Adventures in Resin

Some of you may have heard me mention earlier in the year that I had wanted to get some more embedding resin, I haven’t had any in years and its a fun thing to do.  Well I got some a few months back and  we had a quick play with it just to get a refresher for mommy  and make sure I had molds that would work  and a good mix ratio.

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Well instead of buying specific embedding resin molds, I decided to have a play with some of the silicon baking and confectionery molds. I thought they might be easier for the little guy to unload than the traditional stiff molds… plus if I am honest I have had my eye on molds from one of my affiliates Marvelous Molds for a while… and for this purpose too lol. Even though they are technically designed for cake decorators, they do work for other crafts…. so I figured if the cheap ones worked… these fancy molds  from Marvelous molds are sure to work.  If you missed my previous post about these molds, you can find it here Marvelous Molds – cake decor, polymer, plaster and more .  I stumbled across this one day when I was doing updated links and had to  sign up, they have such fab designs and these molds will work for so many different craft materials… not just cake making.

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I had forgotten how much fun embedding resin can be… we decided to start  off simple so me and  lil Man D  mixed up a batch… I say we..when I really mean me.  He got to choose the  stuff that went in it though…  and we ended up with some Oceanic type glitter.  It’s very hard to photograph… but looks really cool.. think mermaids..or fishies.

And we picked out one of the molds… yeah can you tell who picked this one?  lol.  It’s a really cool little jigsaw puzzle mold which I think we will be using quite a lot.  Wait till you see all the other fun silicon  molds we have waiting to get played with… it’s going to be so much fun seeing what the little guy comes up with as far as ideas on objects to embed.

If you have never tried embedding resin, it’s definitely something to add to  your list.  My personal preference is resin from a company in Cali, called Tap Plastics. But if you just want to get something NOW and have a play, you can also find embedding resin and the necessary Catalyst.. I say NECESSARY as sometimes people do not realize you have to buy a catalyst too…at Michaels as well as some very affordable silicon molds in the cake and candy making section.

anywho… just a quick teaser of things to come .. Here are our glitzy Jigsaw shapes that will be getting turned into key rings and such and sent out or abandoned as part of our abandoned art  projects.

 

I got really lucky a while back and found something in clearance at Michaels that made my day.. would you believe I found a silicon mold for making ..BANGLES.  Can’t wait to try that one out with the little guy too.

I also spotted this one online, but haven’t found it in store yet so I may have to order this one for him.  My son is a huge Lego fan, so this would be great for our resin and plaster projects.












…and we did grab a  set of these square molds too.. a large 6 mold set with 3 inch squares and a set of 12 1.5 inch squares.

To be honest there were so many cool molds and even though they were on offer, we had to be good.   So the lil man picked out the ones he wanted and mommy will get the ones she wants later.







Now we just have to decide what to put in them… sadly I don’t have what I really wanted to use any more.  Last time I played with resin I had a brand of shrinky dink that if baked just right and you caught it before it bonded together… the top surface would separate from the base leaving this clear printed layer and it was perfect for embedding printed designs seamlessly.  The shrinky dink I have now is different.  But I have other ideas to experiment with  that I didn’t get to try last time I had resin… so I am not going to be  short of fun things to try with the lil man.

Between the huge plaster of paris bucket and the embedding resin and all these fun molds.. I think the lil man and I will have plenty of fun projects ahead.  He just started to experiment with mix media projects… and this is perfect for those and all the fun Steampunk projects I like to do… so many possibilities!! so many unique embellishments to be had!



Cricut 12 Days of Christmas Flash Sale extended! coupons & project ideas

If you still haven’t picked your Cricut Explore up..  you still have time.  Cricut extended their flash sale and you can pick up an Explore Machine, or Bundle and still get it before Christmas if you order by the 16th.

