Design Team Inspiration – Silicone Adhesive Build-a-flower Tutorial

Hello Crafters,

I am so excited to be here today with my very first post for Stix2! I was so excited and honoured to be chosen for their very first Design Team. I hope that you will follow along with the tutorials that I (and other DT Members) will share every month – I hope to show you some techniques and ideas for making the most out of your Stix2 products.

When I received my first DT Pack I knew immediately that I wanted to show you some really cool flowers that can be made with the Silicone Adhesive and the Non Stick Crafting Sheet,  but before I start with todays tutorial I need to talk with you about my Crafting Sheet. I am so impressed with the quality and thickness of the Non Stick Crafting Sheet – I have had some other sheets and am sad to say they were certainly lacking in quality and just didn’t work as well. When I laid my Crafting Sheet onto my desk I realised that it was a little on the big size not only for my desk but also for the size of the projects I would be completing on it – the desk I work on is purposely quite small – I like to have a neat space and having a small desk helps me keep it so.  With that in mind I decided to cut 3 inches from the longer side leaving me a sheet measuring 15″ X 15″. The piece that I cut off I then cross-cut into 3″ squares which are perfect for small embellishment making and things that need a lot of time to dry. Now I know to some of you that may seem like sacrilege but we must do what works for ourselves!!!

And now for the tutorial…

To start with you will need to gather your supplies:

Stix2 Non Stick Crafting Sheet

Stix2 Silicone Adhesive

1 large and 1 medium flower punch ( I have used EK Success Retro Flowers)

Paper of your choice

scissors

Step 1: Lay out your Non Stick Crafting Sheet on your work surface. Using the large punch, punch out 5 or 6 large flower shapes and 1 medium flower shape. Set the medium flower shape aside and cut the large flower punch-outs into single petals.

Step 2: Squeeze some Silicone Adhesive onto your Crafting Sheet in a circular shape about the size of a 10 cent coin (for this project I have chosen to use the Silicone Adhesive without the included nozzle).

Step 3: Place petals in a spiral shape into the Silicone Adhesive – you may like to shape the petals with your fingers before setting in place.

Step 4: Continue adding petals to the flower, shaping as you go, As the silicone will be firm once dried you can add height to the flower knowing it will be held securely in the silicone.

Step 5: Once you are satisfied with your flower, take the medium flower punch-out and cut 1 petal from it. Fold the petals of the punch-out together and then position in the centre of the flower – this will hide any silicone which is still visible.

Step 6: Finally roll up one of the remaining petals, add some silicone to the end of it and position in the centre of your flower. The flower is now complete! While the silicone adhesive is still wet you can play with the petals so they will sit where you would like them to. Once you are happy with your flower, set it aside to dry. Depending on the temperature and humidity this could take 2 -6 hours and will be fully cured in 12 hours. In Melbourne on an 18 degree day it took 3 hours to dry.

Once dry you can remove the flower from the crafting sheet and place it on your project. You will notice that there is no residue left on the Crafting Sheet – it really is non stick!!! Here is a photo of my finished card – I think the flower has turned out pretty fab, even if I do so say myself!

I hope you have enjoyed my first tutorial – it would be great if you could leave a comment below letting me know your thoughts! You can find the Stix2 Silicone Adhesive in store HERE and the Non Stick Crafting Sheet in store HERE.

Enjoy your weekend – hope you get crafty!

Unwrapping presents

I’ve been told that I’m just a big kid when it comes to presents, parcels and surprises!  So it shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise to my colleagues that I’m very excited about a BIG parcel that is coming my way on a ship!  Incase you haven’t guessed it – I am eagerly awaiting our NEW PRODUCTS to share with you all.

Our shipment is due just in time for the Melbourne Paperific Fair at the end of this month but don’t despair if you can’t get to the Fair – there is always our website and fast despatch so you too can share my excitement.

I get sooo excited when I’m asked, ‘what NEW products would you like bought in this Month?’  My body just warms with delight at choosing, sampling and road testing new products.

So this month I chose :

Image Non Stick Crafting Mat which is awesome for painting, stamping, embossing and wax projects.  It can withstand high temperatures and wont buckle or soften.  It’s non-pourous so paint wont seep through onto your work surface and if you are glueing or wax modelling you just wait for it to dry and it wipes away or can be collected and reused (wax).  How nifty is that!

ImageCardboard Sheets which are suitable for use with most die cutting machines.  I’ve experimented with my Cuttlebug and Cricut and given the sheets are 6″ wide they fit perfectly and produce ‘chipboard’ embellishments just the size I want.  Just awesome – no need to buy Alphabets and Titles – I can custom make my own and so can you!

Image Seed Bee’d and Fine Glitter are simply gorgeous decorations to have.  They come in 6 colours Pink / Red / Blue / Green / Gold / Silver. You receive a tube each of Small Beads, Fine Seeds & Fine Glitter in your chosen colour.  Now these can be applied to give you a beautiful ‘jewel encrusted’ border on your card or page using the Stix2 Ultra clear tape.  Other ways is simply applying using Stix2 PVA Glue – really the applications and end results are limitless.

Image For a premium PVA Glue this is the one!  It is pH Neutral and has a fine metal nib which makes applying small amounts of glue effortless.  Infact, I’ve never directly squeezed glue onto my work for fear of a big blob squirting out.  However, with this application I am so comfortable and confident that this wont happen that I find myself doing the most intricate outlines and swirls and then glitzing them up.  The pH Neutral PVA is also the recommended PVA for use with the Stix2 Transfer Foils – now they are for another day!

So can you see why I’m so excited???  Not only are we receiving our regular stock updates, we are receiving all these wonderful little darlings.  So if I’ve got your minds racing on what you could create why not hop over right now to www.stix.com.au and take a peak.

Happy crafting!