Sunday, August 10, 2008

Project Tutorial - Suncatcher

Faux Sun-Catcher Wall Art

Supply List:
Paper plate, dinner size (roughly 8 inch plate)
Acrylic paint: Apple Barrel
Patterned paper: Club Scrap
Card stock: Club Scrap
Rubberstamps (all images and sentiments): Club Scrap
Rubberstamps (alphabets): Lost Coast Designs
Distressed inks, Vintage Photo: Ranger
Versamark ink
Gold embossing powder: Top Boss
Gold Accent Pen
Gold Floss: DMC
Beads: Bistro Beaders/Club Scrap
Bottle caps: Club Scrap
Glossy Accents: Ranger
(3) Shower Curtain rings: PlumbShop
Eyelets: Joann Scrap Essentials
Ribbon: Offray
Fibers: Stylecraft Safari Fibers
Seed bead needle
Picture frame hanger
Ultimate Crafter’s Pick Glue
Hole punch, 1/8th inch
Fiskars circle cutter
Heat gunRubber mallet or Sizzix machine with attachment
Circle punch


1. Take plain paper plate, paint it base color. Let Dry
2. Take image stamp and using versamark ink and rubberstamp just the edge of the plate. Use gold embossing powder and heat with heat gun to emboss.
3. Take Gold accent pen and run along edge of entire plate.
4. Cut 6 inch circle, adhere to bottom of plate.
5. Cut 3 inch circle of photo, and a 3.5 in circle for photo mat (ink edges). Adhere both to bottom of plate on the 6 inch circle. Photo circle is about 3.25 inch in center of mat.
6. Cut a 7 inch circle, then cut another 4 inch circle in the center of the 7 inch circle. Ink all edges.
7. Now to get ready to do the faux sun catcher, cut a 4 inch circle out of a scratch piece of copy paper (thin paper, rather than cardstock). Fold the circle in half. Fold this in half again. And one more time. Unfold and make a little tick mark at each of the fold lines. Now make another tick mark half way between each of those tick marks, for a total of 16 tick marks.
8. Place the template into the center of the 7 inch circle in the 4 inch circle, with the back side of the 7 inch circle facing up. Now transfer the tick marks onto the 7 inch circle.
9. Use the hole punch and punch at the ticks marks, about 1/8th of an inch from the center.
10. Take DMC floss and tape the end to the backside of the circles. Use a seed bead needle, thread up through your first hole, add some seed beads, count to the right to the fourth hole and thread down to the back, come up through the next hole to the right. Repeat process until each hole has two threads through it, one up and one down. Tape off end on backside.
11. For bottle cap title. Flatten bottle caps using a rubber mallet or Sizzix machine (with the Sizzlets attachment). Punch a circle to fit inside bottle cap, ink edges and rubberstamp letter. Fill bottle cap with glossy accents and set punched letter into it. Cover the punched circle completely with glossy accents. Let dry, takes a while, usually overnight works best.
12. Attach 7 inch circle to the paper plate using Crafter’s Pick glue. Let dry.
13. Cut small strips of ribbon and staple to the paper plate. Create a title block with coordinating cardstock and using rubberstamps.
14. Uses Crafter’s pick glue to adhere the bottle cap title to plate, let dry.
15. Take shower curtain rings and cover with versamark and dip into embossing powder. Emboss with heat gun. Cover all three rings entirely, turning them from silver to gold.
16. Take shower curtain rings and trace around them on a piece of color coordinating cardstock. Cut three of these, just a tad bit smaller than the tracing. Ink edges. Attach the rings to the cardstock using crafter’s pick glue and let dry.
17. Punch hole and set an eyelet at the top of the ring. Repeat on all three.
18. Punch out 3 small photos that fit inside the curtain ring and adhere. Cover the photos and fill the ring – leaving the opening at the eyelet – with glossy accents. Let dry overnight.
19. Now punch hole and set eyelet in center of bottom of plate. Punch and set eyelet evenly spaced – approximately 2 inches – from the center eyelet. Use jump rings to attach the curtain rings to the paper plate.
20. Use Crafter’s pick glue and attach strip of fiber around edge of 7 inch circle to sort of frame up the paper.
21. Add a hanger to the back of the plate – for hanging on the wall.

This is a fun and unique project. Good luck and have fun!

Debbie Weller

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