See How to Achieve Bliss with All-Purpose Ink and Embroidery

by Iris Rodriguez

See How to Achieve Bliss with All-Purpose Ink and Embroidery

I have a confession. I am not a sewing person, whatsoever. However, I do like textile arts and a friend, who destashed her crafting supplies, gave me a gallon bag of embroidery thread. Well, it was time to challenge myself with an embroidery project. I made this wall hanging using All-Purpose Inks to color the plain fabric and stitch some whimsical stitches.

Skill: Advanced
Time: 2-4 hours


Step 1

For this project, you will need fabric for embroidery. You have several options of fabric that will work; 100% cotton; linen, muslin or specialized needlework linen. I bought a piece of 100% cotton remnant from my local fabric store. You will also need embroidery hoops and thread. Fasten the fabric to the hoops.


Step 2

Spray water on the fabric. Place a small drop of Red Delicious All-Purpose ink.


Step 3

Spray water onto the drop of the All-Purpose ink. The color will spread out, creating cool effects and shapes.


Step 4

Repeat Step 3 with the rest of the All-Purpose Inks; Thyme, Wisteria, Blue Lagoon. Allow the project to dry. You can allow it to dry naturally or dry with an iron to speed up the process. At this point, you will find that the colors are lighter than when the fabric was wet. You can darken the color by adding more ink.


Step 5

Determine the embroidery thread you will use. I like to use a contrasting color.


Step 6

Use embroidery needles for your project. They are designed with wider holes than a regular needle.


Step 7

Embroider onto the fabric. If you are not familiar with embroidery stitching techniques as was the case with me. The internet is an excellent resource; do a general search, Pinterest has great pics of stitches and mini visual tutorials, YouTube has stitching videos as well. Above I choose some simple star and X-shape patterns. If you wish to add lettering or an image, it helps if you have a guide. Use a regular pencil to mark up the fabric. Stitch over the pencil mark.


Step 8

No matter the stitch you use, you must make a knot in the back when you are finished with a segment. Add different stitch types for added variation. Once you are finished. Cut the excess fabric. Glue the excess fabric onto the hoop.

Supplies

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Other
  • Fabric for embroidery; 100% cotton, linen, or muslin
  • Embroidery Thread
  • Embroidery Hoops
  • Embroidery Needles

Learn How to Color and Stamp on Fabric for a Harvest Fall Theme

by Roni Johnson

Learn How to Color and Stamp on Fabric for a Harvest Fall Theme

I love making new home décor items with the changing season. Here in Indiana we are saying goodbye to summer and welcoming in autumn. This is my favorite time of the year so I always look forward to Fall crafts. I thought it would be fun to create a piece of embroidery hoop art by dying and stamping a piece of linen I had in my stash. Enjoy!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 90 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Gather your supplies; make sure the piece of fabric extends approximately 2” on all sides of the embroidery hoop. This will give you enough material to secure it to the hoop once completed. Spritz the cloth with a bit of water to dampen. Sprinkle the damp fabric with Walnut Ink Crystals around the edges. I held the embroidery hoop over the cloth while I sprinkled the crystals to make sure they were where I wanted them to be. Spray Willow Walnut Ink Spray here and there over the panel. Let the fabric dry completely before moving onto the next step.


Step 2

Secure the cloth in a stamp positioning tool. I used both magnets and washi tape to hold it in place. Stamp the desired image(s) using Memento Luxe Tuxedo Black ink, stamp a second and third time if necessary to get a deep rich image on the fabric. I also stamped several leaves using other colors of Memento Luxe ink around the edge of the panel while it was still secured in the stamp positioning tool.


Step 3

Watercolor the image using All-Purpose Ink and a water brush or paintbrush, you may want your heat tool handy to help dry each area before moving onto the next. Continue coloring until you are satisfied with the image. Iron the entire panel to set the inks on the fabric.


Step 4

Secure the fabric in the embroidery hoop; trim off the excess fabric leaving approximately 1” material to wrap around the hoop and secure to the back using hot glue. Stretch the fabric tightly as you secure it to the back of the hoop.


Step 5

Use a Fantstix to apply dots of Vegas Gold All-Purpose Ink over the canvas for an extra bit of sparkle.

Supplies

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Other
  • Unity Stamp Co – Bountiful Haul (truck), Faith, Family & Fall (sentiment)
  • Joy Clair – Hello Autumn (leaves)
  • Fabric
  • Embroidery Hoop
  • Heat Tool
  • Iron
  • Hot Glue/Gun

Learn How to Create a Card with a Panel of Denim Fabric

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Learn How to Create a Card with a Panel of Denim Fabric

Make a mixed media card with embellished with naturally based materials. Use denim fabric as a background of a card decorated with a stamped design and MBoss embossing powder. Make embellishments for the card in the same way on small pieces of cotton fabric and color a wood piece with Fireworks!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

Sew or glue a 4 x 6-inch piece of denim fabric on the front of the base card. Stamp with VersaMark inkpad, cover with the Mboss White Embossing Powder and heat seat.


