Ornate Alphabet Collage Page AP-1031 in two sizes [this can be done with your picture programs that let you print pre-determined sizes for photos--I used the 8×10 and the 5×7 sizes. Then I used my Spectrum Noir to color in the vines and flowers on the letters spelling Welcome. I fussy cut around the letters for my sign. The piece of wood I coated with purple and stenciled on vines using the Mini Capricious stencil from Crafter's Workshop. Beacon Fast Finish Decoupage served as a sealant before I started adding my letters. It worked perfect as a glue and a sealer enabling me to remove some of the layers of my finishing with a damp cloth. I added metal pieces, Silk Sari Ribbons and Dollar Store Silk Flowers with Beacon Fabri-Tac and Misted the flowers and sign with Maya Mists in Pearl. Viva's Inka-Gold in Copper was rubbed into the letters and corners to highlight the metal pieces and the word. I hope you enjoy my sign! Thanks for looking! ~leslierahye
Handy Tip for Artists, Recyclers and Neat Freaks! I have a follow-up to the Citra-Sol method for creating fabulous background pages and collages. I bought a big bag of navel oranges and realized I had the ingredients to make my own solvent! Simply take a clean glass jar, peel the rind from the oranges and place all the rind/peels, without the pulp (tangerines, oranges, navels) into the jar. Pour enough vinegar over the peels to cover them. Allow the jar to sit for a week or two and VOILA! You have made your own solvent for literally pennies. You will notice the liquid getting a bit thicker than the plain vinegar and it does not smell bad!!! I now have a HUGE jar on the window sill! Be careful and only use this after testing on a safe spot.