Sunday, February 27, 2011
Finishing Up the Post Cards--Or Not
Remember these paper/fabric collage post cards I made recently? I decided to spend a little time this weekend finishing them up--in an effort to reduce the number of unfinished projects hanging around. I thought I would just sew them onto some watercolor paper and be done with it. Of course, it wasn't quite that easy.
Starting with the card in the lower right corner and working backwards:
1. First I fused the card to watercolor paper and used a zig zag stitch around the card twice. Yuck...HATE IT!
2. I changed the stitch and liked it only slightly better but hated the way it looked on the reverse side of the post card.
3. I changed the stitch again and sewed around the card first before fusing it to the watercolor paper leaving a small white border. I liked this a little better but thought it would be more interesting if the stitch attached the post card to the background.
4. I stitched this card to a gold wallpaper sample and was just about to trim it out and then attach it to watercolor paper...
...when I remembered some black mattes that I found ridiculously cheap at the close-out store about six months ago. So ridiculous in fact that I bought up every package they had. There were a few other colors, but black is classic, right?
I took the cards where I didn't like the stitching I had done and put them behind the black mattes. Problem solved! Now I can call them mixed media collage ready for framing.