Sunday, November 18, 2012

Faux Vintage Perfume Box - a tutorial


Hi - I have been diagnosed....well self diagnosis and I am suffering from OCD (Obsessive Crafting Disorder).  This disorder is always with you! It can get you  in the middle of the night, whilst you are eating and, worst of all when you are doing housework! Suddenly you must stop whatever you are doing whilst this idea that will change mankind is in the forefront of your mind!  In my case OCD is hereditary and I can blame (thank actually) my mother, who was a soft furnisher. Even in the 50s and 60s she used to up-cycle furniture

I was recently given a lovely sample of  perfume and it came in a beautiful little box, which was too pretty to throw away



so I decided to give it a romantic looking aged effect and this is what I did:


I mixed instant coffee with hot water


and brushed it on the edges



then printed off 3 images from my favourite source The Graphics Fairy - 2 for the front and one inside







and  brushed the coffee over the images and allowed them to dry. I mixed some stronger coffee and flicked it over the images to give a more vintage look. I used a flat brush, but an old toothbrush works well


next I cut the images to fit the lid, inside and out,  and stuck them on with craft glue

then added a silk ribbon bow (which I dipped in the coffee and allowed to dry), added a vintage button and 2 little rhinestones at the edges of the script

Finally  I glued some vintage lace around the edge




and that's it - trash to treasure!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Image Transfer French Apron



have you ever found an image in a book or online and thought you would just love to see that image on fabric, but don't know the best way to get this beautiful image from A to B?

there are many ways to transfer images to fabric and I think I must have tried most of them! I've had more success with some than others, and,  after a LOT of trial and error I have kind of combined some techniques in to one which work best for me


I found this apron in TK Maxx and loved the linen and gingham combo


- as soon as I saw it I thought it would look even better with a French image on it

the  image is from  The Graphics Fairy and the script is Chopin (I use a Mac)

to transfer using my method you will need:

A4 copy paper
double sided tape
freezer paper (I used Reynold's)
a spoon

.......now lets do it

stick  pieces of double sided tape along the top and bottom edges of an 4 sheet of  copy paper (I stuck it on all 4 sides here, but top & bottom will suffice). Make sure it is right at the very edge or it may jam in your printer




then place a piece of Reynold's Freezer paper, shiny side down, on a table and place the copy paper carefully on top. Rub down hard your finger along the edges to ensure the paper doesn't jam in your printer



Trim the excess freezer paper off (I use a guillotine)  making sure there are no parts of the freezer paper larger than the copy paper

place in your printer tray, ensuring the the image will be printed on the shiny side of the freezer paper (I have a Kodak 3000 series printer and place the paper shiny side down, but yours may be different)

print - set your printer to "flip horizontally" (really important if you are using script). Your print will now look like this, with the ink on the shiny side

cut off the top and bottom just inside of the edge of the tape



isolate the image by cutting it out; leave a margin all around (you will hold the paper in place with your fingers at the next step)

discard all of the copy paper and excess freezer paper

place the printed image face down on the fabric & burnish with the bowl of a spoon  (make sure the paper doesn't move and smudge the image)

voila! a transferred image

a few tips are:
 it is best to wash new fabrics to remove any starch
don't add fabric softener
take a peek every so often, as you burnish,  to check that you haven't missed any of the image
touch up any small parts you have missed with a waterproof permanent marker


oh no! I guess I'll have to do the cooking now!