This post is now on my new website: http://tammytutterow.com/2012/01/enchant-your-life/.
This post is now on my new website: http://tammytutterow.com/2012/01/enchant-your-life/.
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Have you heard the news? My sweet friend Lisa Pace is now the proud designer of her own stamp line called the Antiquated Collection! The collection is made up of wonderful vintage images. I had the pleasure of working with them and have to tell you, the detail is amazing! I think they may be the most finely detailed clear stamps I have ever used!
I missed posting a couple of Sunday Stamping posts because I was stamping with the stamps and had to keep them secret. Now that the secret is out, I can share my projects. First up, a little decor piece that features an ATC.
The base to the piece is a vintage cabinet card photo. I loved the texture of the cabinet card so I bought the photo just for the card itself. The photo was damaged so I knew I wouldn't feel guilty about covering up the image. I used a scrap of vintagey ledger paper by Cosmo Cricket with torn, inked, and curled edges to cover the photo.
Along the right edge, I stamped the swirled frame from the Society Lady stamp set with Coffee Archival Ink. I added a machine stitched border before adhering the paper to the card.
To give my manila ATC a vintage paper look, I applied Old Paper Distress Ink over the whole card. I used an ink blending tool to blend Victorian Velvet and Spun Sugar Distress Ink onto the card. Next, I applied Picket Fence Distress Stain over the whole card to soften the color. After drying the card, I gave the whole card a generous misting of Biscotti Perfect Pearls Mist. I blotted and dried the mist. Next, I stamped the card using the Dr. Warner's Corset Stamp using Coffee Archival Ink. I used assorted Copic markers to add color in the desgin. Finally, I added Gathered Twigs Distress Ink to the card edges.
I adhered the finished ATC to the front of the cabinet card over the patterned paper using 3D Adhesive Foam Squares. I added a Tim Holtz Idea-ology Memo Pin to the left side of the ATC to make it look as though it is holding the card in place in the flower cluster.
The flower cluster is created with a flower that has feathers in the petals, 3 velvet leaves, and 3 glitter stars, all by Prima. (Unfortunately, because these are older products, I couldn't find the flowers or leaves online to link to. The stars were called Galazy Stars, the flowers were Guava Peony Brahms.)
I really love curled, bent, and torn edges, especially on vintagey projects. A bit of Gathered Twigs Distress Ink brushed on the edges of the paper and cabinet card help finish off the vintage look.
This week Fiskars and Graphic 45 are pairing up to share some really amazing projects on the G45 blog and on the Fiskars website and Facebook page. As part of this fun trade, there is a great prize pack full of Fiskars and G45 products. You can find the full scoop on G45's blog.
I had the pleasure of creating a project for the trade using G45's Magic of Oz collection. My project is featured on Fiskar's website and includes a tutorial for covering a wooden box without measuring. I love when I can skip measuring! You can find the tutorial here: The No Measure Method to Covering a Box. And because I love sharing tons of project photos, here a few from the article plus a couple of extras!
Many thanks to the fabulous ladies at G45 for the wonderful products they shared with the Fiskars team. It was so much fun to use them to create this box!
(I am not posting a full supply list on this one since it is posted at Fiskars. If you see something not listed there or have any questions, feel free to ask me, I am always happy to answer any questions or comments.)
I thought it would be fun to add another weekly feature called Sunday Stamping. I intend to share projects, mostly tags and cards that feature stamping as the focus. The first one today is one that I am super pleased with. I started out with just a couple of stamps on my table that I knew I wanted to use but with no real direction. I just decided to experiment and make it up as I went.
I created the background by inking different sections of a large background stamp with different colors of Ranger's Archival Ink. After stamping the image, I used an ink blending tool and the same inks to blend and soften the image.
To tone the color down and soften it, I applied Picket Fence Distress Stain in long streaks from the top of my tag to the bottom. I used my heat gun to dry the tag. I added Vintage Photo Distress Ink to the edges of the tag. To stamp the background text, I made random swipes on the large text stamp with Walnut Stain Distress Stain. I love the way it stamped with the text fading in and out. I added my phrase with my favorite letter stamps.
I embellished the tag with some of my all time favorite Prima flowers and leaves from my crafty stash. These leaves are hands down my most favorite leaves ever. I believe they are discontinued from Prima which is a shame because they are gorgeous. Sadly, I believe the flowers are also discontinued.
I really love the way adding the different colors on the stamp created a blended look on my tag.
I added a few spritzes of Perfect Pearls Mist along the upper left and lower right corner.
I love wire stems that I can bend and twist. The leaves that I used have a nice long brown stem. I thought it would look cool to make look like it was curling around the tag hole. I think adding stems like this really help anchor a flower and leaf cluster and add a bit realism.
I was recently asked to be a guest designer for Paper and Pixels, a craft ezine that features lots of articles and ideas for traditional, digital, and hybrid crafting. I shared a tutorial for creating a fabric patch from a vintage image printed on fabric. You'll find the tutorial below. You can find a downloadable version of the vintage image I used on my vintage image blog HERE.
