I have a Christmas craft book with line drawings and I do not know how to use them for crafts. They are nice Christmas pictures like angels, ornaments, etc. and I would like to use them for stockings or cards, but what do you do? They are in heavy black ink but there are pictures on both sides of the paper. Do you just use tracing paper or what?
Fran from Conifer, CO
Trace it off, and make a template, so that you can use it over and over; and your original will be left in your book to be available to be used again.
The transfer process depends on exactly WHAT you are making. Besides cardboard templates, you can also use graphite transfer paper or the kind of transfer paper made to transfer darts onto fabric.You can also shrink or enlarge your design with a copier or a scanner & your computer. It's best to copy the original to a piece of paper with artwork on only one side. This way you can use a light box, a window or your TV to transfer the design to other pieces of paper or thin fabric.
Besides stockings these designs can be used as ideas for embroidery, fimo clay, felt or fimo clay wreaths, candle art, little girls dress fronts with fabric appliqué, or shrink your artwork down to make tree ornaments or window & mirror stencils. Your options are endless!
The scanner idea is the best. Scan and copy at 100% each side that you want, then save it to your docs. When you are ready to make something, you may want to print it out, cut out the shape, and go to the dollar tree for those packages of foam in different colors. Felt is also cool, esp' if the item is like a snowflake or tree, as Walmart has a good sellection of sparkly felts for just .33 and come in reds, greens, whites, etc. You can make a green tree with red, blue, silver and gold balls simply by getting 5 sheets and cutting the tree out of the green and circles out of the others.
Also, for more inspiration, visit www.freepatterns.com and www.e-patternscentral.com. Enjoy!!
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