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Book Review | Washi Tape by Courtney Cerruti

Washi Tape by Courtney Cerruti[Some links in this article may be affiliate links that help support the continued operation of Craft Critique if you make a purchase using them.]

Courtney Cerruti’s book “Washi Tape: 101+ Ideas for Paper Crafts, Book Arts, Fashion, Decorating, Entertaining, and Party Fun!” is full of quick and easy ideas for creating great projects with washi tape and decorative tape. 

The book begins with a short introduction to washi tape and examples of some of the different ways it can be used in DIY crafting. Courtney briefly reviews the various types of washi tapes on the market. She also touches on the decorative tapes that are sold with the washi tape name and those that are not, and points out the differences. It is brief overview but enough background to educate the reader about the tapes without taking up too much space in the book.

Washi TapeShe encourages the reader to try the various types and see which ones they enjoy working with. I have personally purchased both washi tapes and some of the new decorative tapes that are now available. Each type has good and bad features, and I use them according to the kind of project that I am creating.

After educating the reader on types of washi tape, the author explains what surfaces washi tape adheres well on, which lets the reader know that washi tape is not just for card making. Courtney also discusses which inks are good for writing on washi tape. The book includes ways to store tape, which is very helpful because once you get hooked on washi tape you will quickly build a collection!
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Upcycle a Skirt for Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day! Earth Day is a great day to think about how to reduce, reuse, and recycle in our lives – and maybe save some money in the process, too!

I decided, in preparation for Earth Day here on Craft Critique, to head out to my local thrift store and see what I could find that could be repurposed or updated to be more useful.

The key to this kind of thrifting is to look at pieces not for what they are, but for what they could be. You’re not looking for pieces that are perfect. You’re looking for pieces that are perfect in their imperfection – meaning that they have solid bones that you can work with.

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Book Review | Mixed-Media Paint Box – Edited by Tonia Davenport

Mixed Media Paint Box coverMixed-Media Paint Box: Weekly Projects for a Year of Creative Exploration” is a collection of mixed media projects which were submitted by different artists to introduce the reader of a variety of techniques.  I came across this book while cruising the isles of my local bookstore and was so excited to locate such a great find. This book, published in 2010 by North Light Books, was published in the early rise of mixed media and features names such as Claudine Hellmuth and Kelly Rae Roberts that are now much more well known. Continue Reading →

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Wax Sand Art by Kerzenwelt

[Disclaimer: Kerzenwelt provided a product sample that was used in this review but the product manufacturer had no control over or input into the content of this article. Opinions expressed are the author’s own.]

horizontal-lineI’m a frequent user of scented candles, using them in various areas of my home regularly. I typically use jars from a major US manufacturer of scented candles, but the cost has lead me to explore the possibility of making my own.

However, I was put off by the need to melt wax and then manipulate the hot substance. The idea made me nervous, concerned I’d get clutzy and burn myself, and so I hadn’t taken steps to trying candlemaking – until now.

What changed? While at Creativeworld in January I discovered a product called Wax Sand Art, from an Austrian company called Kerzenwelt.

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First Look | ImpressArt Handwritten Style Metal Stamps

Impress Art Metal Lettering StampsThis article contains affiliate links, which means the publisher may receive a commission if you make a purchase after clicking on a link.

Handwriting fonts are hot, and not just in the scrapbooking world. At the CHA Show in January, ImpressArt debuted two new fonts to add to their collection of Metal Lettering Stamps. Their two new whimsical handwritten style stamp sets in fonts called “Juniper” and “Lollipop” are evocative of current typography trends. Continue Reading →

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First Look: Lumi Photo Printing Kit

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horizontal-lineOne of the wonderful things about attending trade shows is that it gives us a chance to look close-up at revolutionary new products that are coming for crafters. Here’s a look at one of those products from the CHA Winter Show in January.  Lumi Photo Printing KitThe Lumi Photo Printing Kit was created by Jesse Genet and Stephan Ango, and it got its funding through a quarter million dollar Kickstarter campaign in 2012. They promised a revolutionary textile printing process, and came through for their investors – and for fabric crafters! Continue Reading →
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