Come in, come in, quickly, because I have a confession ...
My name is Julie ... and the other day... I browsed for, bought and then used ... wait for it ...
... decoupage sheets.
Without a gun to my head.
I know ... you're wondering whether I've got an undiagnosed concussion aren't you? And you'd be forgiven ... I am pretty accident prone ... but look ... I can still touch your finger with my nose ... or my finger with your nose ... or whatever it is they test for. So, no, no concussions here.
But what I did have was a card making commission [from a family member] and the card's recipient apparently has fond memories of a motorbike and side-car. And, off the top of my head, I couldn't think of any of my existing craft supplies that would fit the bill ...
So I did what anyone in search of anything does. I Googled.
I used the very obvious terms 'motor bike and sidecar crafts' and Google didn't fail me ...as this from Craft Corner was the first return:
|CLick on the photo to visit the product on the Craft Corner site. No, I am not getting paid to say that!|
And for £1.25 I wasn't going to argue ... so I bought them.
And the coincidental thing was ... while I initially needed them for the motorbike and side-car commission I was excited to see the scootery/moped thing on there too [yes, I know, I did just admit to being excited by a decoupage sheet]. Because this was the very same week that someone else was turning 18 and who I knew was being given a moped to mark the occasion! Ah, hello again old friend serendipity ...
So I set to work on combining a further 42pence worth of decoupage sheet not only into my own style of crafting but, more importantly, into a style that wouldn't look out of place on an 18 year old's birthday window sill.
Here's what I came up with ...
And, in case you don't quite believe it's a decoupage image ... here ... look at the layers! That's good old fashioned foam-pad-raised depth that is!
the 'Arrow' inspired anniversary card in my last card making post .. you'd be entirely right. [Hop back a few posts to here to see what I mean.]
The thing is I've found a design layout and a style I like right now ... and I'm running with it [or should that be 'riding' with it. No. It probably shouldn't be. Should it?]
I'm enjoying not having to think of a new idea every time I sit down to push paper around. In fact, remind me to share the dozen or so additional cards I've made using pretty much the exact same layout and I might make up a sketch for you to use too ... so we can all just keep churning out the same tried and tested style!
And so .... yes, I used decoupage, voluntarily. Without anyone holding any members of my family hostage. And not only did I live to tell the tale ... I was 100% happy with the outcome!
Maybe the rehabilitation of decoupage starts here ... #bringingdecoupageback not that it's actually been anywhere ... OK how about #modernisingdecoupage?
And if we can get someone to make moustaches, beards and craft beer themed decoupage sheets then we'll have made it #realhipstersdodecoupage.
- So tell me ... dare you confess to decoupaging ...?
- Have you brought a modern slant to an old-style product?
Speak now ...