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Deals on the Explore start at $139, there is a deal for every budget…  Shop now and  have yourself a Very Merry Cutmas!  Deals and Coupons  below
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Explore’s aren’t just for the ladies… we’ve had guys on our Message Board too…  Guys who do reenactment and  want to build signs and  props for their events.  Model builders who want to customize their projects with their own vinyl decals, stencils or printable decorations. Woodworkers and  toy makers who  need unique designs to personalize items. so many uses for this machine as well as the  card making and scrapbooking people  usually think of.

Fabulous tool for  Crafty Homeschoolers  and teachers too.  So many Fab designs and things you can use in your daily lessons..personalized reward stickers, labels,  decor,  and so many neat ways to  brighten up Essays, reward charts, certificates, calendars, work books ….and more.

Have a chef in the house? Create fun personalized aprons and storage containers with Vinyl products.

Cricut Design Space has 1000’s of images and fonts available for those of you who prefer digital access over cartridges. **Not All Cartridges are available in Design Space… and Cricut Access

Need something more Unique… they have you covered there too.  Import your own files for Print and cut to add your hand colored digital stamps to your projects, turn them into easy 3D Decoupage designs, make your own stencils and upload your own templates to create stunning card designs, boxes and envelopes using files purchased by fab designers on CraftsUPrint, Dreaming Tree and similar Cut File stores.

Create  one of a kind Scrapbook covers and pages, or framed artwork like this:

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Don’t have a Large Format Printer to  print out super Sized digital Stamps for your project ? Cricut has you covered.  This little lady is printed on a sheet of  11×17 Neenah card stock.
kk_toontimeWant to make  intricate cut  layered cards? vellum flowers?  gift boxes….  here’s a quick peek at some of the past projects you can find on the blog.  Everything from Chalk board vinyl and chalk pens, boxes, intricate cuts, 3D layered images, fabric painting, powder embossing…

 

Make your own magnets with printable vinyl and Magnetic sheet ( also available as pre-cut shapes, perfect  for  gluing your cut projects to).

Draw and Write on Fabric with fabric pens, Create designs for Powder Embossing on the Cricut, love  the Chalk Marker look? .. sorted.  The Adapter I use lets me do it ALL.

Aftermarket Pen and marker Adapter from Chomas Creations  allows you to utilize a wide range of pens for embossing, drawing, fabric design etc.  These Adapters are not available for the Cricut ONE as it utilizes a single cut/writing head feature.  The engraving adapter is available for all Cricut Explore Machines.  My marker Adapter is a permanent fixture in my Explore  🙂
The possibilities are endless.. so grab your Cricut Explore and supplies and get ready to start off  2017 in style…

Cricut December Mystery Box –   rumor has it this has a  lot of really cool foil in it and some Cartridges…

30% off most supplies at Cricut  Stock up  now, once you get started you won’t want to stop.  Great deals in Supplies, bulk buys and clearance.

Extra 10% off everything (excluding Cricut Access and Explore 2) + free standard shipping with code 12DAYS

Home & Family have a promotion  on Facebook right now, including  promo code Hallmark16 for 20% off .  No  details on any exclusions, so you will just have to give it a try.. but it probably excludes Air 2 and Cricut Access?

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Spotlight Series Day 9, Lisa- Bloobel Stamps

Who are you ?

Lisa Graham – Bloobel Stamps

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Where are you ?

France

 

When did you first start drawing/designing seriously?

I worked as a “serious” artist from 2010 – 2013, I’d never do that again. I prefer art to be fun 😉

 

What  job did you have BEFORE you started drawing/designing for a living?

I was a software developer before I moved to France, and the last time I worked for a salary was on technical support for World of Warcraft, a video game.

 

If you could hang out with ANYONE in the world ….  who would it be?….and what is the one question you would want to ask them?

Stephen Hawking. I’d probably ask him a stupid question and spend my life mortified that I had embarrased myself.

 

What’s your favorite color?

Green.

 

What is your favorite piece in the whole store?

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Thank you for the Flowers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who is your inspiration/muse?

Cartoons like Sponge Bob, Oggy and the cockroaches, Video Games.

 

Name your favorite cartoon?

