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Altered [Embroidery] Hoops - March 2022 Cards, Tags, & More Kit

Hey, y’all! Welcome back to the Tres Jolie Blog!

For my final March project I have some more décor – altered embroidery hoops. I have my 3-inch hoops secured with some E6000 to a paper-covered, paperclay base. I added some picture hanging wire to the clay while it was still wet, and sped up the drying process (some) by putting the clay in my oven (200°F) for 15 minute intervals.

Check out my video to see how I put this all together – aside from the dry times, it went together rather quickly. I actually got it all together in less than a full day because I was able to work with my clay base sooner than a full air-dry time would have allowed!


 As you saw in the video, I rolled out some paperclay to make my base. While my base was drying, I started to get to work on my embroidery hoops. I cut my rice paper down to circles, and added “V” shaped notches along the edges so they would fold over better and make it easier to keep wrinkles out.

I added some Distress Crackle Paste to my hoops carefully since I already had the rice paper in, and added some along the edge of my paper-topped paperclay base. I hadn’t originally planned on adding the mica powder to the base, but once I saw the pink, I had to go with it! 

 I also added some of the crackle paste to the Tres Jolie Chipboard, and when my mediums were dry – it didn’t take long at all – I started layering the chipboard ephemera up after I got my hoops into place.

I used my Finnabair 3D Matte Gel to hold all of my embellishments in place – it’s great for adding lift to pieces – and because the 3D gel is so durable, I moved right into adding my flowers onto the project. After I had my flowers on, I decided they were just too white, so I added some of the ink from the ink pad in the kit mixed with some of the mica. I didn’t want to make the flowers completely pink, so I watered the mix down so it would create a light tint.

The final addition was a splattering of some watered down white gesso. Now that everything is 100% dry (it’s been a couple weeks since I set this on a wire shelf to finish drying!) I am adding some protective finishes. 

Thank you for joining us here at Tres Jolie. I hope you enjoyed this project – and all of this month’s projects – and were inspired to go out and create! Don’t forget next Friday is the first of the month and that means NEW KITS!!

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In addition to items from this month’s Cards, Tags, & More Kit and Mixed Media Kit (*from previous Tres Jolie Kits), I used:

*Tim Holtz Crackle Distress Texture Paste; Creative Paperclay; Finnabair 3D Matte Gel; Daler Rowney White Gesso; Fabri-Tac; E6000; Krylon Matte Finish; Ranger Heat-It Tool; 3” Embroidery Hoops; picture hanging wire; iron-on fabric interfacing

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