Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Vintage Easter Greetings...Free Vintage Graphics

I live in a German part of Texas so I often come across wonderful German goodies.  This is one of them.  I always wonder about these photograph postcards- like, are the animals real?  My very favorite so far has got to be this one!   The look on her face gets me every. Single. Time. 
The Fraulein above looks pleased to be doing what she is doing- but what a strange hen!

Anyway, I must apologize for my absence (but I do BWOB- blog without obligation) as I am doing a FIVE day juice fast and was in caffeine detox hell for the last two days. I said, Caffeine DETOX Torture head POUNDING debilitating  hell-  I just can't put that lightly.  It was SO bad!  I told Mr.D that if I felt like that today my 5 day fast would quickly become a three day fast.  BUT, I am so happy to report that I am feeling MUCH better today.  Yes, I watched Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead  (FREE on Netflix) and it really inspired me.  Mrs.Organized (my BF) lent me her amazing juicer (woo-hoo it's on sale!) so I have had a great experience squeezing every last drop of  "delicious" (not really, but not as bad as you might think) juice out of my new friends "Fruit and Vegetables".  I think everyone should try it atleast once!
Um, so yeah, enjoy the German Easter card :)

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Sweet Sundays...Free Vintage Images

I absolutely love this card that my sweet Mom sent me.
I have made it so you can write your own sentiment, as well.

Sweet Sunday.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Free Vintage Easter Collage Sheet...Free Vintage Images

I've put together a quick collage sheet for you.  I also have the PNG but the file is huge so if you would like it I would be more than happy to share it with you, just send me a message with your email and I will send a link :)  **UPDATE**-PNG HERE      I hope you are enjoying these images and sure would love to hear from you or see what you have made- (please pretty please)
Come on now...don't be shy!!!
Happy Saturday

Friday, March 8, 2013

Rose Transfer Reveal...Free Vintage Graphics Transfers

I will start with the free Vintage Rose image I have made for you- a Black with transparent background version:

The neutral version which is what I attempted to transfer...
This is the second part of this post about my attempt to find ways to do transfers with whatever I have in my jam-packed busting at the seams evidence of my hoarding crazy craft closet.
Here we have the rose image that I applied to wet gesso painted on a scrap board.  
It has dried in this image and I am slowly removing the paper- peeling and rubbing GENTLY with a tiny teeny teeny eency tiny (I learned that the hard way) bit of water. :

***I admit, I was very excited for this technique because I checked the image like 15 minutes in while it was still wet (naughty!!) and it was gorgeous.  As I continued "checking", achem, it, I realized (once again) that I needed to WAIT for it to dry overnight.***
Patience is very, very important.  I should have listened to myself the first time!

So this is what I got for trying to rush things..

Of course in my positive self kind of way, I attempted to "fix" it by  painting the image with VERY watered down craft paint which I dabbed off with a paper towel.

And then I got this:

I want it to look much better so will be trying different things.  "Why is she posting all of this stuff?", you ask.  "Just show me what works!", you say all impatient... just as I would.  
BECARSE (lol typo-leaving it) 
if you are like me, impatient, maybe you are attempting to try quick- fast- new techniques.  
I am saving you the trouble by showing you what works and what doesn't for me :)  
I think it's important to show that a lot of good things come from trial and error.  
Hey! Great art comes from "mistakes"!!
Blah blah blah, enough soap boxing already...

This is the final product coated with paste wax.  This is my favorite kind of paste wax (under my breath-only kind i've ever tried)

1. Prep your preferably not too bumpy surface (paint it with kilz, any color acrylic paint, or gesso), wait for it to dry...OVERNIGHT
2. Black and white images for now for me.
3. Gesso smells
4. Sometimes my ADD gets the better of me so I apologize.

I am definitely going to continue my transfer quest and I hope you will ride along with me.  I am always open to suggestions.  Remember, if it's a product suggestion, it has to already be in my  closet from hell  craft closet---do I dare post a picture??? Nah.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Happy French Hen Transfer...Free Vintage Images Printable

OH MAN, did I have fun today!  Mr. D is out of town so I had the house to myself to get all CRAFTAY (you should do a happy dance when you say that)!!!   I really want to find a great technique for transfers.  I know there are a ton out there in cyberland, but I needed to use what I had on hand (because I have SO much on hand hoarder )  So, for my first "transfer" printed on plain old paper, I tried plain old acrylic craft paint (what else?).  For the more patient types you could try  this book
I have a broken ikea dresser that was perfect for my samplers...

I painted a square on the dresser scrap and laid my "mirror-printed" image directly on the wet paint, and smoothed it with a wooden spoon.......

Nice and smooth, no bumps, wrinkles, or bubbles.
UGH,  then the HARDEST part--- the waiting.  I am just not that patient so I pulled out the blow drier to assist.  Looking back on this I know I should have waited over night- but in order to do that I really need to get 3 transfers going at different times so I don't have to be like a kid on Christmas morning--all antsy, waiting for the reveal!!

Spritz with water and start rubbing off the paper with your finger nice and easy.  This is really messy- OH!  I can use the new word I learned today, "craftermath"- this is really messy and definitely leaves craftermath.  I got a little carried away as you will see in my smudged photo.
Down by my happy hen's legs there is smudging.  

That's quite alright, I like the vintage look (surprise, surprise!) so I slapped on some paste wax and let it dry for an hour.

Of course, these are just messy samplers so when I find my fave technique I will transfer to something better, so please bear with me on this quest.
 I think it turned out pretty good for a first try.   I decided the words were too small so made them bigger on the image I am giving you.   The rose is another technique but you have to wait until tomorrow for that one ;)
PLEASE let me see what you do with La Poule Heureuse (the happy hen)
Enjoy her :)

Ye Old Irish Gal...Free Printable St. Patrick's Day Graphic

I was so excited to see my email this morning when my Dad  most devoted follower sent a picture of what my Mom   his wife had done with my Bonnie Lass graphic!!  How cute!  You can get her here.  I love this idea!

Monday, March 4, 2013

Shamrock Irish Card...Free Vintage Graphics

I think this was a kind little friendship postcard between Irish muckers :)

Here I have cut out the center so you can use the frame for your St. Patrick's fun.

The file is a GIF so the center is transparent.  

Sláinte! :)

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Sweet Sundays...Free Vintage Graphics

This is so appropriate for things I am going through at this time.  I just really love Psalms.  
This dates from 1895.  
I hope you find it as encouraging as I do.
Sweet Sunday.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Vintage Easter Trade Card...Free Vintage Graphics

Here is a vintage Easter advertising card that I played around with in Photoshop Elements 11 (which I am loving by the way) to come up with these:
And this:

I hope you can find a good way to use these :)

Friday, March 1, 2013

Brass Easter Bunny and a Chick Carriage...Free Vintage Graphic

I've got a little something up my sleeve for this little guy and all of his friends.  He is from an old brass holiday wreath of mine.  I think he's awfully cute and would look great printed out, digitally scrapbooked, on your blog, or in your art :)
Here is another treasure from said wreath:
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