Name Board with Crackle Effect and Welcome Board with Distressed Finish by Vidhu Thareja
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Hi Everyone.

I hope all of you are doing great. This is Vidhu Thareja once again back on the blog of Connect4Sale with a new project inspiration. I would like to thank team of Connect4Sale for giving me another opportunity. This time I am sharing ideas of creating décor for the exterior wall of your home. I have step wise picture tutorial for all of you. So without wasting further time, let’s start the projects…..

My first project is a Name Board. I have received plain MDF board, measuring 14 x 4 inches. Connect4Sale has recently introduced mdf boards in different sizes.


Next step is to choose a tissue for the project. Composition plays a very important role in Decoupage so always select a tissue, which will go very well with the base. First I have primed the base with two coats of gesso. After that I have done color blending with two colors of chalk paint using sponge. You can use single color also. Here I forget to click picture. Always choose colors, which will perfectly match the colors in tissue.

Here I have used pink and green shades of chalk paint. I leave it to dry. I do not want to do decoupage on the whole board so decided to use one step crackle medium. Apply dark color first and on top of that apply one step crackle medium with synthetic Bristol brush. Use dab method while applying crackle medium. Let it dry naturally on its own. Do not speed dry. It dries clear. Then apply any contrasting shade of chalk paint with brush. As soon as the colour starts drying, you will get to see beautiful cracks forming up. Here you can see beautiful cracks and dark shades of chalk paint can be seen through the cracks.

Decoupage has been done on top of the crackle effect. So here we need to use lighter print tissue so that cracks can be seen through the print. Remove the image and edges using wet brush technique and separate the plain layers and printed layers and adhere the tissue using Mod Podge. Do not apply too much of Mod Podge. Excessive Mod Podge could tear the tissue. Let it dry for atleast one hour or so and then seal the decoupaged area with Mod Podge. After one day seal the project with two coats of water based varnish. Two coats of varnish is more than sufficient. Give enough drying time in between the each coat of varnish. Top coat would be of resin. Stick the names with any strong glue and pour resin. Resin will make your name board water resistant. Resin is also available at Connect4Sale. A beautiful Name Board is ready to adorn the exterior wall of your home.

My next project is Welcome Board with Distressing. I have received another board measuring 14 x 6 inches in my Guest DT kit. Prime the base with two coats of white chalk paint and select tissue. Whenever we want to give old weathered or vintage look to any project, we use distressing technique. For that we need to use chalk paint only because acrylic color starts chipping off with sanding. Firstly I have created three palletes in three different colors of chalk paint, dividing the space in three equal portions. Apply two coats of chalk paint and let it dry completely.

Now rub candle wax on that area where you want to have distressed look. On top of that, I have applied two coats of white chalk paint because I was planning to use tissue on my project. You can use three different colors, if you are using paper or want to do some stenciling. Using a sand paper of 100 number rub down the paint where candle wax was rubbed earlier so that paint rips off giving it a beautiful distressed look.

Now you can see the distressed look and shades of colors which has merged so well giving it a vintage and weathered look. Dilute black chalk paint and using a zero number round brush, draw pallete lines and adhere the napkin using Mod Podge. Wide range of chalk paint and Mod Podge is available at Coneect4Sale.

As I have always said, use wet brush technique to remove image and edges from the tissue. Let it dry and then again seal the image with modpodge. Now its time to do some stenciling. Since it is going to be used as welcome board so I thought of using the stencil related to that which I have received in my Guest DT kit. Connect4Sale has a beautiful collection of stencils. I wanted to give a little dimension to stenciling part so instead of doing stenciling with color, I have mixed chalk paint in modelling paste and applied it through stencil with pallete knife.

Let it dry comletely and seal the project with clear varnish. Two coats of varnish is more than enough. If you wish, you can pour resin to make it water resistant. A beautiful Welcome Board is ready to adorn the wall of your home. I hope you will find these tutorial inspirational.

All the craft supplies, used in these projects are available at Connect4Sale. Do check the website. Grab your supplies and create somethig beautiful for your home or gifting to your loved ones. Do not forget to share your awesome creations with all of us.
Happy Crafting
Vidhu Thareja

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

//www.instagram.com/vidhus_craft_noida


//www.facebook.com/Vidhus-Crafts-Making-Crafts-From-Heart-553637291368517/




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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
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Image Transfer On A Tote Bag by Vidhu Thareja
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Hello my crafty friends. I hope you all are having a great crafty time because festive season has already began and we all very excited. At this time of the year we all think of gifts and there is nothing precious than handmade gifts. So keeping this thought in mind I have designed my second project of Guest DT for this month. Here I want to thank Connect4Sale for giving me this opportunity of Guest DT. Today I am sharing a beautiful project – Image Transfer on Fabric Tote Bag. Sounds interesting ! Isn’t it? So without further delay let’s start the project.

I have step wise picture tutorial to follow…I have this off white plain tote bag, measuring 13 x 12 inches, which I have received in my Guest DT kit. Connect4Sale has introduced tote bags in different size to suits all our needs. So check their website for complete range of products. On this bag I decided to use image transfer technique. Since the colour of the bag is off white so I did not feel any need of applying any base coat. We always achieve best results of image transfer on light background.

For this project I have used a very excellent product Mod Podge Photo Transfer Medium. This medium can be used on any surface for image transfer but it works best on fabric. Fabric can be hand washed with mild detergent, if you have used this medium. Curing time for this medium is 72 hrs. which means that you can wash your bag after 3 days or so.

