Jan 29, 2011

100 is a Magic Number

I can't believe this is the 100th post I've written for this blog, but it is!  I really want to thank you all for reading along, and for leaving such kind comments. I means a lot to me.  And to celebrate, kind of, I want to share a download and a tutorial with all of you.  I showed you the cute Vintage Paper Doll Garland that I made for TDIPT Mercantile this month, remember?

I thought you might like to make one for yourself, or for your favorite little person, so let me tell you about how I made this.  Lots of photos, so I apologize in advance for any slow loading problems.

Here's what you'll need:
  • Paper Doll graphics sheets
  • Glue Stick or paper adhesive of your choice
  • Designer Scrapbook paper
  • light weight cardboard, recycled cereal or cracker boxes are great
  • Scissors
  • Brown Stamp Pad and sponge
  • Paper Punch
  • Ribbon
  • Buttons
  • Craft glue    
Here are the the Paper Doll Graphics that I used.  These are vintage Paper Dolls that I have cleaned up a bit and arranged for you to use.

You can download the two sheets here - Free Paper  Doll Sheets -  You will need Adobe Reader to open these files, and if you don't already have it, you can download it free Here  Save the files to your computer, then print them to get ready for this project.  I like to use white Matte Photo paper or Presentation paper, for the crisp colors, but feel free to use whatever paper you'd like.  Heavier weight paper, like card stock, will give a bit of dimension to the finished banner.

Your downloaded sheets will look sightly different, these were my original project sheets.  Your doll is in her underwear, while this one is dressed.  If you'd prefer not to show her bloomers, you can dress her in one of her outfits when we do the gluing.

Cut a rectangle of cardboard slightly larger than the doll.  I used 4" wide by 9" tall.  You also need a cardboard backing for each outfit you'd like to use.  I made these a bit smaller, 4" x 7.5".

Prepare the background cards by using your glue stick to coat one side of the cardboard, and then applying your choice of patterned paper.  I like to use handwriting, text, vintage book pages, something muted or soft.  Use what pleases you.  Repeat with the back side of your cards.  Trim the paper as close to the edge of the cardboard as you can.  You can also sand the edges if you wish.

 Now, cut out the Doll and the outfits.  I cut the dresses and the hats out separately, and I left the tabs on the outfits for another little touch.

Here's the Doll I used, cut out and just placed on top of the background.  Those little, yellow, Cutter Bee Scissors are my favorites for cutting into small places.  Sharp scissors make everything so much easier.

Use larger scissors to round the corners of the cardboard backing if you'd like that look.  There are special punches for rounding corners, but I tend to use my scissors.

Next, I inked the edges of the Doll and the edges of the background, using my trusty Distress Ink pad and sponge.  Dab sponge on the ink pad and brush along the edge.  This gives an extra layer of dimension, and helps to hide any little cutting errors.  It also blends the raw edges of the background paper and the cardboard, which I prefer.  You can see that I've cut out the other outfits too, including the matching hats.

Here you can see the rounded corners and a bit of the inked edges.  Place the Doll and the outfits on the backgrounds, and when you like the placement, use glue stick to attach them to the background.

I used a paper punch to make holes in the upper corners of each piece, and I decided to use some vintage buttons to embellish a bit.  You could probably think of lots of other possibilities - lace, rick rack, glitter, stickers, rubber stamping, and things I haven't heard of yet.  

I used some red ribbon with white stitching to string the garland pieces , and I sewed a button and loop at each end.  You could add additional pieces to your garland, if you wanted it to be longer, cards with letters or numbers, animal figures,  and for some reason, spools or big wooden kindergarten  beads come to mind.

I hope you'll have fun with this, and make it your own, with your own touches.

Happy Weekend, from the Dog and me!

Jan 28, 2011

Fairy Tales Can Come True

Thanks for dropping in!  Lately, I've been rediscovering the Fairy stories I loved as a child through the illustrations in some wonderful, old, children's books.  And of course, I couldn't resist putting together some designs for Digital Antiques, using those illustrations.  So far, "The 3 Bears" and "Froggy Would a Wooing Go" tags are available, but I do have an idea that others can't be far behind.

The 3 Bears tags are available as a Digital download from my shop at Etsy or Artfire.

"Froggy would a Wooing Go" tags are also available as a Digital download from my shop at Etsy or Artfire.

Next, I hope to have a fun free download and Tutorial for you.  That's if the Dog leaves me alone long enough to get it finished.  Dog biscuits might be the answer.

Jan 26, 2011

Playing Catch Up

Like everyone else, we’ve had lots of weather issues to deal with here on the farm.  I believe we’ve had more snow this winter than any other since we moved to Tennessee.  Everything takes longer in the cold, from dressing in many layers to dealing with frozen water for the livestock.  Here’s a little slice of life on the farm, the view from my kitchen window.

I have spent more time at the computer, and the result has been more new printable designs for Digital Antiques.
First, for Valentine’s Day…
Vintage Valentine Postcards
There are 6 different Post Card designs, plus three heart shaped tags in this set. You can see them all in my DitgalAntiques shop at Etsy or Artfire. just look under “Valentines”.
Valentine Bookmarks
Six nice sized bookmarks that could also be used as tags.  All feature wonderful vintage Cupid illustrations, on a layered and swirled background.  All ready for you at Etsy or Artfire.
The Dog and I hope you are warm and snug this cold day.  I’ll be back soon with more new things  to show and share.

Jan 14, 2011

New Folk Art on TDIPT Mercantile

Here's what's new tonight:

Vintage Valentine Cupboard Hearts

Cupboard Queen of Hearts

Nesting Birds Cupboard Tucks

Vintage Paper Doll Garland

Details are on my TDIPT Mercantile page

Back soon with new items from Digital Antiques.

Have a great weekend from the Dog and me!

Jan 6, 2011

Romance is in the Air

Vintage romance, that is.  I just love photos of couples from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, so I’ve reinterpreted some of them as a wonderful  set of tags that could be used for Valentines, Anniversaries, and every day.
They can’t quite bring themselves to hold hands, you see.
Which Anniversary would this be?
This set also includes some tags made from an old Valentine’s Day newspaper ad, along with some extra embellishments, all on two 8.5” x 11” sheets.  It’s called “Vintage Romance”, and you can find it ready to download at my Etsy store, Digital Antiques.  If you visit, please take a look at some of the new Valentine and Easter designs.
Thanks from the Dog and me!