Working With Wire Forms

June 10th, 2014

Wire Form Collection



Whether you’re well acquainted with wire forms or if you just happened to stumble into the breathtaking and creative world of 3-dimensional assemblage art, we would like to formally introduce our collection. A wire form offers a different type of canvas to showcase your creativity. It’s a challenge that most artists relish because it pushes them out of their comfort zone and allows them to work in new and unique ways. When you’re using wire forms, the creative possibilities are nearly endless.

We have used wire forms in a wide range of projects. We’ve made everything from creative centerpieces for holiday get-togethers to personalized home décor items, and even custom-made gifts for friends and family. Some of our wire forms are the ideal canvas for decoupage. It’s as simple as selecting the type of paper you want to use, picking a strong adhesive, and letting your imagination run wild. Other wire forms provide the perfect backdrop for displaying art, such as artful tags, paper dolls, greeting cards, and much more. You can also incorporate one of our wire forms into a larger work of art, and create something completely new and unexpected.

Have we piqued your interest? Join us and explore our Wire Forms Collection and maybe even pick up some interesting project ideas along the way.

 

12 Inspiring Wire Forms and 4 Colorful Projects

 

Up and Away Hot Air Balloon Wire Form Project

 

Wire Form Hot Air Balloon BasketLet your imagination soar with this Hot Air Balloon Basket. Featured in our Up and Away Project, this wire form can make a charming centerpiece for a child’s birthday party as well as a whimsical home décor accent.

 

 

Learn more about our Wire Form Hot Air Balloon Basket.

 

 

Wire Form Bird HouseIs there anything quite as charming as the sound of birds chirping? Bring all the brightness and beauty of your garden right into your living room with this Wire Form Bird House. Add a little potted plant inside and set it on your coffee table, or put the birdhouse on a stand and let some English Ivy wrap around it to create a spectacular garden centerpiece.

 

 

Learn more about our Wire Form Bird House.

 

 

Wire Form TreePerfect for displaying old black and white photographs, handmade jewelry, and any other beautiful little treasure, this Wire Form Tree will look wonderful wherever you put it. If you’re planning a winter wedding, or you want to make a truly unique centerpiece for the holidays, take a look at this Holiday Favor  Tree Project.

 

 

Learn more about our Wire Form Tree.

 

 

Wire Frame Vintage Buttons and Bottles Project

 

 

Wire Frame Basket with Bottle SetThis set of three glass bottles, all perched inside a wire basket, are just waiting to be filled with anything your imagination can come up with. Create an artful flower display, or use the bottles as storage for buttons, beads, and other tiny crafting essentials.

 

 

Learn more about our Wire Form Basket with Bottle Set.

 

 

Wire Form Eiffel TowerBring Parisian sophistication right into your home with this Wire Form Eiffel Tower. Leave it as is, or add color, paper, and fabric to create a stunning one-of-a-kind accent piece.

 

 

Learn more about our Wire Form Eiffel Tower.

 

 

Wire Form High HeelIf you love shoes then you’ll love this wire figure. Perfect for dressing rooms, shoe closets, and bathrooms, our High Heel Wire Form is just waiting to be personalized to fit your own unique style. Use ribbons, charms, and whatever else you can think of and make your very own shoe design.

 

 

Learn more about our Wire Form High Heel.

 

 

Wrapped Wire Form Pumpkin Project

 

 

Wire Form PumpkinSummer may be just around the corner, but fall will arrive before you know it! Get in the right mood for spooky shenanigans with this flexible, bendable, and foldable Wire Form Pumpkin. Make it a Mixed-Media Pumpkin with spray paint or acrylic paint, add some Halloween-inspired washi tape, and finish it off with a little scrapper’s floss.

 

 

Learn more about our Wire Form Pumpkin.

 

 

Wire Form CorsetAdd a charming touch of femininity to any space with this racy little corset. This corset is the perfect addition to a vanity, and will look great sitting next to your jewelry box and makeup tray. We took this wire form corset and created a romantic little candle holder  that would look lovely in a woman’s bathroom or bedroom.

 

 

Learn more about our Wire Form Corset.

 

 

Wire Form MannaquinnAre you a fashionista? Do you live to alter clothing into unique designs? Relive all the joy of creating one-of-a-kind dresses and come up with brand new pattern designs with this detailed Wire Form Mannequin. We were doubly inspired by this figure so we ended up creating a butterfly-inspired project as well as a spring blossom skirt. What will you come up with?

 

 

Learn more about our Wire Form Mannequin.

