Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Have Fun with Sand

While on vacation this summer, take home some sand from the beach. Sand art is very easy to make and pretty too.

Try to collect clean, fine sand. You should strain the sand you have collected to remove any large pieces from it.

Carefully mix the sand with powder paint - choose a variety of different colours. Keep the different colours of sand separate.

Once you have your coloured sand made you can carefully pour sand into a glass jar in layers to make a pretty decoration.You could use different and creative containers to pour the different coloured sand. If you add a layer of soil on top of your layers of coloured sand, you can grow small cactus plants in the jar. These make lovely decorations, and gifts for your loved ones.

While away long summer afternoons with sand art. Also called sand painting, this is a simple but satisfying craft that's good for Earth Day in the springtime or any dry summer day that follows.

What you'll need:
Construction paper

How to make it:
Give each child a piece of construction paper, and allow them to draw a picture or write words with the glue. Make sure that they do not put globs of glue in any one spot.
Before the glue dries take the picture over to dry sand and with your hand pour sand onto the glue.
Let it sit for a few minutes and then shake off the excess sand.
Let it dry flat for about a half an hour depending on how much glue was used.

This can also be done with colored sand, but, for those on a budget, regular sand works just as well.

For older children or those who have more budget or have made different colored sands:

Sketch a pattern or picture on a piece of paper.
Carefully apply glue to the sections of your pattern that will be covered with the same colour sand.
Make a paper funnel and slowly spread the coloured sand on the glued areas.
Allow the glue to dry and carefully brush away any excess sand. Continue filling in your pattern or picture using only one colour of sand at a time.

Tip 1: You could use large label stickers to draw patterns and cut out.
After pouring one colored sand, brush away excess sand, then peel the next area and continue with another color.

Tip 2: You could use fine salt instead of sand. Use food colouring to colour the salt instead of powdered paint.

Sand Art on Glass


Clean sand. (beach sand, toy sand box sand or even construction sand will do. )Note: sift out any unwanted particles, like rocks or pebbles.
Small plastic bags
Food Colouring
Picture frame with glass (Old ones work great.)
Drawing or Colouring book picture (not too detailed)
Permanent Marker
Elmer's white glue


Coloured sand

Divide the sand into small plastic bags, according to how many colors you want in the picture.

Add food coloring to the sand in a bag, one drop at a time until the color is what you want.

Pour the sand out into a small butter bowls to dry .


Remove the glass from the picture frame and clean.

Pick out a favorite picture or drawing.

Lay the piece of frame glass on the top of the picture.

Use a black permanent marker to trace the picture onto the glass.

Have the kids place clear drying glue on the glass where they want the same color. (One colour at a time) For instance, blue - Fill in all the areas of the picture on glass that they want to be blue with glue.

Sprinkle the coloured sand onto the wet glue.

Tap the glass to settle the sand and to loosen any that is not glued down.

Pour off excess sand back into bowl.

Repeat for next color next color until the picture is all filled in.

Allow the glue to dry overnight. Place the picture back into the frame with black marker showing forward. BEAUTIFUL !

If you don't want the hassle or the mess involved in creating beautiful Sand Art Painting, do check out this site, "Sand Art Painting"

Friday, July 11, 2008

Rubber Stamping - Fun Way to make Multiple cards

Stamped Cards
Would you like to make lots of handmade cards for for the big party, or lovely and personalised cards for Teachers day?

What started out as a great idea for some very special cards can turn out into a disaster and add unwanted Stress into your live.

Use these ten simple steps to maximize your time and free up your creativity when making multiple cards for any size project.

1. Determine and plan your cardmaking schedule. Do you want to set aside a few hours or just 30 minutes at a time? Pick a design suitable for the available time. Make a simple "assembly line" schedule to maximize the time you have to spend on the project.

2. Work on individual elements, individually. It may sound silly, but working on one element of the cards will retain the "look" of the cards while creating a "unity" among them. Start by stamping all of the impressions, then work on cutting out all of the backgrounds, folding all of the paper, tearing all of the sheets simultaneously. You don't want to spend too much time on any one card.

3. Have a party! Kids and relatives love to involved. Make the work fun and don't be overly concerned about the smaller details of the project. You will ultimately put all of the individual components together, giving you plenty of time to add any special touches. Working together with other people will also add a new level of uniqueness to your cards.
Bears Stamps

4. Stop writing. One of the most frustrating tasks of mass producing cards is hand writing messages. Find "handwriting fonts" available online, at your nearest craft supply store, or your local computer store. Sign the finished card or pen in any details or RSVP information as you would with a store purchased card.

5. Use a paper trimmer. If you need a fast way to make background frames or trim down embellishments, scissors just won't cut it! Stacking paper in 5-10 sheet groups and trimming all at once will provide perfect multiple shapes. Often, your scraps can be stacked in such a way to trim them into useable pieces with a trimmer. Rotary trimmers will also allow you to add perfect "scalloped" edges to the base of the card(s).

Craft puncher

6. Punch It. Remember your time is valuable. Whether it's a heart, circle, flower, even a fork and spoon, your local craft store will have a perfect punch for the card. Cutting out shapes by hand is tedious and rarely looks well. Circles can be particularly difficult.

7. Stamp, Stamp, Stamp. When placing stamped images on a card, use one stamp at a time and make as many impressions as needed. Don't clean stamps or switch colors until all of the cards have been stamped. This keeps your ink pads from becoming "mixed" and makes the impressions uniform.

8. Avoid difficult embellishments. I am sure that rows of bows, lines of brads, or glued dots would look wonderful on each card. Finding a simpler alternative will save you hours. Paper tears, taped bows, even stylish stickers can be just as attractive without the hours of difficult handy work.
Cute Embellishments

9. Customize backgrounds. If you absolutely must have a "look" provided by a stamped background, make a "master" copy on white paper EXACTLY how it should look. Scan the paper design into a computer at 300 dpi. (If you're already confused, spend a minute with the scanner manual.) Print onto colored cardstock or paper. When done properly, no one will even notice!

10. Have fun with a budget. These are the two biggest factors when mass producing cards. You don't want to get partway through the project only to realize you have far overspent your intended budget. That special patterned paper and those cute hologram stickers can max out the cost of the cards. Alternatively, when the project simply becomes a duty, it is unlikely you will ever finish. Remember to always plan lots of time. After all, this is by far the greatest hobby in the world!