Many of you will know that I love stencils and most of my art has stencils on it somewhere. The ones I used for this make, were all Dinky Stencils, one of new products produced by That's Crafty. I adore these stencils, not just for ATCs (which they were purposely designed for) but for all my crafting needs. They are such a useful size for me as I tend to use bits of stencils instead of the whole thing and they perfect for that. The medium I used was ink Effects from DecoArt. I love using this ink as you apply it to paper and once dry, iron on the image to your fabric. You can get several prints from the one sheet, although they do get lighter the more you do. I use normal copy paper as the heat travels through it lovely. The best way I have found to use it with stencils is on a small blending tool and sponge. Hold the sponge over the top of the shaken bottle and shake up and down. Squeeze excess ink off my pushing the sponge against the top of the bottle, and use in the normal way. My face was created with a number 5 round brush again onto copy paper.
I prepared my heavy Calico by cutting and ripping to size ( you get a nice frayed edge by ripping). Placing my stencils paper face side down I applied the iron and slowly ironed the background onto the fabric.
I loved how this came out! Placing my face down, I repeated the process.
Part of what I tore off was just the size to write my sentiment on, so using fabric pens I wrote my words in a stylistic way inspired by Joanne Sharpe.
Unfortunately I cannot get to my sewing machine, so used faux stitching around the sentiment as well as the main body. Using a grey/white board and heavy Matt Medium I stuck the fabric to the board. Placed two holes one either side at the top and hooked it up to some chain from Tim Holtz.
I hope you have been inspired to play along, take care as always
Hugs Debs xx