This is my latest finished project. I made this for the weekly challenge at my sister's blog, www.amberscraftsandstuff.com.
The challenge is to use a DIE CUT.
Now, not being a paper crafter, I've had very little (read: none) experience with die cuts. I don't have a die cutter. I don't have a Cricut, no Silhouette, NADA.
Since I'm a "home décor" kinda girl, my first thought was to have my sister die cut me something, and then use the negative space as a stencil and make a set of pillow covers or a shirt or something.
Well, due to my inexperience, that didn't quite work out – there were all these little teensy pieces from the die cut that I didn't know where to put and I just couldn't work it out, so I decided to flip my thinking 180 degrees and use the actual die cut as a mask and do a "negative stencil". You guys know what I mean, even if I can't explain it. Cuz you're brilliant that way.
Here is the original stencil:
Here is the actual die cut.
And here is the final product. I'm not 100% happy with it, but my daughter likes it, so maybe we'll hang it in her room.
Once again, being a craft nOOb – there are no "DURING" pics. But here's an overview of my process. (Like you crafty wenches couldn't figure it out….)
I picked up the little canvas for 1.99 ages ago at The Goodwill (always capitalized, cuz they are special that way.) I pulled off the plastic – very very important step – and covered the whole thing with silver acrylic paint. Then I let it dry. Sorta. Okay – I'm impatient and it was still slightly damp when I tried to iron on the freezer paper die cut. This was a mistake. It didn't stick, not even a little. So what's an impatient, crafty girl to do??? Pile on another layer of silver paint and splodge that stencil down in the wet paint. Worked pretty darn good.
Then I took it out to my La-BOR-a-tory – aka the Garage - grabbed a can of spray paint in both hands (left hand NUTMEG – right hand CARRIBBEAN) and whirled them around randomly onto the canvas. ARTISTICALLY, of course. When I liked the way it looked, I stopped.
It was still a little plain, so the next step was tube of Walnut gel stain, which I watered down a bit in a little bowl. Then I got a paintbrush, took a few steps back, and slung some on the canvas. AGAIN, ARTISTICALLY – what do I look like, some amateur??
Then I let the whole thing dry and as a final step, went in and outlined the leaves with the same Walnut gel stain.
I let it dry, then went over the edges of the canvas once more with the silver to cover any splotches of stain or overspray and called it done.
Like I said, not my favorite, but not ALL of our projects are worthy of a museum, right??
But it's all experience – and teaches us how to be better next time…