Tuesday, 23 September 2008

Madonna ATC

Hallelujah!! I've actually finished my very first Christmas themed item for this year!! Would you believe it. Normally I try very hard not to think about Christmas till it is the day before but in my capacity of Design Team Member for Alphastamps I'm being forced to confront the day 4 months before it will actually take place. Brrrrrrrr, it sends shivers down my spine!

Having said that, the new Chrismassy items from Alphastamps are gorgeous and would make anyone's fingers itch!

I've started gently with an ATC because I loved the Round Madonna stamp that was included in our Christmas kit and could not wait to give it a try!

I used a fabric/paper Christmas collage but instead of using the actual collage I choose to scan it into my computer and print it out onto watercolour paper (suitable for inkjet printers and available from Crafty Computer Paper). I fuzzy cut the background for the ATC so that I had a bell, a small piece of Christmas carol text and the word December on it. This was layered with felt and stitched together. Watercolour paper is really thick and substantial and is easy to stitch through on your machine.
I stamped the Round Madonna with blue Staz-On onto a transparency, cut it out and stitched it onto the background. I then embellished it with copper size 11 seed beads.

The whole card was then layered onto an ATC card blank and the edges were satin stitched with copper coloured thread and also beaded, this time with turquoise beads, using the holes made by the satin stitching (otherwise it would be too much like hard work, stitching through 2 layers of paper!)

1 comment:

Lenna Andrews said...

Frieda, This is gorgeous! What a fine work of art you have made on a Christmas theme!


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