Saturday, June 19, 2010

Shabby Chic Wall Hanging

I want to share a project I made this weekend using the June Kit from Treasured Scrapbooking, Antique Pearl Buttons from Gecko Galz and Helmar Crackle Medium (along with some tips on using the crackle medium). A complete supply list will be included at the end of this post.

I began with a $1 frame from Michael's. After cutting my patterned paper to size, I adhered it the wood frame using the Helmar Acid Free Glue. I then sanded and inked all of the paper edges. Next I applied Helmar Crackle Medium Step 1 - apply a nice even coat and allow to dry for about 30 minutes. Next, apply a REALLY THICK coat of Helmar Crackle Medium Step 2 using a foam brush. Go ahead a brush on a couple of coats - then you will need to allow your project to dry overnight. The next day, I poured some linseed oil (available at craft & hobby stores) onto a rag and rubbed down the entire frame, this removed the tacky residue and made the crackles really stand out. To make my crackling stand out even more, I rubbed an inkpad all over the frame several times, and wiped off the excess ink with my linseed oil rag.
Here is a detail of the crackling:
Buttons were stitched onto a scrap piece of muslin and all embellishments were attached with Helmar 450 Quick Dry. I stapled grosgrain ribbon to the back of the frame for hanging. I think this will be a super cute accent in my sewing/craft room!

Details of embellishments and buttons:

Complete Supply List for Shabby Chic Wall Hanging:

You might also notice that I finally figured out how to update the slide show of my projects over there on the side of my blog!

I will end this post with a few of my current faves! Thanks so much for stopping by!