 

 

Bundle of Joy Pregnant Dress Wire Form Project

Pregnant Dress Wire FormCelebrate all the wonder and beauty of motherhood with this enchanting Pregnant Dress Wire Form. Add a little ribbon and a few buttons and make a one-of-a-kind centerpiece for a baby shower or create a personalized gift for a mother-to-be.

 

 

Learn more about our Pregnant Dress Wire Form.

 

 

Wire Form Vintage BasketHang this vintage-inspired wire form basket outside and display tiny potted plants, your favorite gardening tools, or some pint-sized garden gnomes. Inside your home, you can use this basket to store mail, photographs, vintage perfume bottles, and much more.

 

 

Learn more about our Wire Form Vintage Basket.

 

 

Wire Form Oval Victorian CageThis Victorian-inspired Oval Bird Cage Wire Form will add a romantic touch to any living room, and will be a definite wow-factor as the centerpiece for a garden or tea-party inspired get-together.  If you want to give it a modern or even spooky touch, take a look at this Black Bird Project.

 

 

Learn more about our Wire Form Bird Cage.

 

 

Do You Want to See Even More Wire Forms?

wire_forms-200x200After reading about wire forms and all the artistic projects that you can undertake, we hope  that you’re thoroughly inspired and ready to start working on your own projects! To see even more of our wire forms, please visit our Wire Forms Collection.

 

If you’re craving even more inspiration, take a look at our other ready-to-alter categories. From paper mache to storage containers, blank cards to journals, our ready-to-alter categories offer all the crafting essentials you’ll need for your next big project.

 

 



Sarah How-To Project Tutorials ,,,

Whether you’re well acquainted with wire forms or if you just happened to stumble into the breathtaking and creative world of 3-dimensional assemblage art, we would like to formally introduce our collection. A wire form offers a different type of canvas to showcase your creativity. It’s a challenge that most artists relish because it pushes […]

Stamped Summer Tea Tins Project

June 5th, 2014

Stamped Summer Tea Tins Project



Make your kitchen bright and beautiful with this Stamped Summer Tea Tins Project! Not only are these tins incredibly functional for storing all of your favorite summer flavored teas — like pomegranate, citrus, and mint — but they’ll also look fantastic sitting on your counter. Best of all you can customize them to fit any décor design or color palette. Make them for yourself or create them as the perfect summertime gift, or summer gathering party favor.

 

Materials for the Stamped Summer Tea Tins Project:

Stamped Summer Tea Tins Project

Stamped Summer Tea Tins Project Tutorial

1. Start by painting the tea tins white. You can use white gesso or alternatively use white acrylic paint, or even spray paint. However, if you are going to put food or drink products inside your tins, be sure to use something that is non-toxic.

2. Once your tins are painted and dried, you can stamp a colorful design of your choice onto the outside. Some of the Christy Tomlinson stamps are the perfect height for the tea tins. Put the stamp onto a rock-a-block, and then ink the stamp with various StazOn Ink colors. For this project, we used Teal Blue, Blazing Red and Mustard. Once your stamp is properly inked, gently roll the stamp on the outside of the tin (the rock-a-block makes this super easy). Remember to re-ink the stamps carefully between each application.

Stamped Summer Tea Tins Project

3. Apply some of the mustard StazOn Ink to the lids of your tins, and allow them to dry.

4. Stamp the Christy Tomlinson stamp design onto white cardstock (this time using just one ink color), and then punch the design with a circle punch and glue it to the center of the lid.

5. Stamp the word “Tea” onto white cardstock using black StazOn Ink and the Fanciful Outline Lowercase Alphabet with an acrylic mount.

6. Carefully color the letters in with yellow gel pen and then cut the word out in a rectangular shape.

7. On the outside of the tea tins, place a few strips of blue washi tape, and then glue the cut-out word onto the center of the tape.

 

Stamped Summer Tea Tins Project

Want Even More Colorful Home Décor and Artful Living Inspiration?

Visit The Studio to explore even more unique and creative Home Décor and Artful Living Projects.

 



Sarah How-To Project Tutorials ,,,,,,

Make your kitchen bright and beautiful with this Stamped Summer Tea Tins Project! Not only are these tins incredibly functional for storing all of your favorite summer flavored teas — like pomegranate, citrus, and mint — but they’ll also look fantastic sitting on your counter. Best of all you can customize them to fit any […]

Glimpse Inside: Colorful June Issues + Win Your Fave

June 2nd, 2014

Sandy beaches, crystal-clear blue waters, the swaying shade of tall palm trees, and a tall stack of bright and inspiring June issues — that’s our idea of paradise! Enjoy this summer in style, even if you’re not beachside, with a full collection of reading materials that’s jam-packed with creative ideas, thoughtful stories, and gorgeous images. Get yummy recipes for all your summertime gatherings with Where Women Cook, and find beautiful invitation ideas inside our latest issue of Take Ten. If you just want to kick back and relax, try the stunning work that’s featured in our June issue of Somerset Studio Gallery, like Susan Travares’ Lost & Found Art Dolls, Michelle E. Black’s Summertime Image Transfers, and Deborah Company’s Mosaic Collages.

