Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Etsy Treasury

Being featured in a treasury the other day prompted me to compile one myself - something I haven't done in months!!

For this treasury I decided to go with a red, white and blue theme - probably because the Royal Wedding and all things British have been on my mind of late. However I have also paid homage to my other home - America - so you will see some iconic American items here too :)

If you would like to go to my treasury and visit the shops of any featured sellers here is the direct link: http://www.etsy.com/treasury/4d7f36769c7c6d9167f1eec0/mid-atlantic-and-retro

Enjoy browsing :)

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Featured in a Treasury :)

I was thrilled to be featured in an Etsy treasury this week (first time for a while!).

I was featured by Mouthy Mitts who is a designer based in Brighton. Jenn makes fabulous knit wear with cute faces on them. Her success on Etsy will come as no surprise when you visit her shop:


Here is her gorgeous treasury that features all things 'Royal Wedding' related - no doubt you will recognise my souvenir postcards.

All the designers featured here are - from top left - :

Papatotoro - based in London - http://www.etsy.com/listing/69742488/hand-block-printed-britannia-crown-tea?ref=tre-4d79d74aa0696d915a00094a-1

Orienjewel - United States - http://www.etsy.com/listing/59121753/hisher-matching-titanium-wedding-band?ref=tre-4d79d74aa0696d915a00094a-2
ClaryceDesign - Sheffield - http://www.etsy.com/listing/69752711/set-of-six-william-and-kate-souvenir?ref=tre-4d79d74aa0696d915a00094a-3

Skullandcrossbuns - Devon - http://www.etsy.com/listing/62567788/union-jack-heart-hand-carved-rubber?ref=tre-4d79d74aa0696d915a00094a-4

Keikosdesign - United States - http://www.etsy.com/listing/66728794/wishing-you-a-happily-ever-after-like?ref=tre-4d79d74aa0696d915a00094a-5

TwilightOrange - http://www.etsy.com/listing/68705034/new-twilight-princess-sterling-silver?ref=tre-4d79d74aa0696d915a00094a-6

Frangipanipalace - Australia - http://www.etsy.com/listing/69026601/royal-wedding-commemorative-pocket?ref=tre-4d79d74aa0696d915a00094a-7

Yourfairytalewedding - USA - http://www.etsy.com/listing/58059988/lyden?ref=tre-4d79d74aa0696d915a00094a-8

Rosemortem - USA - http://www.etsy.com/listing/53976700/cyroselle-custom-gothic-faerie-wedding?ref=tre-4d79d74aa0696d915a00094a-9

RumRiverOriginals - USA - http://www.etsy.com/listing/69153622/champagne-glasses-set-of-4?ref=tre-4d79d74aa0696d915a00094a-10

- USA - http://www.etsy.com/listing/69797114/crown-pillow-w-lace-trim?ref=tre-4d79d74aa0696d915a00094a-11

mibolsa - USA - http://www.etsy.com/listing/69223436/royal-engagement-wallet-prince-william?ref=tre-4d79d74aa0696d915a00094a-12

darklingwoods - USA - http://www.etsy.com/listing/42564193/cinderella-8x10-archival-print?ref=tre-4d79d74aa0696d915a00094a-13

Silvermangoshop - USA - http://www.etsy.com/listing/68385172/god-save-the-queen-sex-pistols-wooden?ref=tre-4d79d74aa0696d915a00094a-14

designercushions - New Zealand - http://www.etsy.com/listing/66467238/union-jack-british-bulldog-eyepatch?ref=tre-4d79d74aa0696d915a00094a-15

Finkshop - http://www.etsy.com/listing/69040669/crystal-satin-bow-shoe-clips-in-gold?ref=tre-4d79d74aa0696d915a00094a-16

Saturday, March 12, 2011

William and Kate

When William and Kate sprung their news on us just a matter of weeks ago, I was slow to realise that it was the perfect opportunity to create some new products.

The penny eventually dropped 10 days ago and since then I have not only created two Royal Wedding designs but already had them printed on postcards, coasters and mugs!!! No time like the present!!!

The coasters and mugs are not available in my shops yet but will be in the next couple of weeks.....

I began with the good old 'Union Jack' as shown......

Then distressed it a bit..........

Then I added a brown layer over the top and painstakingly erased it a little bit at a time until I was left with a dirtied image that was darker around the edge. Finally I gave the top brown layer a linen type finish. This was the end result...

