At the risk of being labeled a Graphics Fairy groupie I thought I would answer a question a got the other day from a friend. "I see all those pretty images but have no idea what to do with them, how do you come up with your ideas?"
I will totally admit that this took me aback since my head is full of about 1 million projects that I will never have time for. I also get that not everyone's brain is the messy creative jumble that mine is but they do want to craft at times so with that in mind I though I would walk through my process out loud- so to speak.
So while this is a tutorial of sorts is might be a bit light on some details, if you have a questions just ask!
My process began with seeing this cool jewelry bezel at Hobby Lobby, it's unique shape called to me and I knew I was wanting to make a new fall necklace.. so far so good. With the shape in mine I took a stroll through the fall themed images at The Graphics Fairy until I found this sweet oak leaf and acorn image.. can't get much more fall then that!
I sized the graphic in Photoshop with the bezel in mind - actual size of this piece is 1.75 wide and .95 tall, so not that big at all!
Next is cutting out the image. I used the bezel as a template knowing that I would have to cut smaller but also knowing it would give me the basic shape.
I then trim in thin little bits until I can get a perfect fit. With small fine pointed scissors this really is not so hard. I also used a bit of distressing ink on the image to give it a bit of age.
Now I wait.. the first layer of glaze takes 3-8 hours to dry so I put it away and try to forget about it since messing with it always ends in disaster..
Later this week I will post part II of this adventure. If you want to get it delivered to your mail box sign up in the box at the top right of the page. I will also be posting it to Facebook so join the D.A. page at Facebook if you want to catch it there ( link on upper left of page)