Carved Cheshire Cat Wallhanging

Smoothfoam carved cheshire cat wallhanging

 

I absolutely love this conversation between Alice and the Cheshire Cat from Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland – the original cat was illustrated for the book by John Tenniel.

“But I don’t want to go among mad people,” Alice remarked.
“Oh, you can’t help that,” said the Cat. “We’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.”
“How do you know I’m mad?” said Alice.
“You must be,” said the Cat, “or you wouldn’t have come here.”

And wouldn’t this mad Cheshire Cat make a great wallhanging in your entryway? Your guests would know that they were in for some fun! This carving is actually pretty easy to make using a minimum of supplies. Don’t be scared by the artwork; because this is such a simple image made up of little white lines, everyone will easily be able to recognize the Cheshire Cat, no matter what your drawing skills!

Supplies:
12″ Smoothfoam Scrapbook Mount sheet
Sulky Stick’n Carve Printable Transfer sheets
Acrylic paint – chalkboard black
Proxxon Tabletop Hot Wire Cutter
Hot Wire Foam Factory Hot Knife and Engraving Tool
Paint pens – white, orange
Picture-hanging hook
Scissors

1.  Click here to download* my artwork. Because the design is too large to fit on a single sheet of Sulky, I tiled it on two pages. Print the artwork on to the Sulky Stick’n Carve Printable Transfer Sheets. Peel off the backing release paper and apply the Sulky sheet pieces to the Smoothfoam sheet, overlapping to make one continuous design. Trim off the excess transfer sheet.

Smoothfoam-were-all-mad-step-12.  Carefully carve out the Smoothfoam sheet with the tabletop hot wire cutter.

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3.  Use the Engraving Tool to carve the wording and other details into the foam. Be sure to carve the eyes, nose, ears and mouth of the Cat. This will make the painting much easier later. Peel off the transfer sheets when finished.

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4. Paint the foam black. Let dry.

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5.  Add details with the paint pens as shown.

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6.  Refer to the printed image of the Cat on the Sulky sheet and draw lots of little white lines with the white paint pen. After a few minutes of drawing, the cat  magically appear!

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7.  Glue a picture hanging hook to the back or display on an easel. Enjoy!

* 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.

Lake Life Sign

Smoothfoam Lake Life Sign

I’ve been looking at assorted “lake life” signs for the past few years in search of something for our cottage, but hadn’t found just the right one yet. Suddenly it came to me that Smoothfoam letters would be the perfect way for me to create my own. Its smooth surface is ideal for decorative painting, and it takes special finishes (like crackle) well, too – so you can get a rustic or weathered feel on your finished projects.

Materials:  

6” x 12” Smoothfoam sheet
Smoothfoam letters to spell “LAKE”
Acrylic paints – tan, white, dark green, foliage green, Hauser green, medium green, dark/navy blue,  light blue, dark brown, grey-tan
Crackle medium
Adhesive
Paintbrushes, emery board

Instructions: 

Paint the top and sides of the Smoothfoam sheet tan and let dry, then ppply a coat of crackle finish. Let dry.

painting smoothfoamPaint a lake scene as shown – with pine trees and a border of sand around the water.

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The top layer of your painted scene will crackle to reveal the tan base coat below, giving the finished piece an aged and weathered effect.

Sand down any rough or raised edges on each Smoothfoam letter with an emery board, then paint tan and let dry. Apply a coat of crackle finish and let dry.

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Paint white on top of each letter and allow it to crackle as it dries. Glue the letters to the background sheet. Paint the word “Life” beneath the Smoothfoam letters in white.

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I used an adhesive hook and loop fastener to hang my finished sign on the wall, but you could also add a ribbon hanger to the back.

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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)

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

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

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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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Clipboard Picture Frames

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Clipboard picture frames have been everywhere recently in home décor stores and websites, in different styles and shapes and colors. I am constantly looking for inspiration for my craft projects and this is my take using a Smoothfoam sheet instead of a clipboard. These frames were quick and easy to make – under an hour for both! Clipboard picture frames would make the perfect Mother’s Day or Teacher Appreciation gift. You can even insert your favorite quote or gift card under the clip!

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Glue together wood candlesticks and wheels for the base, and glue smaller pieces together to create a finial for the top.

Cut a 1″ Smoothfoam sheet to 5″ x 7″ pieces with a hot wire tool. Sand lightly to smooth any rough edges if needed.

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Paint each sheet, base and finial in matching colors and let dry. Apply a second coat if desired.

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Glue each base and finial to the Smoothfoam sheet, let dry.

Distress by randomly sponging brown paint over the surfaces, making sure to get into all the cracks and crevices. Remove excess wet paint from high spots with damp paper towel.