I then hand drew, scanned and added a crown silhouette and with William and Kate's initials within it and the wedding date underneath. Here you can see it on coaster that I have received samples of and which I will be ordering in large quantities for my shops :)

There will be two shapes available. Square - shown above - and rectangular...

I also have postcards available that are 100% recycled. They are availabe with the above design: http://www.notonthehighstreet.com/clarycedesign/product/set-of-six-william-and-kate-postcards and also with a similar, but less intricate design .......

When my sample mug arrives I will feature it in a short blog of its own.......

Monday, March 7, 2011

The Genius of Mod Podge - Transferring printed images using Mod Podge

This post is for all you crafters that have yet to discover Mod Podge which should not be missing from any crafters supplies.

I have been using Mod Podge for a couple of years now for regular glueing jobs; particularly for adhering images onto scrabble tiles to make pendants. I also use it as a sealer to seal the surface of the image before I resin over it - otherwise the resin seeps into the image and ruins it.

Why it is better than PVA I do not know, but it is :)

I cannot remember where I first heard that you can use Mod Podge to transfer printed images onto surfaces such as canvas and wood, but I have been itching to try it for AGES!!

With my daughters at their dad's this weekend and rain falling sideways in sheets, I decided there was no better time....

I dug out a canvas I had lying around and set to work. I had to choose a small canvas as my printer will not print on paper any bigger than A4. For this piece I chose an 8"/20cm square canvas that was about 3cms deep.

First things first. I chose one of my favourite images - a vintage botanical print of a bird in a branch of blossom layered over the reverse side of an old photographic print that has a gorgeous border on it which I knew would finish off the edges of the canvas beautifully.

I printed it off as a MIRROR IMAGE on cheap printer paper.

I then brushed a generous layer of MOD PODGE over the entire surface of the canvas and lay the print on it, face down. I then used my trusty breyer to smooth out any bubbles. A good way to do this is to turn the canvas over on a hard surface and apply pressure from underneath also. When I was happy that most of the bubble were out, I did the hardest part - I waited!!! Ideally one should wait overnight to move onto the next stage, but I am waaaay too impatient for that so I left it for just a few hours until it felt dry to the touch.

Now the fun bit. I sprayed the entire surface of the paper with water and let it soak for a few moments. Then I started peeling!!! The top layer of paper came away quite easily but it is then quite a painstaking job to gently rub off the remainder. I wasn't sure how heavy handed I could be with this so I took it slowly with a dry soft cloth and ultimately my fingers. Once I was sure most of the paper was removed I let it dry. By doing so you can easily see areas you have missed as they appear whiter than the rest. To remove them repeat the steps above - spray with water and rub away gently with your fingertip.

What you are left with is a printed canvas - only it looks so much better than a 'printed' canvas. It almost has a fresco like quality to it with little bits of canvas showing through in certain areas. I am not sure how durable the artwork would be if left as is, so I used a few coats of matt polyurethane varnish over the top just in case. I also painted the edges of the canvas a colour to match the background of the image. Et Voila!!

I love how my first one turned out and depending on how my customers take to it, I have intentions of doing many more :)

If you haven't got a pot of Mod Podge in your stash of supplies - run out and get one!!!

For the chance to purchase this or any of my other designs visit my online shops. At present this canvas is only listed here:

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Free Vintage Ephemera II

Today I am offering more free digital images :)

Not only are they free cost wise but they are also royalty free so you can use them in whatever way you choose :)

I am offering some ephemera - as is - and also some that I have already altered but which I don't have copyrighted for my own exclusive use.

I hope you enjoy my selection....

This charming postcard appears to be German but is addressed to London N. I love the colour of this image and the gorgeous red stamp. Superb handwriting too :)

This is a British postcard addressed to Lancaster. Unfortunately the stamp is partly cut off but this would still make a great background for your craft projects.

Another English postcard postmarked 31st March 1919! Again, fantastic vintage colouring and a fabulous stamp.

This is an altered image created using a vintage music sheet and some botanical illustations.
Originally designed with card making in mind.

Another botanical image of a bright orange butterfly with matching stamp.

This was an experimental image to be used as a background for ACEO's. It shows the pages of a vintage book superimposed with some harlequin figures over the top.

If you are able to use any of these please forward me links to photos of your projects as I would love to see your creations :)