 

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Belle Armoire Jewelry

Belle Armoire Jewelry - June Issues

This summer issue is full of summer styles. Sink into a Designer Collection filled with Nina Morrow’s unique jewelry made from driftwood, and indulge in a gorgeous porcelain jewelry set perfect for the season. You’ll be amazed by the colors, symbols, and shapes – like spikes, leaves, geometric shapes, glitzy rhinestones, and more – that line these pages. In addition to being pretty to look at, our features divulge unique techniques that call for trapping wire inside earrings, folded metal, faux netting, pottery, wire wrapping, foldforming, and stamping.

 

Take Ten

Take Ten - June Issues

Grab your sunglasses and ice-cold lemonade and soak in the Summer 2014 issue of Take Ten, filled with refreshing techniques and card designs. In this issue you will learn how to quickly make five cards in five minutes, creatively incorporate book text into card designs, and add moodiness to cards with careful inking. Also featured is a dreamy collection of pastel-hued cards that is sure to leave you starry-eyed. Trust us — you won’t want to miss out on this gorgeous issue!

 

Somerset Studio Gallery

Somerset Studio Gallery - June Issues

We’re thrilled to announce a 15-year milestone for Somerset Studio Gallery – a special publication that features everything you love about Somerset Studio in 200 lush pages. In this issue, explore Deborah Company’s mosaic house collages, Cat Kerr’s unique shadow box collection, and a must-see sewn bird panel by Colette Copeland. Perfect for stepping into the summer season, we also share Michelle E. Black’s beach-themed image transfers on repurposed wood and Coral Lee’s colorful mixed-media envelopes made with gesso, watercolors, paint, and patterned papers. Mixed-media artists of all levels will love the hundreds of creative art samples that line these pages.

 

Sew Somerset

Sew Somerset - June Issues

The summer issue of Sew Somerset is filled with exciting mixed-media designs that incorporate stitches in new and interesting ways. Adorn your outfits with Viv Sliwka’s vintage patchwork bow brooches. Learn new and creative journal stitching techniques from Ellen Wilson, Caterina Giglio, and Roxanne Padgett, as you flip through pages filled with their captivating art, photos, and fun-filled embellishments. Fly away with Colette Copeland’s simply adorable mixed-media kites. These projects and so much more will inspire you to grab a needle and thread and create your own lively creations!

 

 Art Quilting Studio

Art Quilting Studio - June Issues

Kick off the new season with the industry’s most innovative fiber inspiration inside Art Quilting Studio. This issue’s Artist Profile shares Elizabeth Barton’s vibrant landscape and cityscapes, Liz Alessi’s free-motion-stitched mini quilts, and Susie Zolghadri’s mixed-media wall-hanging “Gratitude.” You’ll be quite intrigued by Helen Richard’s “Black Quilts” series that we reveal in our Series Showcase, and do not miss how Laura Glass captures everyday moments so beautifully and realistically with fabric.

 

Where Women Cook

Where Women Cook - June Issues

This June issue is brimming with famous faces and fresh kitchen spaces. Get an intimate look into the home of Korie Robertson of A&E’s TV Reality series “Duck Dynasty,” and dish with news personality Elizabeth Ries. In addition to mouthwatering food and drink recipes, we reveal where Lynsey Kramer of Yonder Way Farms makes her meals and where Candice Pittman of Blue Eyed Daisy bakery has turned her passion into her profession. Last but not least, we’re featuring TV chef Andrew Zimmern in this edition’s “Men We Crave” column.

 

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*Winners are selected at random and will be contacted via email. *$5 off discount applies to purchases of any of the following 2014 June Issues only: Art Quilting Studio, Belle Armoire Jewelry, Sew Somerset, Take Ten, Somerset Studio Gallery, and Where Women Cook. Discount code can be used only one time per customer, and expires 06/30/14. Contest is open to U.S. residents and ends 06/30/14 at 11:59pm.

