Decoupage Boho Necklace By Savithri Srinivasan
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Hi All, I am Savithri. I am very happy to meet you all as a guest DT for Connect4sale.

For my first project, I am going to show you all how to create a Boho jewelry set, in easy steps, with the vast variety of materials available with connect4Sale.

I am sure all of you are aware that Boho jewelry is the fashion statement now. You can wear these pieces on your plain tunics, or trendy t shirts and make heads turn. We will learn how to make these using decoupage technique. So lets start this picture tutorial. I have chosen few MDF pendant and earring bases from the store.

I painted the base with a coat of white Gesso and let it dry completely. This will brighten the decoupage napkin.

Tip: Instead of Gesso, you can also use white acrylic paint.

Since MDF is a porous material, if we don’t give a base coat, the glue will be sucked into the surface and will become uneven. So priming the surface is important.

Its time to decoupage now. Since I am making a Boho necklace, I chose patterned decoupage napkins accordingly. Connect4Sale has many designs of decoupage tissue, in many themes to choose from.

Decoupage napkins come in 2/3 ply, meaning there will be 2/3 layers of papers. We need to remove the layers from the back and use only the top most thin layer with design. I placed the MDF base on the design I wanted and applied decoupage glue.

Tip:

  • Always apply just enough glue on the surface, neither too less nor too much. Make sure you cover the entire area with glue. If there is any area without glue, when you stick the paper it will form bubbles. If there is too much glue, the paper will tear.
  • To get wrinkle free, smooth finish on your decoupage projects, always use a plastic sheet to smoothen the surface when you glue down, and press in an outward direction to release any bubbles

After letting it dry for a while, I sealed the project by applying a generous amount of decoupage glue on the surface.

Tip:

  • This is a very important step to give life to your project, avoiding it from turning yellow over the years
  • Also, by mistake if paint splatters on the sealed surface, you can easily wipe off with a damp cloth/tissue

Once the glue dried, I cut the extra tissues around the base and used a sand paper to smoothen the edges.

The pendant bases are now ready to be decked up and given further makeover.

Boho styles mostly use tassels and hence I am going to use them for this project. Connect4Sale has varieties of tassels with many colour options.

To be able to attach tassels and beads to the bottom of the pendant and earring, I glued some eye pins in a particular pattern at the back of the base.

I laid out the eye pins in place and glued them.

I left the glue to dry overnight.

Tip:

  • You can use any strong glue for this purpose
  • Leaving it overnight to dry, makes it more secure and strong.

I then placed the tassels, beads to see how it looks. Also for the necklace cord, I used this braided cord that’s available with Connect4Sale. This cord gives the necklace a very Boho look. (This looks pretty good and bright too.)

I used jump rings to attach the tassels, beads and the necklace cord to the pendant and earring.

After attaching the tassels and beads, I finished the earrings with hooks and some lorreals to enhance the boho look. I really like how the braided cord adds to this look. Since I stuck eye pins at the back, I covered the same with a felt/foam sheet. This will give it a neat finish and will also hold the eye pins in place.

I then finished by giving a coat of varnish on the pendant and earring base. This gives a shine and is also a sealant.


Simple decoupage Boho necklace is ready. You can create your own designs by adding different things available at the Connect4Sale store.

Hope you like the tutorial. Do share your creations with us. And do not forget to check out the products available for jewelry making in the connect4sale store.

Will soon see you all with another  jewelry making tutorial.

Thanks to Connect4Sale for this wonderful opportunity to share my work with you all.

About The Artist

My name is Savithri. An art enthusiast from Chennai.  I am passionate about crafts, recycling and DIY’s and anything creative. Right through childhood, I created my own style; re designing clothes, making friendship bracelets, painting on almost anything, making unique birthday cards, moulding clay and paper mache items and so much more…

Once into college and then jobs, my hobby took a back seat. Thereafter, while setting up our new home, I again found a passion for DIY projects and creative arts to decorate around the home. And it lasted only till our home was ready and occupied. 

