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Saturday, September 11, 2010

Coffee Filter Projects

Yesterday at Stampin' Up!'s Fort Worth Regional Seminar, I was a Workshop Wow presenter.  In a Workshop Wow presentation, you have 5 minutes to show a new technique and twists on the technique.  I showed different ways to use coffee filter paper.  What I like about coffee filter paper is that it takes ink very well yet is soft like fabric.

My first project was this card with a flower that I made using the Fancy Flower punch.   This was the project that I sent to Stampin' Up! when I was applying to be a Workshop Wow presenter.  Click here for the tutorial.

My second project was a pumpkin.  For the pumpkin, I used a brown coffee filter.  The leaves were die cut out of a white coffee filter and then sponged with Old Olive ink.  Click here for the tutorial.

I was trying to decide what other projects to make when my girlfriend, Mary Hamilton, gave me an idea.  We were talking about different Christmas projects, and she mentioned making snowmen.  That's when I realized that I could take two pumpkin shapes and turn them into a snowman.  That's how I came up with Frosty.  Thanks for the inspiration, Mary!  Click here for the tutorial.

My fourth project, covering a picture frame with coffee filters, didn't work out as I had originally planned.  I was trying to duplicate the faux leather look that I had seen using brown paper sacks.  I planned to add extra coffee filter leaves and make a rustic country frame.

My original version didn't look like leather (and never was going to get there) so I changed my plan.  I decided to sponge different fall colors on the paper to give it some color.  I liked the look and decided to decoupage the leaves on the frame.  Then I added a final layer of varnish to blend everything together.  That's how I ended up with this frame.  I like it more than my original concept!  As one of my art friends once told me, if you don't like it, you're not done yet.  Trying to fix mistakes is how I have come across some of my favorite techniques.  Click here for the tutorial.

I've have multiple requests for tutorials for these projects.  I'll be posting them later this weekend.  And if you live in the DFW metroplex, I'll be offering classes on these projects. 

I'm looking forward to seeing your projects using coffee filter paper.

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Creatively yours,

Sharon Cheng
Richland Hills, TX
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cdrushin said...

Great projects, love the coffee filter idea. I went to the FTW regional as well just on saturday sorry i missed your presentation, but so glad you made the tutorial thanks again.

Rita W said...

I was at the regional and LOVED your presentation! I was so excited to see your tutorials come across the LNS emails! Definitely adding your blog to my must read list!

Linda said...

Sharon, I saw you at Leadership, your presentation was definitely my FAVE!!! You really wowed me with this out of the box project! Thanks for sharing your creativity and your tutorials with us!