Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Getting my CRAFT on with help from Martha Stewart and Plaid!

Oh friends, can I tell you all a secret?  I have been a Martha Stewart fan since I was barely a teen.  The things she could do in the kitchen, in her home, and outdoors…well she was, and IS amazing.  She creates some pretty awesome craft products, every crafter knows that, right?  But did you know that she just launched a new decorative paint line along with tools and accessories?
The new Martha Stewart Crafts Decorative Paint Line by Plaid can be found exclusively in Michaels stores in the U.S. and Canada.  All of the awesome products in the photos I took can be found in the stores starting the last week of August.  The awesome decorative paint is a multi-surface paint, and can be used on all crafting surfaces including wood, metal, glass, ceramic, terra-cotta and fabric.  It is indoor/outdoor safe, dishwasher-safe on glass.  There are 160 paint colors in five finishes (Satin, High Gloss, Glitter, Pearl, Metallic).  Each paint color comes in a 2 oz. bottles and are non-toxic (so safe to use with children).

Last week I received all the above products to test out and get my craft on. It was like Christmas day when I opened the box.  There were so many great tools and paint colors, I had such a hard time choosing which one I wanted to try first. 

I decided that I was going to try to beautify a few things I had on hand, and add a personal touch to some inexpensive gift ideas, using the paint and the cool stencils. 
I’m one of those people that save a reuse gift bags. Gift bags can be pricey, especially if they’ve got any kind of design or embellishment to them.  So for the first project I took a few brown paper gift bags I had been given, and had saved, and decided to create stylish ones, worthy of passing on to someone else.
These bags came from Target. (I know because I was just there and saw them. :) I know the small one is .99 cents and the larger ones are $1.99)
I chose these really nice decorative stencils to make my bags look pretty.  Each package of stencils comes with multiple designs that you can use over and over and really awesome detailed instructions.

I chose to use the stencil brushes, instead of sponge brushes. I had never actually used stencil brushes so I was interested in seeing how they worked, and if they’d be much different than sponge brushes that I am used to.

I chose my design and positioned it on the bag where I wanted it to go. (In the bottom right corner.)

Then I decided I wanted to try the Pearl  Multi-Surface Paint, and chose the soft lavender color.

I never really have any paint palettes on hand, so I tend to use regular bowls or plates and just lay down a sheet of foil so that when I am don I can just crumble the foil up and toss it. And not have to wash the plate/bowl.  I squirted a little bit of paint onto my makeshift palette and dabbed the stencil brush in the paint, making sure to brush off the excess before I started my stenciling.

I literally laid my stencil on the bag, and just dabbed the paint on. Kind of like an up and down blotting motion. And I was really careful to keep pressure on the stencil, pushing it down so that no paint would get under it.  When I was done I lifted the stencil up and had a perfect scrolly-damask pattern (yes, I know that’s not great grammar right there. Sorry.)

I rinsed off my stencil in warm water, dried it and started stenciling the next corner.
Then I decided I wanted to go all the way around the bag, so I took off the ribbon and did the top corners too. (I rinsed and dried my stencil each time before painting the next design.)
When I was done stenciling, I added my ribbon back to the bag and gave myself a high five.  I now had a really pretty personalized gift bag that only took me about 5 minutes to make.

Since I loved the way the bag turned out, I went ahead and did the other two. For bag number 2 I chose the Mint green Satin paint, changed out the ribbon, and used a different stencil.
Looking good right?
For bag number three I chose to use a hot pink paint in the Satin finish, and a metallic gold. I also got creative and decided I would use a stencil AND some fun letter stencil cards.
Another Martha Stewart worthy gift bag right? (Please say yes, Martha!)
All three of these bags are looking much better than before, and all the other gift bags are going to have bag envy!
If you want to add a little personal touch when giving a gift, this is just one way you can do that. It’s simple, affordable (since you can reuse the paint and stencils over and over) and it’s kind of therapeutic for a crafter (there is nothing better than painting or giving something a makeover, right?).  I wish I could give Martha a huge hug for creating some over the top, amazing products that all people can enjoy.

I have a few more projects that I did using the Martha Stewart Decorative Paints and I can’t wait to show you them! So don’t forget to come back here later today!
P.S. If you can’t wait to see more fun projects, please head over to these awesome blogs and check out all the fun these creative gals had with their products.
Beckie at Infarrantly Creative gave a thrift store foot stool an awesome makeover.
Heather at Dollar Store Crafts give a great review.
Cara from Always Expect Moore created a super sparkly and fun picture frame.
And Jen from Tatertots and Jello made some amazing stenciled pillows.

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Dawn said...

OMG! Is it normal that I am absolutely giddy over this???? Lol! Love the bags you made too, they are beautiful!

Have a great day!


gail said...

Your bags are so cute! Don't you just LOVE all the new stuff from Martha!

Steph said...

The pearlized paint is gorgeous and I love that green. And I'm totally swooning over the 'love' bag. Definitely Martha-worthy!

Jen @ said...

What a fun idea! Your bags turned out so awesome!!!


Johnnie said...

Great gift packaging idea. I am so excited about this new line! Come on over and link up to Thrifty Thursday. Blessings...

Colleen @ MuralMaker&More said...

OMG - these are too cute! And to think I used to just toss paper bags away. Ha!

Don't you love the new line? I'm in heaven!

Liz said...

Those are so pretty!

Amanda said...

Great idea! Those are so pretty! I just finished using the pearl and satin paints I just posted on my his and hers tray tables :)

Bethany @ A Fish Who Likes Flowers said...

I love this idea! I saw some of those Martha Stewart stencils at Michael's when I was there the other day, now I might have a good excuse to buy a pack. Thanks for the inspiration!

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Those are so pretty! I love the paint colors you worked with too. :) Great project! Visiting from the Crafterminds FB page thread.

Mod Podge Amy said...

Oh, perfect! I always like to decorate my own gift packaging. It's cheaper cause I can just buy plain stuff and doll it up. Great idea! xo