just for *FUN*....lettering on fabric

*Hidden messages*
I am painting a series of Art-cloths with lettering. Each one has a different message. On this one I wrote: My Life, my Journey. 

Gift Card Holder + Luggage Tag

I love to give out *gift cards* as a present because the recipient can choose whatever they want or need. This year instead of presenting them inside a paper envelope I decided to make an unusual one in the shape of a luggage tag. Once they used the card they can hang the tag on their suitcase and because it's colorful they can easily identify their luggage while traveling.
I used a material that it's easy to sew, paint, weightless and sturdy enough. It is called Kraft-tex. Let me guide you through the process.
What you will need to make seven luggage tags:
-  piece of white Kraft-tex measuring 21 1/2 inches by 5 inches
-  piece of 4 gauge vinyl measuring 21 1/2 inches by 3  1/2 inches
-  one hole puncher
-  paints
-  liquid matte medium
Start by cutting the Kraft-tex and vinyl as follows:


Paint one side of the Kraft-tex, let it dry and then paint the other side

Once dried seal the surface with liquid matte medium on both sides. This way you make the luggage tags water resistant. 

What happened if your vinyl is all wrinkled like mine?
Don't despair. Cover it with a piece of parchment paper and BRIEFLY iron with medium heat. Wait until it cools down still covered with the parchment paper. Once cold, peel the paper and your vinyl is flat as new!

Cut seven shapes following this pattern:

Put the vinyl on top of the lower part of the tag shape.
DO NOT PIN, use a piece of blue painters tape in the middle, as shown to make it easier to sew. Sew slowly with regular weight thread (I used 40 weight at the needle and bobbin).
Punch a hole in the middle, insert the ball chain and voilá your one of a kind luggage tags are ready!

Carving *Stamps*

Stamping on fabric. I am playing along with *Carve December*, organized by artist Julie Fei-Fan Balzer. It consists in carving one stamp a day during the whole month of December. Maybe I will not carve a new stamp everyday but I am planning to work on several. 
Since I love to color on cloth using my own designs, I thought this will be a good opportunity to have a relaxing moment during this hectic month and do some art. My goal is to end up with an artcloth.

International Quilt Festival 2018

This is my quilt that is participating at the International Quilt Festival 2018 quilt contest *World of Beauty*.
It all started by designing the shapes by hand and also by computer. Then I decided which part would be made with INC Infused newsprint Cloth and which part would be painted.

Afterwards I mixed the paint to match the thread I wanted to use, in this case Aurifl Lana. (8803 color)

After all the hand-work was done the three layers were put together and machine quilted.

close up in process

And here it is hanging at the show under the surface design category. A dear friend from Wisconsin, Laurie Ceesay, took the pictures due to my absence at the show this year.

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