Thursday, February 10, 2011

Guest Blogger: Baby Faces Wall Art by Bee In Our Bonnet

Our guest blogger today is Bee In Our Bonnet. Ashleigh and Kathryn are sisters, and were contestants in Season 1. They did some incredible projects including the wall cubby shelf, snowboarder wall, and little girls' bedding.

I LOVED all of those and am so excited to have them here today as our guest bloggers for Round 3: Baby.

My name is Kathryn, and me and my sister, Ashleigh run Bee In Our Bonnet. First of all, it's been so fun to follow Season 2 of Crafting with the Stars. Contestants, I hope you have a Little Caesars close by, or that your kids can get their own cereal, cause mama needs to craft.

So, my baby (like my sixth) think it's my last, kind of baby, is turning one. And, I might be having an emotional breakdown. And really, who needs therapy when you can craft yourself out of a funk. :)

I had this Tilano Transfer Kit given to me by a great friend for my birthday. With this kit, you can take anything, photos, text, artwork and transfer it onto any medium such as wood, glass, concrete, metal or walls. Since I was having a little nostalgia I decided I finally had the right project to give this kit a spin.

I wanted to capture his first year, so I cyber gathered 12 pictures, one a month and then edited them in Photoshop. I cropped in close on his face, changed it to black and white and increased the contrast.

Then you take 2 of your very precious 3 8.5 X 11 sheets of transfer paper to the local copy store. Ink jet ink won't work, only laser toner. Read the fine print. Even though the images were black and white, the directions said to print it in color.

Next, paint both the surface you want to transfer onto and the transfer paper with the Transfer Medium from the kit. I decided to transfer onto glass.

When it was dry, I cut my images up and placed them on the glass.

The next step is to brush more Transfer Medium onto the surface, the glass in this case, put the pictures face down and use the scraper tool to push all the air bubbles and excess Transfer Medium out. The directions warned not to get the Transfer Medium onto the back of the paper, so just wipe the scraper.

That needs to dry for 3 hours. Then with a wet foam brush, brush water onto the back of the paper until it becomes transparent. That means the image transferred properly. (This is the part I was crossing my fingers).

But, it worked! Insert happy dance!

12 happy baby faces that make me happy even though he is a year old. And, I possibly need chocolate therapy in addition to craft therapy to deal with this one. :)

Very cute Kathryn! Definitely gives me an idea for my little guy's nursery. To see more great crafts from Kathryn and Ashleigh please go visit them at Bee In Our Bonnet!


  1. Hmm... none of the pictures are showing up for me :( Not when I reload or click on the empty box...

  2. I can't see them either, not in google reader and not here on the site.

  3. I'm with the two of you... wish I could see them. :)

  4. That is adorable!!!! Very cute!!! I have a frame where you put a picture from each month in it- but this is so much cuter!! LOVE!


  5. I can see the pictures and it is great! What a cool kit! I think that was a great use of two of your precious sheets.

  6. Very cute! I'm passing on a stylish blogger award to you.


  7. Cute idea. If anyone is interested you can get it $10 cheaper from Amazon.

  8. ah, well, it was the monkey that got me, he is adorable!

  9. Love this project! I checked out the website where you get the transfer paper and they have tons of great products to use with your photo's! Thanks so much for sharing. I featured this on my friday favorites!


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