Monday, 13 June 2016

How to create a Father's Day card that they will love

With Father's Day coming around, many of us are thinking about what to buy, create or bake that will express our thanks for being there for us. It's true there are many shops and websites out there offering great ideas but there's nothing better than creating your own cards, gifts or even gift wrap. 
Here are a few ideas to help you create a gorgeous Fathers Day card with You Can Folk It...

What you'll need: 
Any of the Series 1 add on kits - these teach you the all important comma stroke. 
Templates (below) 

1. Dot Rose card 
With any of our designs, you can create so many different looks just by changing the paint colours you use. Here, we used the dot rose heart from our Series 1 Starter kit. Instead of using the colours from the original design, we created the heart using Lamp black and Warm white from the kit to give the design a more masculine look. 

One of the fantastic things about Folk Art is that it is not the design that is important but the brushstroke. Once you have mastered the comma stroke from our Series 1 add on kits, you can use it to create anything you wish; from roses to angels, daisies to beautiful borders. 

However, this versatile brushstroke can create so much more! Here at Folky HQ, our resident designer Sandra has been working her magic to create a few other designs. 

2. The Chef card 
Still limiting the colour palette to Lamp Black and Warm White, base coat your chef in White using the round brush. To achieve a smooth finish, use comma strokes to fill the area in.  Let it dry and if needed very lightly sand smooth.  Continue this process until you have applied three coats.  Using the liner brush and the Lamp Black, paint comma strokes  to create his moustache.  Using your dotting tool, add dots for his buttons.

3.  Moustaches 

Using the Lamp Black and your round brush, paint the areas with comma strokes. If your brushstrokes do not give you the shape you want, especially if you find it difficult to create the curled moustache, simply fill in the shape using your brush. 

4. Guitar - For all those musical or music obsessed Dad's out there :) 

Base coat the guitar in Lamp Black with the round brush, let dry and lightly sand. With the liner brush, paint the stems in Lamp Black.  Add black dots with the large end of the dotting tool. A good tip here is to make sure the dots are dry so your work doesn't get smudged as you continue to paint the rest of the design. If you wish to move on with the design, simply use a hairdryer to speed up the process.  Next, with the small end of the dotting tool, add comma strokes for the leaves in Warm White. 

For the detail on the guitar apply the top heart in Warm White with the small end of the dotting tool. Next, apply the white circle with the large end of the dotting tool. For the middle heart, use the large end of the dotting tool and the last one at the bottom with the small end of the dotting tool.  When these are dry, add more hearts over the top of the white using Lamp black and the small end of the dotting tool.  To finish, using the liner brush, paint stems close to the edge of the guitar in Warm White and with the small end of the dotting tool apply tiny leaves in the same colour.  Once dry scatter white and black dots around the stems.


When you have created your card, it is easy to get so caught up in the satisfaction of your make that the envelopes get overlooked. To complete your handprinted creation, why not add designs to the back of the envelope as we have done here or add a small design to the corner of the front of your envelope? 

What will you be creating for Father's Day? We hope we have inspired you and as always, if you do create one of these cards, or something different using our kits, we would love to see it. 

Happy Folking, 

You Can Folk It! 


Monday, 6 June 2016

How to create unique storage that everyone will admire

What you will need: 

Vintage suitcase (or similar)  

This month, we were featured in the fantastic Reloved magazine. If you haven't come across this publication, it is the go to magazine for the latest up-cycling inspiration. Since it went on sale, we have had so many enquiries about out gorgeous dragonfly and rosebuds up-cycled suitcase, we have put together this step-by-step how to for you to follow. 

1. As with our Vintage Rose and Oriental Blossom cases, begin by painting the whole case (inc. the metal details and handle) in DecoArt Chalky Finish paint (this time in Vintage)

2. Next, use a brush and apply DecoArt Metallic Lustre in Iced Espresso to the details (corners, locks handles etc) The reason for this is to give the wax something to adhere to. Leave the wax to dry completely. Once it is dry, buff with a dry, lint free cloth to give you the fantastic metallic look.

3. Next, copy your chosen designs using a Laserjet printer. Laser printed images do give the best results.  It is possible to use an ink jet printer but the ink may smudge as you seal the image. When you are ready, follow Carol's instructions on our Series 2 DVD's to help you prepare your surface and transfer the images. The stamps, dragonfly, hotel images as well as the ones we transferred on to the sides are all from our Series 2 Design book and have already been reversed for you.

4.  Once you have transferred the images, paint rosebuds from our Series 2 design around the 'Hotel Royal' transfer. There is no right or wrong way to do this; you can copy the design Carol has painted or paint your own pattern. Again, our add on kits contain DVD & full colour instruction booklet, complete with templates to trace so you can learn, step-by-step how to paint these beautiful rosebuds. 

5. Next, add designs to co-ordinate with the transfers you have added around the sides. On our suitcase, we added more rosebuds on the sides. Where the 'Angels' transfer had been added, Carol added dot roses using DecoArt Americana Acrylics in Plum, Titanium white and Avocado from our Series 2 Starter kit. Next, Carol added angels from our Series 1 Christmas kit using the round brush from the Series 1 Starter kit. Next, butterflies were painted on the top of the case near the handle.

NOTE: the design you create on your suitcase will depend on your own preferences and the kits you own so get creative and have fun, for example, you could add more rosebuds and a different quote if you didn't have the kit or didn't want to invest in both Series.

6. Leave to dry. After a couple of days when the paint has cured, using DecoArt's Round brush, apply a layer of DecoArt Creme wax (we used Clear Creme Wax) to protect it. Leave to dry and buff with a dry, lint free cloth to give it a soft sheen 

All that's left for you to do now is display your case for others to admire. Whether you use it to hold towels in your bathroom or as alternative storage solutions in your living room, it will be admired by all who see it. Why not find suitcases of different sizes and stack them to create a feature in your home? 

How would you paint yours? What would you use it for? We'd love to hear your ideas. 

Happy Folking, 

The You Can Folk It team x 
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