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Review | Duck Prism Adhesive Crafting Sheets

Reported by Cassandra Darwin

Duck Prism Crafting Sheets

The Duck Prism Sheets (Swirl pattern) were a creative challenge that I was excited to try out. I didn’t have a project in mind when I started, but wanted to see what these metallic, adhesive sheets were capable of.I had seen Duck brand tape sheets in the craft stores, but these are different than the standard Duck Tape material.  They are thin and metallic, similar to a mylar ballon. Below you can see the thin adhesive sheet and backing (after I started cutting it up).

Duck Prism Crafting Sheets

My first thought was to die cut one of these 8″ x 10″ sheets and make a bunch of snowflakes. It must have been because I had just seen Frozen!

Duck Prism Crafting Sheets

But unfortunately my thin metal Sizzix die couldn’t cut completely through it. There is a clear coat on top of the metal sheet and that is the part that wouldn’t cut with this die.

So then of course I had to try using my craft punches on the Duck Prism sheets. The small star punch worked perfectly, but the larger cloud punch got hung up in the clear coating again. Using punches seems to be kind of hit and miss. I would guess that the smaller and simpler shapes would generally work well.

Duck Prism Crafting Sheets

I went back and tried another thin metal die (Spellbinder Nestabilities this time) with these sheets and got some great results. These dies made clean cuts on the sheets and I made a name banner for my daughter’s bedroom.

Duck Prism Crafting Sheets

The detail picture below shows the great shine that you get from these Duck Prism sheets. I love the big impact they make in small doses. These would be great for adding some extra sparkle to school projects like science fair displays and general crafts or holiday decorations.

Duck Prism Crafting Sheets

PROS:

  • 8″ x 10″ sheet allows you to cut whatever shapes you need for a certain project.
  • Prism metallic material gives lots of shine to your projects.
  • Adhesive was plenty sticky for my banner, using cardstock and craft foam.

CONS:

  • Some craft punches and dies will have trouble cutting through the clear surface film on these sheets.

Duck Prism Sheets retail for $1.99 and are available at your local craft stores.

Review | Tulip Dual-Tip Fabric Markers

Reported by Cassandra Darwin

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The Tulip Dual-Tip Fabric Markers are the first fabric makers I have used and actually been happy with the results. The dual-tip allows you to use them for a variety of projects, and the neon colors are so vibrant and fun. These markers have a permanent ink that does not need to be heat set. Just wait 24 hours and it is safe for machine washing.

Tulip Dual-Tip Fabric Markers

Working with the extra fine tip (shown below) is just like using a regular pen.

Tulip Dual-Tip Fabric Markers

I tested each of the fine tip colors on a piece of natural color muslin fabric here.

Tulip Dual-Tip Fabric Markers

And using the brush tip reminds me of using fine art markers.

Tulip Dual-Tip Fabric Markers

I tested the brush tips on the muslin as well, angling the markers to get a broad stroke and then turning them to finish with a finer line.

Tulip Dual-Tip Fabric Markers

I wanted to make sure that the pens really were permanent, so I did a color test to see if they would bleed after getting wet and scrubbed with soap. I outlined the circles with the fine tips and colored in with the brush tips. (Note the great color coverage with the brush tips!)

Here is the muslin before washing:

Tulip Dual-Tip Fabric Markers
Tulip Dual-Tip Fabric Markers

And here it is after washing:

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I didn’t detect any color bleeding at all after waiting 24 hours, and using cool water and soap. I also tested the written words, and they were equally colorfast.

Tulip Dual-Tip Fabric Markers

Of course I was doing my tests after dinner one night and my daughter wanted to help. I would say that the tips on these markers are not kid-proof. They aren’t designed for rough handling. The brush tip looked like this after a bit of drawing on the fabric by my helper.

Tulip Dual-Tip Fabric Markers

One tip about the fine tips – you will want to hold the fabric taught or use a stiffener on the back of the fabric to get the best results when using them. The tips are so fine that they were getting caught in the loose fabric weave when I used enough pressure to get a solid line. But this is easily remedied by preparing the fabric piece before getting started.

I can’t wait to start labeling quilts with these markers, and maybe personalizing some tote bags and clothing!

PROS:

  • Permanent ink fabric markers with two different tips for each color.
  • Colors are vibrant and you can get solid coverage with the brush tips.
  • Perfect for writing on quilt labels.

CONS:

  • Marker tips are a bit too delicate for young kids.
  • If using a loose weave fabric (like the muslin I tested with), you will need to pull it taught or stiffen it before using the extra fine tips.

Tulip Dual-Tip Fabric Markers retail for $1/each (or less) depending on the size of the set, and are available on Amazon.com.

Book | Mollie Makes Woodland Friends

Reported by Cassandra Darwin

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I was so thrilled to be able to review the “Mollie Makes Woodland Friends” book! The book includes 20 different projects, all featuring the cutest creatures in the forest.

Mollie Makes Woodland Friends

Projects include gifts and home decorating items like a “Sew Faux Happy Log Pouch” jewelry roll, “Sew Sweet Hedgehog Sewing Set”, “Reverse Applique Mug Rugs”, and a “3D Felt Badger Pillow”. The project techniques range from knitting and crochet, to sewing, embroidery, and paper crafting.

Mollie Makes Woodland Friends

I read through the projects and picked out a number that I am excited to get started on. The book covers so many different skills that I think any crafty person can find a project that they will be excited to begin. The “Felt Applique Napkin Ring Portraits” (below) caught my eye. Not because I desperately need a set of napkin rings with adorable animals, but because the critters are so cute and you can use the pattern to make any number of projects. I am thinking of leaving off the napkin ring portion on the back and making the embroidered felt animals into Christmas ornaments.

Mollie Makes Woodland Friends

And because I am always looking for ways to use up some of my fabric scraps, I love the “Machine Applique Animal Pictures” (below). The step-by-step instructions for this project are easy to follow and include helpful tips. The projects include a detailed list of required materials and photos that highlight all the important instructions.

Mollie Makes Woodland Friends

One of my favorite aspects of this book is the pattern section at the back of the book. Every project includes patterns for the different shapes, which you can scan, enlarge, and print or use a photocopier to do the same thing. I can see myself using these patterns over and over again because the woodland theme is a favorite of mine and I especially like the animals and shapes featured in this book.

Mollie Makes Woodland Friends

There is also a helpful stitching guide for all of the embroidery and applique projects. Although I originally thought that I would use the book to make a few projects for my daughter’s room (which has a woodland theme), I now want to get started on a few projects for myself! Some of the projects in this book are fairly basic (pillows, garlands, quilts), but the animal characters and patterned shapes are what really make this book special. I would highly recommend this book to any crafter that favors woodland creatures or wants to create some fabulous gifts.

PROS:

  • The patterns included in this book are unique, and have the potential to be used over and over again!
  • Project instructions are clear and concise with great photos and helpful hints.
  • Covers a wide range of crafting techniques (sewing, crochet, paper crafts, etc.).

CONS:

  • Covers a wide range of crafting techniques. I can’t crochet, so I’ll have to have a friend make those projects for me.
  • If the woodland theme is not for you then you should probably check out a different “Mollie Makes” book.

Mollie Makes Woodland Friends” is published by Interweave and is currently available on Amazon.com for around $10.