Rinea Foil Butterfly Card

For this project, I used the following:
Ruby/Gold Foiled paper
Ghost Ink

4"x 5" watercolor paper
4 1/4" x 5 1/4" red card blank
Dandelion burst background stamp by Sin City Stamps
Butterfly punch
70% rubbing alcohol and paper towel.
Heat gun, scissors, pliers, gold wire, gold acrylic paint, water colors, adhesive, rhinestones, foam tape and washi tape.

See how I made this card here!


How to make Blooming Cactus's with Kunin Felt

Welcome to the Kunin®  Felt blog hop!
I, along with fellow designer friends have been asked to share with you projects you can make with Kunin® felt.

(A little bit about Kunin® felt- Made in the U.S.A. This perfect all-around craft fabric comes in a wide variety of colors. Made from Eco-fi,® a high-quality fiber made from 100% post-consumer recycled and BPA-free plastic bottles. Fade-resistant. Cuts cleanly with no fraying and can sew and glue easily.)

Now about my project, I love all things to do with succulents and cactus.
I especially love their vibrant blooms!  Here I have created "thorn-free" cacti you can handle easily and display all year.

  1. Kunin®  9" x 12" Classic Felt in Pirate Green, Neon Green, Cotton Candy Pink, Red and Yellow.
  2. Burlap
  3. Embroidery hoop
  4. 3.50 MM Crochet hook
  5. Scissors
  6. Black marker
  7. Needle and thread
  8. Doll stuffing
You can buy Kunin Felt locally at Hobby Lobby, JoAnn's and Walmart.
See more locations near you and online here.

 Cut your felt length wise into 1/4" strips.

Place your burlap into your hoop and tighten until the burlap is taught. I used a 6" hoop, but you can use any size as long as the burlap is larger than the hoop.
 Draw your pattern with the marker. I generally don't label the colors but I did for you here. The lines in the greens section can help you in the beginning until you get the hang of it.
If you have ever done rug hooking, this is similar. Always start in the center of your project. Here we are starting with yellow. Push your hook through the burlap.
On the underside, hook a piece of felt and gently pull it through. Repeat until you have filled in the circle for the yellow felt.  If it's hard for you to grip the crochet hook, try wrapping the handle with a few rubber bands as I did.
After each strip of color or felt, trim off the excess carefully with your scissors.
Continue with rest of the colored felt. You can make your loops tight or long. If you mess up. just carefully pull it back through and start again.
The pattern for the sides of the cactus are shown above. When you are done, remove from the hoop and trim the burlap 1" from the project edge. Cut along the dotted lines to the center.

Turn your piece over and pinch the raw edges of the burlap together then sew shut. Do this all around.

Turn your piece inside out and stitch closed any burlap exposed areas.
Eyeball the size of the base of your cactus and cut from felt.
Fill cactus with stuffing and begin stitching base felt to the bottom, tucking in the excess burlap as you work.
Soft, vibrant, easy to handle blooming cacti!
 Display in a dish filled with rocks or crystals!
 Please visit the rest of the Kunin ® Felt projects and enter to win an assortment of both Classic felt and Premium felt valued at $75 to use to make your own projects here!


Decorated Succulent Container

 So most of you know by now that I love to work with foil right? And not just any foil, but Rinea foil! Now they have this fantastic new product called Ghost Ink. Its insane! It lets you stamp onto the foil and then when wiped off, removes the foil color where you stamped.
Cool right? Check it out below.

For this project, I used the following:

  • Empty container, clean and dry.

  • Paper trimmer
  • Heat gun
  • 70% Rubbing Alcohol
  • Baby wipes
  • Clear packing tape
  • Foam pad
  • *Optional -
  • Colored permanent markers, Glittered washi tape, Q-tips and rhinestones.

  •  Measure and cut your foiled paper to fit the width of your container, but still narrower than the tape.

    Ink up your stamps with the Ghost Ink.
    Use a foam pad under the foil when stamping to get better results.

    Be careful not to wiggle the stamp or you will have smeared results. Lift up carefully. Use the heat gun to set the ink- 2 seconds on high...or...5-10 seconds on low.

    Put some alcohol onto the baby wipe and wipe away the dried ghost ink.
    Continue this process all along the strip.
      For a little extra fun, dab a Q-tip into the Ghost Ink and add some dots to the border or detail to the butterfly's.

     Use your permanent markers to add color in some of the stamped design.

    Adhere the stamped foil to the container with the clear tape. The tape helps protect the foil from everyday use.
    Add washi tape if desired and rhinestones.
    lastly add your potting soil and a plant. Mist lightly and place in a sunny window.

    Thanks for coming by! Be sure to stop by the Rinea blog for more inspiration!


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