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By: Debbie Saenz
Debbie Saenz
Debbie Saenz
My name is Debbie Saenz and I’ve had a passion for creating art ever since I was a young child. Through the years, I’ve enjoyed working with many different art mediums and I’m always excited to learn new techniques. My heart’s desire is to inspire people through my art. My latest passion is mixed-media…It’s like a melting pot of all the mediums I love! Come learn more about me and my creative journey on my blog, A Creative Life, at: http://debbiesaenz.typepad.com
Turn an ordinary tote bag into something special!
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Skill Level: Intermediate


Picture This™ Transfer Medium - Opaque, 8 oz.
Item #24902
Easily transfer black and white or color copies of favorite photos or prints onto fabric and other surfaces. Waterbase opaque formula is specially designed for use on dark or colored fabrics. Machine washable.


FolkArt ® Metallics - Rose, 2 oz.
Item #652
Premium, all-purpose shimmering metallic acrylic paint for decorative crafts and home décor. Superior coverage. Exceptional brushability. Use on all porous surfaces. All colors are certified AP non-toxic, water-based, and acid neutral.


Mod Podge ® Gloss, 8 oz.
Item #CS11201
Mod Podge ® is quick-drying for multiple coat build up and dries clear. Can be sanded to a smooth finish. Cleans up easily while wet with soap and water. Certified AP non-toxic; waterbase. Mod Podge ® is an all in one decoupage glue, sealer and finish


Other Supplies
Canvas tote bag
wood heart
Wood letter/initial
Small key
Silver ball chain
Dry toner copy of images (Picture
Scrapbook paper
Mucic sheet)
Pink fiber/yarn (for tag)
Pink glitter
plastic wrap/bag
Wax paper
Sponge brush


  1. Paint back and edges of heart and front and edges of letter with Metallic Rose.

  2. Create a matted picture with scrapbook papers making sure the size will fit front of tote bag.

  3. Make a color dry toner copy of image and a mirror image of reversed copy (if it has words) of music sheet. Trim copy to size and place face up on wax paper.

  4. Cut cardboard to fit inside of tote and line with plastic and insert into bag.

  5. Follow directions on bottle of Picture This Transfer Medium to transfer images to bag and wood heart.

  6. Sand off any excess paper around heart.

  7. Drill hole in top side of heart.

  8. Paint Mod Podge onto top of letter. Pour on glitter shaking off excess. Allow to dry.

  9. Use Mod Podge to attach letter to center of heart. Allow to dry.

  10. Assemble heart and key on chain and tie with fiber. Hang from tote bag.
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