Kingfisher stepper card created for Chocolate Baroque

AW Kingfisher Stepper

 

Good morning. I made this card for a friend using the Kingfisher Song and scene building sets from Chocolate Baroque. These are still exclusive to Hochanda at the moment but will be on the Chocolate Baroque site in a few days.

 

Materials:

Spinning an Art Yarn

Good evening. I have been itching to have a play on my spinning wheel for ages. I think that it’s been over a year since I last gave myself this treat. Last night I had a free evening – so I had decided to make some art yarn. I didn’t worry too much about even thickness and there were loose and overspun sections. I found that difficult to do as I panic if it doesn’t spin evenly – tee hee.

I used Botany Lap Waste from World of Wool. This is a surprise mix of fibres including Merino Wool, other wools and fibres such as silk, bamboo etc. Basically a lucky dip. I combined it with and shiny Trilobal Nylon in rainbow colours. I was really pleased with the results. The yarn ranges from about Aran weight to Chunky (UK). Now I need to decide what to make with it.

 

AW White Fibre

White fibre. I don’t know what it contains but it is a mix of off white and bright white super soft fibre. I think there is some Merino Wool in it.

 

AW Trilobal Nylon

Trilobal Nylon – this adds such sparkle.

 

AW Art Yarn Single

Here it is before being plied. You can see that there are thick and thin areas, and some areas that are loose or overspun – I just ‘went for it’.

AW Art Yarn Plyed 1

AW Art Yarn Plyed 2AW Art Yarn 3

Finally I plied the yarn using the Navajo technique.

Summer T-Shirt decorated using Tattered Lace dies to create stamps and stencils

Good evening. I hope that you like my summer themed project. You may of seen my stamped and decorated summer top in my last posting. This time I have created a variation using dies to create the stamps.

I designed this to showcase how dies can be used to create stamps by cutting from funky foam. Stencils can also be created by cutting acetate or plastic stencil sheet.

Use the coordinating stamps or stencils to complement die cuts on cards, or use them to decorate fabrics for sewing projects, or to decorate ready made items.

AW T shirt front

Front

AW T shirt back

Back

AW T shirt tag

Decorated tag to match

Materials:

*I used Vallejo fabric paints (Green, Metallic Turquoise, Bengali Rose, Parma Violet, Blue and Black) plus Martha Stewart Multi Surface paint (Spring Pasture) and Pinflair Glitter Wand. IMPORTANT NOTE: I was assured that the Pinflair glitter wand was suitable and fixable on fabric (after heat fixing) but mine has just washed out – eek! I will find another glitter glue suitable and let you know when I find an alternative.

Note: If you want to stamp onto a darker coloured fabric you will need to use opaque fabric paints specially formulated for dark fabric.

How to do it:

Prewash the shirt in plain soap to remove any fabric treatments or conditioners (I use ordinary dish washing liquid). Dry and iron to give a smooth stamping surface.

AW T shirt - Fabric Paints

Load the paints onto the CutNDry foam and work in well with a palette knife. Place them sponge side down onto a palette (I used a piece of waste packaging) and lightly spritz with water to keep them damp. While not using I also place a damp cloth over the top. This keeps the paints useable while working on your project. I have found this to be the best method for getting nice crisp stamping without paint clumping or drying out. They will even keep overnight if placed in a plastic bag.

AW T shirt - Stencils masks stamps labelled

Use the dies to cut funky foam shapes. Apply Zig 2 Way glue and leave to go tacky (this glue is blue on application and dries clear to give a repositionable tacky surface). Mount stamps onto acrylic blocks for stamping.

Cut the butterflies from waste acetate and use the apertures as a stencil.

Stamp the butterflies onto copy paper and cut around the outer edge to create masks for stamping. Wash stamps immediately after use (or place face down on a wet cloth until ready to clean).

AW T shirt Stencil

Lay some plastic sheeting inside the shirt to protect any paint from seeping through layers (i.e. front to back) while stamping. I placed my glass mat inside the shirt while working. Stencil the butterfly silhouettes with multi colours. Dry. A hair dryer is useful to help speed up the drying process while working (the paints do dry quite quickly).

Stamp the butterfly details over the top of the silhouettes using black paint.

Stamp the foliage using paper masks to protect the butterfly images.

Finally add glitter glue to the butterflies on the shirt front.