I love collecting vintage images and papergoods and love using them in my crafty projects. Because I love both collecting and using the images, I scan all of my images and use reproductions in my projects. A high resolution scan often looks at good as the original image, sometimes even better depending on the editing done to the image. One of my favorite ways to use the images I scan is to print the image on fabric. One of my favorite fabrics to print on is Claudine Hellmuth's Sticky Back Canvas. I have made my own fabric sheets to go through the printer, but they take a pretty fair amount of prep work. Sticky Back Canvas is nice and thick and ready to print right out of the package. It has a nice tight canvas weave that looks wonderful when printed on.
To create a quilted looking vintage image patch, begin by editing and cropping your image to the desired size. Once edited, simply print the image on your fabric as you would a photo. I usually print mine using the matte photo paper setting. Allow the ink to dry on the fabric and then trim the image as needed. On my example, my printed version is much fainter in color than my original image. I hadn't realized my printer ink was low which resulted in a very faded print. I actually liked the light image and decided to use it, sometimes happy accidents make the best art!
A few quick spritzes of color from a spray colorant like Glimmer Mist adds a touch of sparkle and more color depth. In my example, I used Yellow Daisy for add some sunshine like effects to my image. When using a mist like Glimmer Mist, keep in mind that it is water based, which can affect inkjet printing and react with Distress Ink. Use a very light application and allow it to dry before adding more layers. If you over saturate the fabric with the mist you are more likely to get some fuzzing of your printed image.
In my example, I added a few quick spritzes of Glimmer Mist Blue Skies to accent the blue of the sky.
Cut a piece of cotton batting slightly larger than the image. I prefer a real cotton batting over synthetic batting for both the look and feel and the ability to absorb any color added to it.
If you would like to add color to the batting, simply mist it with a colorant. In my example, I wanted a vintage look so I misted my piece with Vanilla Breeze Glimmer Mist.
The batting is somewhat slow to absorb the color, so if you would like to lighten it, simply dab it with a dry cloth. If you do not blot the batting you will need to allow it to air dry or dry it using a heat gun.
If you are using Sticky Back Canvas, remove the adhesive backing and place the canvas on your batting. If you are using other fabric, place the fabric on the batting and pin in place.
Machine stitch the printed fabric to the batting.
Trim the edge of the batting just beyond the edge of the printed fabric. For a decorative edge, use pinking shears or a decorative cutting blade.
If you like a vintage look, you can brush the edges of the batting with Distress Ink to add a bit more color variation.
To apply the piece to your project, apply liquid adhesive to the back of the batting. I recommend Helmar 450 Quick Dry or Tombo Mono Aqua glue. Keep the glue inside your stitched lines so that when the piece is on your final project the outer edges will be free just as if it were stitched in place. It is hard to see in the photo, but I ran a line of adhesive along the stitching and then added lines of it through the center.
If you would like your patch to be a little puffier, add an extra layer of batting inside the stitched space. Adhere it in place and then add adhesive as described above.
Place the finished piece adhesive side down on your project. In my example I added the patch to a fabric covered album but it could also be used on a layout, card, or tote bag. Please note that this piece would not be suitable for something that would need to go through the wash or might be exposed to water.
You can treat the finished patch with a sealer like Creative Imaginations Super Sealer or Claudine Hellmuth's Multi Medium. Both will protect the inkjet printing and added colorants. However, in my personal opinion, the piece would still not be suitable for a wearable item that would need washing. I have used this same process to make a large fabric patch for my rolling crop bag. I sealed my design with Multi Medium. The piece has been rained on and stood up well.
After your piece is adhered to your final project, you can add embellishments to enhance the design.
On my book, I added a cluster of paper flowers, velvet leaves, crystal sprays, glitter star sprays, and acrylic star stick pins.
In this close up, you can see the added spritzed of Yellow Daisy Glimmer Mist. I sprayed mine so that I got droplets of color in addition to a fine mist. Many of my old papergood have spots in the printing so getting a few spots on the image feels kind of right to me when going for a vintage feel.
Along the lower edge you can see where I added more blue with Blue Skies Glimmer Mist. You can't see it in the photos, but the finished piece has a subtle glimmer to it thanks to the Glimmer Mist. To me, the glimmer is less visible on fabric as compared to paper.
The book I applied my patch too is a quilted fabric covered book that I made. The book is made of book board that is padded and covered with fabric. It has grommets and binder rings and plain cardstock pages.
It is one page week at Sketch Support this month. Today I am sharing a fabric project I created based on this week's sketch.
The inspiration for this piece came from a watermark on a photo I saw on Facebook. The photography buisiness is called Fully Alive. I love the thought of those two words together. This year I have been really trying to work on being healthier and trying new things, to be more fully alive. I decided that it would be fun to make an inspiration piece to remind me of this new motto.
