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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

"Beachcombing" Melt Art Sea Glass plus Fabric Stamping - Blockheads new Technique Challenge!

Greetings and Happy 4th of July week to you all!

Update:  this one won the Vacation Challenge over at House of Gilli :0)

Today I'm combining two techniques into one fabulous beach inspired card!  This one is the 4th installment in my adventures into Melt Art PLUS I also incorporated the current Blockheads Technique Challenge which is Fabric Stamping!   I've also got 2 versions of the same card to show you too!  The first one demos stamping on fabric with just white ink for a sun-bleached effect and the second is coloured with a few touches of Distress markers.

Before we get started I want to tell you about Blockheads Fabric Stamping Technique Challenge!  We've made a little change to the challenge set up that will make it easier for you guys to participate!  Before you were required to include the html blog hop code into your post, now you don't have to if you don't want to.  Enter the Blog Hop Challenge for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate or submit your project to Blockheads Facebook group if you don't have a blog for a chance to win your choice of a 4" x 5" cling mounted stamp set!  Visit Blockheads Fabric Stamping Technique page on their website and check out Karen's wonderful tutorial on how to go about stamping on fabric.  Everything you need to know about entering the challenge is on that page.  Then enter the challenge on the Blockheads Blog.  But before you dash off have a peek at my take on the Fabric Stamping challenge with a faux sea glass Melt Art embellishment!

My card is titled "Beachcombing" and is reminiscent of sun-bleached days spent exploring the beach and coming home with lots of little treasures like shells, driftwood and sea glass.  The blue cotton fabric I used is from an old pair of my hubby's shorts which I've had in my fabric stash for well over 10 years now.  The fabric was pretty faded and soft when I cut the shorts up and perfect for my fabric stamping project!  I didn't think I'd ever use the words 'fabric from hubby's shorts' in an arty sentence LOL ;0)

To create that wonderful sun-bleached effect I did all my stamping with VersaMagic Cloud White ink.  VersaMagic is an archival multi-surface chalk ink that is perfect for stamping on wood, fabric, leather, metal and dries on all types of paper.  The stamped impressions don't migrate and detailed images remain crisp.

 Lightly ink up the waves stamp (Chinese Princess set) for a more subtle effect and stamp it three times across the middle of the fabric.  Apply more ink to the bird paw prints image (Frogs and Nature set) and stamp it three times across the bottom edge.  Stamp the peacock feather image (Proud As A Peacock set) three times along the top edge so it looks like foliage peeking in along the sides.  Stamp the bird image (Frogs and Birds) with a heavier ink application.  Even though the ink is opaque I applied even more ink to the bird with a Q-tip to make it stand out more.

Recycle some heavy weight junk mail cardboard for the base of the fabric and give the stamped panel a wrapped canvas feel.  Trim the cardboard and run it through a Xyron to add permanent adhesive to one side.  Apply the fabric panel to the cardboard and adhere the edges to the other side with double sided tape.

Apply Cloud White ink to the edges of the wrapped panel for a worn thread bare look.

Cut a mat from light brown cardstock, distress the edges with Tim's Distress Tool and apply Cloud White ink to the torn edges.  Adhere the fabric panel to the mat with craft glue.

Adhere a length of silky white fringe fiber along the bottom back edge of the mat with double sided tape.  The fringe reminds me of frothy white sea water washing up on the beach.  Adhere the ends of a length of tan coloured raffia to the back of the mat with double sided tape, cut it in half and tie in a knot.  Fray the ends and adhere the knot to the card front with a glue dot

Top Tip Tuesday Tip:  Now for the Melt Art part of the project!  If you're like me you probably hate wasting things so here's a tip on what to do with the dregs of UTEE left over in your Melting Pot once you've finished using it.  I've been working on a series of Melt Art projects for Blockheads Paper Arts demoing the new Texture Treads by Ranger.  After making some clear UTEE pieces I wanted to switch over to gold and I got the brilliant idea of making faux sea glass with the left over clear UTEE.  I'd already added some Pearl white Perfect Pearls powder to the molten UTEE and for my faux sea glass I also sprinkled in some blue and green Patina Perfect Pearls to get that greenish-blue sea glass hue.  You can see the pearlescent shimmer in the photo above and you can kind of make out some green-blue inclusions too.  Once the powders were mixed I poured the clear UTEE out directly onto the Floral Flourishes Texture Tread and allowed it to form a random shape.  Totally looks like sea glass don't you think!

Check out Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 of my Melt Art Series if you missed those projects!

Part 1:  Gold UTEE Bracelet
Part 2: Clear UTEE Pendant
Part 3:  Chinese Gold Medallion Mixed Media Card
Back to the card...Make a top fold card from pearlescent light yellow-brown card and adhere the stamped panel to it with craft glue.  Run a strip of 1/4 inch double sided tape along the bottom edge of the folded card and adhere beach sand to it.  Adhere some brown fiber with gold thread mixed in  along the bottom edge with craft glue - the brown fiber reminds me of drift wood, and add some shimmery blue fiber for water.