 

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Sandy beaches, crystal-clear blue waters, the swaying shade of tall palm trees, and a tall stack of bright and inspiring June issues — that’s our idea of paradise! Enjoy this summer in style, even if you’re not beachside, with a full collection of reading materials that’s jam-packed with creative ideas, thoughtful stories, and gorgeous images. […]

How to Construct and Deconstruct a Cardboard Journal with Guest Artist Michelle Ward

May 29th, 2014

We have a very special guest artist today! Please join me in welcoming to our blog the incredibly talented Michelle Ward. A gifted instructor, rubber stamp and stencil designer, and a regular contributor to our publications, Michelle has graciously agreed to give us a personal step-by-step tutorial on how to recreate the stunning Debris Journal that was featured in our May/June 2014 Issue of Somerset Studio.

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An afternoon with a box from Amazon can become a cool journal.  With minimal supplies and no special skills, an ordinary cardboard carton is easily transformed into a unique book following the steps illustrated here.  I love upcycling the non-precious material, as its properties allow for interesting deconstruction experiments that can’t be performed on any other surface.  If you don’t have access to the packaging tape shown, you could adhere tyvek strips cut from a repurposed envelope, or try a similar heavy-duty tape.

 

MKW Cardboard Journal Tutorial 1

 

Materials for Michelle Ward’s Debris Journal:

Cutting Mat
Paint
Paint Brush
Utility Knife
Black Pen
Metal Edge Ruler
Stamps
Stencils
Cardboard Box Cut Down into 5 x 10” Panels (10 pieces, or size + quantity as desired)
Pre-Gummed Kraft Packaging Tape (I found mine at Staples)

 

Michelle Ward’s Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Cut tape into 10” lengths, fold in half with gummed side on the exterior.
  2. With water & brush, wet one half of the folded tape to activate the adhesive.
  3. Place tape onto panel, aligning fold with vertical edge.
  4. Fold over remaining tape, wet with brush, and place a second panel on top.
  5. Before completely dry, be sure the two panels can open flat.
  6. Continue adding panels by applying tape along interior gutters. Check for consistent and even alignment.
  7. Complete binding should resemble a stack of cardboard.
  8. Your cardboard journal is now ready for adding personal content, or better yet – DeConstructing!

 

MKW Cardboard Journal Tutorial 2

 

Michelle Ward’s Step-by-Step Instructions for DeConstructing Your Debris Journal

  1. Using a wood skewer (or an awl), insert into channels of corrugation to separate the kraft lamination.
  2. Tear away portions of the surface for random deconstruction.
  3. Make marks in the surface with pattern tracing wheel or awl. Cut and peel away surface to enhance your markings.
  4. Carefully cut away a portion and re-apply as a collage element.
  5. Further enhance your markings with additions of stencils and black pen.
  6. Apply cut-out as a collage layer. Draw in repeating shapes and enhance with piercing.
  7. Consider other options for creating marks on the surface before you begin applying paint, collage or journaling.

 

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Read About Michelle Ward in the May/June 2014 Issue of Somerset Studio

May/June 2014 Somerset StudioThank you Michelle Ward for the amazing tutorial! To read more about Michelle’s Debris Journals pick up a copy of the May/June 2014 issue of Somerset Studio.

To see more of Michelle’s work, and to see where she is teaching, visit her blog at: www.MichelleWard.typepad.com
 
To see her full line of rubber stamps, stencils, and stencil/mask sets,
visit her website: www.GreenPepperPress.com

 

 

Related Products:

Stencil Girl Quatrefoil Stencil by Michelle WardAdvantus Tim Holtz Idea-ology Small FolioRanger Ink Dina Wakley Media Mask - LeavesFaber-Castell - Mix and Match Pitt Artist Pen Set EssentialStencil Girl Maltese Stencil by Michelle Ward

 



Sarah How-To Project Tutorials ,,,,,,

We have a very special guest artist today! Please join me in welcoming to our blog the incredibly talented Michelle Ward. A gifted instructor, rubber stamp and stencil designer, and a regular contributor to our publications, Michelle has graciously agreed to give us a personal step-by-step tutorial on how to recreate the stunning Debris Journal […]

10 Free Projects from our NEW Red and Cream Collection

May 27th, 2014

Red and Cream Collection

Warm, inviting, and classic, the combination of red and cream is a match made in heaven. The warmth and boldness of red hues easily melts into something soft and alluring when accented with a solid cream color. You can find this luxurious blend anywhere from lavish bedrooms in fancy estates to homey kitchens out in the country. This color palette is elegant while also adding a comfortable and welcoming feel to any space, event, or artistic endeavor. That’s why we decided to comb through The Shoppe and pull together our very own Red and Cream Collection!