At the moment I’m watching Adventure Time, that is pretty cool. I like everything by Miyasaki.

 

Favorite quote?

“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

 

What was your favorite subject in school…?

Maths. Funnily enough I didn’t like art at school, I found it restrictive and boring drawing pieces of wood and fruit.

 

If you were reincarnated…who would you have been in a former life?

A spider.

 

What is your most popular item in the store/shop?

I don’t know how long the bunny will be popular now that spring is over, but I think a lot of people who visit my store will like coffee whatever the weather.

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Boingy Rabbit

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Who was your first celebrity crush…and have you drawn them?

Danny Kaye. I never drew him, but I think his goofiness has inspired some of my characters.

 

If you weren’t doing what you are doing now…. what job would you have?

Software Developer. Although I’m a bit out of date these days. I do video game design on the side to keep my hand in.

 

What’s your favorite craftroom/business supply or tool that you couldn’t live without?

My mechanical pencil, if I don’t have at least 3 in the house at one time, I start to get nervous. I seem to have bought about 20 in the past year. I think my cats eat them.

 

If your parents had named you something else… what would you have picked?

Pollyanna. My mum wanted to name me that after the novel.

 

What’s the one song guaranteed to have you shaking your booty anytime, anyplace ..anywhere?

Bob Sinclar – Rock This Party (Everybody Dance Now) – oh my. It has the “everybody dance now” sample from the 90s, which makes me forget I’m over 40. I’m going to kill myself one of these days or break something.

 

Who scared you most as a kid when you were being naughty.. your parents or the boogey man?

I was nearly never naughty, but when I was it was the “disappointed” face of my mother that scared me the most.

 

Show me the drawing you think most closely resembles you physically or personality-wise

This is me multitasking, I wear lots of hats 🙂

 

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Carmen

 

 

What do you love most about all the people you meet through your work?

Everyone that I have met so far have been so nice. I think the crafting community really look out for artists and are very supportive. I really like that, rather than creating a “finished” product that people consume, digis are more like collaborating with hundreds of very individual artists all over the world, and I love to see how everyone interprets one image in their own way.

 

If you were a classic car…. what would you be?

I don’t know if I’d be it, but I always wanted to own a Chevy Camaro 69 SS.

 

When you are working, what is the view from your window like?

I’m lucky to have a big garden with trees and birds that play in them. Our garden is a bit unkempt so it’s a bit like living in a forest sometimes.

 

Which decade do you think had the best music?

70s Disco.

 

What’s your favorite hobby when you want to relax?

Independant video games, board games, gardening, sci-fi films, audible books about space.

 

Which drawing/product are you the most proud of in your collection?

This one was quite difficult to get the balance right, and I was quite proud of myself for even attempting the pose 🙂

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Expert Gardener

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What should be written on your gravestone when you die?

Game Over

 

 

 

 

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Simply B stamps – DT Call

Check it out ladies and gents!

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We are looking for ONE DT member to join our crazy (not really, pretty laid back actually) team!

4 projects a month (sometimes less, did I say how laid back we are)!

From July 2016 – December 2016

 

 


How to apply? Simple….

Facebook Group – Simply B Stamps Fan Page
Store – Simply B Stamps

Participate in this month’s challenges and events that require you to create with SBS images. That’s it!

I will be watching out for those that are interested, so if you are interested when you enter an event or a challenge, please mention “Would like to be considered for DT position”. The new member will be contacted July 1st and your term will begin…so get ready if you are chosen to work your little fingers off (not really, we really are very laid back)!!!

 

Wink of Luna pens and playdoh

Just a real quick post… I am working on Part II of my recycling old playdoh post… and one of the  pieces I am decorating to use on the final projects..well it just looked so cool I had to share.  You will see more pieces later when the post is complete…. but for now, check this out.

