Condo Blues: Make Christmas Shimmer Placemats

Monday, December 12, 2011

Make Christmas Shimmer Placemats

I’m using the holidays as an excuse to bling up the two tonecloth placemats I made yesterday with a little shimma shimma pizzazz..

Green and glitzty!

It's also an excause to play with the Tulip Fashion Glitter Shimmer Transfer Sheets  and the Tulip Fashion Glitter Shimmer Fabric Paint I got from I Love To Create.

I shy away from glitter because it's a hot mess to work with and often sheds from a project. Fortunately neither of these things is true with Shimmer products I used for this project. I rubbed the designs with my finger after the paint dried and the glitter stayed put!

If you do not sew, you can dress up a set of purchased placemats following the same tutorial.

You can also use the Tulip Shimmer products to give new life to thrift store or past its prime duds you already have by artfully covering a worn or stained area with a design cut from the Tulip Shimmer sheets or camouflaged with the Shimmer paints.

How to Make Glitter Placemats

You will need:

Placemats – check out my tutorial on how to make my two tonecloth placemats if you want to make your own placemats for this project
Tulip Fashion Glitter Shimmer Transfer Sheets    
Tulip has Fashion Glitter Shimmer Fabric Paint  
Scrap cardboard or newspaper
Round Paper punch
Paint brush
Iron and ironing board
Pressing cloth (I use a plain white men’s handkerchief)

Make it:

1.  Wash the placemat in the washing machine to remove the sizing from the fabric if applicable.

2. Put the placemat on the cardboard or newspaper. Use the paint brush and Tulip  Fashion Glitter Shimmer Fabric Paint to paint a wavy line down one side of the placemat.

 I'm using a photo of my test piece because I skipped taking a photo of the real placemat because I was in the The DIY Zone, ya know?

Tip: The glitter paint is thin if you want a thicker line of paint you will need to do multiple coats of paint. I used 3-4 coats of paint for my project.

3. Use the circle punch to punch a series of small circles from contrasting colors of the Tulip Glitter Shimmer Transfer sheets. You can do this with a die cutting machine, if you have one. I don’t have a fancy shmancy cutting machine. I’m kicking it old school with a paper punch.

Punch! Punch! Punch!

Tip: The protective plastic cover sheet means you need a little extra oomph to manually punch through it. I used scissors on a test piece and it was easier to cut than punch.

 4. Peal off the plastic cover and artfully place your circles on the cream fabric.

Warning: The plastic sheet side is the top side of the shimmer sheet. If you iron it plastic side down, you will accidentally iron your dots to your pressing cloth.

 My bad!

5. Place a pressing cloth over the design and iron the design in place using a dry iron and a heat setting suitable for the fabric you are using. My fabric is cotton. I used the cotton setting.


Tip: You can re-iron the design if it does not set the first time. Make sure you use the pressing cloth unless you want an iron full of glitter!

Tip #2: You probably don't want an iron full of glitter.

6. Slap that placemat on your table and chow down!


Since spilling food on placemats is my superpower, I made more placemats than my table can hold. That way I have extras on hand while I wash the dirty placemats. Yep, Tulip Fashion Glitter Shimmer Transfer Sheets and Tulip Fashion Glitter Shimmer Fabric Paint are machine washable. Guess how I know?

Tulip Glitter Shimmer Giveaway *Closed*

ILovetoCreate  sent me an extra box of Tulip shimmer products by mistake. Since I’m always looking out for you guys, I asked them if I could give it away to you and they said yes!

You will win two packages of Tulip Fashion Glitter Shimmer Transfer Sheets and 6 packages of Tulip Fashion Glitter Shimmer Fabric Paint.

To enter: Leave a comment on Condo Blues telling me what you would add a little shimma shimma to if you won the Tulip Glitter Shimmer Giveaway.

You must leave your email address so I can contact you if you win or your entry will be disqualified. I am not going to do anything mischievous with your email address. I just want to contact you about sending your prize to you if you win because not being able to contact giveaway winners makes me sad.

You can earn extra chances to win by doing any of the following after you’ve made your initial comment on my blog:

 2. Follow Condo Blues on Twitter AND tweet about the contest. Please leave your user name and the URL of your tweet in your comment so I can verify it.

You must leave a separate comment for each method you used to enter the contest. If you choose to use every method of entry, you have up to SEVEN chances to win! I will use a random generator to select the winner. The giveaway is open to US residents only.

Tulip Glitter Shimmer Giveaway runs December 10, 2011 to December 26, 2011 12:00 midnight, EST.

Good luck!

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Disclosure: I received product and compensation for materials to design the project for this post. However, my ideas, words, and opinions are my own and are not influenced by this compensation.


Anne said...

I love shimma-shimma! I think I would shimmer a scarf and some socks and my younger daughter would love to shimmer her sneakers. Maybe some jeans too. Now you've got me started!

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Unknown said...

Awesome! Love the cute placemats you made. I need to try a craft punch on them and see how it works. :)

Amanda said...

Oh these are cute Lisa, great job on these! Hadn't thought of using placemats, brilliant! :)

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Anonymous said...

I would use it on scrapbook pages and mixed media art projects to add that something extra. Thanks for the chance to win! I am an email subscriber. And I'm off to be a FB fan as well.

Nancy said...

I'd put shimma shimma on cards!

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