Mixed Media Memories Wallhanging

 

smoothfoam mixed media wallhanging

I have been on a mixed media spree of late and Smoothfoam sheets are an amazing surface to create wallhangings to celebrate memories and showcase your favorite embellishments.

Supplies:

1″ x 6″ x 12″ Smoothfoam sheet
Assorted chipboard embellishments
Gesso, paintbrush
Low-temp glue gun
Ink sprays
Fluid acrylic paints
Metallic Lustre Cream Paints, Liquid Glass, Crackle Medium (from DecoArt)

SF Memories MM board 1

Start by gluing a layer of chipboard elements to the Smoothfoam and then paint the entire surface with a coat of gesso.

SF Memories MM board 2

Add the second layer of chipboard elements and coat this with gesso as well. Let everything dry well.

SF Memories MM board 8

Layer colors on – starting with spray inks, then after that dries, paint areas with fluid acrylics, then let those dry. Create the last layer of color with the Metallic Lustre – I added bits and pieces of color all over the piece randomly.

SF Memories MM board 5

Try adding Crackle Paint to a few of the pieces for some visual interest.

SF Memories MM board 6

Add gloss to some pieces with Liquid Glass, then when it’s dry, accent it with Metallic Lustre.

Carved Butterfly Wallhanging

Smoothfoam Carved Fanciful Butterfly Wall Hangings by Carmen Flores Tanis Main

If this project looks familiar, it’s because I explained how to make one single butterfly in a post back in September here. I love that butterfly and have had it brightening up an empty corner of my bathroom. And what’s better than one butterfly? A whole group of them! By changing up the colors and varying the text on each one, I now have a fun butterfly wall that will bring the springtime indoors.

Supplies:
12″ Smoothfoam Scrapbook Mount – one per butterfly
Sulky Stick’n Carve Printable Transfer sheets
Acrylic paints – black, light blue, medium blue, dark blue, metallic blue, lime green, metallic green
Proxxon Tabletop Hot Wire Cutter
Hot Wire Foam Factory Hot Knife and Engraving Tool
Paint pens – white, black
Silver 12-gauge wire
Wire cutters
White glue, paintbrush
Picture-hanging hook
Pencil

1. You can find complete directions and a link to download* my butterfly design here to make the first butterfly here.

2. Cut out two additional butterflies using the same directions as for the first butterfly. Remove the Sulky transfer sheets from each one. With a pencil, lightly draw a banner and the words of your choice on the two butterflies.

Smoothfoam Carved Fanciful Butterfly Wall Hangings by Carmen Flores Tanis Cut Outs 3. Use the engraving tool to carve the wording into the foam.
Smoothfoam Carved Fanciful Butterfly Wall Hangings by Carmen Flores Tanis Emboss

4. Paint the butterflies black. Let dry.

5. Dip the paintbrush into the medium blue, then wipe most of the paint off onto a paper towel and “dry brush” the blue on top of the black. Set aside to dry. Repeat for the second butterfly using lime green paint. Let dry.

6.  Paint the banner area on the blue butterfly with a few coats of blue metallic paint. Do the same on the green butterfly using the metallic green paint.

Smoothfoam Carved Fanciful Butterfly Wall Hangings by Carmen Flores Tanis Paint

6.  Add details with the paint pens as shown.

7.  To form the antennae on each butterfly, cut two pieces of wire to 5″ long. Twist one wire into a loose spiral and insert it into the top of the butterfly. Secure with a drop of white glue. Repeat for the second wire.

8.  Glue a picture hanging hook to the back of each butterfly.

* Copyright:  You are welcome to use my original artwork only for your own use or for a gift/donation. You may not use my designs for items intended for resale.

Bon Voyage centerpiece

smoothfoam travel Centerpiece

Graduations and vacations are almost here.Yay! Today’s project would make a great centerpiece for a graduation or bon voyage party – celebrate your graduate who’s about to go out into the world or your friends who plan to travel the globe.

Supplies:

12″ Smoothfoam half ball
Smoothfoam airplane
Acrylic craft paint
Striped paper straw

paint smoothfoam ball

Instructions:

Paint the half ball in blue. Allow to dry completely and then sketch in the continents to make it look like the globe.This can be as realistic or whimsical as you want. You could also decoupage pieces of a paper map onto the ball if you prefer.

Paint the Smoothfoam airplane.

Push a paper straw into the bottom of the plane. It’s easier if you cut the ends of the straw at an angle to make them pointed. Push the other end of the straw into your globe.

smoothfoam painted airplane

If you liked this project, I hope you will visit my blog for more. Happy Travels!

Mini bulletin board

 

smoothfoam mini bulletin board

A mini bulletin board to hang on your door, cabinet or wall is a simple but effective way to display photos, notes, and small artwork. One of the things that I love about Smoothfoam is that it’s lightweight and makes for easy projects for your home or dorm room.

Supplies:

Smoothfoam disc
Craft paints in bright cheerful colors
Washi tape
Picture hanging hardware
Tacky glue
Foam paintbrush
Photos and push pins

smoothfoam mini bulletin board with washi tape

Paint your entire Smoothfoam disk one color. When dry, accent the edges with a pretty metallic paint. Add your washi tape to the outer rim. Attach your picture hardware to the back of the disk by pushing into the foam and securing in place with the tacky glue.

Pin your photos and enjoy!

