Bathroom wall art

Posted by TheDocraftsTeam, 24 Mar, 2017

Put your feet up and enjoy the view. Combine distressing techniques with the aquatic 'gorjuss girl' to create a driftwood-inspired masterpiece. This rustic design is perfect for hanging on the door or even on the wall; just make sure it's positioned well away from the splash zone.

1. Take a sheet of wood-effect Mr Smith’s Workshop paper and trim down to your desired size (we went for 4 x 12"). This will become the main body of your sign. Mount onto a piece of thick cardstock with a glue stick to provide support.

2. To create the distressed look, round each of the corners with a 2 In 1 corner punch and then run scissors blades around the edges (make sure to always do this with the blades of the scissors going away from you!). Don’t worry if the edges rip slightly; this just adds to the overall driftwood-like effect. Punch two holes in the top of the sign using the largest attachment on the Xcut Screw Hole Punch. Follow the step-by-step instructions below to create knots in a jute hanger.

3. Use three of your favourite Xcut alpha dies or Creativity Essentials stamps to make up your greeting. We’ve used a mixture of Xcut Xtras sheets and dies on ours. Position on the sign, making sure everything is evenly spaced along the entire length. Secure the letters in place with a glue pen once happy with the positioning. Hand cut two curved waves from plain cardstock and pop to one side for later.

4. Apply black pigment ink to the Santoro ‘Awashed’ collectable rubber stamp and transfer onto vellum. While the ink is still wet, sprinkle black embossing powder over the design. Tap the excess back into the pot, and set the powder with a heat tool. Leave to cool. Apply glue from a Sailor 2 In 1 Glue Pen to the reverse of the heat-embossed artwork, along the black lines. Match up with the collectable card included with the stamp and fix together. Leave to dry.

5. Carefully fussy cut around the shape of the ‘gorjuss girl’ using a small, sharp pair of scissors. To ensure a smooth edge, try to do one continuous cut, keeping the scissors still and moving the paper. Place the artwork on the sign and position the waves around her. Finally, thread the ends of the twine for the hanger through the punched holes and secure with a knot on the back.

How to create a carrick bend knot

1. Cut six identical 6Ocm lengths of twine and arrange into two groups of three strands. Lay one set of strands on a flat surface in a sideways teardrop shape, ensuring that the strands on the bottom left are positioned over the top left.

2. Take the second group of strands (we've made them blue in this instance, so you can differentiate between the two) and pass under the top left-hand strand. Lay these over the top of the loop, leading to the bottom righthand corner.

3. Pass the other end of the blue twine under the bottom of the loop, over the blue strands, and then under the top of the twine loop. Gently tighten the knot by pulling on each of the loose ends, taking special care to ensure all three of the strands remain flat.

Project and how-to instructions by Aisha Green. Project originally published in the docrafts February issue (79) of docrafts Creativity magazine.

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