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Vintage Garden Printer Tray

Hi Crafty Friends!

I'm Dana and I'm back to share a vintage home decor project with you. I chose a vintage/farmhouse design piece that will match the theme of my new farmhouse kitchen. I'm using one of many fabulous Printer Tray Frames available from Clear Scraps. Click Here


We'll also be using Clear Scraps Garden Tools Chipboard Embellishment Shapes Click Here


To begin our project we'll need some cream acrylic paint and clear crackle medium. Paint the top piece from your printer tray with 2 coats of paint. Don't forget to paint inside as well as the outside edges.  Let dry throughly. Then apply a coat of crackle over the painted surface using a palette knife. I recommend leaving this dry overnight instead of using a heat tool. You will get better results and a better crackle effect. 


The papers I chose to use for this project are from Simple stories Vintage Farmhouse Garden. collection. Take one of the 12x12 papers (I'm using the chicken fence background paper) and glue to your printer tray bottom base. I prefer using Beacon 3 in 1 glue. It is perfect for chipboard and has a strong bond.


After your crackle is dry, I took some artisan powder and a stiff old paintbrush and applied a very small amount of powder over some of the crackle areas on your frame. You don't need much powder. I rub it around with finger till I get the desired look. This really adds a worn weathered look to your frame. Take your glue and adhere the next two chipboard tray pieces to your bottom piece. Make sure all edges line up evenly. I decided not to use the acrylic sheet for this project. You can use this for a future layout or other project.


Now cut apart some of the journaling cards from the paper collection and cut to fit inside the sections of your tray.  Glue the top chipboard piece on top of your tray.  The I adhered one of the chipboard elements (barn) onto the bottom right two sections of my tray. I took the matching ephermera piece with the cow and animals and applied over my matching image on the barn with foam dots. Then added a ephermera sentiment on top.


Take and cut apart two of the garden tools chipboard pieces. I chose to use a rake and pitch fork. You can save the other pieces for another project. I painted the handles of my tools with brown and Tuscan red paint. I rubbed some gliding wax (renaissance gold) over my pitch fork spikes. For the bottom of my rake I applied rust pastes to give a rusty worn look to my tools. Let dry. Then glue the tools where you prefer onto your tray. 


For the rooster card, I stapled a "Fresh" ticket to the top of my journaling card before adhering to the left bottom section on my tray. I fussy cut out the rooster and rise and sun sentiment, added foam dots to the back before gluing to my card. I added alittle glitter touches to my rooster feathers.


To finish off my tray,  I added some ephermera hearts, a brad, and ephermera sentiment and  butterfly to my top section. You could add some jute cord to hang your tray or set it up on an easel to display. 


I hope you enjoyed my project today! Check out the Clear Scraps website Click Here for all your crafting supplies and see all the new products available! Till we meet next time, enjoy your day and Happy Crafting!


Other Supplies used: foam dots, Beacon 3 in 1 glue, Deco art one step crackle, Simple stories Vintage Farmhouse Garden collection, Memory Hardware Artisan powder-Parthenay, acrylic paints, Finnibair rust pastes-gold, brown,and red, 



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