Birthday Party Glasses

smoothfoam birthday party glasses

My (much) older and wiser sister is turning 60. Being the sweet little sister that I am…I thought I’d make and model a pair of “special” birthday party glasses to embarrass, I mean, celebrate her.

cutting the foam 6113

Supplies:

Smoothfoam sheet
Acrylic paint
Craft knife, paintbrush
Decoupage medium
Superfine glitter
Wood dowel
Paper flowers

Print large numbers from your computer and cut them out to make a template. Tape the numbers together, then trace them onto the Smoothfoam sheet and cut them out with a craft knife, leaving them connected in the center.

Paint the numbers – I chose a lipstick pink. After they have dried, coat them with decoupage medium and sprinkle with superfine glitter.glittering the numbers 6130

Decorate the glasses with white paper flowers. Paint a thin wood dowel gold paint and push it into one side of the glasses as a handle.

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Mini Wedding Cake Decoration

mini wedding cake smoothfoam

Hello friends! We are nearing wedding season. I have been looking on Pinterest at wedding cakes. We have a wedding coming up this summer in my family and I have turned my attentions to wedding decorations, cakes, flowers, clothing, etc.

I needed some mini wedding cakes for tabletop decorations – I decided to use Smoothfoam and my hot wire foam cutter to create some of my own.

You will need:

3″ Smoothfoam block (for cake)
Modeling paste
Acrylic craft paint
Craft stick, wood skewers
Paintbrush, jar, toothpicks
Mini paper flowers and leaves
Rhinestone trim with adhesive back
Hot wire foam cutter
Hot glue, scissors

Instructions:

1. Cut three pieces from the Smoothfoam block (1″ thick) – 3″ square for the bottom layer of the cake, 2-1/2″ square for the middle layer and a 2″ square for the top.

2. Mix two drops of paint into a quarter cup of modeling paste and blend thoroughly with a craft stick.

3. Use a skewer as a handle by poking it into each block of foam. Brush each piece with the tinted modeling paste and stand the skewers in a jar to dry thoroughly.

4. Attach the three cake layers together with toothpicks and secure with hot glue.

5. Decorate your cake with the paper flowers, leaves and rhinestone trim – or try mini pearls, ribbon, jewels, or glitter.

Beaded Mandala Wallhanging

Beaded Mandala wallhanging

Smoothfoam is a great surface for a beaded mandala wallhanging because it holds the pins tightly. A stencil makes it easier to lay out your beads.

Materials:

12″ Smoothfoam disc
13” circle of burlap
Mandala stencil
Fabric or craft paint
Assorted wood and glass beads
1″ head pins, straight pins
Tacky glue, hot glue
Rope
Scissors, sponge, paintbrush, black pen

Instructions:

Center and glue the burlap to the disc. Snip into the burlap around the edge of the circle and wrap around the edge of the disc, overlapping the snip pieces as you glue. Use straight pins to hold the burlap in place until dry.

Center your stencil on top of the disc and pin down. Use a damp sponge brush to apply paint through stencil and let dry.

Hot-glue rope around edge of disc. Pin beads into the surface as desired within the stencil design.

Dot some paint with the end of the paintbrush to accent points in the design, then outline stenciled areas with black pen.

Mother’s Day Ribbon Topiary

smoothfoam-Mother'sDay-Topiary

“A mother is a person who, upon seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie.” ~Tenneva Jordan

For Mother’s Day, make a special brunch and adorn the table with a cheerful centerpiece that Mom can enjoy for months. Ribbon topiaries don’t need water and are totally non-fussy.

You will need:
4″ Smoothfoam cube
2″ Smoothfoam ball
Green acrylic paint
Ribbons in a variety of colors
Decoupage medium
Patterned papers or tissue
Glazing medium
Sequin pins
Ruler, sponge brush, scissors
1/4″ wood dowel rod, cut to 12″ long
Small hand saw
Phillips screwdriver or knitting needle

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Paint the cube and dowel green, allow to dry. Collage favorite papers to the cube using decoupage medium, allow to dry. Brush glazing medium on the cube to protect your collage and give it a glossy finish. Allow to dry.

Use the screwdriver or knitting needle to pierce a pilot hole into the Smoothfoam ball. Push the ball onto the dowel. Pierce another hole into the center of the top of the cube and push the dowel and ball inside.

Cut several 2-3″ lengths of each color ribbon.

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Roll each ribbon into a cylinder and pin it to the ball. I pinned a mixture of orange and yellow ribbons for blossoms, then I filled the spaces in between with green ribbon for leaves.

Tower of Blocks Centerpiece

Smoothfoam tower of blocks centerpiece

I love my new tower of blocks as a centerpiece for my table or kitchen island – it shows off all the cool monoprints I’ve been making. Create a themed tower of blocks for party table decoration!

I have been doing a lot with monoprinting on cardstock and now I have a PILE of cool prints and didn’t know what to do with them all. So this project was designed to use a bunch of prints in a creative way. Check out the monoprinting tutorials online to see all the possibilities for printing your own themed or patterned papers using acrylic paints and stencils.

Supplies:

8″ Smoothfoam cube
5″ Smoothfoam cube
3″ Smoothfoam cube
Gel Press™ Printing Plate
Acrylic paints
Stencils, paint brushes, brayer
White cardstock
Craft glue
Permanent markers
Stamps, inkpads

Mono Print

After your monoprints are dry, trim them into squares to fit each side of your Smoothfoam cubes. Treat the monoprinting like a background and then stamp your favorite focal image on top.

smoothfoam cubes

Glue a square to each side of the cube, plus the top, and let dry.

stamping on monoprinted paper

Color the corners of each cube with a marker and you’re done! Stack the cubes in a tower – glue in position if you want, or leave them loose for more versatility. A single decorated cube makes a great riser for a little statue or art piece. I love pears, so I added a faux pear to the top.

tower of smoothfoam cubes