I’ll start off by saying that I am running late today. After getting up at 4am yesterday, I stayed up until after midnight and I guess something had to give because I didn’t get my butt out of bed until nearly 8am this morning! For me, that may as well be noon. But I think I needed the extra rest and we just need to move on from here.
I have lots of pictures to show you today. I had a great day yesterday ‘playing’ with a product that is probably not that ‘new’ but is new to me anyway. It is called Decou-page and it is made by DecoArt.
Now I have known about decoupage techniques for a long, long time. I remember about it from my early crafting days when people used to cover boxes and other things like that to make them look nice by using this technique. I never really gave it a lot of thought though.
But recently, DecoArt introduced an entire line of Decou-page products that have a multitude of uses. I had received a sample of some of them and I thought I would use it “some day” and put it in my paint and medium stash.
But last week, as I was answering some questions and working on my next projects, I had an idea. (That can sometimes be dangerous, but this time I thought it was pretty good!)
I was working on some projects to use that beautiful embossed paper that I showed a couple of weeks ago (Yes – I am getting to that as well!) and it dawned on me as I was looking through all the incredibly beautiful DIGITAL PAPERS that I could use that Decou-page with some of those papers and the SCROLL SAW to make some really beautiful, fun and EASY things! This would open a whole new world for those woodworkers and scrollers that didn’t want to paint. While some will do some ‘light painting’ there are still many who are not comfortable with a paint brush at all and this would be the answer that they were looking for as to how to make some cool and interesting projects.
There is so much that I am excited about with this process! I found HUNDREDS of beautiful paper packs on Etsy that were available to be downloaded immediately to my computer for me to print out. The cost was so small compared to the number of designs and packages you could get. I must admit that part of my 4am morning yesterday was ‘digital shopping’ through hundreds of beautiful designs and papers. I am so excited at all the possibilities with this!
I will get to the point and start showing what I did . . .
I began with some beautiful paper that I chose from a store on Etsy called Haj Design. I purchased 10 packs of beautiful papers for only $25. If you want single ‘sets’ of designs, they are only about $3.50 or so, but I fell in love with the designs and had no trouble finding ten that I would find uses for. (Another great thing was once I purchased them, they were available for INSTANT download, as are most of the papers on Etsy – that means no waiting and instant gratification!)
My concern was that once I printed the paper it would run when I applied the Decoupage. We all know how most printer ink runs when it gets wet at all. If it did, my experiment would end there.
But I had another idea (I tell you – they were flowing . . !) After I printed the pages on high resolution (I chose the BLACKEST papers that I could – this would really test things out!) I sprayed the sheet generously with Krylon Workable Fixative:
I am thinking any matte varnish will do, and I will be trying that as well.
The next step was to cut the pieces. I chose the silhouette kitties from my SLD435 Damask Kitty Silhouette pattern:
I liked the kitties and I wanted to see if details like the tail would cut cleanly. I am happy to say that I figured out a way to do it where everything worked perfectly. Within about 10 minutes, I had this many pieces to work with:
You can see how beautifully and cleanly even the tails cut. I am certainly going to be trying some pieces with more detail.
Now doesn’t that beat buying expensive punches that you may use a couple of times??? And look how perfect everything is!
Now comes the fun part . . .
Since the pieces are all cut at the same time, the paper matches up EXACTLY with the wood – no matter how detailed it is. I painted the pieces black first on the edges and backs – just to give them a base and then came the real test – would the Decoupage make the ink run on the paper?
Well as you can see, it did NOT!
The edges needed a little touch up because of the black and the white paper, but that was “easy-peasy” and only took a minute. I finished with another coat of the Decoupage medium and they looked fabulous!
But I wasn’t done there . . .
While they looked great already, I wanted to add some “bling” to them. I took out my hot-fix rhinestones from Rhinestone Canada and added just a TOUCH of sparkle!
I accented some of the rose centers (and added a pretty tiny silk ribbon):
And did the same on the second kitty, but this time I used pretty organza for ribbon:
And finally, gave the third kitty a beautiful rhinestone ‘collar’:
How amazing are these?!
And it is just the beginning! I have lots of fun projects in store for you in the very near future. I hope you are as excited as I am about this “new” way to use your scroll saws.
I hope you like this FUN, EASY and INEXPENSIVE way to make some new FABULOUS projects! I am sure I will be blogging more about it in the future, as well as creating patterns just for this process.
With that said – I had better get to it. There is LOTS to do today and so much fun to have, I have to get moving. I hope I inspired you to come up with some ideas of your own using this method. The possibilities are just about endless! :)
Have a wonderful Wednesday!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"