Eraser Stamps

Bull City Craft: Eraser Stamp Gift Tags Small details make a big difference. Make your gifts even more special with hand made gift tags.

SIZE:
Small stamp 1 x 1 inch
Large stamp 1 x 2 inches

MATERIALS:
Artgum Eraser in small or large size
Pencil#2/HB, and 4B or softer
X-acto knife
Bone folder (opt)
Canson Pure White Drawing Paper
Metal ruler
Cutting mat
String or ribbon
Scissors
Hole punch or awl
Stamp pad

GIFT TAG PREP:

Cut paper into gift tags using cutting mat, ruler, and x-acto knife. Sizes shown are 1.5 x 3 in, 1.5 x 4 in, 2 x 3 in, and 2 x 4 in.
Punch hole in top of tag and attach ribbon or string.

INSTRUCTIONS:

Bull City Craft: Eraser Stamp Sketch

Design

Draw your design on paper with a #2/HB pencil. Then trace over image with a soft lead pencil, 4B or softer.

Bull City Craft: Eraser Stamp Transfer

Transfer

Turn paper over on top of eraser and rub lightly with your finger or bone folder to transfer image.

Bull City Craft: Cut Eraser Stamp

Cut Outline

Hold knife so that cut is angled away from image.

Bull City Craft: Cut Eraser Stamp

Cut Off Excess

Cut under area to be removed, being careful not to cut under design.

Bull City Craft: Cut Eraser Stamp Details

Cut Details

Cut away details in same manner, angling knife toward area to be removed. Lift excess out with knife.

Bull City Craft: Print Eraser Stamp

Print

Use an ink pad to print your design onto the gift tags.

Printable pdf: BCC Eraser Stamps Instructions

 

 

Paper Ornaments

Make these brightly colored paper ornaments to adorn your tree or window. They are quick and easy to create with paper, pencil, scissors, and glue.

Mi-Teintes Paper Ornaments

SIZE:
Onion Ornament: 3 1/2 x 4 1/4” h
Ogee Ornament: 3 1/2 x 5” h
Small Ornament: 1 3/4 x 2” h (not pictured)

MATERIALS:
Canson Mi-Teintes Colored Artist Paper, 19.5 x 25.5 inches.
(One sheet makes 27 pieces of the Onion or the Ogee. Shown in Champagne, Red Earth & Royal Blue)
Pencil
Scissors
Glue Stick
String or Ribbon
White Charcoal Pencil (optional)

NOTES:

First cut out the larger patterns; save the onion shaped center scraps, then use them to make the smaller patterns. Carefully cutting the center from the larger ornament will ensure a smooth edge for the outside of the smaller ornament.

INSTRUCTIONS:

Mi-Teintes Paper Ornament

Fold

Mark longest edge of Mi-Teintes paper with a small pencil mark at 2 1/2 inch intervals.

Fold into an accordion at markings.

Cut out Paper ornament patterns.

Mi-Teintes Paper Ornament Trace

Lay straight edge of pattern along each folded edge and trace three times along edge.

Alternate patterns along each folded edge.

paper ornament 3

Cut

Cut out each pattern, cutting through one fold (two layers) at a time.

Use 4 to 12 pieces to assemble each ornament. Ornaments pictured have 10-11 pieces.

Use white charcoal pencil to draw on inside if desired.

paper ornament 4Glue

Keeping ornament pieces folded in half (with any drawing on inside) apply glue stick to one side.

paper ornament 5

Place second piece on top of glue, line up folded edges, press firmly.

paper ornament 6 Assemble

Repeat last two steps until desired number of pieces have been glued together.

Keep each new piece flush with the others along folded edge.

paper ornament 7

Join last piece to first piece.

Open ornament and lay flat with first and last (unjoined) pieces facing up.

Apply glue to one side. Fold one layer over the other, and press firmly to attach.

paper ornament 8 Finish

Allow to dry under a book to keep paper flat. Protect book with scrap paper.

When dry, open and refold ornament along each section to return to rounded shape.

Pass a length of string or ribbon through opening in center and tie to hang.

Printable pdf  instructions: BCC Paper Ornament Pattern

 

Top 3 Questions We Get Asked: #3 What can you do at Bull City Craft Annex?

Buy art supplies? YES!

Art Supplies Bull City Craft

Paint and Pour? YES!

Bull City Craft Annex Paint and Pour

Buy kids crafts and toys? YES!

BCC Annex Kids Pop Up Shop

Attend special events like the Annual Ornament Party? YES!

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Watch a demo for a DIY art or craft project on a Saturday afternoon? YES!

Mi-Teintes Paper Ornaments

Host a birthday party? No 🙁
The good news is, we do have a couple of alternatives we can offer:
– We can host the party in your home. We bring all craft supplies and activities, and provide 2 staff members to set up, lead the party, and clean up.
– We can host the party at an alternate location of your choosing. Some places we have held birthday parties include neighborhood clubhouses and community centers such as the JCC.

Drop by for Playcraft or Drop In Craft Porjects? No 🙁
The good news is, once the Homestead market location opens, we will have extended hours for Playcraft.

Top 3 Questions We Get Asked: #1 What Happened to Bull City Craft?

