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Tonic Studios, a leader in the design and manufacture of craft tools and scissors has
joined forces in an exclusive partnership with Purple Cows. Starting in March 2013
Purple Cows will be distributing Tonic products in the Americas while Tonic Studios
UK distributes Purple Cows products in the UK and parts of Europe. In addition,
the companies will partner in the development of new products for craft & hobby
“We are very excited about this new partnership”, said Rick Tremmel, CEO of Purple
Cows. “The two companies have complementary strengths in sales, marketing,
distribution and product offerings. We are delighted to have Steve Ramsey join
our team in the USA as Director of Sales and we are already working together with
Simon Bathard and Gareth Davies at Tonic UK to develop new products.” Steve
Ramsey, CEO of Tonic Studios USA said, “the combination of our companies and
product lines gives us more resources and will help us service our business partners
with a broader product range and develop new concepts for our consumers.”
The companies will be exhibiting together at the Winter Craft & Hobby Show
in Anaheim on January 12-16 in Booths 2581-2687. “We are at the very end of
the Show but it’s a large area and we are near great companies like Bazzill and
Spellbinders. We will have Simon and Gareth from Tonic UK visiting for the entire
show and will be introducing a number of new products,” said Steve. “Come join us
to see our great new product line-up and of course to dance with the Cows.”
For more information contact Paula Hart, Creative Director of Purple Cows Inc. at
877-386-8264 or email@example.com.
Purple Cows CraftGeek is going CrAzY for Encaustic Wax and we know you will love using this medium in your projects. It’s “Mooey Groovy!”
What is Encaustic Wax you say?…. it is painting with hot wax. Encaustic-means to “burn in”. It involves using a heated beeswax which colored pigments are added. Then using our melt iron with different tips you can create the most amazing cards, fine art, home decorative items and more.
This technique is an Ancient art form and goes way back to 100-300 AD WOW!! Portraits have been painted with this wax for over 2000 years. It is not only used just for crafters but for fine art. Who Knew! Now you can be fancy with all your projects too, just like the Egyptians. That’s hot!
We use only the finest unbleached, naturally filtered beeswax and prepare this medium for use by first adding damar resin, a natural sap harvested from trees grown in the in the East Indies. Pure, powdered pigments are incorporated into this mixture creating beautiful translucent paints.
The tools and special brushes can be used to shape and manipulate the wax before it cools on the surface you are using.
The variety of interchangeable tips we have gives the crafter/artist many styles and application processes to choose from. They are fun as they add dimension and texture.
The wire brush is fun as it can blend, texturize and shape the encaustic layers for greater surface interest. The mini iron tip is the Purple Cows Melt tool go to tip for applying, dripping, and spreading wax to the project surface. Great for creating backgrounds and preparing pieces for collage work. You can even write with the wax stylist as it works like a dip pen and is used for other fine point details.
We also have cool branding tips with geometric designs that you can “brand” shapes and texture into the encaustic wax surfaces. So fun.
Other materials can be encased or collaged into the surface or layered using the encaustic medium to adhere it to the surface. You can even use rubber stamps in your creations!
Some of the exciting qualities of our Encaustic wax:
Our wax’s can be applied to a wide variety of surfaces including wood,paper and fabric.
They have superior archival quality.
Used in fine art, assemblage, mixed media/collage, scrapbooking, cardmaking and more
Finished surface is luminous and can be lightly polished for a satin luster.
High quality pigments blend easily and render beautifully.
To do all this you need a melt tool. We carry the Purple Cows Sizzle and Melt Craft Irons with dual temperature settings that is perfect for the beginner and the experienced user.
We have a great line of Sizzle & Melt Encaustic paint single color wax to choose from. Twenty colors to be exact! They are made in the good ole USA with a 1:8 ratio and the finest pigments from a variety of carefully selected distributors.
This fascinating and versatile art activity can be a hobby, craft therapy or a fine art-it all depends on you-the wax can be changed on your projects at anytime. Just go back and reheat the wax and move it around. Abstracts and landscapes will tumble out of you once you get started.
Join us in this rebirth of heat and wax techniques with materials that offer unusual luminosity, durability, style and creative potential. You will LOVE it!!
Wax on, Wax off!
Deck the Halls with boughs of Holly Fa-La-La-La- La-La-La-La-La… Well, by now I hope you have already done that! Need another fun idea for friends and neighbors gifts or fun place cards for dinner?
Everyone loved the little paper ornaments for Thanksgiving place cards so I wanted to show how you can switch them up. I made a couple with some Christmas paper and big enough to put a little treat in them. If I am giving it as a gift I add a little Krinkle shred to make it a little more festive. A fun thing to give to your stamper friends is a little stamp and ink pad in this cute ornament as they get the pattern on how to make it too! Whoo-Hoo! What a fun gift!
