Crafts & Tutorials

Crafts and Tutorials

  • Try a Sample

    Get Your Sample Today!

    Have you been heard about this new company called A Makers' Studio and wanted to try out the products, but have been hesitant to make a purchase? Now's your chance to try a sample of ChalkArt and a mesh stencil from A Makers’ Studio for only $9.95 (FREE SHIPPING). You will also receive a small spreader and wood box frame.

    Why ChalkART and Stencils?

    A Makers' Studio ChalkArt™ is all about versatility. ChalkArt is a water-based chalk paste that can easily be used to customize wood, glass, plastic, and nearly any other non-porous surface. ChalkArt dries in about 15 minutes. You can easily clean ChalkArt off with a wet rag; however, if you want to make your designs permanent apply our Matte Sealer or spray with your favorite polycrylic sealer.

    A Makers Studio ChalkArt

    These patented Tri-Mesh adhesive stencils can be combined with a variety of surfaces to create endlessly customized DIY home décor. Use them in conjunction with our ChalkArt, Rescue Restore Paint, and gilding for a variety of design options. These stencils can be used multiple times on almost any surface. Simple to clean using water.

    Grace Gather Grateful Stencil

    Join in the fun of customizing weddings and events, hostessing like a pro with beautifully designed placemats, creating magazine-worthy furniture updates, and more. Get your ChalkArt and Stencil Sample now while supplies last.

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  • A Makers Studio Gel Art Ink

    Gel Art Ink

    A Makers Studio Gel Art Ink lays rich, permanent color on fabrics, apparel, upholstery and most soft surfaces. When paired with A Makers' Studio stencils, you can create your own wearable art or customize your decor with vibrant pops of color.

    To use, just squeeze a nickel-sized amount of Gel Art Ink onto a working surface and load onto your spreader. Apply ink evenly onto the stencil, remove any excess, and gently pull up your stencil. Allow your design to dry 3-4 hours. Set your design with heat by covering stenciled area with a soft cotton cloth and passing over it with a warm iron for several minutes.

    Be sure to wash your stencil with water because you don't want the ink drying in the mesh part of the stencil.

    You can also heat set using your heat press set on 250 degrees for about 30 seconds.

    Visit www.amakersstudio.comfor more info.

  • A Makers Studio ChalkArt

    A Makers’ Studio ChalkArt

    A Makers’ Studio ChalkArt™ is all about versatility. Use this water-based chalk paste to easily customize your furniture, tabletop décor, glass, and nearly any other non-porous surface.

    What you’ll love:

    • After drying for just 15 minutes, you will have a beautiful piece of lettering or artwork that will leave people wondering, “how did she do it?”
    • Change up your design later by simply cleaning your piece with a wet rag and creating something brand new!
    • Pair with our uniquely detailed (and patented!) mesh decorative stencils to create truly professional designs on almost any surface over and over again.

    Join in the fun of customizing weddings and events, hostessing like a pro with beautifully designed placemats, creating magazine-worthy furniture updates, and more with ChalkArt™.

  • Color Street Instructions

    Manicure Struggles & Real Life

    Who else struggles to maintain a good manicure?  I HATE paying good money at a salon for a manicure only to leave and have chipped polish within 24-48 hours.  I've tried everything from Gel, acrylics, Jamberry… you name it I've probably tried. 

    As a DIY studio owner working with wood everyday, my hands are always in paint and stain. I am SO rough on my hands, but love the look of polished nails.  My sister-in-law introduced me to Color STREET, and I was skeptical, but had to try it out. HOLY MOLY! This product actually works!!! 

    It’s 100% nail polish and super EASY to apply.  You don’t need any special tools or heat, just the color strips and a nail file. 

    I can now go weeks between changing my polish thanks to Color STREET! 

  • Baby It's Cold Outside

    Making Beautiful Planked Signs Is Not Rocket Science! Learn How Now!

    Who else loves planked wooden signs?  This sign was a customer request, and I thought I would share the steps to create it with you all.

    Tools:
    Wood
    Wood Glue
    Ryobi Nail Gun
    Chalk Paint
    Oramask 813
    Paper Transfer Tape
    400 grit sandpaper

    I started with 3 pine boards and painted the front and backs of each with red chalk paint.  Once dried, I applied wood glue to the long edges of the boards and placed them together.  Then, applied glue to the thin wood strips and placed them on the back of the boards.  Using my Ryobi Nail gun with brad nails, I nailed the thin wood strips into the back of the boards.

    While the wood glue was drying, I cut my stencil out of Oramask 813 using our Titan 2 24″ cutter.  If you are making a smaller sign, you can cut your stencil using your Cricut or Silhouette machine. Once cut, I used an exacto knife to weed my design.  Weeding is the process of removing the unwanted parts from your stencil. I also sanded the red boards with 400 grit sandpaper to smooth out the wood grain.

    Once completely weeded, I applied paper transfer tape to the top of the stencil. Trimmed off the excess transfer tape and squeegeed the front and back of the stencil to ensure the transfer tape was adhered well.

