Tuesday, November 5, 2013

A Heart Emerges in November

It happened again!  I was trying, really I was, to clean my worktable of small remnants but a nice little white remnant jumped up and grabbed my attention.  I just had to do something with it other than toss it in the trash.  A fun Valentine greeting card emerged.
It all started with a heart and an arrow drawn on the fabric with Pentel Fabric Fun Pastel Dye Sticks blocks of color and words of love hand written around the heart with a #03 Alvin TechLiner technical drawing marker.  These drawing tools can be purchased at many art supply stores but, if memory serves me correctly, I believe I bought I bought my 4-pack through Amazon.

To stabilize the fabric I placed Timtex interfacing behind it and then secured it in a round, machine embroidery hoop and stitched around the heart in red and the arrow in black.

 Once the stitching was complete I cut the fabric to an even 1/4" away from the Timtex, glued the edges with Weldbond, a non-toxic white glue that will bond almost anything but still cleans up with water.

As the glued edges were drying, I cut a piece of red craft felt on which to mount the stitched heart fabric and cut it just shy of the 5"x6/5" blank greeting card stock that is in my paper stash.  At first I mounted the felt onto the front of the card with Weldbond since it was at hand.  WRONG.  The moisture in the glue distorted the card stock terribly so I discarded that attempt and turned to 3M Super 77 Spray Adhesive and it worked like a charm.


Last touches included using a red Inktense Watercolor block to make a border for the heart.  
                                                         Inktense Blocks, Set of 24
To soften the edges of the border, I painted over the red line with only water in a Niji Waterbrush.
Finally, I sprayed the back with the same 3M Super 77 Spray Adhesive that I used to adhere the felt  and the card was finished.  When February rolls around, I'll post it in my ETSY shop along with some other cards that I've made to celebrate Valentine love.  I might even consider posting it now.  Fortunately, there is no edict that love can only be expressed on February 14th each year.
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    1. Thank you, Linda Miller. Though this is neither "high art" nor edgy, I often enjoy expressing "heartful" renderings in various media. The very concept of an emotional heart elicits soft feelings and brings me back to the human element and a love of life.