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Charmed I'm sure!

Happy Friday, leslierahye here! I began this project on Thursday for a Friday morning post and went to bed while my project was drying...knowing that I had done a technique that I had successfully performed MANY MANY times before and that I would wake up to something similar to what you see here on your right. Imagine my dismay as I had the the image below! WHOA! Not only did it NOT look like my beloved kitty image...but you could only see the silhouette of my kitty. I shared my crafty fail first with Jean--the owner of Altered Pages--and then the Altered Pages Artsociates group on Facebook--a fantastic group of creatives that anyone is welcome to join! Discussion ensued about how they liked the fuzzed out kitty. I however was determined to create the project I had envisioned.
Method 1:
I began by printing my Digital Collage Fall Fantasy so that it fit into half of an 8½×11" sheet of cardstock. I trimmed the portion of the image so that it would fit in my White Brass jewelry finding from Sakura Hobby Crafts and adhered it to the finding with Crystal Lacquer. I then layered lacquer on top of the image and mixed in a few "gem particles" also from Sakura. I set my charm to dry in front of a fan. I awoke the next morning to this.

Method 2:
I printed another copy of the same collage sheet in the same manner and this time I fussy cut around my kitty, the broom, and a pumpkin. I also punched out a yellow cardstock moon with my 1" circle punch. I began layering on the moon and broom and pumpkin and finally the cat with the lacquer. I then put on some more "gem particles" and a final thin layer of lacquer...and once again placed my project in front of the fan.
Voila!! I present to you my Halloween Charm as I had envisioned it! I hope you enjoy my journey to MY perfect art piece. There are no catastrophes in art only craftertunities! Thank you for looking! ~leslierahye

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