    The next step was to carefully remove the backing from the stencil keeping the blue stencil intact with the transfer tape and place the stencil on top of the planked boards.  Once adhered, carefully pull the transfer tape off of the top of the stencil.

    Now for the painting fun.  Using a handy dandy makeup sponge, I lightly dabbed white chalk paint covering the weeded portions of the stencil.  Be sure to use light coats to help prevent paint bleeding. Remember, you can always add more coats of paint.  As soon as I was satisfied with the coverage, I pulled the stencil off of the boards while the white paint was still wet.

    I'm very happy with the finished product and our customer squeeled with excitement when she picked it up.  Here is the sign hanging up in her house.

    Baby It's Cold Outside

  • Oramask 813

    Beginner’s Guide to Vinyl

    Do you find yourself overwhelmed with all of the different types of vinyl available to use in your crafting?  Today, I'm going to break it down in simple terms for you.

    You often hear the terms Oracal 631, 651, Oramask 813, Heat Transfer Vinyl, and Transfer Tape.

    Oracal 631
    Oracal 631 is often referred to as indoor vinyl.  It is used for wall decals because it is removable without causing damage to your walls.  You don't want to use 631 for any projects that will be exposed to the outdoor elements.

     

    Oracal 651
    Oracal 651 is referred to as  outdoor or permanent vinyl.  651 is often used for coffee mugs, wine glasses, car decals, outdoor signs, and water bottles.  651 can be exposed to water, heat and cold. Note that projects made with 651 are not dishwasher safe.  You will want to wash these by hand.  651 has a stronger adhesive than 631.

    Heat Transfer Vinyl
    Heat Transfer Vinyl (HTV) is used for fabrics (i.e. shirts and tea towels).  I personally prefer Siser Brand of HTV.  A few of the varieties of HTV you can get are Easy Weed, glitter, and stretch.  There are many more varieties, but these are my most popular.  Remember to mirror your image before cutting and place your HTV shiny side down on your cutting mat before cutting.

    813 Stencil Vinyl
    When painting signs, I like to use Oramask 813.  This is meant specifically for stencil purposes, but is not reusable like your standard mylar stencils.  It goes on easily, has a less adhesive than 631 and 651 vinyls and rips easily when you remove it from your painted sign. It is also the stencil vinyl we use in our studio.

    Transfer Tape
    Transfer Tape comes in all sorts of styles from paper and clear, with lines and without lines.  I personally prefer Paper Transfer Tape.  It is easier to use when making signs.  Some people like to use the clear with lines when making mugs and wine glasses.  You use transfer tape to get whatever type of vinyl you are using from the backing sheet onto your project (i.e. cup, wall or sign).

    I hope this post helps clear up any questions you may have in regards to what type of vinyl you should use for your craft projects.  Please reach out to me if I can answer any questions.

  • Mulligan Stew

    Grandmother’s Mulligan Stew

    Comfort food often makes us think of times past.  My husband's Grandmother was an amazing cook.  I'm thankful I got to enjoy many meals gathered around her table before she passed away.  All of the burners on her stove would be on high, and she could have a full southern meal on the table ready to eat within 30 minutes.

    Paul told me his Grandad used to say “I never had a piece of burnt chicken until I married Virginia.”  Of course, this was said in jest.  I wish I had the opportunity to get to know this man who was so instrumental in my husband becoming the wonderful man he is.  I met him once a few months before he passed away, but his memory has lived on through the stories Paul and his family tell.

    One of those meals we often enjoyed was her Mulligan Stew served over a bed of white rice.  Through the years, I've had several people ask me for her recipe.  So, I thought I'd share it with you all.

    This may not be a very pretty picture, but it's quite tasty and super easy to make.

    Recipe:
    2 pounds hamburger meat 
    2 cans tomato sauce (normal size cans) 
    2 cans Vegall 
    2 small cans shoepeg corn 
    Pinch of sugar

    Directions:

    Brown and drain the hamburger meat.

    Put all ingredients in a soup pot. Bring to a boil and then let simmer for a few hours. 

    Instead of cooking it on the stove this time, I decided to put all of the ingredients in my Instant Pot after I drained the hamburger meat.  I chose the soup option on the Instant Pot 

    When ready to eat, serve over rice.

  • Snow Cream

    You Scream, I Scream, We All Scream For Snow Cream

    I wanted to post this a few days ago while we were snowed in, but life happened.  So, I'm sharing it now.

    This Georgia girl doesn't do well in the freezing cold snow even though we lived in Kentucky for several years when I was growing up. I remember my mom making snow cream when the fresh snow would fall.
     
    I decided to surprise our boys with some snow cream.  It's super easy.  

     

    Here's the recipe…               

    Bunch of fresh snow.  Probably 8-12 cups. (I didn't measure, just filled the bowl)
     
    1 can Sweetened Condensed Milk
     
    All you do is mix them together with a spoon.
     
      Scoop into an ice cream dish and enjoy!
     
    I even made extra to put in the freezer.