This year at Creativation, 7 Gypsies revealed an exciting new line of products called Architextures. These pieces are little embellishments and goodies that you can craft with, and they are vintage-inspired to look and feel like the real thing! They have so many pieces to choose from, including a little mason jar that looks 3D and you can actually see through like glass.
This mason jar is just one piece in a collection of hundreds that are so inspiring to play with! The other cool thing about it is that the packaging has been designed so that it can also be used in your craft projects. I think this is just brilliant!
Another piece that I was able to work with while at Creativation is this fun dressform. This piece is 3D, feels soft just like a regular dressform would, and is so much fun to dress up and embellish! I pieced together some packaging and some embellishments to make a little dress on this piece. CLICK HERE if you would like to see the post for this dressform!
I managed to get my hands on a few Architexture pieces that are found at Michael's stores. There are so many fun ones there but I found these little silver crosses that look like a pendant or necklace piece, and decided to use them on an altered paintbrush.
I have done one Altered Paintbrush in the past. I loved how it turned out so I actually went to Lowes and picked up a few of those $1 wooden paintbrushes for the purpose of altering them.
I started by applying a coat of Tattered Angels Crystal DIY and Decor paint. This is a white paint that covers almost any surface very well. Once that layer of paint was dry, I misted over it with some Iridescent Gold Glimmer Mist. I thought the paintbrush just needed a little shimmer!
I then applied some tacky glue to a few areas on the handle, and stuck some gold glitter flakes to that. I also added some bits of ribbon, a few flower embellishments that I colored with more Iridescent Gold and also some True Turquoise Glimmer Mist, and then moved on to applying the Architextures Cross.
Although the cross is self-adhesive, I wanted to pop it up a bit so I used some small bits of foam adhesive to adhere it down to the paintbrush. Then, using my labeler, I typed out the verse, "In the beginning, God created..." and adhered the words to small strips of black cardstock.
I applied the verse with foam adhesive, as well.
To put some finishing touches on the paintbrush, I added some Chandelier Glimmer Glam to the bristles, and also tied some Jute Cord around the handle, letting it fall down to the side.
Very simple embellishing job on this paintbrush, but I love the overall message of it! I have it in my craft room and it reminds me who our Original Artist and Creator is.
If you are interested in seeing more 7 Gypsies Architextures, check out the Canvas Corp Brands Store or visit your local Michaels to see what they have there!
Thanks for stopping by, and Happy Crafting!
More from Marie Nicole...
Being a cardmaker, its just natural that I also love sending out happy mail to friends and family. I like to try to keep my address book up to date, but it can be hard to figure out how to keep my book tidy when I need to change the addresses in there!
I had this idea to use some of Canvas Corp's Chalkstock to create these fun little address cards. I embellished the front sides with photos of my friends and family, along with other pretty embellishments, and then left the backside blank so I could write their addresses and special dates in with chalk.
I chose this Chalkstock for the reason that it acts as a paper verson of a chalkboard! You can write on it with chalk paint, markers, or regular chalk, and then wipe it off with water and write on it again. PERFECT for writing addresses and important info on the back of small cards. The best part? You can make your cards pretty and not have to worry when the time comes to change the info!
I have my cards displayed here in a little 7Gypsies Librarie Drawer. Canvas Corp Brands currently has these drawers on sale, and once they are gone, they are gone for good! I'm so happy I picked one up when I did, but if you dont have one dont worry! Just find a cute little box that works for you!
That's it! A simple way to keep my loved ones addresses organized even when they change. I used a journaling card die to make these little address cards, but you could make your own simply by trimming to the size you want and then rounding the corners.
Hope that gives you some fun ideas on how to use this Chalkstock. Its such a unique paper that its really worth a try!
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