Wednesday, 11 July 2012

The Drag Queen by Alan Scott

This stamp is again from a wonderful stamp collection called Dylusions - the face is from stamp set Bits of This and the hair is from stamp set Background Love.
This card was printed on fabric. It was a sample that I had received from a company when I was doing my Textile/Surface Design Degree. As you can see, I never throw anything away lol.

Fabric rectangle approx. 6”x 4 to allow cutting when the final image has been finishedStazOn Black Ink and stamp cleanerSelection of alcohol inks ProMarkers or Spectrum Noir’sMetallic thread: silver, gold and copper. Sewing needle with a wide head to fit the wire Heat gun (very important to fix the ink and pen colour after each stage)A4 white card blank plus backing sheet Sheet of Fun Foam (this is the 2nd time I have used this in the past few weeks)4 gold Card Candi (as you know, I can't praise these enough - so many colours and they can finish a card so easily!)Gold metallic Sakura pen – Sakura glitter pen Cosmic Olympic Gold PVA Glue
Glossy Accents
Liquid Pearls Flamingo, Platinum Pearls
Corner Rounder I have used Spellbinders dies to make the feather and the frame/tassels on the card - there are ways round this and you can use your own embellishments (I will explain how I did the feather just in case you do have this set of dies)Tub of acrylic enamel paint matt antique bronzeA5 sheet black cardGood strong clear glue Pinking shears for cutting the fabric down to size (if you don't have these, try cutting a bit bigger and then fraying until you have the right size)Normal crafting Items: craft knife, metal edge ruler, craft mat, double sided tape etc. 

After you have selected your fabric, lay it as flat as you can - even iron it and allow to cool a little. Then with your StazOn, ink and stamp out the head image. Before you clean the stamp, take a scrap bit of paper and then stamp again. We will use this as a mask when we start to stamp the hair. Give the face a quick blast with the heat tool to ‘set’ the ink into the fabric. Unfortunately fabric is not a stable platform. Each fabric will react differently with the pens and the inks. So try a little before you set forward and then later find that the pens will flood the fabric. After you have cut out the stamped head, place the paper onto the fabric to cover the face.
Now we can start to stamp the flowers to make the hair. Each time, make sure you replace the paper mask and take care when stamping. Try to stamp higher up than normal, so you look over the image. Once again, give it a quick blast with the heat gun. Taking your alcohol pens, colour in the flowers - try to mix up the colours. While you're doing this, keep in mind the 3 flowers that you will be embellishing further with the metallic thread. After you have coloured in each flower, remember to heat set. I know this will extend the card making process but it's better to be safe than sorry.
The next thing we must now do to the fabric, is to select the 3 flowers and start to just do a stitch around each. Here I have used a large stitch and a very small under stitch, maybe 2 or 3 threads thick. I don't know the technical term as my work is with fabrics and not sewing (saying that, I have just started my first cross stitch project!). After the 3 flowers have been done, the next decorative part is to take the Liquid Pearls and place a small ‘dot’ on the end of each eye lash. After the dots have dried, the last thing we have to do, is select the final size of the image and then using your gold metallic pen, just mark down a fake stitch as if you were doing it by hand and not a machine.
Now then, the feather. This was cut out of Fun Foam and then painted with enamel paint. When it's dry, it will give you a look of metal. I have highlighted it with a glitter pen but this is a personal choice, it looks just as good when left plain. This technique can be used for any Fun Foam die cutting.
If you don't have the tassel die from Spellbinders, then just embellish the card with ribbons and jewellery. Remember this is an over the top style of card, it's not as they say a wallflower!
When all the elements have been done, we next have to build up the card. Secure the Fun Foam base onto the black card. Before you do this, just punch out the corners with a punch. Then when that's in place, secure your fabric stamped image. The best way is to use a very good strong double sided tape. If you use a wet glue, this will seep into the fabric and show on the front. When that's in place, we just have to place the decorative bits.
The last embellishing act, is to put the gold Card Candi toppers onto the foam and place a spot of gold PVA glue on the corners of the black card stock.
There you have it, a mixed media project that I hope you can maybe take parts from if not try to make the card as it is.
Any questions, please send me a message and I will get back to you a.s.a.p.
Happy Crafting


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