Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Paper and Fiber Staining with Natural Products Tutorial

Today I'm back with a simple and fun tutorial.
Do you like the look of vintage paper? I do and the effect that it adds to the projects.
I usually work on large batches when I am staining paper and fibers, to have enough for several projects.
This process is really easy and a little messy, but fun.

Paper and Fiber Staining with Natural Products Tutorial
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Turmeric
  • Beets
  • Computer Paper
  • Deli Paper
  • Dictionary Pages
  • Cheese Cloth
  • Seam Binding
  • Butchers Twine
Preparing the natural dies:
  1. Prepare some coffee; I used the leftover from our morning coffee.
  2. Steep some tea; I like to use lots of bags and a very dark tea.
  3. Boil water and add Turmeric (deep yellow color).
  4. Grate two beets and place them on cheese cloth. Using your hands and wearing glove if you don’t want to stain your hands and nails, press the cloth in order to collect all the juice.
How to:

Butchers Twine and Seam Binding:
  1.  Deep butchers twine and seam binding into the stains for 10 minutes.  I did this with all four dies at once, but it is your choice.
  2. Take out and let aside to drain on paper towels.
  3.  Place in an oven safe dish.
  4. Put the dish into a preheated oven, use the lowest possible temperature and keep an eye on them (they will dray quickly).
  5. Set aside to cool down.

Computer Paper, Deli Paper, Dictionary Pages and Cheese Cloth:
  1. Repeat steps 1 through 5 of Butchers Twine and Seam Binding.

 The final result:


I like to iron my papers just to bring out the marks and folds and it is easier to store.

Now enjoy your one of a kind stained papers and fibers and have fun creating with them!!

Follow this LINK to see what I created using my stained papers and seam binding.


Mixed Media Christmas Card

I made my first Christmas card of 2018, hopefully I'll be ready when the holidays arrive this year.
This was a fun creative process.
Used some of my stained products from a previous tutorial.
If you are interested please follow the link and learn how to stain papers and fibers with natural products.
Here is my card:
I hope you like it, because I'm in love with this card.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:

Thanks for the visit!

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Favorite five of 2017!

This was a short year for my creativity, but I still managed to have lots of fun.
A lot of projects didn't get finished during 2017, but I see it as a challenge for this year to get things done.
Here are my favorite five of 2017:

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Hope you like them!

Life after Hurricane Maria

Hi my lovelies!
It has been so long since my last post, but life happens and sometimes it happens very fast and hits us very hard.
I live in Puerto Rico and we were visited by to mayor Hurricanes during September 2017.
Hurricane Irma and  Maria hit us as a category 4 almost 5 hurricanes and it had wind gust of 200 mph.
We were left without water and electricity for months, supplies are still short at the supermarkets, most of our Shopping Centers are still closed and those stores that have been able to reopen have very limited  merchandise.
With all this said I have learned the value of family and friends.  Their prayers and help sustained us during those long days and nights.
I am thankful for everything and am fighting to get back to my normal self.
Here is a beautiful video of the recovery process of my island, called Isla Bendita (Blessed Island)
Thank you all for being there when we most needed you and please keep us in your prayers during the recovery process.
We are fighting to get back on our feet and we will do it!
Puerto Rico se levanta!!

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