Sunday, 28 March 2010

Spring Marie with Bird ATC Swap

As I told you Spring has definitely sprung (together with the clocks at midnight) as far as swaps are concerned and the Marie Antoinette Swap Group is no exception! I used the same background for these ATCs as I did for the Alphastamps Spring ATC ones because I made quite a large piece (not at large as Lenna made hers though, check that out here) and also because the collage worked out so well and I felt I needed to make more Spring themed art.

On top of the fabric paper collage I mounted a transparent image of Marie herself. I actually glued this on! Quite revolutionary as far as I'm concerned. I wanted to test my Xyron Creatopia (bought from Create and Craft before Xmas) as Xyron now produce a fabric adhesive cartridge for this. And I can report it works wonderfully well as long as you provide the Xyron with room temperature and by that I mean usual room temperature not the 16 degrees Celsius of our cottage. It prefers things a bit warmer and when you give it that, the glue works simply great. I have already used it for applique on a small quilt, and although I also stitched the pieces concerned down afterwards, it cut out that tedious Bondaweb step. More about my Xyron when I post pictures of that piece (made for a challenge by the Thistle Quiters) in the not too distant future.

Back to the Marie ATCs. One of the requirements was to use a picture of a bird as well as one of Marie and I added lovely birds that came from a paper napkin, adhered with Mod Podge (it was definitely my day for playing with glue!). Vintage text and a corner embellishment (self-adhesive!) was added and the finished pieces were mounted onto watercolour paper. I had distressed the edges of that with sunshine yellow beforehand.

At the top of the blog are the cards for the swap and just above is the one I kept myself entitled: La joie du coeur.


Terri Gordon said...

Hi Frieda, your cards are just beautiful. Love them. Can't wait to see them in person.

Lenna Young Andrews said...

These ATCs are exquisite, Frieda! I love the colors and all the transparent layers. I have used my xyron adhesive on fabric pieces with very good results. It sounds like the fabric adhesive cartridge is one to look for. Bravo on these beautiful ATCs!

Maggi said...

Just lovely! And what an interesting theme: Marie + bird. Love your sunny Spring-y ATCs!


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