Thursday, November 17, 2011

Altered Portfolio

This is my 2nd time participating in a homemade gift exchange and I'm excited about this one!  
Check out the linky party at Craftaholics Anonymous!  Just click on the button.  But only after you see what I sent to my partner, below!


handmade-gift-exchange



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Thanks to my crafty co-worker Michaelle, I was inspired to alter a cheesy vinyl portfolio I received at a seminar I attended recently.  I don't have a photo of it before but it was black with some embossing across the center.
I started with this awesome stuff called Gesso.  It basically prepares the surface for paint or whatever.  I could have decoupaged this but I decided to use acrylic paints instead.
After using 2 coats of Gesso and letting it dry for a couple of days, I applied paint, used stencils and covered with a satin poly finish.
To cover the embossed area, I sewed a piece of canvas to size, turned it right-side out and added topstitching.
I painted it with acrylic paint, added the satin poly finish and sewed on a coordinating button.  I used craft glue to secure it to the front of the portfolio.

Here is a view of it opened up....
I just love polka dots!



This was a lot of fun and best of all, it was CHEAP!!!