|The King's Speech was an awesome film, but my swan is adorable.|
I thought I'd just breeze through this week's Iron Craft challenge. Bwahahahahahahahaha!!! (That's the sound of me rolling around on the floor laughing like a mad woman.) The challenge was "The Oscars". It could be anything film related. Anything. Sounds sooooo easy. And it would have been if there hadn't been a whole series of craft fails...
This pincushion started out life (in concept) as a hairpin made out of Shrinky Dinks. I stamped, and shrunk, and painted that tiny chunk of plastic. And then I realized that there was no way anyone could tell what it was supposed to be, which was a crown. (I really, really loved The King's Speech. And I have a very long-lasting crush on Colin Firth. Anyway...)
I started looking around for something else I could do. My eyes landed on my pile of felt. I stamped a crown on a bit of white.
|My lovely crown stamp.|
Aaaand...this is how that turned out. Kind of hard to see, right. It's not the photo. It really was that hard to see.
|The amazing disappearing crown.|
I persevered. Normal, sane people would have given up at this point. I'm apparently neither. I cut out that crown in the shape of a speech bubble. I also cut 3"x3" squares out of black and pink felt. I thought that the crown would show up better if put against the pale pink. My eyes are rolling at this point, too.
|Some felt pieces, including the speech bubble.|
Of course, the black side needed something, too. I free-handed a swan on a piece of white felt with disappearing ink and cut it out.
|I do like my swan. If nothing else, the swan is cute.|
I then used Elmer's Glue-All to glue the decorative pieces onto the background pieces. And then I hot-glued the bits that wouldn't stay down. I do have fabric glue, but...well...yeah. I guess I had little to no brain function while making this.
|Gluing it all down.|
I then hot-glued three sides of the squares together, forming a pocket, and stuffed it with batting before gluing the fourth sides together. And, here's another fail, I tried to do a blanket stitch around the edges using a hot pink embroidery floss. That's so hard to do...through hot glue! I picked the few stitches I had done out. I then had a hole to cover. I poked it larger and thread a tassel through. I think the tassel is jaunty and doesn't look at all like I'm covering a mess. Yeah.
At this point, I realized that that crown wasn't becoming more visible. I decided to add some dimensional fabric paint.
|Still couldn't see the crown, so I decided to paint over it.|
The paint came out a bit gloppy (is that a word?) and added some rhinestones as a distraction technique. Did it work?
Okay, so now we're finished. Good times, right?
|A bit better.|
Shrinky Dinks Rough & Ready
- Crown stamp
- Pink acrylic paint
- Blue ink
- Felt (pink, white, black)
- Disappearing ink
- Hot glue gun and sticks
Embroidery needle Embroidery floss
- Dimensional fabric paint
- Elmer's Glue-All