Step 2

Cut a heart from a piece of cotton fabric, stamp again with the VersaMark inkpad and this time cover with Mboss Valentine Embossing Powder and heat set.


Step 3

Stamp with Waffle flower sentiment, “The best is yet to come” with VersaFine CLAIR Twilight color on a stripe of cotton ribbon.


Step 4

Spray with Fireworks! Paris Dusk a round piece of wood.


Step 5

Add ribbon around the wood piece and set it on the front of the card.


Step 6

Place Tear It! Tape on the back of the cotton ribbon with the stamped sentiment and set it on the card.


Step 7

Add the fabric heart and embellish with the beads.

Supplies

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Other
  • 5 x 7 Base card
  • Kaisercraft – Flourish stamp
  • Waffle Flower – Doily circle
  • Cotton denim fabric
  • Cotton ribbon
  • A small piece of round bark
  • Ribbon and metallic beads
  • Heat tool

See How to Stamp on Fabric with VersaColor Ink

by Martha Lucia Gomez

See How to Stamp on Fabric with VersaColor Ink

Hi there, Martha Lucia here! Today I have a fun project to EZ Stamping on Fabric. I used a muslin bag with our Versa Color Inks and clear stamps.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 20 minutes

Directions


Step 1

I secured my muslin bag over my stamping tool and put inside of the bag a piece of hard card stock to keep the fabric straight. I selected the Bloom Layers stamp set to stamp them over the muslin bag using VersaColor in Camellia color. I just inked well the stamp and stamped just like I made with the stamping on paper.


Step 2

To fix the ink on the muslin bag, I only ironed the bag. Then using other pieces of the stamp set I decorated my original stamped flowers. To make the details of the flowers I used VersaColor in Raspberry, Topaz and Fresh Green. After that, I just ironed the bag again.


Step 3

To complement my gift idea, I just stamped some of the flowers included on the same Bloom Layers stamp set onto very vanilla cardstock but his time using Memento Inks. The colors that I used were Lady Bug, Rhubarb Stalk, Morocco and Tuxedo Black.


Thank you for stopping by! Don’t feel afraid of use fabric in your creations. It is the same thing as when you stamp on paper, just use the correct ink and enjoy your creation! Note: VersaColor is not a fabric ink and will wash out of fabric. Switch to Memento Luxe or VersaCraft for permanent projects. 

Supplies

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Other
  • Muslin Bag
  • Cardstock – Very Vanilla
  • Bloom Layers Stamp Set by RGAvenue
  • Iron
  • Stamping Tool

Color of the Month for October is Chili Pepper

Color of the Month for October is Chili Pepper

Color of the Month for October is Chili Pepper! We see this color as a rich dark red. This richness can be a true red with a hint of brown. We feel that the Fall is a great time to indulge in warm rich colors and this is the perfect match. Some of our ink brands that represent this color are StazOn in Claret, Delicata in Ruby Red, Memento Ink in Rhubarb Stalk and VersaFine Clair in Chianti.

We challenged our artist with this beautiful color as well as the use of Fabric in their projects. So stay tuned for crafty goodness this month.

Here is a Sneak Peek!

Embroidery Hoop Colored with All-Purpose Ink by Iris Rodriguez

Denium & Stamping on Fabric by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Farm Harvest Stamp on Fabric by Roni Johnson

 

Learn to Scrapbook Mother’s Day Memories

by Lori Warren

Learn to Scrapbook Mother's Day Memories
Scrapbooking is a great way to craft and upcycle your memory keeping. The last memory I wanted to save is of Mother’s Day, so I decided to create this keepsake using a vintage book cover, walnut ink, and Fireworks Shimmery Sprays. It’s not your traditional scrapbook page, but is a great piece to see at home and treasure the memory!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

Start with a cover from a vintage book.


Step 2

Adhere vintage book and music print as well as a vintage lace to cover.


Step 3

Spray with Walnut Ink, blot and dry.


Step 4

Spray with Dandelion Fireworks, blot and dry.


Step 5

Repeat with Bamboo Leaves Fireworks.


Step 6

Print a small photo.


Step 7

Color paper flowers with Fireworks in Dandelion and Bamboo Leaves and dry.


Step 8

Wrap sheer ribbon around the top of the book cover.


Step 9

Adhere paper flowers to the book cover, and mounted photo.


Step 10

Cover photo and spray with Sparkle, Sheer Shimmer Craft Spray.


Step 11

Type up a personal sentiment.


Step 12

Adhere typed sentiment to cover.

Supplies

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Other
  • Paper Clay shapes
  • Vintage book print & music sheets
  • Vintage book cover
  • Recollections paper flowers
  • Sheer ribbon