Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Valentine Fabric Postcards

I have been busy making more fabric postcards. All of these were begun on my Babylock Embellishing Machine.
I think this is my favorite of all the fabric postcards I have ever made. I achieved the colors and layering effects that I was hoping for. It started out with a hot pink felt backing, to which I punched down strips of cotton fabric, silk, roving, and some striped ribbon. To that layer, I added silk and wool roving and a little Angelina. I covered all that with some of the same rainbow organza from the Trash to Treasure project. I stamped some flowers with blue and blue-green paint. Then, out with the heat gun to make some of the organza disappear and reveal some of the hidden layers.
Then I did some free-motion quilting to Peltex with black thread to add images of flowers and hearts. The edging is a combination of blue and red rayon threads.

The back is painted watercolor paper. This one is not for sale...I have a special artistic someone in mind who I think would like this.

Joy, 2009

The next one also has a layered look with a bit of dimension. Well, this one has a little bit of everything...beading, hand embroidery, sparkly yarn on the edging...I call it Love is Glorious.

Love is Glorious, 2009

The next one has a sort of artsy look to it. Silk and cotton fabrics were cut in heart and flower motifs, needle-punched to a cheerful orange/peach/pink print cotton, and then machine-quilted in black thread. My favorite new binding is to wrap a strip of rainbow organza around the edge and machine stitch it down.

Hearts and Flowers, 2009

And finally, the winner of the Sparkliest Postcard of the day: Secret Love. This one started out as lots of silk and Angelina needle-felted to a piece of coral chiffon (the scarf I bought in the mountains.) Then I added some free-motion machine-quilting, but I did not like the look. So, I added a message. :) You still could not see the word Love, thus the name of the card, but when I outlined it in black ink, it was not so secret any more.

This one also features a wrap of rainbow organza around the border. This is what the back looks like.

Secret Love, back, 2009

I am almost finished with an embellished purse that is very girly-looking. Hope to post it next!


Judy S. said...

Looks like you're having lots of fun with your embellisher, Jeanne. These cards are great! I love them all.

Cathie said...

Hi Jeanne - see you're taking advantage of this crappy weather!! I was just down in the studio doing the exact same thing (came up for air and Hazlenut coffee!) I'm making Valentine ATC's with some fabric I made with the Embellisher and Angelina fibers, etc. Spent the whole day yesterday and most of today looking for mountain properties with my husband. Banner Elk, Boone, and Watauga - found some beauties.

Vicki W said...

Very nice!

Michelle said...

gorgeous postcards!