Happy, happy Tuesday! Today’s tutorial is a little dose of Christmas in July! Last week Tim Holtz shared a look at the new fall 2014 stamp releases. I had the pleasure of working with those stamps to create some samples to go along with the release. I feel in love with this fun little snowman from the new Halftone Christmas stamp set and had to do just one more project with him before putting Christmas projects off for a bit longer. Hopefully though you won’t mind a little wintry fun this week in hot, hot July!
The inspiration for the art banner actually came from a card I created as a sample for the stamp set. It is cute, but I didn’t *love* it. It didn’t feel very me. It needed a little more texture and dimension. It wasn’t long after I sent it off to Tim that I realized that I should have made this card with some fabric. I realized that an art banner would be a great foundation for this project because it could be used for holiday decor. Imagine the fabric elements on a stocking or tree skirt? Or maybe a garland of art banners strung together with different stamped holiday images. So many possibilities!
Begin by applying paint to the snowflake background stamp from the new Christmas Nostalgia stamp set.
Stamp the image onto a piece of white cotton muslin that is slightly larger than the art banner pattern. Reapply the paint for each stamping. I prefer to use muslin because it is inexpensive but other white smooth cottons should work fine.
Mist the stamp generously with water and blot to clean off the paint. I prefer to clean a stamp with paint on it right away before the paint dries. I find it is much easier to clean off wet paint, especially on stamps with small fine details.
Use a heat tool to dry the paint.
Mist the fabric with water. This will help the color blend well.
Note- Better safe than sorry, make sure you start with a clean craft sheet!. I didn’t clean mine first. You can see that there was a spot of red ink on it. The wet fabric picked that ink up and kept it. You can see it on the finished project.
Mist the wet fabric with Tumbled Glass and Broken China Distress inks placed in a mister bottle.
Mist the fabric again with water if more blending is needed.
Set the fabric aside. Soak up the remaining stain mixture with about 1 (or more if desired) of Crinkle Ribbon. To add some age, pounce over the crinkle ribbon with an ink blending tool lightly inked with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
Blot both the fabric and the ribbon with a clean dry cloth. Dry both with a heat tool.
Use the art banner pattern to trace and cut the art banner out of a piece of Phoomph. Remove one of the backing sheets on the Phoomph and apply it to the back of the fabric. (Want to learn more about Phoomph?)
Trim away the excess fabric.
Lay a piece of fabric over the banner. Lightly sketch the shape of a snowy slope using a pencil. Also mark a rough outline of the bottom edges of the banner.
Apply Picket Fence Distress Paint to the fabric in a streaking method. The paint will add texture and a different shade of white to the already white fabric. Apply the paint in straight lines with the grain of the fabric. If you scribble it and apply it in different directions it will show when dry and will also cause some fuzzing on the surface of the fabric.
Use a heat tool to dry the paint.
Apply a piece of Phoomph the back of the fabric. Cut along the top curved edge. Apply Vintage Photo Distress Ink to the curved edge using an ink blending tool.
Remove the remaining backing from the Phoomph. Adhere the “snow” fabric to the front of the banner.
I wish I had added a layer of batting here between the snow and the sky. It was my plan but I just skipped right past it. It looks great as it is, but a layer of batting would have added more depth between the sky and the snow.
Trim the edges of the “snow” fabric to match the edges of the banner.
Remove the remaining backing from the Phoomph on the back of the banner. Adhere the banner to a piece of cotton batting.
(I use batting from The Warm Company. I like how soft and cottony it is. It comes in both white and natural. I like to match it to the muslin I am using- either white or beige/natural.) Trim around the pieces a little outside of the fabric so that the batting shows.
Trim around the banner with pinking shears. Pinking shears will add an interesting edge design that will draw attention to the batting layer. A smooth edge with regular scissors is also an option.
Machine stitch along the top of the “snow” and around the edge of the assembled banner.
Apply Picket Fence and Black Soot Distress Paints to the snowman background stamp. Stamp the image onto white cotton muslin. Clean the stamp.
Apply Forest Moss Distress Paint to the tree background. Stamp the image onto the fabric. Clean the stamp.
Apply Scattered Straw Distress Paint to the snowflake background stamp (I see it as a sun). Stamp the image onto the fabric. Clean the stamp.
