Monday, October 11, 2010
The Graphics Fairy for your free digital image downloads. You can use your photo editing software to adjust the size, if needed. I use Picasa and Picnik.
One of my favorite items to print on is a brown paper lunch bag. Cut the bottom of the bag off then cut down one side. Unfold the bag into one long sheet.
Here's the page once printed. I purchased these graphics from Dawn at The Feathered Nest last year. Dawn has great tutorials for purchase and often shares beautiful images on her site.
Here's a closer look of one of my favorite images printed on the paper bag. I then cut the image, crumpled it in my hand and now we have...
Perfection! A beautiful distressed color and texture for your project. Add some distressed edges and you are done! Let's try sheet music -
The same rules apply. Apply light mist of adhesive to cardstock then rub on the sheet music. If you are using very lightweight vintage pages (like hymnal sheets or dictionary pages), you may want to try tape here first. I have a designated piece of scrap card stock that I use and it has become like a Cricket mat. It is so sticky now that I rarely have to add more adhesive. Now, why not just send the paper bag or sheet music through the printer by itself? Why do we have to adhere it to cardstock first? Well, it will shift during printing and your images will not be straight. It will also jam most of the time. Adhere the sheet music to cardstock, insert into printer "music" down, use printer settings mentioned above...go!
Beautiful! This Santa is from The Graphics Fairy. Isn't he gorgeous on the sheet music? Peel him off the cardstock or simply trim and distress. He's ready to be framed or used in your next project.
Aren't these vintage images great? They have a soft, matte finish thanks to the fabric. Peel away the cardstock. Trim your image. Distress the edges a bit with scissors and ink.
She's ready for your next creation! You can use the spray adhesive or a simple running stitch to attach her to your next project. No sewing machine needed here. Printing on USED dryer sheets is very similar. You should iron them first if needed. The ink may run with certain brands. There is a film on them that can create problems. I will sometimes wash in soap and water, dry and then print (or stamp) on them. They are better candidates for an image transfer. I prefer printing on canvas but do like a recycled option. It is better to stamp on burlap. Too many tiny pieces to jam your printer. I know it is tempting but I don't suggest it! so, tell me...what do you like to print on? What should we try next? Thanks for stopping by! If you have questions, post in the comments below. This is my first tutorial so let me know how I can improve. Thanks! p.s. I'm linking this post to Mad in Crafts link party!