Adhere the faux sea glass to the card with clear dimensional foam tape.

*I totally love this amazing new by product by Kool Tak!  The transparent foam tape is the perfect substitute for white pop dots when you want to give your project dimension but don't want to see the pop dots and it's now available in the Blockheads store, Yippie! *

Apply some clear craft glue around the UTEE embellishment with a tooth pick and sprinkle on some more beach sand.  Finish off with a small piece of a broken shell and you're done.  Or you can take it further and give the sun-bleached scene a touch of colour with Distress markers!  Blockheads is now stocking the individual markers if you want to just pick up a few to try!

Add some shading to the bird to give it more dimension and add a touch of colour to the waves with Weathered Wood and some colour to the greenery with Peeled Paint Distress markers.

I used stamps from the following Blockheads exclusive sets on this project:
Thanks for checking out my project today and I hope everyone has a wonderful and safe 4th of July! If you manage to get some crafty time squeezed in I hope you'll give Fabric Stamping a try and enter the Blockheads Challenge :0)

I've entered my card in just a few challenges ;0) 
Top Tip Tuesday Challenge #80 One for Men - Top Tip - what to do with the dregs of UTEE!
 Tuesday Throwdown #104 Summertime
Crafty Bloggers Network #1 Anything Goes
 Fashionista Challenge #4 Winged Things
House of Gilli Challenge 36 - Vacation
Smudgy Antics Weekly Challenge - Anything Goes
Make it Monday #96 - Anything Goes
 Lexis Creations Challenge #68 At the Beach
 Paper Take Weekly - Anything Goes
Oldie But a Goodie Challenge - Summer Holidays
I think the fabric from hubby's shorts can definitely be classified as old ;0)
 Crafty Sentiments Summertime Challenge
 Tuesday Alchemy - #21 Anything Goes
Happy Stamping!
I design for Blockheads Paper Arts * Third Coast Rubber Stamps * About Art Accents


  1. Oh my gosh, amazing! LOVE the use of the left over UTEE!!! OH MY GOSH! It's seriously fabulous! :)

  2. Just beautiful,

    Thank you for joining us at Lexis Creations.

    Hugs Julie x

  3. Lol! Loooove the recycling bit! Fantastic card! Thank you so much for joining us at Make it Monday! Don't forget to leave a comment for another entry and mention you saw them on MIM for a chance at our second prize! Good luck!
    Rene :D

  4. Love the way the white ink looks on the blue fabric. Great use of the shorts!! I love fabric like that that has been laundered over and over. Super project!!!

  5. love all your projects, using utee left overs is a great idea. thanks for sharing your beautiful card at Smudgy Antics

  6. ooh what a lovely card! Thank you so much for playing along at the CBN network challenge this week.. Hope to see you again soon!

    CBN DT

  7. This is so creative. A great tip to recycle scraps. Your cards are lovely with wonderful techniques. Thanks for joining Top Tip Tuesday. Elaine

  8. Wonderful creation
    Thanks for joining us at Oldie but a goodie challenge this Fortnight
    and good luck!


  9. Absolutely stunning! A work of art :)

    I would be oh, so happy if you joined us at Tuesday Alchemy http://tuesdayalchemy.blogspot.com - Our challenge is Anything Goes, so I know you'd fit in perfectly :)


  10. Lovely card, thanks for sharing with us at Smudgy Antics this week :)

  11. Wow, Leigh, this is phenomenal!! Absolutely beautiful! Wonderful combination of the two techniques!

  12. What an amazing project, this is just so different. Great use for old shorts too! Very arty.

    Netty's Cards
    Top Tip Tuesday Challenge DT

  13. fab work!! very artistic

    Thanks for joining us at Tuesday Alchemy Challenges!!

    you can visit
    for my free digis!!

  14. Absolutely in love with your project! Thanks for sharing!
    I saw this on Make it Monday!
    These are my entries: # 129, #158, #160, #162, # 250 and #252 (Candy Alert) would love it if you could visit.

  15. A cool technique, thanks for letting us in on the secret :)Fab card
    Thank you for sharing this with us at Smudgy Antics this week

  16. What a great card! And awesome techniques! Thank you for playing at Smudgy Antics anything goes challenge!
    (SA DT)

  17. Fabulous project! Thanks for the tutorials on your techniques! I am intrigued and may have to give them a try. Thanks for sharing with Smudgy Antics :)

  18. Fabulous beach creation its so artistic and very touchy feely. Thanks for joining us at Lexi's Creations for our 'At the Beach' Challenge hugs Susan x

  19. Super little beachy scene I love it!
    thanks for playing along at Oldie But A Goodie for this challenge and good luck
    Laurie xx

  20. Love the sun bleached effect on yourcard! I saw it on Make it Monday!

    Debra Pate
    Fabulously Creative

  21. Love your card! Thanks for joining in with our winged things challenge over at Fashionista and good luck. Hugs Julie x

  22. Wow, fantastic fabric stamping! Really wonderful technique - thankyou so much for sharing it with us at Tuesday Throwdown this week :)


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