Use a heat tool to dry the paint well.
Stamp the corresponding detail images on the snowman, tree, and sun using Jet Black Archival Ink.
Use a heat tool to dry the ink.
Add accents to the images using Distress Markers. I used a water brush to apply the ink because I felt it would be too intense straight from the marker. I thought it would cover the stamped design. However, using the water brush causes bleed because of the water. In hindsight, I would just accent directly with the marker. I am embracing the imperfection on him and loving him anyway, even with bleeding details.
Use a heat tool to dry the marker ink.
Cut a piece of Phoomph to fit the area of the stamped images. Peel away one of the backing pieces and apply the Phoomph to the back of the stamped fabric.
Cut the pieces out leaving a thin edge around the designs.
Peel the remaining backing off of the Phoomph on the back of the stamped images. Adhere the images to cotton batting.
Lay the stamped pieces on the banner to decide on the placement. If any overlap, sew the bottom element onto the banner first. Adhere the pieces to the banner using a fabric and sewing machine safe glue stick or adhesive.
Machine stitch through the elements on the black stamped detail lines.
Halftone images are perfectly imperfect so don’t worry if your stitching isn’t perfect.
I am a white thread sewer for crafty projects. I really hate changing threads so I put white in and leave it. If the white is too stark, I will cheat and color it with a marker. I colored the thread on the hat for an example. You can also use the fine tip nib on your Distress Marker to come back and add detail to the elements and extra color to make them more bold. I added more red to the mittens and drew in some details on the hat.
Apply Picket Fence Distress Paint to a piece of white muslin that is about 3″ square. As before, apply the paint in straight lines going with the grain of fabric. Use a heat tool to dry the fabric.
Place the Woodgrain Layering stencil over the painted fabric. Use an ink blending tool to apply Vintage Photo Distress Stain to the fabric through the stencil using a pouncing motion.
Remove the stencil. Lightly blend addition Vintage Photo Distress Ink to the background. Use a heat tool to dry the ink.
Stamp a sentiment (new Handwritten Holidays 2) onto the fabric using Jet Black Archival Ink.
Use a heat tool to dry the ink. Heat helps set ink on fabric so I like to dry at every step to make sure I don’t have smudging.
Apply a piece of Phoomph to the back of the woodgrain fabric.
Trim the piece leaving a narrow border on each side of the words. Use an ink blending tool to apply Vintage Photo Distress Ink to the edges.
Peel the remaining backing off of the piece of Phoomph. Adhere the woodgrain piece to a piece of batting. Trim the batting around the edge of the stamped piece with pinking sheers. Machine stitch around the inside of the woodgrain piece.
Punch a hole in the top left corner of the woodgrain piece. Install a brad or small grommet in the hole. Loop a long piece of white Paper String through the hole.
Install two fabric grommets to the top two corners of the banner.
Wrap the top of the banner with the dyed Crinkle Ribbon. Tie a fluffy loopy bow on the left side just below the grommet.
Use a Wire Pin to attach the Paper String and the woodgrain tag.
This little quilty snowman makes me smile! Don’t you just love all the layers and textures?
I love the way the paint creates this batik like background. It is so simple to do and creates such a unique and subtle background.
Even though the marker ink bled, I think it adds a little something to the finished project.
This little tree makes me think of Bob Ross saying “Happy little trees”. It totally makes me happy- the stamping, the stitching, the fabric- just a perfect combination of some of my very favorite thing!
Can you believe how awesome the woodgrain looks on fabric? I have a mad love for this little “wood” tag. It was so simple to make and it adds so much to this project.
I think I will never get tired of the magic that is Crinkle Ribbon. I love coloring it so much that I rarely ever buy pre-colored ribbon any more! I love that it is a blank canvas just ready to match my project perfectly.
I think the thing I love most though about this art banner is that it is a great example of how you can take inspiration from a card or tag and use it for something totally different. This project is uses the same images and color palette from the inspiration card and uses it in a totally new way on a very different surface. In my opinion, it is even better than the inspiration!
Tutorials aren’t just limited to Tuesday this week! I have a link to a tutorial to share with you tomorrow and a tutorial on Friday using the new Tim Holtz vellum. (swoon)