Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Adding Depth and Dimension to Vintage Images using Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer and Terri Sproul Mixers

Happy Wednesday! Susan back again to share another project I've created using my Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer and Terri Sproul Mixers. 

Today I am adding accents and dimension to a vintage Holiday image using Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer and Terri Sproul Mixers via a video how-to.

A brief description of how I started. I purchased a digital vintage image from AlteredPages.com. This is a vintage Christmas greeting {AP single 601} of a holiday storefront window. I printed out four copies onto a matte finish white cardstock. I figure four versions will be enough so that I can accent and dimensionalize the base layer, then add paint in accents to sections of the figures that I will cut out and raise with pop dots for a faux 3-D effect. I am going to accent the details using different colors of the Terri Sproul Mixers and also make the window dimensional by painting with Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer and streaks of blue colored Crystal Lacquer.

Please watch the following video to see my process {you may want to grab a snack and a drink now}.

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I let my dimensional window dry all day until the cloudiness has turned clear {this was easy because I had to leave for work LOL}. I cut out the figures and sections to build up layers with 3D pop dots. Before adhering, I went around the edges of the pieces with creamy brown Cat's Eye Chalk ink.

Completed Embellished "Holiday Window" Image

This project has gone from subtle and flat to luxurious and dimensional. I just love the reflective qualities of the micas in the mixers. I originally planned to use this as a feature element for a holiday card - but it is so lovely, I think it will have to become a shadow box that will be cherished with my collection of handmade Christmas decorations.

I hope you enjoyed today's project. I bet you can't wait to run and get your Sakura Crystal Lacquer and Terri Sproul Mixers and get to your studio and play! Please take some time to stroll around through projects from the other Sakura Hobby Craft Design Team members for more great tips and ideas! See you next time on June 6, 2012.

If you have any questions, please leave a comment, select receive e-mail follow ups on comments and I will respond. If you would like to see more of my creations, please visit my blog sbartist : painting in the dark by clicking here.

Have a wonderfully crafty Wednesday : )


  1. Susan, that looks so much more vibrant and, as you said, luxurious. What a great tip! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Thanks for a great video! Love how the image turned out!!!

  3. Beautiful card. Brings back memories of the card I my grandmother use to have. Thanks for the tutorial.

  4. This is so beautiful, thanks for sharing your idea at Unscripted Sketches

  5. How gorgeous this is, straight from the past. I love the old day, thanks so much for this!!

  6. WOW beautiful! Thanks for sharing at US!