Hey everyone! Are you excited about all the new images released at Squigglefly? If you haven't seen them yet, then you should run and take a look because they are beyond fabulous! There are new shy bears from Lynne, new Mudzies from Crissy, Teresa has a funny one she did, and on top of all that there are TWO new artists making their Squigglefly debut' Robin Willis and Jane Beljo.
Did you know that you can use your computer's printer to print on fabric? It's a really easy thing to do. First cut a piece of freezer paper to a size that your printer will take. Make sure it's freezer paper and not butcher paper. There is a waxy side and a plain side. Now cut a piece of fabric slightly larger than the freezer paper. Place your baric on an ironing board with the wrong side facing up. Lay the waxy side of the freezer paper on top with the waxy side facing the fabric.
Now iron the two pieces
You don't want to get the waxy side ironed to the ironing board, and don't get the waxy side on your iron.
Now trim your fabric to the paper. The freezer paper will allow the fabric to be fed through your printer.
Here is an image I printed on to some plain cotton fabric. This is one of the new images from Jane Beljo called Jolly Old St. Nick. Isn't he cute?
Now color your image using markers, colored pencils, crayons, or acrylic paint. I colored mine with copic markers but there is some bleeding out of the lines with them, so you have to be careful. I used colored pencils too along with a white gel pen for highlighting.
Instead of flocking, puffy paint, or faux flower soft on Santa's beard I tried a new product. Well, it's not new; I see it at every craft store for years, but I've never used it and I have to say I really love it! It's Snow Tex
I used it on the suit trim and Santa's beard and mustache. Just paint it on with a paint brush and let it dry. Then I stitched a frame around the image ( I know SHOCK! I got out my sewing machine!) and pulled the outer threads out to fray the edges.
Here's my finished card
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I think it turned out cute! It gives it a kind of country homey look. Wouldn't it be cute to make a sandwich of a piece of fabric, a piece of batting, and then a piece of backing fabric - stitching it together with a ribbon hanger for country style Christmas ornaments? This card qualifies for the Squigglefly color challenge Stef gave us (red, white, and blue) and also for the 365 cards challenge to used 3 transparent things. I used a piece of vellum behind santa, and two transparent snowflakes at the top left of the card.
Another thing you can do by printing your digital image on fabric is to cut out parts and do piecing. I printed the Whistling girl and then cut out her dress and glued it to the image in this card
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Well, I am going to go make a grocery list and get busy! Have a great day and thanks for looking!