Sunday 3 August 2014

Around the House: Bonus Projects!

Our September issue is on sale now! Available from WHSmith and many good craft shops as well as from our shop with free UK P&P for a limited time, or as a digital download. In this issue we have a fantastic ‘Around the House’ project from Jenny Marples (p.44-45) using forks to create amazing, unique backgrounds. Here we bring you two bonus project ideas from Jenny using this fun technique. So get your forks at the ready!

Jenny's main project in the September issue of Craft Stamper p.44-45

Stamps Jenny used...
Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Stamp Set: Nautical Blueprint
Other materials...
IndigoBlu Gee-Sso Good!: Black
IndigoBlu English Cottage Artist’s Acrylics Paint: Goldfinger
Distress Paints: Black Soot, Forest Moss, Peeled Paint, Pine Needles, Peacock Feathers, Antique Linen, Tattered Rose
Distress Ink: Wild Honey
Archival Ink: Jet Black
Ranger Embossing Powder: Clear
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Grungepaper
Core’dinations Card Tim Holtz Distress Collection
Studio 490 Wendy Vecchi Embossing Paste: Black
Distress Glitter: Clear Rock Candy
Glossy Accents

Seaside Chalkboard

Having painted the board with Black Gee-Sso Good and dried it thoroughly, apply black embossing paste to the bottom in a random fashion with a palette knife and leave to dry.

Beginning at the bottom of the board drag your fork through the paste in a wavy motion, repeating this process to create a pattern of curved channels. Allow this to dry.

Allow a mix of water and Forest Moss, Pine Needles and Evergreen Bough Distress Paints to run through the paste channels in turn drying thoroughly between each colour.

To finish the chalkboard:
Add some of the nautical shapes, clear embossed and shaped, with die cut fronds and Grungepaper letters covered in Goldfinger paint. Having punched holes in the top of the board thread with a piece of rope and knot.

The finished chalkboard project

Seashell Card

Apply Pine Needles, Peeled Paint and Forest Moss Distress Paints to your craft mat then drag your card through it. Mist with water and allow it to blend.

Once the first layer of paint is completely dry, apply a layer of Peacock Feathers Distress Paint across your card, ensuring you cover it completely.

Whilst the paint is still wet drag your fork through it both horizontally and vertically in different areas to create a hatched pattern over the card.

To finish the card:
Stamp one of the nautical shapes onto the base with Archival Ink. Add pieces of twine before layering over the corresponding nautical shape, covered in Rock Candy glitter and die cut frond shapes. Finally adhere the corresponding word, covered in Glossy Accents, and mat the background onto coordinating card.

The finished seashell card

Go Shopping!
Tim Holtz Nautical Blueprints stamps and Ranger Clear Embossing Powder available from Art From The Heart, 01423 873739
IndigoBlu paints and gesso available from IndigoBlu, 01777 701980
Distress products and Archival Inks and Grungepaper available from The Artistic Stamper, 01795 597757

We hope you enjoy these extra design ideas and the other fabulous projects in our September issue! To see more of Jenny's work, visit her blog.


  1. Great way of creating texture! The projects look great!
    Ingrid xx

  2. Wow beautiful. Really love your card too. Thank you for inspiring me.
    I do this with a fork on my cucumber to make it look nice.
    Never thought of this on my cards. Going to give it a try Anneke.

  3. My goodness Jenny you do come up with some absolutely amazing things.
    Love, love, love, it all

    Patricia xx

  4. Brilliant technique, Rosa!! TFS tutorial
    Mixed media and cards are superb

  5. Ohh it is done by Jenny... I love her work!!

  6. Clever use of forks - think I have a few spare ones!

  7. Great projects Jenny - so simple but very effective!

  8. Fabulous projects. It never occcured to me to pull a fork out of the drawer for my artsy stuff. Wonderful ideas here!

  9. Wow Jenny, only you could take a fork and make art with it! I loved the article in CS but I also love these new amazing projects - I need one of those chalkboards, can't wait to make one now! Thanks, as ever, for your wonderful inspiration! Anne x

  10. these are all wonderful Jenny - I especially love the chalk board - might have to pinch that idea! Hugs rachel x

  11. Jenny, you are simply amazing. This is so clever and I love how you use a dinner fork for texture. Love the two of these! Hugs!

  12. FABULOUS, Jenny!! LOVE the texture you created with a fork!! Gee, I guess forks aren't just for creating the crisscross in p-nut butter cookies!! ;) :) You are AWESOME!!! I want to get painty and inky now!! XOXO-Shari T.

  13. How artistic Jenny...great result!
    greetings, Alie :-)

  14. wow, these are amazing! LOve especially the board!

  15. Wow, wonderful 'bonus' project!!! Thank you for the tutorial offered for these two great extra samples!