Hello crafty friends! I hope you are having a fabulous day and if not, it is sure going to get wonderful now. Today, we will share how to make DIY home decor with just a few supplies.
It's time to introduce our Guest Designer for December, Teresa Litchfield. She is super talented and of course one of our Certified Educators! She has taught at the Craft Your Life Holiday Extravaganza and the Crafty Fun Day Altenew virtual retreats. She was absolutely loved by the participants; her projects and her attention to detail wowed the participants!
I have to say a few more words about her. When she was working on completing her AECP, seeing how talented she is I encouraged her to work on videos. She was quite apprehensive, and told me she couldn't do it but soon started working on them! And got better with each video she created because that is who she is! Then sometime later I approached her to host a virtual class, she again said that she has a speech issue and is not comfortable doing something live. This was back in June 2020 (I went back to look for the emails!) and look at her now! Hosting her own LIVE class at Altenew's retreat! How amazing is she?! I am so proud of you Teresa!
Get to know Teresa
Hello there everyone! I’m Teresa Litchfield and I’m so excited to be a guest on the Mixed Media Blog for Altenew! A little bit about myself… I am a wife and mother to 4 boys and our dog Danté. I’ve been artistic in one way or another my whole life. My entire family is very musical and I have been singing since I was a little girl and I’m also a hairstylist, but crafting is a love I turn to most often. I pretty much live in my craft room! I became a Certified Educator with Altenew in September of 2020, and couldn’t be more thrilled to be part of this team of talented crafters! I have learned so many great skills with this program. You can visit me here on my blog, YouTube channel, Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest.
Teresa's Home Decor
I’ve been wanting to do something with some really pretty picture frames I’ve had for a few years now. The wood frames are really nice but the paintings inside are prints and have gotten really faded, and so has one of the colored mats. I had the idea of replacing the prints with a stamped image from one of my outline stamps using the Altenew Jet Black Pigment Ink. So, here is my journey to repurposing and updating them! By the way, they would also make lovely gifts!
I’ve created a video showing a step-by-step process in making this DIY home decor. You can watch it HERE.
- First, you need something to adhere your fabric to that will fit inside the frame, like foam core, chipboard, or even some heavyweight cardstock, depending on the thickness your frame can take and still close.
- Cut Natural Linen fabric 5” larger than your insert that you adhere the fabric to. (For example, my foam core piece is 10” x 10”, so I cut my fabric 15” X 15”.)
- I used the large Memory MISTI with a Sticky Mat (I use an old Silhouette cutting mat) inside to keep the fabric in place. You can use a smaller one and just let the fabric hang out.
- Place the fabric inside the MISTI and place the Statement Flowers stamp where you want it to be and close the lid.
- Ink up the stamp with Jet Black Pigment Ink and stamp the fabric until you get the desired depth of ink, being careful not to move the fabric in the process.
- Set aside and let it dry on its own while you work on the next step.
- To color the Mat, I used a Large Blending Tool with Jet Black Pigment Ink to lay down a layer of ink, then I switched to the Largest of the Detailed Blending Brushes, to get a heavier amount of ink and to make sure I covered the corners well. Set aside to dry.
- Going back to the fabric now that the ink has dried, heat set the ink on the fabric by laying a soft cloth over it and ironing it on high heat using NO steam or water in your iron.
- Apply a spray mount adhesive (I like to use a temporary one so I can move it if I need to adjust it) to the insert, and place the stamped fabric on it, smoothing it out with the soft cloth on top.
- Flip over and fold the fabric into the back center, one side at a time, on all 4 sides, securing it with strong tape.
- Place the finished piece into the frame and close.
I do think this needs a friend, so I’ll be making another picture to keep it company!
You can watch the process video on YouTube by clicking the photo below.
This home decor looks so elegant, Teresa! Absolutely wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing your talent with us and being our Guest Designer for December. I hope we will see you again soon here!
Everyone, please let Teresa know how gorgeous the wall art home decor looks in the comments below. I am sure she has given you ideas to beautify a corner of your home. Thank you for stopping by!