Postcard Batch #1 ran out way before I ran out of addresses, so it was time for Batch #2. This is the fabric I started with. It's a snow-dyed hand dye in beautiful shades of greeny teals, blues, and lavenders. It has a cold, glacial look, which makes it perfect for this project.
Then I dug out all of my leftover Timtex to see how many cards I could make. Note to self; buy more Timtex.
Usin Paintsticks is easy. Using your thumbnail, peel away the 'skin' on the tip of your paintstick and make a little puddle of paint on your wax paper. Load the stencil brush with paint from that puddle and apply it to the fabric using a stencil and a brisk swirling rubbing motion. You want to almost scrub the brush into the fabric so that you get good contact between brush and fabric. A little paint goes a long way, so don't get too carried away, please.
Third pass. This time, I used Galactica in 'Peacock' and a larger snowflake stencil. This paint is wonderful, as it gives good color without drastically changing the hand of your fabric. It's not stiff and flaky like cheaper paints, so you can use a lot of it and still have fabric that feels like fabric. To apply it, I just use those little foam paintbrushes and then rinse them out well when I'm done.
To dress up the back of the cards, I penciled in my my guidelines again and then used some Galactica in 'Royal' to add medium sized snowflakes in the corners for just a little sparkle.
Let the paints dry for several hours (or better yet, overnight) and apply the Wonder Under to the back of both the main and backing fabrics. If your Timtex is all in one piece, fuse it all at once to the back of your main fabric and then to the back of your backing fabric. If your Timtex is in pieces, as mine was, cut your fabric up into 4 by 6 inch pieces and fuse one at a time. **When fusing, be sure to use parchment paper between your iron and your fabric to protect your iron from the paint.** Next, trim away excess fabric using your rotary cutter and ruler.
Here are my cards, cut to size and ready to go to the domestic machine, where I will overcast the edges with Sulky Holoshimmer thread.
And here are the finished cards, with edges overcast, ready to be popped into the 4 1/2 by 6 1/2 inch envelopes they sell at Staples. (they're meant to be used for sending 4 by 6 photos.) If you go to Staples this week, the envelopes are on sale for $5.00 for a box of 50. Bonus!