2016 Topic 12: Fabric
Hi everyone!! It's Wanda here. I'm thrilled to be back tonight for the topic of Fabric and I've decided to make some ATCs. Now I really wouldn't call myself a "sewer" but I do like fabric - even if I don't really "know" fabrics - and I do like stitching. I even like stitching on a paper project. However, even if you don't sew, either by hand or machine, you can still use fabric and have lots of fun!!
I'm using Kay Carley's beautiful stamp sets for this project - EKC01 and EKC02. I've also used Sara's stencil PS026 on one of the ATCs.
I received my shipment of Infusions shortly before I needed to get to work on this project and thought they would be a great place to start. I tore a piece of natural muslin large enough to get 9 atc-sized pieces from it allowing a little extra in both directions. I went back and forth spraying water and shaking on infusions. The colors of Infusions used are Golden Sands, Royal Blood, A Bit Jaded, Orange County, Emerald Isle, and Lemoncello.
As it got more wet I began to dry it with the heat tool and in some areas, while they were still damp, I'd shake on a bit more infusions, allow just a smidge of time, and then continue to dry. This gave me some areas that have blended color with speckles over the top.
Once I decided I was done adding color and had it all dried, I tore it into 9 atc-sized pieces. Of course, they didn't all tear exactly but that was totally fine. So far I've used 4 of these pieces and will continue to make more as time allows.
This first ATC is made thinking of the person who doesn't want to do any kind of sewing. I tapped across the muslin with an anti-static bag, stamped the large flower with Versamark Ink and embossed with Wow White Puff Powder. Even using the anti-static bag I had some powder stick outside the image. Some of it (larger areas) was brushed off with a small paintbrush and some specks I left. I think you can even tell in the picture how the powder puffed up... very cool!!
Here is the second ATC. For the flower, I stamped it on Crinoline Fabric with Jet Black and cut it out being really careful with the stem. I then painted the flower with Glass Blue, watering the paint down a bit, and started to paint the stem with Hey Pesto. I managed to break off the flower right away. No worries, just changed my plan a little. I then stamped the flower directly onto the muslin piece and painted it in with Glass Blue on the flower and Granny Smith on the stem. To add to the background a bit, I stenciled (PS026) the dots with Granny Smith and dried it.
For this third ATC, I stamped the flower with Snowflake directly onto the muslin. I decided maybe that wasn't what I wanted so I used my finger to dab Snowflake directly over the flower I'd just stamped, dried it, and stamped the flower again with Archival Ink Manganese Blue. I have some stiffer fabric (I think it's some kind of interfacing) that is not real heavy so I cut 2 pieces and used them as a backing for sewing this ATC. I used a straight stitch around the edges and up the stem a few times. The muslin went a little wonky - I told you I'm not a sewer. I colored the individual flowers and circles in the flower head with Wink of Stella Gl. Red.
More stitching!! I switched to red thread and sewed the muslin piece to white felt going around the edges and then randomly over the whole piece. The flower was stamped onto White Felt with South Pacific, cut out, and additional color added with watered-down South Pacific, keeping the paint very light (this part looks much better in person). After drying, the flower was attached to the ATC with a heart brad. Distress Crayon was used to highlight the words on the idea-ology Word Band and then it's sewn on with Metallic Embroidery Floss.
Even the sewn ATCs were then backed with a piece of cardstock. This makes it easier to slide them into card pages and it hides all the threads on the back. It was really fun making these!!!! I hope you are inspired to get out some kind of fabric and play. You could even tear/cut up an old sheet or pillowcase that is bound for the trash.
Have a great weekend!!!!
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