Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Free Printable January 2014 Art Calendar, How to Age New Paper and Add Vintage Charm

Welcome to all our Past and New Visitors and Happy New Year!

January 2014 Art Calendar Printable Gift
How to Age and Distress New Paper
Digital Tutorial Link
Last of the Christmas Samples

I have a beautiful free printable January 2014 Art Calendar Month (update - I changed it to a blank so it works for other months and years). I'm thrilled with the way it turned out as I had to cut it all apart and piece it together so it could fit on a 8.5" x 11" page.  The original had 2 months from a 1902 calendar on a 2 page spread and was so damaged I changed it to black and white so you can print it on any color of light paper as it will be fun to color. Please email me a sample if you make one!

Just left click it on with your mouse to get it as large as possible and right click it to save it to your computer.  You can also get our other 2014 Free Printable Calendars here and each year we update them. 

Update - Look at these amazing samples by our DT Ladies I had to come back and add here! 


We have so many new customers that love vintage styles but they want some tips and ideas on how to get the charming vintage appeal when they use our images but may only have new plain card stock or they wrong color paper. So I wanted post some cheating tips and tricks on how to age new paper and create shabby appeal with your projects.

These 2 pages of tips are from 2005 but they still apply today, there are just more supplies to choose from.

You can do many things to age new paper as listed here, but people usually add color with ink, paint, dye, coffee, etc. or remove some color and distress by sanding, crumpling and tearing.


Our 7 Vintage CD's all include printable Papers and many of the designs have a distressed vintage style you can print on paper, card stock, fabric and more, so you have more flexibility and can re-print your fave patterns and images.


 12 Distress Supplies You Can Buy at Dollar Stores.

1. Metal Rasp (heel callus remover)  for distressing
2. Sanding Block Sponge and package of Mixed Grit Sand Paper, 
3. Heavy Duty Emory Board - great for sanding edges of paper you glue to chipboard
4. Pattern Tracing Wheel (cheap type have sharper teeth) to add faux stitching to card stock, chipboard. 
5. Acrylic Paint and Foam Brushes (some stores even have decent bristle brushes)
6. Plaster Joint Compound to use with stencils
7. Bulk Make Up Wedge Sponges and Eye Applicators.  
8. Coffee Filters in white or natural - dye, chalk or ink to create flowers to fairy skirts
9. Crepe and Tissue Paper - also accepts color well, stamp, sew, make ruffle garlands and more.
10. Paper Lace Doilies-  use white or spray with Glimmer Mists, add to cards or decoupage
11. Mini Fake Flowers - pull apart, toss plastic bits, ink, layer petals, add a gem or button center for low cost floral embellishments
12. Surfaces to Alter - if you like altered art projects look for $1.00 plates, trays, journals, tins, jars and more that you can alter.

Here's a link to DT Member Vicki Chrisman's Flower Tutorial, Ruffled Egg  and Tissue Candles
and Stamping on Crepe Paper (but our Artsy Banner Stamp Set sold out and is now Digital)  




Adding Layers can be one of the most important tips for adding creative charm to many projects. You can use a variety of papers and textures like matting, die cuts, lace doilies, paper piecing, machine or hand stitching, flowers, gems, glitter, ribbon and more like this Sewing Journal by past DT Member Melissa Bove using paper and images from our CD 7 Sew Decorative


6 Vintage Bling Supplies to Look for at Thrift Stores, Fleas and Garage Sales.

1. Used Jewelry, earrings, beads, broaches, crystals, etc
2. Buttons, flowers, measuring tapes, miniature novelties
3. Ephemera from game pieces to tickets
3. Doilies, Hankies, lace, trims, vintage fabric
4. Keys, watches and parts, hardware
5. Old Paper - Sheet Music, Sewing Patterns, Old Books
6. Items to Alter!  You can transform items from tiny frames to jumbo furniture.

Look at this vintage book DT Member Vicki Chrisman altered to hold annual Christmas cards, letters and photos


DT Member Sheila Rumney used paint on this piece of wall art she made using our Bird and Blosson Scraps, photo from Vintage Photo Scraps with some twigs and a little nest.


Here's 3 pages I made for a Valentine booklet using our Heart to Heart Digital Stamp Set  
I used chalks and also painted on some Glimmer Mist using a brush


If you are inking or dying paper you can also do some embellishments so they match like the seam binding and flower below on this pretty card by DT Member Kathy Clement
Kathy used our Vegetable Garden Digital Set   Look how she's cut out the dragon fly she colored and added it 3D.


Here's a sweet card by LovelyLindaCrafts in Australia using the tulips on the inside of our Calendar Scraps - on sale now for 99 cents!


Here's a last round of Christmas samples and these next 2 adorable cards are by Guest Designer Jeanne Jachna using our Retro Christmas CD


Jeanne has a real talent for adding the most wonderful bows and embellishments. You can see more of this cute card on her Blog


Love this Santa card by Michelle Kovack and pretty flower she made using some text paper


Here's a pretty Victorian style Christmas ornament by DT Member Kathy Clement using CD 6 Creating With Vintage Christmas


Lastlty, I will leave you with a Digital Tutorial by Sheila Rumney showing how your can make text stand out. You can see over 100 Tutorials in our Pintrest Folder.


 I hope you have a fantastic New Years!  
I will be back later this week with some new Digital Stamp Sets

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Sandy Redburn
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6 comments:

Gail said...

Hi Sandy - thank you for this display of Vintage - I am not there yet on Vintage - still working on it - there are really 11 tips for the dollar store since Acrylic Paint is listed twice but a great list to be on the look out when doing Vintage - the Vintage displays are lovely - thank you for the calendar too - I wish you a Happy New Year with great health and prosperity - enjoy your week! Have a fun day!

Kathy/NorthCarolina said...

What a fabulous post, Sandy! You put so much good information into one post...I am so impressed! I love the calendar..it's gorgeous! Wishing you a Happy New Year!

2amscrapper said...

Thanks for these wonderful ideas! Looking forward to what the New Year brings here on your site.

Marlene F. said...

Thanks for the great samples on your newsletter. Happy New Year to you and your family. Looking forward to next year with your new products and ideas...I am hoping you will have a workshop/all day course in the Vancouver/Surrey area in 2014!!!

Patti P. said...

What a beautiful calendar, thank you so very much. Loved all of the suggestions.
Happy New Year

Crafty Secrets Heartwarming Vintage Co. said...

Thank you everyone for all the nice comments! It makes me feel like it's worth it to spend time doing the blog posts and include the free printables.

Thanks for your support!
Sandy