Many years later, when I had to quit my high flying corporate job as an Assistant Vice President of a reputed ITES company, my passion for crafts was rekindled once again. I started dressing up my infant daughter with beautiful boutique style hair accessories and clothes. Wanting to showcase some of my creations to family and friends, i decided to put them on the internet. Because why not? There’s no investment!! 

And so in 2013, ‘All Things Beautiful’ was officially born. Being a self-taught crafter and with a thirst to learn everything that interested me, I expanded into making and selling handcrafted home decor products, customized statement jewelry and hair accessories and several other things that I could create. I prefer making things rather than buying them off a shelf. I look at ways to recycle old things, to decorate them and beautify them. When I look at beautiful (expensive) artsy things in shops or during my travel, my creative mind starts thinking of ways to DIY!! I work on various techniques and mediums like painting on different surfaces, decoupage, mix media, resin art, bottle art, weaving, beading, terracotta and statement fabric jewelry etc to name a few. My clients come to me with unique customization and personalization requests and I love to take up those challenging assignments. 

I believe there’s nothing more special than a handmade gift made with love. The journey so far has been very satisfying. Now I spend my time crafting and creating things around the house and striking off my never-ending to-do lists. I also love to share this knowledge with other art enthusiasts through workshops. Other than crafting and creating, I love traveling, baking, home improvement, fashion & style.

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Valentine’s Theme Mixed Media Layout                           By Manasa Priya
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Hello All

Hope our are having an amazing week.
I am back on Connect4Sale blog with an interesting mixed media scrapbook layout in Valentine’s theme using Blooms and Berries Paperpack from Papericious

So I chose these beautiful blooms print and fussy cut them.

Now using Mudra Background stamp. I stamped randomly to form my base layer.

Using Mudra Vintage stencil added some texture paste to have an embossed effect.

I took another printed paper and tore it to have serrated edges. Distressed the edges using archival ink. I added this paper onto the base using foam tape.

Finally embellished the entire thing using fussy cuts, some paper cut images from element sheets and cute valentines theme Mdf  from Connect4sale along with  glitter.

Added our photo as focal element.

I hope you enjoyed looking into this project.

Here are some close-ups from the finished layout

About The Artist
Manasa Priya is an artist and crafter based out of Bangalore, India. She has completed her Masters in International Business Administration and Psychology and Parapsychology. She worked as a Banker with a corporate bank before taking up crafting as a full time career and a stay at home mom to her toddler son.

Brought up in the beach city of Andhra Padesh, Visakhapatnam, Manasa was always interested in art and craft. Constantly observing and trying out new ways to upcycle and reuse the discarded items has been her biggest hobby. She planned and invested her time in her own crafting business venture, UPCYCLED with a motto of creating lesser footprint and greater memories.

She broadened her craft spectrum to decoupaging, scrapbooking, card making, sospeso, quilling, fluid and relief painting. She always loves to have an Indo-Western touch to her projects so adopted the contemporary style. She has an immense love for pastel palette and flowers.

To know and learn more about Manasa’s work please visit the following links.
Facebook
www.facebook.com/upcycledbymanasa
YouTube
www.youtube.com/channel/UCKyJhG6xkgyyxgm_Ny84TWg
Blog
www.upcycledbymanasa.wordpress.com
Instagram
@upcycledbymanasa

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Crystal And Threaded Decoupage Technique by Manasa Priya
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Hey guys
Manasa Priya back on Connect4Sale blog with a very interesting technique – Crystal / Threaded Decoupage. Looking to make some  Valentine gifts for your loved ones? Here is one beautiful project for you to be inspired.

It’s a Papier Mache heart shaped box  and I have decorated with Crystal and Threaded decoupage which is taking its rounds on the internet.

