Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Santa Stencil

What can you do with an old school over head projector? Here is my newest project. I love the way this Santa turned out. Here is how I did it.
  • Find a Santa you like and print it on a transparency. I used one for a laser printer, so get the kind that goes with your type of printer.
  • Borrow a over head projector, that is what I did.
  • Tape down your transparency so it doesn't move. 
  • Place your canvas or work surface so the image is centered. Make a few registration marks in case it gets moved. 
  • Trace your image on with pencil, I used black grease pencil since I new I was going to paint it in black
  • Then paint where the black is outlined.
My canvas is very large but this would look on a smaller canvas or even pillows or flour sac towels, just don't wash or use fabric paint.
My canvas is  58" x 56" and took about 2 hours start to finish!
I have seen these in all glitter also and they look awesome!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Simple Banners

How to make a simple banner. 
This is a simple tutorial, my first, on how to make a banner for your home. You can use whatever supplies you have that you just can't part with.

Here is what I used:
  1. Vintage French flash cards
  2. Old pieces of ribbon and string
  3. Glitter in pink and silver
  4. Glue stick
  5. Tim Holz distresses ink in Tea Dye
  6. StazOn Timber Brown ink pad
  7. A needle
Gather your supplies

I used vintage flash cards and old ribbon and lace
I used ink for the sides of the flashcards to give them a more vintage look and distress ink on front and backs! Holding your ink pad run along the edges and sides of cards to darken. Let them dry for a couple of minutes.
Take your Distressed ink and rub in a circular motion on fronts and backs of cards. Your flashcards might flip when hanging so make the back pretty also. Mine are two sided. You could also spritz with a dark coffee or tea and then dry with a heat gun if you don't have the ink. 
 When you are done distressing your flashcards they should look similar to this.
Glitter and glue
Because my cards are French, I have chosen pink and silver glitter to decorate the sides of the cards. 
Place both colors on waxed paper. They will mix as you dab the sides of the cards into the mixture.

Take your glue stick and run along sides (edges) of your cards and anywhere you would glitter to stick. Now the fun part dip in glitter and set aside. While they set up get about 6' of ribbon lengths cut. I used two different ribbons and gold thread to attach the flashcards for the banner.
Get a needle and load with your main banner thread. I sew mine in the middle but only because I wanted them to flip. You can sew yours at the top of your flashcards. 
We are almost finished! Now choose two more ribbons or lace about the length of your flashcard banner  and hold them together at one end and tie all three in a knot, repeat at the other end. I also took a third piece of ribbon about 3" long and tied all ribbons together on every second card. 

 Thank you for trying my simple little flashcard banner. Please take a look at it in my Etsy shop, OnceTattered



Friday, August 3, 2012

Local street fairs and sales!! It's all about the food, the finds and community.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Vintage and Tattered

Gathered from my grandmother's hand-me-downs, retrieved from a dusty corner of my favorite shop or saved from a discarded pile of junk it all looks tattered and beautiful to me. I can see the beauty in things most people would just toss out.
On OnceTattered you can follow me to see what I find, what I save and how to upcycle, recycle or create something new out of something old.