That nasty old playdoh on the left was run through a Darice Embossing folder and left to dry after a quick 15 minute low bake in the oven to hurry it up a bit, it’s still a bit flexible..it almost has a tough old leather feel and flexibility to it.  I sprayed it with a black enamel spray and then I ran my new Wink of Luna metallic copper pen over it horizontally…. the  bits where I over shot the raised design… no brainer. I just rubbed it in with my finger and created that old rubbed bronze look.  This is going to be really cool for creating steampunk themed crafts….and if you are a follower, or message board member, you already know how much I love my kennyk steampunk digis.

My wink of Luna pen was provided  free of charge by www.winkofstella.com for an upcoming review. This is NOT my review. I just happen to have used it for another great project before I got started on it haha…. so look forward to seeing my review  on wink of Luna and wink of Stella pens coming soon 🙂

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Recycling Old playdoh into unique embellishments Part I

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If you have kids, this is probably a familiar sight.

That dreaded mush of  Playdoh  that is barely distinguishable as  the original bright fun colors it once was.

Now it’s just…. kind of like old socks….no longer that sparkling white after years of use and abuse

 

 

Well never fear…. Playdoh is cheap enough, specially if you manage to snag a deal on it around Black Friday like we did a few years ago.  Splash out and get your kid some new Playdoh, they will love you for it…. and you get to make some cool new crafting embellishments.  What makes it even cooler is your embellishments will be one off, unique creations and if your kids or grandkids are crafty… this is something you can do with them too.  A great crafting time and a valuable lesson in recycling  “trash” into treasure.

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Now for this project tutorial… I am using some molds I bought a year or so ago.  These are sugar icing molds I believe, except for the alphabet one which if I recall correctly is a Mod Podge mold designed for use with some glue sticks they also produce for mold making purposes.

But never fear… if you don’t have molds like these, you don’t have to run out and buy them.  Check the toy box I bet you have things in there that have potential..and your house is a virtual gold mine for  items that can be used.  You are a crafter…. I will lay bets you have at least one rubber stamp or embossing folder in your supplies that has a design that  will work.

 

Don’t forget that it’s not going to look much of anything  untill it hardens and you can paint it.. so use your imagination when choosing  mold designs.

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expensive when bought at crafting stores…. usually it’s a small bag and barely enough for a project or two.  Well let me tell you a secret…. DIY stores carry 25 lb bags for around $15, so check your local stores.  This is a great way to buy P of P if you have kids, teach, or plan to make larger projects.  It sets super quick and  then it can be painted with a variety of different paints and finishes.  One day I may write about my escapades back in the UK and the giant eggs made of plaster.  That is a whole post on its own and a project for the brave LOL

 

 

The other thing you can use if you don’t have old Playdoh around and don’t want to mess with P of P …. is Fimo or similar polymer clay, which come in a  huge variety of colors….including glow in the dark.  OMG that was so cool back in the day when I made my own Jewelry beads.  Fimo is one you had to bake in the oven…. some of the others may, or may not require baking, so check first.

 

anywho…. sidetracked again…. LOL

 

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All you need to do is fill the molds with the crappy old Playdoh and I use an old Credit Card, or gift card to scrape off the excess.  The less excess the better, then you won’t have to do so much clean up on the edges later once it dries…. and then leave it to dry.  The first time I tried this; I turned them out onto a sheet of card, but they dried funny as the card absorbed moisture and warped a bit in the process.

 

 

These molds are not super deep, so turning them out on a glass board, or  other non porous surface is a bit challenging too if the playdoh is very soft and moist.  So this time,  I am going to exhibit some rare patience and leave them to dry in the molds ….or at least partially before turning them out LOL.  I did not smooth the back sides of these down intentionally, so there was more purchase for glue to achieve a good solid bond later.

Now I am pretty sure if you are impatient like me…. you could probably speed up the drying process by baking this in the oven like Fimo.  If you google baking Playdoh there are a gazillion posts on the subject.

Come back for the 2nd part of this tutorial next week when I take my hardened Playdoh pieces from these molds… and some pieces you haven’t seen yet….and turn this ugly mush into something really cool.

