Everybody needs a hug. It changes your metabolism.
~ Leo Buscaglia
Wow, as I type this post amazing news is coming through that Osama Bin Laden has been killed. I'm kind of speechless. Thank You! to all our troops and their families who sacrificed and suffered to bring us to this day. I made this card tonight before I heard the news, but I'd like to dedicate it to you: a Hug and, finally, some Smiles!
Cross your fingers for me as I enter this in My Favorite Things' Guest Designer Contest: blue jeans and bling. I've been wanting to try stamping on fabric for a long time . . . so this challenge got me started. I stamped on the denim to make a denim sweater and used denim to layer the paper panels. Then I added black gems (bling) for the dragonflies' flight, the sweater buttons, and the dot of the i in "smile."
Here are a few tips it you want to try stamping on fabric:
- Use a quick-drying ink so it won't run on the fabric. I used Versamark Pigment Ink.
- After I stamped this adorable image by Claire Keay onto the denim, I ran the fabric through my Xyron sticker maker. That gave it a stiffer consistency and made it easier to cut out the sweater and "paper piece" it onto the rest of the image.
- I also used the denim as background layers. I ran the denim through the Xyron sticker paper to give it substance. I glued to top paper panel to the denim and used a Olfa Rotary Cutter against a ruler to get the straight edge for my bottom layer.
I had so much fun working with the denim, I made a matching, denim-covered clothespin.
- Stamps – Claire Keay Hello Sunshine
- Paper – Neenah, My Mind's Eye Stella Rose, Stampin' Up!
- Color Mediums – Copics, Stampin' Up! pastels
- Fibers – denim, ric rac ribbon, felt
- Tools– Nestabilities, Die-namics Mini Rolled Roses, i-rock crystal heat-setting tool, sewing machine, Xyron sticker maker
- Embellishments – i-rock black gems
- Miscellaneous – clothes pen and Mod Podge
- Challenges – My Favorite Things May Guest Designer Contest (MFTGUESTDT0511) and My Favorite Things Wednesday Stamp Club Challenge (MFTWSC17)
Shew . . . staying up too late to watch all the news. Time for me to "hit the hay" as Dad used to say. Tomorrow, we get to wake up to a country full of hugs and smiles!