Crystal Decoupage is a technique of adding glass crystals over a decoupaged surface. I have used Twinklets Diamond Dust for the glaze.

Here in this tutorial, I have demonstrated how to create a Threaded surface, Decoupage on top and add crystals to it.
Enjoy the quick DIY and create some easy and fun gift boxes for your loved ones this Valentine’s Day !

Materials used :
Paper Mache Boxes, Decoupage Tissue Napkin, Twinklets Diamond Dust, Chalk Paints from Connect4sale Hope you enjoyed watching this quick technique. Until next time.. ️
Manasa Priya, Upcycled by Manasa

About The Artist
Manasa Priya is an artist and crafter based out of Bangalore, India. She has completed her Masters in International Business Administration and Psychology and Parapsychology. She worked as a Banker with a corporate bank before taking up crafting as a full time career and a stay at home mom to her toddler son.

Brought up in the beach city of Andhra Padesh, Visakhapatnam, Manasa was always interested in art and craft. Constantly observing and trying out new ways to upcycle and reuse the discarded items has been her biggest hobby. She planned and invested her time in her own crafting business venture, UPCYCLED with a motto of creating lesser footprint and greater memories.

She broadened her craft spectrum to decoupaging, scrapbooking, card making, sospeso, quilling, fluid and relief painting. She always loves to have an Indo-Western touch to her projects so adopted the contemporary style. She has an immense love for pastel palette and flowers.

To know and learn more about Manasa’s work please visit the following links.
Facebook
www.facebook.com/upcycledbymanasa
YouTube
www.youtube.com/channel/UCKyJhG6xkgyyxgm_Ny84TWg
Blog
www.upcycledbymanasa.wordpress.com
Instagram
@upcycledbymanasa



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Decoupage On Cushion Covers – Vidhu Thareja
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Hello my crafty friends. First I would like to greet everyone a very happy new year. I hope all of you had a great crafty beginning of the new year. Today I am back on the blog with a new inspiration. Here I would like to thank team of Connect4Sale for giving me another opportunity to design a new product. We all love to decorate our homes and an elegant collection can surely win hearts and if it is handmade then it adds a touch of style to our space. Generally we find it difficult to find right kind of product for our needs but now we do not need to rush from here to there because Connect4Sale has introduced plain cushion covers in white and off white colors. These cushion covers are ideal for decoupage, doodling, stenciling, embroidery, block printing so possibilities are endless and you will love the fabric. Cushion covers can be hand washed in mild detergent. What else we can ask for? So without further delay let’s start the project.

I have step wise picture tutorial to follow.

I personally like to do decoupage so I have designed two cushion covers using decoupage technique. First one is off white cushion cover, measuring 16 x 16 inches. Since the color is light off white so I did not feel any need of applying any base coat.  Next step is to choose tissue for my project. Connect4Sale has awesome collection of tissues and other craft supplies. I selected one beautiful tissue, which I have bought from the store. Since it’s a cushion so a question will arise, will we be able to wash it. The answer is yes. Fabric modpodge is available at Connect4Sale which is meant for decoupage on fabric.

Before starting your work, always keep a plastic sheet inside the cushion so that modpodge or color does not seeps through the front side to back side of the cushion. Remove the edges of tissue using wet brush technique.

 Whenever you are doing decoupage on fabric, remove the edges with wet brush because it helps to blend the tissue with texture of fabric. Do not use scissors for the purpose. Composition plays an important role in decoupage so always decide the composition before adhering the tissue. Tissues are 2 ply or 3 ply and we need only the printed layer so separate the printed layer from plain white layers.