Before starting your work always keep a plastic sheet inside the back so that glue or color should not seep through the front side of the bag. I have used laser printout on this project. You can use Image Transfer Sheets which are available at Connect4Sale. If you are using laser printout then take printout on normal paper. No special paper is required. If your image has some text on it, use mirror image. Do fussy cutting of the image, like I have done.

Now apply a generous coat of medium on printed side, not on the plain side. Make sure that the whole image is properly covered with mod podge.

Now slowly lift your image and adhere it on fabric, face down. Slowly press the image from inward to outward direction. Make sure that there would be no air bubble. Now leave it to dry and wait for at least 24 hrs or so.

Here patience is the key. Now wet your fingers with water and start removing the layers of paper from image, till the time the final image gets visible. Start with one corner and rotate your wet fingers in circular motion. If at any point of time you feel that paper has become wet, then leave it to dry for some time and start again. When you are satisfied with transferred image, clean it with damp cloth. Here no need to seal the image, no varnish is required. After image transfer, my bag looks like this. This the magic of this medium that we get so much clarity in transferred image and it looks like a painting. Isn’t it amazing.

Here I have decided to do some stencilling and stamping. For stenciling I have used chalk paints, CrafTreat stencils and stencil brush. Use dry stencil brush and load very small amount of chalk paint in brush. Just dab the color on stencil. This way you always get crisp impression. First I have created some light background and on top of that used red color chalk paint to enhance the beauty of the bag. After the stenciling is done, I have done some stamping using script stamp and Rangers Black Archival Ink Pad. In the end I decided to use a pretty lace so I dabbed some red and green color chalk paint on white lace and let it dry. Then I have used fabric glue to paste the lace. A beautiful bag is ready to flaunt.

All the craft supplies used in this tutorial, are available on Connect4Sale. So make your own customized gifts for your loved ones and spread happiness with handmade gifts. I hope you will enjoy this tutorial and feel inspired. Do not forget to share your beautiful creations with all of us.
Vidhu Thareja.

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

//www.instagram.com/vidhus_craft_handmade/

//www.facebook.com/Vidhus-Crafts-Making-Crafts-From-Heart-553637291368517/

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Decoupage on Canvas Tote Bag by Vidhu Thareja
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Hello my creative friends. I hope all of you are having a great crafty time. Vidhu Thareja here today….

I am excited to be on the blog once again with a new project. First of all I would like to thank Connect4Sale for giving me another opportunity to design a Guest DT Project.
Today I am sharing Fabric Decoupage project with all of you. Connect4Sale has recently introduced fabric bags in different sizes to suit all your needs. Although decoupaged projects could not be washed but you can wash decoupaged bags. This is something exciting. Isn’t it? I have a step wise tutorial for you. So without wasting time, let’s start the tutorial….I have this plain tote bag from Connect4Sale, measuring 16 inch*14 inch. Since color of the bag is cream, I did not feel the need of any base coat. All of you must be aware that all the napkins including dark color printed napkins, looks great on light color base. If you are using bag in dark color, do apply base coat of white chalk paint with the help of sponge. Before starting any work on bag, place a plastic inside the bag so that color and glue will not seep through from the front side of the bag to the bag inside.

Next step is to choose the napkin for the project. I have received a few beautiful tissues in my Guest DT kit from Connect4Sale.

I wanted to do some stenciling also so I decided to use only half of the tissue, instead of pasting the whole tissue on the bag. Before starting the project, always see the placement of the tissue and mark the area, where you want to adhere the tissue. While working on surface like fabric, faux leather, glass, always tear the part of tissue, which you want to use. You can use wet brush technique also. Scissor gives crisp edges. Hand torn napkin blend easily with the surface. Here I have used wet brush technique to remove edges. Then I removed the two plain layers from printed tissue, as all of you must be aware that we use only top printed layer.

I have started with the stenciling part. I am having this CrafTreat stencil in my stash, which I had bought from Connect4Sale. I have used stencil brush and chalk paint. Use dry stencil brush and do not add water in paint and load very little paint in brush to avoid smudging. I waited for some time to get it dry. A wide range of stencils are available with them so don’t forget to check.

Then I adhered the tissue. Here the important part of this project comes. A question generally comes into our mind, when we talk about fabric decoupage and that is, how to make it washable. I have used Fabric Modpodge availabe in the website. Adhere the tissue using fabric modpodge and wait for few hours and then seal the tissue with the same. This medium is good enough to make it washable and decoupaged area does not loose it’s softness even after washing. No need to use any type of varnish. Here I would like to mention that before sealing the decoupaged area, place a plastic on the area and press it firmly from inward to outward direction to ensure that there would be no wrinkle or air bubble.

At this stage my bag looks like this. On the remaining part I decided to do some stenciling. Here I have used layered stencil by iCraft, which I had bought from Connect4Sale. Again I have used chalk paint and stencil brush. I have done random stenciling. I am having a pretty cotton lace so decided to use that also. I dabbed some chalk paint on lace with the help of sponge and waited it to dry. I have used fabric glue to paste it so that it will not come out while washing. My handmade beautiful bag is ready to flaunt. I hope you liked my tutorial and would love to try your hand on Fabric Decoupage. All the craft supplies used in this tutorial are available on the website of Connect4Sale. So order now and flaunt your creations among your loved ones. Do not forget to share your creations with us.

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

//www.instagram.com/vidhus_craft_handmade/

//www.facebook.com/Vidhus-Crafts-Making-Crafts-From-Heart-553637291368517/

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