From flowing ribbons, vibrant washi tape with lovely designs, gorgeous ephemera, and so much more — our collection has it all. You’ll be crafting through all the seasons with this collection, be it with enticing invitations for a spring-themed garden party or one-of-a-kind home décor projects to decorate with in the fall. And to kick start all the artistic projects you are sure to undertake with this inspiring palette, we’ve put together our own collection of projects for this gorgeous color theme:

 

Red and Cream Artfully Arranged Gift Box Project

Red and Cream Artfully Arranged Gift Box ProjectCreate a stunning box filled with beautiful things in this luxurious color palette. Give it to your sister, mother, or best friend and make it extra special by filling it with homemade bath and body supplies!

 

 

 

 

 

With One Stamp (Vintage Children) Project by Lori Brofsky & Clarissa Romano

With One Stamp (Vintage Children) Project by Lori Brofsky & Clarissa Romano Part experiment and part fantastic project, this idea came about from a desire to see how two different artists would use the same stamp. The end result is a powerful set of cards that use the image of small children from the Vintage Clearly Impressed Stamp Set by Julie van Oosten, some acrylic paint, and a few well placed embellishments.

 

 

 

 

Red and Cream Stamped Canvas Portraits Journal Project by Pam Carriker

Red and Cream Stamped Canvas Portraits Journal Project by Pam CarrikerIt’s easy to create a beautiful one-of-a-kind journal with Pam Carriker’s project. With a selection of stunning poetic portrait stamps and some Sticky Back Canvas, you can pay homage to your favorite heroines.

 

 

 

 

 

Party Invitations and Favors Project

Party Invitations and Favors ProjectWant something truly unique for your next party? These little glass containers are perfect for party invitations, favors, and confetti holders! Unique, charming, and simple to put together with a little Divine Twine and tags, these red and cream containers will be a huge hit with your guests.

 

 

 

 

Red and Cream Miniature Banner Project

Red and Cream Miniature Banner ProjectBanners don’t always have to be big to steal the spotlight. A small red and cream banner is the perfect accent for a door, the back of a chair, and just about any other place you can think of! Just use canvas triangles, some miniature clothes pins, and a little hemp cord to make a truly unique decoration.

 

 

 

 

Crafting Carryall Project

Crafting Carryall ProjectAn altered paper mache purse is the perfect holder for a gift, crafting kit, baked goods, or whatever else you can think of! Simply paint the outside of the purse white, find some lovely red and cream adhesive backed fabric or paper — and add whatever other embellishments you like!

 

 

 

 

Red and Cream Love tag Project

Red and Cream Love tag ProjectCreate a dramatic, vintage-inspired love tag with Lynne Perrella’s Artist Paper Kit. This artsy tag is a creative mixed-media project that requires the use of scrappers’ floss, beeswax, stickers, and the construction of a small mini envelope.

 

 

 

 

 

My Love for You Is Beyond Measure Project

My Love for You Is Beyond Measure ProjectWhile an adequate measurement of your love for friends or family is probably impossible, this project is a sentimental play on the concept. Perfect for creating a journal, scrapbook, or photo album, you can recreate this project using chipboard cover kit or a ready to alter journal, some sand-colored acrylic paint, Cherry Divine Twine, and a layer of glaze.

 

 

 

 

Red and Cream Inspiration Board Project

Red and Cream Inspiration Board ProjectAlthough these burlap panels look great by themselves, someone with an artistic eye can see there’s a whole lot of creative potential! With just a little twine and some personalized pushpins, you can create a stunning inspirational board to display pictures, ephemera, craft supplies, notes, and so much more.

 

 

 

 

Milk and Cookies Party favors Project

Milk and Cookies Party favors ProjectMilk and cookies are great but  you can make them even better! Create individualized cookie holders using Where Women Cookie Die Cuts, add a little cream colored paint, and finish it off with some knotted Scrappers Floss for an extra fancy look!

 

 

 

 

 

Explore More of our Red and Cream Collection

Red and Cream CollectionFrom fantastic candy cane colored ribbon along rustic pin boards, to vivid ink that stands out against cream cardstock in artistically stamped designs — this combination is long overdue. The perfect inspiration for mixed-media projects, wearable art, home décor pieces, and so much more, we’re sure you’re going to love the Red and Cream Collection just as much as we do.

 

 

 

Now that you’ve heard from us – we want to hear from you! Tell us what you think of our new collection by commenting below. Do you have any projects ideas using this wonderful color palette? Have we inspired you to start any new projects?

 

 

 

 



Sarah How-To Project Tutorials ,,,,,

Warm, inviting, and classic, the combination of red and cream is a match made in heaven. The warmth and boldness of red hues easily melts into something soft and alluring when accented with a solid cream color. You can find this luxurious blend anywhere from lavish bedrooms in fancy estates to homey kitchens out in […]