Now it is time to adhere the tissue. Apply modpodge with synthetic hair brush. Do not apply too much of modpodge, it will tear the tissue or wrinkles will be formed. Apply modpodge and adhere the tissue and press gently. You can use any plastic to remove wrinkles or air bubbles. Let it dry for one day or so. Then apply a top coat of modpodge over the adhered tissue. Top coat will seal the tissue and prevent it from tearing and yellowing. Now is the time to do some stenciling. Use chalk paints and stencil brush for crisp impression and effect. Load the brush with minimum color and dab the brush on stencil.  I have used colors of chalk paint for stenciling that match the tissue.  A wide range to stencils and chalk paint and stencil brushes are available at Connect4Sale so do not forget to check them out.

The last step is to seal the entire surface of cushion with top coat of modpodge.  This will protect the decoupage work and stenciling and makes it washable also.

I have received white cushion cover measuring 16 x 16 inches  in my guest DT kit. I just loved the fabric.

I decided to use two beautiful tissues for this project. Follow all the step mentioned in my first project.

Like I have mentioned that composition of image or design and colors has important role in decoupage so always give importance to these elements and it helps you a lot to imagine the outcome of your project. One more beautiful cushion is ready to adorn my living room.

Important Tips- Curing time of Fabric Modpodge is 72 hrs. So keep it to dry for three days or so. Curing time depends on the weather or room temperature so do not hurry to wash. In the beginning it will feel tacky but gradually that tackiness will be cured. Wash in cold water with mild detergent.

 I hope you liked the creations and found the post informative and inspiring. So what are you waiting for? Grab the awesome craft supplies from the store and create something beautiful for your home. Do not forget to share your beautiful creations with all of us.

Happy Crafting…..

Vidhu Thareja

You can follow me on Facebook and Instagram on below mentioned links…

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Vidhu’s Crafts – Making Crafts From Heart

About The Artist

Vidhu Thareja is a crafter from Noida, born and brought up in Delh. She had completed her studies from Delhi. She began her career as a freelance translator and worked with many reputed publications. She has also worked in the Insurance Sector for many years.

Due to personal reasons she had to give up her job, which actually turned out to be a blessing in disguise. The turning poing came when she got the golden opportunity to work with Madura Coats Pvt. Ltd. as a Craft Consultant for their Anchor Thread Craft activities in reputed schools of Delhi/ NCR Region. Although it was not a very high paying job it gave her all the confidence and a feeling of fulfillment, which made her realize the crafter hidden in her.

Since her childhood she was very much interested in crafts. Growing up, there was not that much exposure to tv or computer and she used to do embroidery in her free time or during vacations. Her biggest inspiration was her mother who is her motivating force. At the time of conducting Anchor thread craft workshops, she started doing DIY activities and decided to learn more.

From then there was no looking back and today she is doing what she loves to do. Although every new technique and art form attracts her but Decoupage and Sospeso are the two crafts, that she enjoys the most. She never lost a chance to learn anything new because she believes that learning never stops.

She follows her fellow crafters because she feels every person teaches you something. To all upcoming crafters she has this to say “That whatever you do, do it with love and passion, follow others but make your own style statement. Be confident but never be over-confident. Share your knowledge, that is what makes you grow”.

You can follow Vidhu Thareja on her Facebook and Instagram on the below mentioned links…

Vidhu’s Crafts – Making Crafts From Heart

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Mixed Media On Metal Buckets by Semonti Roy
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Little about my project:
Hello ctafty peeps it’s me Semonti again on connect4sale blog. Today I am going to share my last guest design post. For that I altered a metal bucket which I got from the store. I have also got some other beautiful stuff in my kit. Flowers, Blue Spray Color, Red Chroma Burst Pigment Powder, red micro beads, some mdf leaves cutouts and very varsetile awesome Immix Glue Art Medium Matte. Used the rest of the supplies from my stash.
Thank you once again to Deepa ma’am and entire Connect4Sale team for sending me these wonderful stuff and getting me spoiled.