Leave overnight for the paints to fully cure and then iron fix the paints on the reverse to make them permanent and washable.

Summer T-Shirt created for Chocolate Baroque

Good morning. I hope that you like my summer themed project. I decided to revamp a plain T shirt top with foliage and butterflies.

AW T shirt front 2

Front

AW T shirt back 1

Back

AW T shirt close up

Close up

Materials:

  • Wild Meadow, Butterfly Blush and Just Butterflies stamp sets
  • Iron fix fabric paints (green, lime, metallic turquoise, pink, violet, blue, black) and glitter glue for fabric (green/gold)*
  • Light coloured smooth knit T-shirt (turquoise)
  • CutNDry foam, water spritzer bottle
  • Waste copy paper

*I used Vallejo fabric paints (Green, Metallic Turquoise, Bengali Rose, Parma Violet, Blue and Black) plus Martha Stewart Multi Surface Paint (Spring Pasture), and Pinflair Glitter Wand. IMPORTANT NOTE: I was assured that the Pinflair glitter wand was suitable and fixable on fabric (after heat fixing) but mine has just washed out – eek! I will find another glitter glue suitable and let you know when I find an alternative.

Note: If you want to stamp onto a darker coloured fabric you will need to use opaque fabric paints specially formulated for dark fabric.

How to do it:

Prewash the shirt in plain soap to remove any fabric treatments or conditioners (I use ordinary dish washing liquid). Dry and iron to give a smooth stamping surface.

AW Fabric paints

Load the paints onto the CutNDry foam and work in well with a palette knife. Place them sponge side down onto a palette (I used a piece of waste packaging) and lightly spritz with water to keep them damp. While not using I also place a damp cloth over the top. This keeps the paints useable while working on your project. I have found this to be the best method for getting nice crisp stamping without paint clumping or drying out. They will even keep overnight if placed in a plastic bag.

Stamp the butterfly silhouettes onto copy paper and cut out to create masks for stamping. Wash stamps immediately after use.

Lay some plastic sheeting inside the shirt to protect any paint from seeping through layers (i.e. front to back) while stamping. I placed my glass mat inside the shirt while working. Stamp the butterfly silhouettes with multi colours. Dry. A hair dryer is useful to help speed up the drying process while working (the paints do dry quite quickly).

Stamp the butterfly details over the top of the silhouettes using black paint.

AW T shirt mask 1

AW T shirt mask 2

Stamp the foliage using paper masks to protect the butterfly images. Finish with a touch of glitter glue on the butterflies.

Leave overnight for the paints to fully cure and then iron fix the paints on the reverse to make them permanent and washable.

Fabric design created from my art work

I created this fabric design using photographs of several different pieces of my own art work. I included autumn and summer elements together – why not – with a little fantasy art.

I cut out elements using Serif Craft Artist and collaged them together to make a repeat pattern for digital printing onto fabric. I was lucky enough to win a competition and get 3m of this printed for free – Yay! Unfortunately the Company has gone now but they made a great job of printing this for me onto lovely cotton twill. I haven’t dared to cut into it yet but now I am planning a special outfit to make from it soon.

fabric design

This is the part design ready to create a repeat tile. This was all done in Serif cutting out elements from various of my paintings and textile pieces (see below). This was then cut into quarters and rearranged with outer edges to the inside. Extra elements were used to fill the gaps.

fabric design 3

Here is my design tile to create an all over repeat design.

fabric tiled

Here is the tiled repeat. I was happy that there were no obvious ‘patchwork’ edges.

Fabric

This is the printed fabric – wonderful!

The following pieces show the artwork that I ‘cut’ out the design elements from.

Autumn Leaves 2

I cut the autumn leaves from the watercolour painting.

AW1web

Some of the trees and foliage were cut from this watercolour painting.

AFairyWoodland

The owl was cut from my fantasy textile art piece. Some of the design elements in this piece were inspired by the Serif Craft Artist Digikits from the Fantasy and Medieval collections.

Floral Fantasy4c

Needle felted and embroidered flower.

Fabric Bangle created using the Arianna Blooms Collection from Heartfelt Creations

I used shrink plastic and the Arianna Blooms Stamp and Die Collection to create some lovely beads to embellish a bangle. I was delighted with the results – I hope that you like it.

