Crafty Secrets March Linky Party and Tutorial

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One Image Three Ways: Crafty Secrets March Linky Party and Tutorial

Welcome to March, my friends!  Has it come in like a lion or a lamb in your part of the world?  Either way, The Crafty Secrets Design Team has prepared some wonderful Spring projects and tutorials to fill you with the promise of Spring’s near arrival.

Before we take a closer look at my tutorial, here are the links to the Design team blogs.  Visit each blog, get inspired, leave some bloggy love behind and then link up your NEW project using Crafty Secrets stamps, digitals, papers or printables on the Crafty Secrets blog by Sunday, March 2 at midnight PT.  The design team will be stopping by to see what loveliness you’ve created, and a random winner will receive a $50 shopping spree to the Crafty Secrets online store.  Each person who participates will also receive a $6 store credit.  If you don’ have any Crafty Secret goodies, you can find a link to dozens of FREE printable downloads on the CS blog So, everybody gets to play!

Crafty Secrets Design Team

Kathy Clement, DT leader  Kathy by Design   (you are here)

Vicki Chrisman  This Art that Makes Me Happy

Michele Kovack  Thoughts of a Cardmaking Scrapbooker

Darlene Pavlick  Dar’s Crafty Creations

Sheila Rumney  Sheila Rumney Design and Photography

Elizabeth Lincoln  Paper Pass Times

Cherry Nelson  Cherry’s Jubilee

Sandy Redburn, owner  The Latest from Crafty Secrets

One Image Three Ways Tutorial

There are a lot of photos and information coming your way in this tutorial, so you might want to go get a little snack and something to sip on while you look.  I wanted to show the versatility of Crafty Secrets Digital images in this tutorial, so I used the same image in three different ways: an altered box, a pair of necklaces and a vintage wall hanging.

Let’s start with the box. I’ve had this old box for probably 15 years.  It held perfumed body powder, and I just couldn’t bear to part with it.

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When Sandy released the new Adorable Easter Egg Printable Images I knew that they were just what this box had been waiting for.  Here is a list of materials you will need to make a similar box.

Embossed Lace and Floral Digital Paper

Easter Egg Printables

Note: There are 3 different sets of Easter Egg Printables available.  I chose the “Adorable” images

Step One: Print the embossed lace digital paper.  I printed three 8 1/2″ x 11″ sheets of paper so that I would have plenty to use for all my projects.  Trim it so that it measures about 1/8″ shorter than the top of your box.  Use a tape measure to get the length of paper you will need, and then apply Studio Matte Multi Medium to the back of your paper.  I like to use this glue because it is invisible when dry, it brushes on easily, and it is designed for collage and altered art.  It also does not seem to make the ink run, which is a real bonus.

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Step Two: Trace around the box lid and base and trim out the ovals.  If you want to line the bottom of the box, you will need to trim out another oval  I also cut paper to line the inside of my box.  Ink the edges very lightly with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  Use Matte Multi Medium to apply to box lid and bottom. Set it aside to dry.  This only takes about

Step 3: Use the largest Spellbinders Scalloped Circle die to cut a piece of green polka dot paper.  Lightly ink the edges and glue to the box lid.

Step 4: Open the Easter Egg Printables .  I use Paintshop Pro.  I used the cropping tool to highlight and cut out the image I wanted to use, I copied the image and pasted it into Microsoft Word, and made 4 copies of the image.  (You’ll see why in a minute.) I printed the images out on my printer, then die cut one image with the Largest Spellbinder’s Oval die.

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I inked the edges lightly with Vintage Photo Distress Ink

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Then heat embossed it using Versamark Watermark Stamp Pad and UTEE.

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Doing this gives the image the look of old glass.  I did not crack the embossed image this time, however.  If you need a tutorial on this technique, you can find it here. Glue the image over the green polka dot paper.

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Step 5:  Decorate the rim of the box top.  I covered the rim with green washi tape that I found in my stash.  I ran 1/8″ red line tape above this

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I left the little gold edging on the box, because I liked the vintage feel it gave.  But you could just as easily cover it up if you wanted to.  Next I added pleated polka dot ribbon and pearls to the box lid. I forgot to take a picture of this step, but I just peeled off the red line tape and pressed the ribbon on top of it, then added the pearls above it.  You’ll want to use something like Zip Dry Glue for the pearls so they won’t fall off.

Step 6: The fun part!  Decorate your box lid!

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I ran ribbon and Amelia White Crochet Lace around the base of my box.

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The flowers are Pink Cottage Roses.  I adhered them with a glue gun.  I love how dimensional this lace paper is.  It looks as though I layered lace over light green paper.  So yummy!

I also lined the box interior with this same paper:

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I filled the box with aqua tissue paper and added these two sweet necklaces that I made from one of the extra images I printed out:

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This was super easy to do.  I just traced around my crystal shapes, trimmed them, added a little Stickles and then secured the images to the back of the pendants with Glossy Accents.  After they dried, I brushed the back with Matte Multi Medium, to seal them.  Oh, and I also brushed the box sides, lid and bottom with it BEFORE I decorated!  LOL

Ok…so that’s two ways to use this image….Here’s #3:

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I used some of the Ivory Chipboard that Sandy has on sale in the shop to make this adorable Spring Wall Hanging.  I painted the edges with Broken China Distress Ink, traced around the shape onto my third piece of the embossed lace paper, sponged it with Broken China Distress Ink and then dry brushed white acrylic paint over the edges.  I created my own paper tole by fussy cutting the bird and little girl image out and popping them up on foam dots.

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I added yellow roses, one of Vicki Chrisman’s awesome paper bows and some Easter Stickers from the Spring Joys sticker set.

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You can click on the photo for a better look.

OK….Phew!  That was a lot of thinking and writing!  I think I need a drink and snack myself!  LOL  Thanks for hanging in there with me.  I hope you got some good ideas for using digital images in different ways.  I can’t wait to see what you link up to the March Linky Party!

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11 thoughts on “Crafty Secrets March Linky Party and Tutorial

  1. Sandy

    Hi Kathy, what a fabulous job you have done showing different ways you can use our printable images. All of your samples look wonderful!


  2. kat sheeks

    Words don’t do justice to your beautiful creations. They are absolutely stunning. Thank you for the directions on putting these beauties together

  3. ColleenB.~Texas

    Oh WOW! Your Easter projects are Gorgeous. They sure do give a person that feeling of Spring.
    Sat. we had wonderful weather for working outside…..80deg but then Sunday we got the nasty wintery weather with a bit of everything; cold temperatures, rain, sleet, light snow flurries and freezing temperatures and many closings of schools, etc.for today. We are to have a high in the low 30’s for today :{
    I’d do some baking but will have to venture out later to stock up on groceries that I have putting off.
    Enjoy your day and stay warm

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