Wednesday, 28 December 2011

12 days of Christmas Swap 2011


We did this swap again this year, and there were some beautiful things made. This was my effort:


First off I made 12 sheets of silk paper using Cocoon Strippings. You lay these out on a piece of baking parchment, spray with water cover with another sheet of baking paper and iron until dry. Once they were dry I painted them with a thinned down acrylic pearl paint and again allowed to dry. I stamped using a foam stamp and metallic acrylics, and then, using a different stamp, stamped a smaller design using Stazon. When this was dry , the whole sheet was painted again, using a watered down silk paint, in  similar colours to the paints already used.


                    Silk Paper Sheets for Xmas Swap    


I then free machine embroidered around the larger stamp designs, and did a little hand stitching on some of the sheets.


                       close up atc holder  


The sheets were then cut to size and lined using some of my hand coloured fabrics attached using bond-a-web.

Once that was done I satin stitched around the edges. I now had my covers ready. Next step was cutting and folding the pages from hand made papers. I attached the pages with a wide zig-zag stitch and ribbon.

                          attahed pages


I then used double sided tape to attach plastic ATC holders to each page, and cut some metallic paper to pop into them.


The finishing touches were to add the fastenings, and I used Polymer clay pieces and ribbons, which I  attached with Golden Gel Medium.


                    silk paper atc holder 2




    I also made an ATC, to go along with this:


                            Christmas 2011 ATC


              Here they are, all wrapped and ready to go:


                        all wrapped up



Jan Hoefler and I arranged a tag swap just for the 2 of us. It was great fun and here are the tags I made.



       Tag5                 Tag6 

         Tag1              Tag2

        Tag3            Tag4



More alphabet ATCs

ATCQQ , a mini quilt ATC. Various toned fabrics cut into squares, joined and  free machine embroidered.


ATCRR for Romance, silk paper background, lace and a romantic image.


ATCS S for silk paper, stitch and sequins.


ATCTT – it takes two to Tango, embellished background, image printed onto silk and funky foam letters, painted with Viva Ferro.