 

War and Peace – “Playdoh Edition” To be continued …… later this week !!!  That should give you plenty of time to find some old Playdoh and some cool things to use as molds…. and maybe even get some pieces drying while you wait.


Coming up in part II
 A variety of molded pieces and decorating ideas to turn your Playdoh from grubby, to gorgeous.  

Coming up in Part III  –  Project sample gallery, ideas for using your gorgeous new embellishments.    Lots of cool ideas for unique Christmas gifts.

 

 

Fabric Crafting for the sewing impaired

I can’t sew for toffee, at least not with a machine…. but that doesn’t mean I can’t have fun with some of the gorgeous fabrics available.. right? Here are a few ideas for fun things you can try with fabric block panels, velvet and recycled fabrics.

Fabric Block Panels –  cards, memory box frames ….and more.
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Supplies

Fabric Panel
Fabric Heat Bond
Foam Sheet
Pens for embellishments * optional
Acrylic Sealer * optional
Scissors/cutting tools

 

 

The first panel I did as a tester, which you got a sneak peek at in a previous post is this cute panel from Loralei Designs ( << AFF. LINK ) .  This idea will work with any fabric you can iron heat bond on with, so you recyclers…. have a dig around in your closet for old fabrics before you throw out clothing.  Specially you ladies with kids; before you throw out that piece of clothing, or fabric that got stained beyond redemption.  It’s perfect to use on that favorite photo of your kid covered in peas,or spaghetti sauce. the stains will actually enhance the project   LOL

Later on in this post you will see a few ideas you can try to spice up plain fabrics too 🙂

 

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Ok, this is a super simple project… these panels can be used on cards, in picture boxes on the front of photo albums… all sorts of cool places you can use these.

 

Cut your fabric panel out.. this image is part of a panel from Loralei Designs  ( << Aff.Link ) originally had the border frame on it and was trimmed away at the end.  It just made it easier to trim the shape.  So lets get to the technicals…. this is  a very technical process…so play close attention.

 

 

 

  • Cut the panel to size
  • Cut a piece of Heat bond to size
  • Iron fabric to heat bond
  • Remove Heat Bond Backing Paper
  • Iron Fabric  on to a sheet of foam
  • Seal, trim and embellish as desired.
  • Mount on project

I like to spray mine with an acrylic sealer so that I can decorate it with Wink of Stella Glitter pens and glitter gel pens, without the worry of bleeding.  Plus it protects the fabric somewhat and also gives it a slightly stiffer texture and sheen.

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This one is mounted to a 65 lb card stock in a complimentary shade of purple. The Wink of Stella Clear glitter pen was  just enough bling without being OTT.  The edges were done in Wink of Stella Black glitter, but if you want the contrast between foam and the card base.. you can leave it showing.  These multi packs of foam come in so many shades, you may not want to hide it.

Very simple idea…. you can add a sentiment, or embellishment if you want to.  I would have added a ribbon or flower to the hat, over the image for a 3D feel if I had one that matched… but I didn’t have one.  Don’t be  afraid to experiment with texture and layers and 3D .. it can be a lot of fun.

Ok, here is the what NOT to do…. the first panel came out so nice, I cut out a second one.  It didn’t even occur to me that the acrylic spray was going to soak through into the card behind and lift the panel….DO NOT mount directly onto card stock if you plan to use the Acrylic sealer. Of course at the time I was more concerned with…. ‘iron it on to the card after spraying it’….lol

Well following the method used on the other panel, except for the foam backing….resulted in a  lifted fabric panel,so I removed it from the cardboard backing and attached it to a foam sheet  with glue instead.  I really like the spongy feel the foam sheets gives to these projects, so I don’t even know why I decided to try direct on card anyway lol.

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…so here she is salvaged and foam mounted.

This one I kept the fabric frame on, unlike the one above which was trimmed to the inner frame and cut around the pieces that overlapped the edge.

Now there is a story behind this one and it will also explain why I chose to put this one in a box frame, instead of on a card.