For this piece I used fabric to create a quilted piece. The background fabric is plain creme muslin that I misted with Daisy Yellow and Blue Skies Glimmer Mist. I also brushed the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
The next layer above the muslin is Sticky Back Canvas. The next layer is printed cotton in a robin egg blue color with small brown random dots. I love this fabric! I found it at Joann's in their quilting fabric area. It comes in several colors. The top layer, the one with stamping, is Sticky Back Canvas. Each layer of fabric has a layer of batting under it and is edged with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
On the top layer, I added several layers of stamping and colors. I started by stenceling a branch using the Crafter's Workshop Birds of a Feather stencil with Lettuce and Meadow Adirondack Color Wash. I added spritzed of Daisy Yellow and Blue Skies Glimmer Mist to the background. Next, I added stamped flourishes with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and a stamp from the Tim Holtz Fabulous Flourishes stamp set and then stamped over it all with the Slight Alterations stamp set. I followed up with my favorite Hero Arts letter stamps for the phrase which I stamped first in Vintage Photo and then a second time in Black Soot.
I added a additional color to the flourishes with my Letraset Promarkers.
The border is vintage handmade lace with a layer of plaid ribbon over the lace. I brushed both with Vintage Photo Distress Inks. For embellishments I added a die cut Grungpaper bird colored with Distress Stains. I did it as a bluebird as a nod to happiness, which is my word for this year. (Incidentally, alive was my word for last year, but it seems to keep creeping into projects this year.) I added flowers, stars, and leave from Prima.
The first second I saw the new Love Games collection I was totally taken with the black and white Damask pattern. I love damask patterns and especially love them for home decor pieces. For this frame, I recovered a clearance aisle photo frame and added ribbon and embellishments for a classic and romantic feeling.
I wrapped the frame in 1 3/4" wide silk taffeta ribbon that has a green and brown weave. It changes color depending on the light.
I embellished over the ribbon with flowers in brown and green and added two skeleton leaves. I topped the flowers with a Love Games Cardstock sticker. I applied the sticker to a scrap of patterned paper to cover the adhesive and to add a little more structure to the sticker.
I adhered the sticker onto the top of the flowers, using them to lift the sticker off of the surface and to make it the centerpiece of the design.
The skeleton leave add an interesting texture to the design. I love that they are transparent and allow the pattern of the paper and the color of the ribbon to show through.
I have been daydreaming of making this fabric book for a long time. I just seemed to be bogged down with so many other things that I hadn't found a chance to sit down and do it. Finally I did it and I am so in love with the way it turned out!
For this fabric tag shaped book, I decided to center it around lyrics of a favorite song on my workout play list. It is a song called Alive by Superchick. If you are curious, you can listen to it on You Tube here. The part about "we were born with wings, we were made to fly" always sticks in my head. I love the thought of being strong, taking charge, and using my wings to fly. As I sat down to make this little book I decided to make it very art journal like and use the song lyrics for the text.
I started out with a tag shaped book that I made from muslin and my own pattern. The great part of making this book from scratch is that I could stamp, stencil, spritz, and get all sorts of inky on a flat piece of fabric rather than trying to do all of that to a premade book.
I decorated the cover with several different elements. I stamped a background using Tim Holtz's Papillon and Slight Alterations stamps with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. I added a tree branch with the Birds of a Feather stencil by The Crafter's Workshop. I used Lettuce and Meadow Color Wash for the the green on the branch. I added a spritz of Yellow Daisy and Blue Skies Glimmer Mist to add a bit of background color.
To embellish the branch, I colorized pieces of Tim Holtz Idea-ology Foliage with multiple colors of Distress Embossing Powders along with a touch of Ranger Bridal Embossing Powder. I added glitter stars, velvet leaves, and crystal dangles by Prima to the clusters of flowers. I also added a Tim Holtz Idea-ology Philosophy Tag with a Memo Pin. I dabbed the metal tag with an Adirondack Snow Cap Paint Dabber and then melted Bridal Embossing Powder onto it.
I took one of the black and white moth stickers from the Crowded Attic Salvage Sticker book and adhered it to a smooth piece of white cardstock. I trimmed the moth out, cutting away the extra border space on the sticker. Because the antenae really couldn't be cut out, I cut them off and replaced them with a thin piece of floral wire. I also gave the moth color by using my Letraset Promarkers, which are excellent for coloring on slick surfaces like stickers.
I have a mad and serious love for these letter stamps by Hero Arts. They are single letter wood mount stamps. I love that they are a classic typewriter style font. I love to stamp and make the letters akew a bit. They seem perfectly imperfect that way.
In addition to adding the distess embossing powder to the metal leaves and flowers, I also added Distress Embossing Powder to the metal grommet that I added to the book cover.
I finished off the cover with a Tim Holtz Idea-ology Swivel Clasp embellished with a Chain Tassel, pearl Baubles, and a Pink Paislee Butterfly Garden butterfly clip and some crinkley dyed seam binding.
Tomorrow I will be back to share the inside of the book. I think it is kind of a different look for me, kind of more random and artsy. I can't wait to share it!