer 2 layers in the same way...overlapping the petals as you glue.
Foamiran Roses and Leaves
If you are making a bouquet or a home decor item the under-surface of the flower will be visible...add a calyx using the calyx die in the set.
Foamiran Rose Tutorial 
 Scrunch up the die cut calyx to make it look more natural. Turn your rose over and apply a blob of glue on the center . Add your calyx, curling it to overlap and cover the center and stem of your rose.
Foamiran Rose Tutorial 
How to make Foamiran Leaves

Foamiran Leaf Tutorial 
Once again die cut 5 sheets at a time  ...this helps to make the leaves thinner.

Foamiran Leaf Tutorial 
You can draw,use mould or even stamp to add veins to the leaves but here is a super easy way to add lovely veins.
Place the leaves on a perforating pad [ used in parchment craft and flower making] or a thick mouse pad and run the pointed tip of the Dress My Craft golf tool on the leaves to make your veins.
Foamiran Leaf Tutorial 
It is so quick to make your leaves using this method!
Tip: Hold your tool in a slanted fashion rather than vertically up...this way you will not tear through the delicate foamiran.
Foamiran Leaf Tutorial 
If you are making a bouquet you need to add leaf stalks...sharing a quick tip to make your job easy and fast: Insert floral wires an inch or so into the glue bottle, twirl and remove it.
Tip : Use a quick drying tacky glue for fast and mess free results. I used Aleene's tacky glue here.

Foamiran Leaf Tutorial 
Stick the wire on the under-surface of your leaf[ the surface with the less prominent vein markings]

Foamiran Leaf Tutorial 
It is faster and more fun if you batch process a bunch of leaves in one go!
Foamiran Leaf Tutorial 
Leave undisturbed to dry . Be patient!!
Foamiran Leaf Tutorial 
And voila...your beautiful leaves are ready to go on your floral arrangement!!
Foamiran Roses and Leaves
I hope you liked this project and found the tips and techniques useful.
I apologise I could not make a video ... I am much better at writing than speaking and I really wanted to share all the tips in a post so that it will be easier for you to reference back to it at leisure!!
Here are the supplies used.
Everything is from Crafters Corner
Supplies : Foamiran Sheets, Dress My Craft dies  : Rose die #2 , Styrofoam Buds, Mungyo Artists Soft Oil Pastels, Floral Tape, Golf Tools, Ball Tools, Flower making wire, Aleene's tacky glue