The minute I saw this image on my fabric panel, It hit me how much she reminded me of my friends mom, who sadly passed away suddenly a few years ago.  I think it was the attitude and the short spikey hair do.  Mrs B had some feisty LOL.  Well when I saw it,  I decide to go ahead and frame this one and I am going to give it to her daughter.  It’s a very simple project…. it’s just a  background paper with  text about  memories and such….which seemed appropriate.  I just added a  few small simple red flowers and it’s mounted in an 8×8 box frame.  The word imagine was a die cut that was glitzed with a WOS clear glitter pen.

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Super simple  project …. the possibilities to personalize are endless.  I have seen projects that used  fabric from a relatives outfit,  to frame or create a background for a photo of them wearing said outfit.   This would work great for a photo of a deceased loved one… or even just a memories frame of your kid in a favorite outfit.

The fabric panel doesn’t have to be the main focal point of the project.. but it can be.  There are soooo many fabric block panels out there, covering so many themes, in so many sizes… you can probably find one for any occasion, lifestyle etc.  Be sure to check the panel sizes….not the overall panel, but the block sizes  for each individual block if you have a particular project in mind.

I have a huge bucket of recycle material waiting for the right project… so expect to see more of this idea in the coming months.

Now while we are on the subject of fabric and recycling etc.. it may surprise some of you to know.. you can heat emboss on fabric too.  I tried it out on a piece of denim when I first started heat embossing….it’s kinda cool.  Obviously you have to bear in mind the fabric you are going to be doing this on, so don’t try it on flammable materials that will melt under the heat.  You can heat emboss on all sorts of materials.. I have tried it on wood too.. that was pretty cool.

Now I haven’t tried this ….YET…. but I am under the impression that the Cricut Explore will cut material quite nicely, specially if it is pre-bonded.  Think of the possibilities if you used the writing feature, even if you didn’t cut it out on the Cricut…..  you can create your own fabric design ….and then color it.  That is definitely something to try for a future project methinks. I have Amy Chomas adapters on my Explore, so my range of pen options is huge …and my home-made, super fine embossing pen would be great to test this out with.  Maybe you will see that in an upcoming project Post… we shall see.

Anywho… next…. Velvet embossing

I don’t have any velvet handy to recycle.. that’s on my list for the next Joann shopping spree.  I’ll hit the bargain bins for end of roll or scraps…. because I have been dying to try Velvet embossing.  All I have here right now is a sample pack of adhesive backed velvet sheets I just got in the mail last week from Elizabeth Craft Designs ( << Aff.Link) .. yeah you bet I tried it lol.  I have to say it has mixed results depending on the stamp you use for the design….some work better than others.  But I think the biggest problem for me,was the  ironing.  It seemed to move the  velvet around a bit in places and  that created a few bald spots which you can see in the photos. If you have an iron press, as opposed to a hand iron…. this probably wouldn’t be an issue.  Practice however would take card of that issue, I’m sure  🙂

It may have been the heat was too much in places…. or movement…. not too sure at this point. I liked the overall idea and effect, it just needs more practice.  One thing I had to try, because I found some of the stamps were just too busy to be embossed as is….and didn’t have enough impact…. I inked it first LOL.
Yup I know…. it’s a crazy idea since you would expect it to get all over the fabric/velvet… but it was surprisingly clean.  With patience and practice, I bet you could get a pristine stamp with no residual.  And there you have it, I was left with a velvet embossed image with a contrast outline.  Again a few bald spots.. but the idea is definitely worth further exploration.  I think if it was done on regular velvet fabric that the  problem would be resolved.

It’s hard to photograph this  to show how cool it really is.. but I hope you can at least get an idea from the pictures.

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Stay tuned for lots more fun fabric projects in the future … If you have any cool fabric projects you want to share…. leave a comment below, or hop on over to the message board and share your projects.   We love to see other people’s project pics. 🙂

 

If you are looking for Fabric Panels…. try Ebay or Amazon …. and your local fabric stores like Joann and Hancock Fabrics all carry great fabrics

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