Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Calling All Angels

Every now and then you come across an Angel (or two)! Angels are people who share their resources and techniques with the rest of us just for the love of it.

I took a detour from my usual scrapbooking duties to search for vintage images that I could freely use in my design work and came across an angel site called, The Graphics Fairy. Karen, who owns it, along with a beautiful antique store, uploads new vintage graphics on her blog every day. They are scanned at a high enough resolution to be used for all types of art, craft and scrapbooking projects both personal and commercial. Two of her fans also own an antique store and they made these adorable little lavender sachets from graphics downloaded from her site. Clara and Marcela from Nice and Easy Antiques, were kind enough to share with me their techniques for printing the pattern onto the fabric. So I spent several hours yesterday shopping for supplies and making my lavender sachets.

You'll need to open the images in Photoshop first and extract the design. Open the Levels dialogue box and move both the end sliders towards the center to make the white whiter and intensify the black. Use the magic wand to select the white area, then go to Select > Inverse so only the black is selected. Press Ctrl J (Mac: Cmd J) to copy the black outline to its own layer. Create a new file the same size as your transfer paper and drag the extracted design on to it. If you like the blue, change the foreground color to Hex: #21217A and with the design layer selected, press Alt, Shift, Backspace (Mac: Option, Shift, Delete) to fill the pixels with blue. Repeat with as many designs as will fit on your paper, keeping in mind that you may want to transform the size up or down depending on the size you want your finished graphic to be. The other thing to remember is that any wording must be reversed. Use the Transform tool and flip the layer horizontally.

I used Epson Transfer paper to print my graphics and I cut them out as close to the edges as possible.
Then I simply followed the instructions that came with the paper to iron them on to some white cotton muslin. I made four which I just sent off my my sister-in-law for her birthday and have several more ready to go. They make such a beautiful gift and a wonderful lavender fragrance is wafting through my house. Thank you, Karen, Marcela and Clara for sharing! You truly are angels!


Nice and Easy Antiques said...

Dear Susie, thank you so much for taking the time to mention us. It was a pleasure to be able to help you with your project...we can even smell that sweet lavender from here!
Karen's images have been a great inspiration to us and we really try to help fellow bloggers the same way she has helped us! Keep in touch and again, thank you very, very much!!!

"Nobody can do everything, but everyone can do something" ~Author Unknown

CraftCrave said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [03 Jun 02:00pm GMT]. Thanks, Maria

Karen- The Graphics Fairy said...

Thanks so much for the mention Susie!! I'm so glad you're enjoying the graphics.
Clara & Marcela are the best, aren't they?! They are as kind as they are talented!!
How thoughtful of you to add a great little Photoshop tutorial to this, I'm sure your readers will appreciate that a lot!


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