Now jump into my project. First sanded lightly my base then applied Grey Chalk paint all over my base. Applied texture paste through Mandala stencil in front of my base. Also used star stencil and snow paste on my base for more texture. Sprayed the blue colour on mandala design to get the desired look. Applied some blue metallic paint for giving shiny look to it. I made a clay mould for my focal point. Coloured it with same blue spray and metallic paint. Added a piece of gauze and some sisal fibre in front of my base.

Added one painted MDF leaf cut out on it. Then added my fairy face mould on the leaf. Cut butterfly wings into two parts and added the wings on both side of my fairy. I have coloured two pink roses with Red Chroma Burst Pigment Powder to turn them into red. Added some other flowers, pollens, leaf die cuts, red, gold and blue micro beads, glitters and stamped and fussy cut leaves to embellish my project.

Also added some stars made out of clay for more 3D look onto my project. Applied some blue and gold wax on fairy, stars and on my base for shinier look. For more wintery look and feel I added some snow paste here and there on my project. Added some white and red splatter to complete my project.


Hope you like my project. Thank you for your time and happy crafting.
Semonti

About The Artist

Semonti Roy is from Howrah, Kolkata, West-Bengal. She grew up in the small historical town of Serampore. She has completed her graduation and Diploma in Multimedia. Since childhood, she loved to do artwork and made various types of handmade décor pieces to decorate her home. For the past 6 years, she became very interested and passionate about crafting. Her hobby turned into her career.

She loves to do different types of craft projects like mixed media, altered art, decoupage, card making, art journaling, scrapbook layout etc and is always eager to learn new things. Crafting is stress buster for her. Semonti says “I can express my emotions through my crafting. I am inspired from many things in nature and different things surrounding me which affects my mind and heart. I like to combine different craft styles, but my all time favourite is Decoupage and Mixed Media”.

To know more about her work, please visit the following links below

Blog //semontis.blogspot.com
Facebook //www.facebook.com/creative.creation5268
Instagram //instagram.com/semontiroy
Pinterest //in.pinterest.com/semontiroy3
Twitter //twitter.com/semontiroy1
TouTube //www.youtube.com/channel/UCpPSlx_Q5LB5x9Xh3EPA6

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Mixed Media Altered MDF Plank  by Semonti Roy
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Hello Friends,
We welcome the Autumn Season and many would agree the fall colours are the most beautiful in nature. This month we bring to you the very talented Semonti Roy with a step by step video tutorial on how to alter a MDF plank with mixed media techniques. Without much wait let us go ahead and jump right into the techniques.

Hello it’s me Semonti on Connect4Sale blog. Today I’m going to share a mixed media altered project. I made a single hook small key holder from a rectangle MDF piece which I got from Connect4Sale. I also got some other supplies from the store and some of them are used in my project. I have used some supplies from my personal stash. Thank you so much Connect4Sale for all these excellent products to work with and for your faith in me. So look into my project and video tutorial. Hope you all like it.
Thank you for stopping by and happy crafting.

About The Artist

Semonti Roy is from Howrah, Kolkata, West-Bengal. She grew up in the small historical town of Serampore. She has completed her graduation and Diploma in Multimedia. Since childhood, she loved to do artwork and made various types of handmade décor pieces to decorate her home. For the past 6 years, she became very interested and passionate about crafting. Her hobby turned into her career.

She loves to do different types of craft projects like mixed media, altered art, decoupage, card making, art journaling, scrapbook layout etc and is always eager to learn new things. Crafting is stress buster for her. Semonti says “I can express my emotions through my crafting. I am inspired from many things in nature and different things surrounding me which affects my mind and heart. I like to combine different craft styles, but my all time favourite is Decoupage and Mixed Media”.

To know more about her work, please visit the following links below

Blog //semontis.blogspot.com
Facebook //www.facebook.com/creative.creation5268
Instagram //instagram.com/semontiroy
Pinterest //in.pinterest.com/semontiroy3
Twitter //twitter.com/semontiroy1
TouTube //www.youtube.com/channel/UCpPSlx_Q5LB5x9Xh3EPA6



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