*REMEMBER-Only small things fit in the ornament as it has to be able to close up. Some ideas would be:
Small Candy, a little bracelet or necklace, a nice letter, any small crafting item, money etc.
You can still make them small and use them for your Christmas dinner place-cards with a mint inside or some mint M&Ms! yum!
Sample below in Christmas paper by doodlebug.
I added the little charm by using the Wind It from CraftGeek
Example below of ornament open with Krinkle stuffing
Pattern included below: The secret is that any size you make MUST be square! The small ones for place-card are 6X6, Med-shown above 8X8, Large- 10×10 Extra Large 12×12
Using any paper of your choice cut it to the size you desire. 6×6, 8×8 etc. Using diagram above make all the folds on your paper. go through I start with folding in half both ways, then on the diagonal, Then you fold corners into center fold lines going all around the square.
CraftGeek products used: 2 in 1 Combo Craft Trimmer #1040
There’s only one more week until Christmas so hope this gives you a great idea today to cross another item of your “To Do” list!
See you next time with another fun idea!
It’s been crazy busy around here as I am sure it is around your house. I have a cute little EASY gift idea to share today that I know you will love.
I found this cute little poem and put together this super easy gift idea for you today. It’ called Christmas Fudge. What is Christmas fudge? It’s a yummy candy bar that you wrap up and give to all your friends that LOVE chocolate and you don’t have to make anything!!! WHOO-HOO!
Close up view of sleigh I made from the Purple Cows Inc. Wind it!! I was so proud of myself. I looked and looked at this shape and thought “What else could this be?” This is what emerged!!! Just in time for a Christmas card or for the Christmas Fudge!!!
Below is the cute poem I found. I did not write it, Author unknown.
Type up poem and copy. I laminated mine I then layered in with a red piece of card-stock and glued it to the back of the candy bar after I wrapped it.
Use any Christmas paper that you like.
Using the Purple Cows CraftGeek Wind It and Purple Cows CraftGeek Wire use the template that looks like the one in picture below I made the one that looks like a sleigh!
Then I used the other template that looks like this below. i just twisted one curl side to the other side.
Then I tweeked in as show in picture below but with the silver wire.
Then I glued the sleigh shape to paper and added rudder or whatever you call it to bottom.
Have fun making your Christmas Fudge!
“Moo”ey Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of you from all of us here at Purple Cows.
Originally posted 11/2009
Dante said, “Nature is the Art of God.”
If this is true, then God has been working some serious overtime in the studio this fall. The colors here on the mountain have been AMAZING. Like usual, at this time of year, I am frantically collecting samples of the majesty the trees are giving away. I cannot stop from gleaning just one more pink, yellow, magenta, orange, red or brown hued gift for my already bulging bevy of dried autumns past. You cannot open a book in this house without a shower of dried leaves greeting each turn of the page.
With so many gorgeous, but fragile leaves I have exhausted myself seeking the best method to preserve them from year to year. (cue the purple cows laminator)
I arranged a handful of lovely leaves on the inside of a hot pocket, laminated, trimmed with a heat tool (see free project page download for more details) and “Voila”! I started laminating individual leaves, then made some small circles, and then came up with the idea of table décor for an amazing autumn feast. I have used the small ones under plants, as coasters, and even hanging in the windows. This evening I’m going to try stamping the inside of some hot pockets, and then layering in the leaves, to make a weather friendly wreath for my front door.
Now, thanks to my Purple Cows Laminator and Hot Pockets, I can save a little of God’s art to enjoy long after the real thing has gone.
Now Git Along Little Doggie, and Laminate Away!!!
Happy Fall Ya’ll!! I just can’t believe how fast the time flies. It’s Grandma Nettie here, with an amazing project from Tracie Brown. She has been busy using the Encaustic Wax and Melt tool from Purple Cows that we love so much!
She has created a very classy pumpkin you can make yourself. It looks like you totally bought it too, so your friends will think you are amazing!!
Follow the step by step instructions along with pictures to create this beautiful decoration for your fall display.
Purchase paper Mache’ pumpkin and cut paper strips in any color combination of your choice.
Using distress ink on a sponge distress inside curves and top as well as wrinkles on paper.
Using the Wind It from Purple Cows make cute wire shapes and poke them in the top of pumpkin like vines.
Isn’t this gorgeous! What a fun project and it makes you look like a fine artist. Awesome!
