Dufex has recently released four new additions to its everyday 3D decoupage range. There is a wedding sheet (pictured); a medallion sheet (same pattern as a previous design, in a different colourway); an Easter chicks and bunnies sheet and a romantic 'cuties' sheet suitable for Valentines cards.
Dufex has just brought out a new range of decoupage called Freestyle, which is available in both die cut and non die cut formats. The range includes 8 different everyday designs: pansies (pictured); sun and sand; fashion; flowers and butterflies; night fairies; golf and fishing; gardening and oriental flowers. Co-ordinating backing sheets are also available.
Each sheet contains a great selection of pictures, borders, panels and greetings, plus lots of extra embellishments. You can choose different elements to use together on a project, or combine them with other craft products to create your own distinctive designs.
Foil Play will send a free instructions and ideas sheet with each purchase of Dufex Freestyle decoupage.
Many thanks to Barbara for sending pictures of some gorgeous cards she has produced using Paper Nation decoupage sheets and co-ordinating papers. I love the googly eye on the fish in the Fishing Man card above!
Peel off stickers are a staple item for the crafter, and very versatile. Use them in many ways, from popping on a quick greeting or embellishment, or really go to town to produce more special effects.
Basic 'how to' instructions
To apply peel off stickers, bend the sheet and gently pull up part of the edge of the sticker (on delicate designs it may be necessary to loosen more edges).
Peel the entire sticker off the sheet and allow it to relax in the air, and regain its shape. Use tweezers, or a 'pokey tool' to hold the sticker if you prefer. Gently place the sticker onto your project (so that you can reposition if necessary). When you are happy with the placement, press down to adhere it.
If you are working with a greetings sticker, or individual letters, it can be a little tricky to get the wording straight. One way to do this is to use a post-it note as a straight edge against which you can align the message, then remove the post-it note when you are done.
If you are working with a very large peel off design, it can be sometimes be difficult to get it to lay it flat on your project, without getting any lumps or crinkles in the design. A tip here is to lay the peel off on your work surface, adhesive facing upwards, then lay your card or paper over the peel off and adhere it in that way.
How to get more out of your peel off stickers
Here are just a few ideas for using peel off stickers:
- colour in the sticker using a variety of materials - watercolour or gel pens, paints, chalks etc;
- use the sticker as a stencil - first remove some of the stickiness, by sticking to your clothes a couple of times, then place on your project and chalk over, then lift the sticker away (and repeat the process if you wish to make a background design, for example);
- apply the sticker to your choice of decorative background, then cut around it before applying to your project, either flat or using foam pads or silicone adhesive to achieve a 3D effect - either will emphasise the design very effectively. Transparent peel offs suit this technique particularly well. For background, you could use plain, decorative or holographic paper or card. Gold peel offs on a gold background or silver peel offs on silver look great too;
- bored with the basic colours? - change the colour of your stickers (while still on the backing sheet) using overhead projector or special peel off colouring pens;
- use the stickers as an outline for glass painting projects;
- use the 'negative' left behind after using a peel off sticker. To do this, you will need to cover the negative design with overlapping strips of Scotch magic tape, or peel off transfer sheets. Press down very firmly, then lift off the design. Place the tape / transfer sheet over where you wish to apply the negative image, then rub over very firmly (e.g. with the back of a spoon) and the design will transfer. You will need to apply a lot of pressure to achieve this successfully!
- another way to use the 'negative' if you have the same design of sticker in different colours, is to use the 'negative' from one or more different colours to fill in a design, use tweezers or a pokey tool to get the pieces in position.
Foil Play has stocked up on festive self adhesive fabrics, which can be used to add texture to your Christmas cards and projects. Six different designs are available, in A4 sheets.
Foil Play has also stocked up on glitter card, with 25 different designs (both everyday and Christmas) to choose from. These A4 sheets are 'full on' glitter, they can be used to make toppers, embellishments or backgrounds and will add texture and shine to your card and craft projects.
Foil Play has stocked up on Dufex Christmas stickers - these scrumptious stickers are sure to add a shine to your Christmas cards!
Two sheets, including the Christmas greetings above, are on special offer at only 75p per sheet (while stocks last), so if you haven't used Dufex stickers before, this is an ideal opportunity to try them.