Friday, 4 May 2007

Fabric Postcards

It has been ages since I tried using water soluble paper. I came across it a week or two ago when I was searching for something else and thought I just had to try it again. I tried using it on one of those large sponge stamps but there wasn't enough detail for me, a bit plain, and so I searched around the house for something else. I thought I would try this lid from a pot pourri dish..... well nothing ventured!
Here it is! I am pleased with the result. Whilst the paper was still wet I dropped some turquoise silk paint on it which spread a little but also left some white space. It took forever to dry. Once it was dry I put some treasure gold on the top.
I used a turquoise hand dyed fabric for the base of the postcard and added some accent beads diagonally across the fabric. I used fast2fuse as the base to which I ironed the fabric before applying the bead glue and then the beads. I removed some of the beads from the middle of the card and glued the water soluble piece on top, just enough to keep it in place whilst I stitched. I free motion stitched it to the background and then I laid on some chiffon scarf (thanks Dianne!) did some more stitching and also did some on the middle of the water soluble paper. I burnt it back with the heat gun, layered and using a zig zag stitch added the backing.
I used something else here that I hadn't used for a while - tyvek fabric, that's the bit you see in the background under the diamond grid you can just see the background fabric peeking through. I added some Jones Tones blue puff paint to the top and scored it to give it some texture and heated it with the heat gun.

5 comments:

StegArt said...

I love how your water soluble design turned out. I've done only a handful of these and everytime I see one I get inspired to try again. I need to find some great textured items to use.

Micki said...

These turned out great. Love the color.

Dianne said...

The lid on this looks fantastic, up close it is so lovely all those beads beautiful.. Your very welcom I knew you would create somthing beautiful with them...
The tyvek looks freally good to I must use some of mine I hav e so much of it, I'm going to do some next week you have inspired me to do it..

Nola said...

This is just beautiful! I love the very textured look - very rich!

Judy Scott said...

I love what you've done here ~ you have really inspired me to have a go at this ~ I saw it done in a book I have but the colours were dark and didnt really inspire me the same as yours has. Now I have to find my water soluble paper!!! Jx