AW Arianna Blooms Bangle 1

AW Arianna Blooms Bangle 2

AW Arianna Blooms Bangle 3

Heartfelt Creations Materials:

Other Materials used:

  • Translucent Polyshrink Plastic (2 X A4 sheets – approx. 21 X 29.5 cm)
  • Evolon Standard weight – non fray polyester mix fabric (Colourcraft)
  • Wire bangle frame approx. 4.5cm deep (Beads Direct)
  • Multi-Surface Acrylic Paints (Martha Stewart – Green Curry, Folk Art – Aqua)
  • Acrylic Textile Paint (Vallejo) – Black
  • Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers (Crafters Companion) – blues (IB1, IB3 and BT5), pinks (CR3 and 6), yellow CT1, green (LG5)
  • StazOn Inkpad (Tsukineko) – Jet Black
  • Cut-N-Dry Foam (or sponges)
  • Fine needle, sewing thread and strong beading thread (Nymo D) to co-ordinate
  • Approx. 3mm beads (large enough to cover hole in flower centre) and size 11 seed beads (yellow)
  • Card – shim for die cutting
  • Hole punch
  • Fabric glues – Fabric to Fabric Matte Decoupage Medium (Martha Stewart), Stick & Spray for Fabric (Crafters Companion)
  • Pink velvet ribbon approx. 4cm wide (for backing)
  • Organza gift bag (optional)

How to make it:

  • Stamp the shrink plastic with StazOn ink. Colour the back with alcohol inks, 3 sets in blue and 3 sets in pink. Cut out with the dies. Tip: add a sheet of card over the plastic when die cutting. This gives the die something to ‘crunch’ into and ensures that the plastic cuts right through. Keep the card cuts for another project.

AW Arianna Blooms Bangle Stamping

  • Punch the flower centres to create a hole and heat shrink with a heat gun. Tip: They will curl up wildly at first, but keep going and they will flatten out when fully shrunk.
  • Colour a piece of Evolon with green paint and stamp with the floral branch and extra leaves using black acrylic paint. Tip: clean the stamps quickly with water to prevent acrylic paint drying in the stamp crevices. Cut out with the matching dies. Add a bit of shading with the green alcohol pen. Tip: using a card shim also helps when cutting out fabrics.
  • Colour another piece of Evolon with aqua paint, large enough to cover the bangle with a wide margin to wrap over the wire edges.

AW Arianna Blooms Bangle Components

  • Plan out the design area by creasing the fabric over the wire frame. Snip the floral branch and lay out pieces and extra leaves along the middle of the Evolon. Glue down using Stick & Stay spray glue. This is great for flat gluing and it dries quickly.
  • Layout and stack the flowers to work out their arrangement. I took a quick picture so I could remember where to sew them down. Wrap the wire frame and use spray glue to hold the fabric in place. Stitch all around the edges with sewing thread. Make the stitches neat on the front but don’t worry about the back (this will be covered).

AW Arianna Blooms Bangle Plan

  • Sew on the flowers with beading thread. Attach them down by sewing from the back, through the centre hole, adding a larger and small bead, and then going back down the larger bead and hole to the back again. For strength stitch through a couple of times and anchor the thread somewhere under the flower (i.e. where not seen on the front) before moving to the next flower.
  • Finally glue down the ribbon to finish the back of the bangle using the decoupage glue. Leave to dry overnight.
  • I used a couple of spare leaves and a flower to decorate an organza gift bag to match.

Wrap Skirt Coloured with Spectrum Noir Alcohol Pens

I revamped a black skirt that had been screen printed in white fabric paint with dragon designs. I thought that it just shouted out for a bit of colour. I used Spectrum Noir Alcohol Pens from Crafters Companion.

I wasn’t sure if the pens would work over the top of the fabric paint (presumably acrylic based) and remain permanent with washing. I tested a small area first and yippeeee it worked!

I simply coloured over the fabric paint, left for a couple of days to fully dry/set, then iron fixed on the reverse to heat set the ink. The pens worked beautifully. One of the panels was beaded, and I was able to colour around the beads using the fine tipped end.

I really love my newly revamped skirt.

Wrap Skirt 1

 

Wrap Skirt 1a

 

Wrap Skirt 1b

 

Wrap Skirt 2a

 

Wrap Skirt 2b

 

Wrap Skirt 3a

 

Wrap Skirt 3b

Happy crafting, Anne x.