Saturday, December 12, 2009

More Graphics Fairy, Stockings & Citra-Solv Transfers

Citra- Solv transfer stocking
Boze Narodzenie = Merry Christmas in Polish.

My inlaws have enjoyed a renewed interest in their Polish heritage in the last several years. They even got to visit to Poland a few years back. This year they have really been a source of strength and support for us and it means the world to both of us. What do you get people who really don't need anything, but deserve the best of everything? I usually try to go for meaning.

(They don't have a computer and only occasionally read my blog from the public library. I don't think they will see this, but if you are reading this. The stocking is coming soon and it's a small token of my true love and gratitude.)

Mini-Tutorial for Citra-Solv Transfer:
I copied this wreath graphic from The Graphics Fairy into a Word Document and added the Polish. Next I printed it in mirror image. On Cliff's imac that is in the print menu under "paper type and quality" Then I photocopied the picture. (That step is important. The Citra-Solv reacts to the toner in the photocopy.)

Next, I taped the picture (copy sided down) to some thin white cotton fabric.The tape keeps everything from slipping. I applied Citra-Solv with a cotton ball and burnished very hard with the edge of a spoon. My image transferred beautifully! I cut out the stocking shape around the image and sewed it together.

For the lining I used some of this green velvet thrifted skirt. I also padded the stocking with two layers of thin batting to keep the dark green from showing through.

The wreath image came from the Graphics Fairy. For more amazing projects made from her graphics collection just click that button!


I think this is a pretty original design and I did it my self! You know there are tons of ideas at DIY Day!

DIY Day @ ASPTL

And, last but not least, it's made from someone's "trashed" skirt.
Reinvented's Trash to Treasure is always a thrifty gold mine.



Have a wonderful day!

20 comments:

Jeanette said...

That is just lovely. I understand about posting something on your blog and then wonder if the person receiving it will read about it first. LOL Merry Christmas.

Nutsy Coco said...

It turned out beautifully and I love how personal it is for them!

laterg8r said...

beautiful :D

Kathy-Catnip Studio said...

So elegant and meaningful.

jen said...

i love this - so simple and elegant.

PetraB said...

This is wonderful and thank you for the tutorial. Petra.

Karen- The Graphics Fairy said...

Hi Jane,
This is beautiful!! It looks like an antique from a European shop! So nice of you to add the tutorial too. Thanks so much for playing along again for "Brag Monday"!

Jelly Girl said...

That is so awesome! I've been using iron-on transfer paper for similar projects, but I will have to check out this citra-solv. I also LOVE incorporating found items into my projects, too!

A Jelly Girl

Micah said...

DO YOU THINK CITRA SOLVE WOULD WORK WITH TRANSFERRING ON OTHER TYPES OF SURFACES? IE: TUMBLED MARBLE, BURLAP? JUST WONDERING...BECAUSE IT IS EASIER FOR ME TO GET THAN TRANSFER PAPER.

HollyLynne said...

Gorgeous!

Jen R. said...

I love that! We always do Oplatki every x mas eve still. I am going to have to steal your words!

Jen R. said...

Oh, I linked to this project, I hope you don't mind! LOVE IT!

Pat said...

I just found your blog and I think the stocking is wonderful! I have no idea what Citra-Solve is...prolly shouldn't admit that should I? :-) I will be checking it out though. Thanks for sharing!

Molly @ A Bit O' Shine said...

That looks fantastic!

Tammara said...

Beautiful!

Kimm at Reinvented said...

So pretty, what a thoughtful gift. I'm going to have to check out the process you used, it sounds like something I could handle. Maybe?
Thanks for linking up!

Colleen @ MuralMaker&More said...

I've never heard of Citra-solv either but want to try it. Have you used it a lot?

Judith Jacob said...

Nice piece, thank you for sharing.

judy said...

i love to read your tutorials but i need pics, really bad, and i would love to see your finished projects, pls? pls?
thanks for a great learning blog

Jane said...

Judy, not sure why you can not see the pictures. They are up. I use flickr to host my pictures. Click on the flickr badge on the right hand side up there a bit and it will take you to all my pictures.