When we successfully funded our Kickstarter campaign back in June, we never could have imagined all the twists and turns that our journey to a new location has taken. We are infinitely stubborn and optimistic, and although there have been many setbacks, we are still determined to fulfill our dream of a reimagined Bull City Craft. Here’s a quick recap of the last few months.

June: Moved out of our University Drive location.
July: Found a space at Homestead Market that is the right size and has outdoor space, good parking, and a great coffee shop nearby 😉
August: Continued negotiations on the space at Homestead Market. Golden Belt approached us about opening an art supply outpost in the artist studios.
September: Opened our tiny shop at Golden Belt, Bull City Craft Annex. Signed a lease on the space at Homestead Market Shopping Center on Hwy 54.
October: Discovered that renovations at Homestead Market had been delayed and we would not receive the space until November.
November: During renovations, additional necessary repairs were discovered, causing further delays before we can move into the space at Homestead Market. In the meantime, we opened a Kids Pop Up Shop at the BCC Annex.

While our space at 105 W NC 54 is still under construction, we are making the most of our tiny shop, the Annex at Golden Belt, as well as events around town. Check out all our holiday events here.

BCC Annex Kids Pop Up Shop

Easy Projects for Using Painted Papers

Bull City Craft: Painted Paper

At Bull City Craft, painted papers pile up. Frances paints a lot, and other children leave behind paintings from Preschool Playcraft. Sometimes the colors are so beautiful, especially the ones with liquid watercolor, that I hate to throw them away, so I’ve come up with a few fun uses for them. Of course, you can also paint papers yourself with these projects in mind. These projects can be made for the holidays, birthdays, or just for fun!

Bull City Craft: Painted Paper LabelsJar Labels

A 2″ circle punch, a hole punch, and some pens can turn painted paper into labels and gift tags. A 2″ paper circle fits perfectly on the top of mason jar lids to dress up gifts of candy or nuts. I used a white Sharpie paint pen to write the labels. A small hole punch turns the circles into pretty gift tags.

Bull City Craft: Paper BannerPaper Banner

Paper banners are so easy and festive. We use them at our birthday parties, but you could also make them in holiday colors and hang them on your mantel or in a doorway. We made one for Frances’ birthday with paper she decorated with washi tape.

Bull City Craft: Making Banners

For a 9″x12″ sheet of paper, cut it in half, and then you can cut three triangles out of each piece (two facing one way and one the other way in between them). A paper trimmer makes for quick work because you can cut several at a time. Punch holes in the corner of each and tie with ribbon or yarn.

Bull City Craft: Paper LanternPaper Lanterns

I got this idea from Frances’ preschool teacher at Appleseeds Home Nursery. There’s a bit of a learning curve here, but once you get the hang of it, they are quite addictive. The folding is too difficult for young children, but older children can do it, or at least help with the first few folds. You will need a square paper, and 12″x12″ makes a good size for small jam jar candles. Rub the paper with coconut oil, or warm the oil and brush it on. Wipe off the excess with a towel. This will make the paper translucent. Then follow instructions here for folding.

Paper Penguin Craft

Bull City Craft Paper Penguins

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Who doesn’t like penguins? Especially when you can give them polka-dotted wings and bow ties! Download our penguin paper craft, color as desired, and cut out. Then punch holes and attach wings with paper fasteners. Penguins are fun to pose!

Painted Pumpkins

Last week I had the pleasure of appearing on My Carolina Today to decorate pumpkins with the hosts Valonda and Mike. It was a lot of fun! Mike was very warm and funny, and Valonda was gorgeous and absolutely sparkled in person.

Bull City Craft on My Carolina TodayWe have also been decorating pumpkins at the store for a family craft event and drop in crafts. I wanted to give a bit more detail on how I made each pumpkin. I used papier maché pumpkins, which are great because you can save them and use them again. They are also very lightweight. You could easily use these techniques on real pumpkins.

Bull City Craft pumpkins

The first pumpkin I did is a monster pumpkin, inspired by our monster doll kits. I painted the pumpkin black and painted a neon green oval for the face. I also added a little black glitter paint around the face.

Bull City Craft monster pumpkinThen for the fun part! I cut out a felt mouth and felt circles, then I popped googly eyes on top.

Bull City Craft monster pumpkin

For the next one, I realized I needed something really quick and easy that could be completed on a very short TV segment. I prepped the pumpkin with neon orange paint and a neon green stem. I found that the neon paint was not very opaque, so I used 2-3 coats and mixed it with a little white. I sprinkled some superfine glitter onto the stem. Then for my genius idea–skull and crossbones duct tape! I cut the tape into triangles encircled the pumpkin with a banner of tape, similar to a cute pumpkin I had seen on Pinterest. For the final touch, I added green jewels reminiscent of leaves.

We use Platypus Designer Duct Tape, which is from a local company in Raleigh. They have great designs and the tape has a nicer feel, almost like fabric. Plus the guys who started the company are super nice! They taught us the parchment paper trick–  I put strips of tape onto parchment paper and then cut them into any shape I want. It makes it much easier to work with.

Platypus Designer Duct Tape

For the last pumpkin, I painted it white and used wood grain duct tape for the stem. For a Raleigh “City of Oaks” theme, I drew and painted oak leaves of different sizes using neon pink and orange.

I was really happy with the combination of traditional and unusual elements. When we let the kids make pumpkins with these same materials, they came up with some really fun ideas!