Elegant Gilded Fall Pumpkin
Descriptions and model numbers for Purple Cows tools used:
Purple Cows CraftGeek Wind It #7100
Craft Iron Tips #5060 – Mini Trowel
Purple Cows Encaustic Wax #5061 – gold
Other materials and tools used (Include brands, descriptions, and item numbers where applicable):
Ranger distress ink, Kaiser Craft paper, Mod Podge, metallic acrylic paint, paper Mache’ pumpkin shape
Purchase corrugated pumpkin shape from local craft store, cut paper of your choice in strips that match the shape on each section of pumpkin.
- Using acrylic Paint; paint the top, bottom and in between curves on pumpkin.
- Using Mod Podge adhere the paper strips into each section.
- Using distress ink on a sponge distress inside curves and top as well as wrinkles on paper.
- Using the Melt dual Craft Iron from Purple Cows on low setting brush the trowel against the brick of wax and drip wax into sections that you want to highlight. Also with the wax on the tool just touch here and there to give brush marks of gold highlights.
- Using the Wind It from Purple Cows, make shapes and poke them into the top of pumpkin, move them around and shape them to where you want them. Like a vine.
I love how this turned out. I have it placed in my entryway with my fall decor.
Tracie Brown Colorworksdesign.net
Thanksgiving is coming up fast and I wanted to get a fun idea up for you to make place-cards with fabulous Purple Cows Tools. This is a fun paper-folding ornament that you will love having in your files as it can be used for all the holidays. All you have to do is change the paper and ribbons and you have a new look to wow your friends. Awesome!
Below are 2 images of ones that I made for the post.
This first little favor in yellow I used the wind it from CraftGeek as a embellishment. I left the wire just like it is. I also used Purple Cows CraftGeek Roll IT to shade the areas that white showed through on the seams where the paper was folded.
The place-card favor in green below I pounded the wire with a hammer to give it a hammered look. I love the effect it gave it. It totally looks like a store bought embellishment. When you do this technique you have to be gentle and slowly pound the wire or it will break.
These are very easy to make. All you do is fold a square piece of paper. The size shown is 6″ for the small. I have make them in 6,8,10 an 12 inches. Because these are so small you will only be able to fill them with a few M&Ms or nuts. The size in the photos is 6″. If you want more room for candy just make them bigger.
All the folds are easy just start with folding the paper in half both ways. Then from corner to corner then you go around the paper doing folds like below. folding into the center fold.
once you do all the folds. There will be 12 folds total. Then you just kinda fold the 4 corners up to the middle and the bottom with push down. If it is up in the middle you just push it down. Sorry it is hard to show that on the Blog. I will take a picture of that step and add it tomorrow.
I punch small holes in each point before I fold it up so I can thread string through the holes. I thread the ribbon from the inside of each hole.
Ta-Da! You have the coolest ornament ever!!! They can be hung on a tree, used as place cards or just as a gift wrap, or hand out as party favors.
The bigger ones will fit gifts for your friends like little rubber stamps, ink pads, jewelry, bigger pieces of candy, etc.
Well that’s it for today. I’ll be back soon with more pictures to show how to fold it up !
Hi Purple Cow crafter’s, my name is Lynette Southwick and I’m new here in the Pasture! I will be blogging directly from Purple Cows Headquarters and look forward to sharing lots of new and exciting ideas from Purple Cows CraftGeek line with you as well as a little chit chat thrown in. I love blogging and love hearing from you too! I get so many great ideas from others and look forward to all your comments and ideas.
I had so much fun coming up with this fun Christmas tree using Wind IT by CraftGeek. I kept looking at the shapes I was making thinking, “what can I make out of them that would be totally new?” I was thrilled when a tree evolved from the wire. I decided it would be cool to add paper to the back of the wire and it works beautifully. I used my glue gun to attach the paper. To make the top piece of the tree I had to tweak it just a bit by squeezing the wire a bit to overlap in the middle. (*The top piece is the same shape as the middle shape but just squeezed in) Then I simply attached each part to the paper with a glue gun starting with the bottom piece, the top part is overlapped a bit. I sewed the running stitch with my sewing machine on the paper before I put tree together. You could decorate the tree if you want to. Maybe I will, and post an updated version later!! I love Before and After’s.
Hope you enjoyed today’s card and please check back often for the latest greatest!!
List of supplies:
Merry Christmas paper-Paper Studio
The above template is the one I used to make the Christmas tree part.
We will be back tomorrow with another fabulous project from our amazing design team.
click here for the full supply list and instructional PDF to Samantha’s “Golden Anniversary” layout.
We will be back tomorrow with another fabulous project from our amazing design team.