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Glue a metal clip to the top of each picture frame and embellish with lace trim and a button. Trim your favorite photo to 4″ x 6″ and insert under clip.

Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to check out the Smoothfoam Facebook page for additional inspiration!

Spring Wallhanging

Smoothfoam wallhangingWith the change of the seasons, I like to change out the wall décor in my studio. I wanted a bright and cheery spring wallhanging and this piece fits the bill perfectly. I love using a Smoothfoam sheet instead of wood or a canvas because it is so light – I can easily hang it without having to put big nails or holes into my wall.

Supplies:

Smoothfoam 1″ x 6″ x 12″ sheet
DecoArt Metallic Lustre
Craft paints
Sponges, paintbrushes
Chipboard and metal embellishments
Glitter
Fabric flowers and leaves
Adhesive

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I used inexpensive make-up sponges to paint the Smoothfoam, building up the base one color at a time. Start with the lightest color all over, then begin working up to the darkest color out on the very edges. Apply glitter to one side of the chipboard butterfly and adhere the other side to your surface.

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I used Metallic Lustre to highlight the chipboard pieces after they were painted – I like to apply it with my fingers, then buff with a paper towel to make it shine. Add more embellishments as desired to finish off your project.

St. Patrick’s Day Irish Blessing Plaque

smoothfoam irish blessing plaque

 

Materials:

Smoothfoam sheet
DecoArt® Americana Decor™ Chalky Finish Paints – New Life, Timeless
DecoArt® Americana Decor™ Crackle Medium
Sizzix® – Big Shot™ Machine
Sizzix Bigz Die – Butterfly, Flower, Leaf & Shamrock
JudiKins™ Color Sponge
Craft Attitude™ Printable Craft Film
Clearsnap® ColorBox Crafter’s® Ink – Evergreen
Paint brush, paper trimmer, patterned paper, glue stick
Sandpaper, large rubber stamp
Irish blessing subway art (downloadable)

Instructions:

Cut Smoothfoam sheet to desired size. If necessary, smooth rough edges with sand paper.

Press the rubber stamp’s pattern into the sheet (if needed, a hammer helps with this process). Use edge of stamp to distress edges/corners.

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Paint the embossed sheet with Timeless (tan) chalky finish paint and let dry. Apply crackle medium and let dry. Then paint with New Life (green) chalky finish paint.

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Resize the St. Patrick’s Day graphic to desired size  (5” x 7” on mine). Reverse the image before printing onto Craft Attitude film. Mount the film to the center of the painted sheet using clear-drying glue stick.

Use color sponge and Evergreen ink to alter the color of a sheet of patterned paper, then die-cut 6 shamrocks from it.

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Arrange and glue shamrocks above and below text. Be sure to browse our blog for other St. Patrick’s Day crafts.

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Mexican Folk Art Frame

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I have an overwhelming love for Mexican folk art. I believe it began with with my dad, (top left in my photo) who’s mother was from New Mexico. Then while my mom was pregnant with me, she had intense cravings for Mexican food – and I love Mexican food!

My dad loved to take us to Mexico to visit colorful exhibits and experience the culture first-hand. Since then, I can’t seem to get enough of the art and history of Mexico.

The tin folk art has always attracted me most, with it’s embossed designs and vibrant colors. But working with tin is not easy or something that can made quickly. So here I have created an alternative using Smoothfoam. Enjoy!

Materials needed:

Two 12″ Smoothfoam Scrapbook Page Mounts
Heavy duty aluminum foil (from your kitchen)
Aluminum tape (from the hardware store)
Ruler, craft knife
Tacky glue
Bright permanent markers (dual-point are best)
Favorite photo

Cover one Smoothfoam sheet with foil, adding glue just to the sides and back. Set aside.

Center and trace your photo in the center of the 2nd Smoothfoam sheet. Cut the traced rectangle out of the Smoothfoam and gently remove it. Spread glue on the inside and outside edges of the open space, plus on the back of the sheet and cover with foil, same as the first sheet. Cut and fold the foil around the edges of the cut-out as shown. Use glue to hold them in place. Enforce frame cut out with the aluminum tape at the inside edges.Processed with MOLDIV

Place the sheet with the open space on top of the other sheet and gently trace the opening with a marker. Glue photo in place onto bottom sheet. Adhere the two sheets together with squares of aluminum tape at the corners.

Now for the fun part!

Gently draw your designs on the foil with the markers. Use the writing tips for details and the chisel tips to fill in color. Since the foil is thin, refrain from pushing too hard or the foil may tear. Gently push the ruler into the foil, rocking side to side to create the effect of tiles. Use a silver or grey marker for a pale tone-on-tone effect. You can find pattern inspiration by looking online or visiting your local library.

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