Quick clarification before I begin... it is MUSLIN: a plain-woven sheer to coarse cotton fabric as opposed to MUSLIM: an adherent of Islam. Bo was really confused for awhile as I danced around the house singing the praises of my latest new love. He was relieved to know that I had not converted to a new religion but just slipped into another crafty obsession.
Yes, I am the girl and the muslin started out as an in expensive way to make some cute blinds for my new studio . The more I worked with it, the more inspired I became to create with it. I love the slight variation of color, the texture and the light weight makes is a dream to use in projects. So today will begin a series of muslin sewing and craft projects.
Recently a friend and fellow teacher surprised me with this wonderful hand hooked mat. I don't know if I have ever owned such a lovely piece of art, and I was overwhelmed by the fact that she took time to make it just for me.
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With a gift this special, no ordinary thank you card would do the job. So I unfolded the bolt of muslin and started stamping. I found the muslin super easy to stamp on, I used timber brown Staz-on ink so that I wouldn't have to worry about bleeding. It is kind of difficult to tell in the photo, but between the layers of paper and fabric, I placed a little piece of batting to puff the heart up and give some extra dimension to the card.
The little eyelash looking trim around the heart was actually a "whoops!". I had some adhesive showing through the heart cut out at the top, so i picked up some of the little trimming scraps from cutting the fabric and added them to the edges. It is one of my favorite parts of the card now.
I tried to keep the inside simple. I ran a tan piece of cardstock though my Big Shot in a texture plate, dry brushed some ink over the it, and used the heart cut out from the front for my sentiment.
Check back soon for more muslin madness!