I love sending birthday postcards to my friends and family members but, honestly, aside from Mom I really don't make custom cards for specific individuals. I just make cards that I like and send whatever I have available. I like to make them as generic little art pieces that anyone might like.
This time is different. My oldest brother and his wife are big cat people. No one else in the family is. The rest of us are really dog people. But JJ loves her cats and when I saw this stencil I knew that I wanted to make a card especially for her.
Here's how I made it.
The cats were made by sunprinting a stencil. I fused Mistyfuse to the back of the cats and then cut them out....all 10 of them because I like bulk sewing! For the background I found a velvet that I dyed over 10 years ago in my very first dyeing session. It was perfect for the kitties.
My original plan was to just stitch the kitties right on the background. But looking at this made me realize that it was boring. It needed something else.
Here's some ribbon that I got as wrapping on a gift. I love free materials!
Let's give the kitties a floor to stand on.
Next was deciding on thread. I was 99% sure that I wanted a metallic but once I drizzled some (along with a matching cotton) on the card I knew that the metallic didn't fit.
Of course they needed pink backs.
Isn't it amazing the difference that the edge finish makes? 10 cards done but the first one goes to JJ and I think it's going to make her smile at the mail for a change.
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I'm Vicki Welsh and I've been making things as long as I can remember. I used to be a garment maker but transitioned to quilts about 20 years ago. Currently I'm into fabric dyeing, quilting, Zentangle, fabric postcards, fused glass and mosaic. I document my adventures here.