Monday, June 20, 2011

Shabby Chic PostCard

 I collect quotes and use them in my collages. Leonie gifted me with a fabulous book, "Creating with Fabrics" and it's  filled with step-by-step instructions. It is the inspiration for my collage work.

The Quote ~

There comes a time in your life, when you walk away from all the drama and people who create it!
You surround youerself with people who make you laugh.
Forget the bad, and focus on the good.
Love the people who treat you right,
pray for the ones who don't.
Life is too short to be anything but happy.
Falling down is a part of life, getting back up is living.

The focal for the card is one of my Mother of Pearl buttons that I make here at the studio.
Vintage ticking fabric for the base. The  quote  was fused to a piece of muslin and then tacked to the ticking fabric with a simple cross-stitch using Scalamandre thread. The button was stitched to the fabric and then added a beaded picot with celery seed beads was stitched around the button. The button was then glued to the card with quick grab tacky glue.

12" of Tropicana Rose rayon tape was tacked beneath the quote, using celery seed beads. Then frayed the edges of two pieces of vintage hankies and tacked them into place. Added two RibbonSmyth velvet leaves and tacked in place with seed beads. Added a little 1930's Vintage Czech turquoise crystal button and a Paris clock button to the other hanky piece.
Flipped the card over and fused a RibbonSmyth French PostCard back to the back of the card.
Added a bit of raspberry cluny lace to the bottom of the card. The card can easily be hung as a small, mindful wall-hanging to grace a cubicle wall or propped up among perfume bottles on a dressing table.

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