Friday, March 9, 2012

Vintage Whimsy St. Patrick's Day Art

I've been planning out this fun St. Patrick's Day art piece all week long.  This morning, I got it all done!
I started off by printing a St. Patrick's Day song that I borrowed from Online Sheet Music.
I decided it would be fun to make the paper look sort of vintage.  While you may be thinking it's a super easy thing to whip up something like this real quick, I was actually met by many obstacles!!
Soy sauce made it look too dark..and smell really bad!
Here's my attempt at using peppermint tea...
Finally, I decided to just work on my frame while I was considering what to do with the paper.  First, I sanded the frame to remove the glossy stain.
Then I spray painted the frame with Krylon Satin Ivory.
By this time, I had given up on traditional methods of "antiquing" paper, so I decided to just wing it.  Using some products I have purchased from Close To My Heart over the past couple of years, I came up with this:
This is the beginning of my new trend, Vintage Whimsy.  Remember, you heard it here first!  Ha!  But this was only the beginning...
I had to crumple it up a bit and burn all the edges.  I must say, that's my best burn job yet!
My husband bought me this great scrapbooking paper last Mother's Day so I used it to cover the cardboard frame backing.  Since it wasn't quite long enough to cover the whole piece of cardboard, I added some of this neat vintage lace to the top and bottom.  A friend from Holland sent it to me at Christmastime.
Then, I glued the sheet of music to the cardboard piece and began adding embellishments.
This cute little Irish girl got the Stickles treatment in Gold and Diamond.  I found her and her brother at Salvation Army a few days ago! They're vintage Dennison...I just love them!
I cut this little clover from a shamrock template I found online and added some more Stickles and a cute embellishment that my husband put in my Christmas stocking!  I also added more of that lace from Holland in each corner.
All done!  I wonder if I should do another one featuring the little boy cut out that matches her?


  1. Sarah, this is just adorable! You did a beautiful job on creating.

    Have a lovely PS weekend ~
    TTFN ~

    ~Giveaway ends 3/15 ~

  2. You are very talented and created a master piece.

  3. This is so pretty, Sarah. It turned out so good. You are so creative!..Christine

  4. So pretty! Come link with me with my Color Connection meme.

    Broken Leg with a bit of pink. Have a great weekend.

  5. Such a lovely piece of art, and I find your antiquing stories to be so funny! I thought the soy sauce one looked great, but I can't imagine the smell!:) Happy Pink Saturday. ~Marti

  6. Hi Sarah: Thanks for the project idea. You could do so many different ones. (Or I could)
    I'm Connie @ http://hotflashncraftn.blogspot.com/. I'm your newest LF. Stop by and be my friend, too.

  7. Hi Sarah,
    Your St.Patrick's art is lovely and if you had the room to display them ......a matching one with the brother on it would be lovely done in mirror image so they're looking at each other. TThanks for hosting
    God Bless
    Barb from Australia

  8. Your picture is just so cute.
    I received your package this week. I apologize I did not get in touch with you sooner. You are just so sweet I love all my goodies. Thank you so much for you generosity.
    Your blog is so sweet. I am your newest follower.
    It is really nice to meet you.

  9. Please thank Lynzie for me the bookmark is adorable. She does great work.

  10. Hi! I think your St.Patrick's Day music decoration turned out real cute! I usually wipe a wet teabag, or paint on strong tea or coffee, right on paper I'm aging, then blot it and sometimes iron it dry, but there is a mist, Tsukineko Walnut Ink Antiquing Solution, 2 oz. bottle from Michael's that many crafters use with great results.
    yes, make a matching boy design with another song, that will be nice to have a set.
    Are you making Irish potato candies? I always do, they originated in Philadephia, near me, and they are yummy!
    Have fun! Blessings, Linda

  11. Hi Sarah,

    Love your creation! How clever and so darn cute. I also love your blog. I look forward to visiting you again.
    Have a great week,

    Janet Bernasconi
    Janet's Creative Pillows

  12. Belated Happy Pink Saturday
    I am trying to visit every PS entry but it has taken me longer due to unexpected happenings over the weekend.
    This is very cute.


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