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March 14, 2016

Mixed Media Monday: Fabric Post Cards

Fabric Post Cards

Hey crafters! Shirley Pando here just popping by for...let's call this Mixed Media Monday! ;-) I wanted to share some creations I've made previously for a past workshop, Images on Fabric. Today we'll be learning how to print on fabric and create fabric post cards.

St. Pats Post Card
Creating Fabric Post Cards
You can make lovely fabric post cards to send as a special treat to your friends and family. Yes, you can really send them through the postal service, although they will cost a bit more to mail than a regular card or paper post card. A fabric post card will need to be hand cancelled as it is bulky and cannot go through the regular automated cancellation machine. Be sure to check the postal rates for your country.

You can mail them "naked" - just as they are without an envelope, in a regular paper envelope, or in a clear envelope so everyone can see how beautiful it is as it travels on its journey. You can purchase clear envelopes online at sites such as UniquePacking.com. If you would like to join in on a fabric post card swap group, I belong to Trading Fabric Post Cards, although I haven't participated in quite some time.

(Post card, above right: St. Patrick's Day free clip art image from Dover Publications, trim, silk flowers, buttons.)

Tools & Supplies:

    Post Card Backing
  • Photo(s) printed on fabric - Lots of printable fabric options HERE
  • Double-sided fusible interfacing, such as Dritz Innerfuse (choose either medium or heavy weight), Fast2Fuse by C&T Publishing (double sided stiff interfacing) or other brand. The packs are usually sold as one sheet of 14” x 18”.
  • Fabric for front of post card  - about 4” x 6”, any color
  • Post card image for back of post card, printed onto fabric at 4" x 6" (feel free to download the image, above right)
  • Fabric scissors and/or rotary cutter, self-healing mat and ruler
  • Iron, ironing board
  • Parchment paper to protect iron
  • Fusible web to attach fabric pieces, optional - Heat n Bond Ultra for those of you who do not want to stitch, Heat N Bond Lite if you will be stitching.
  • Fabric glue to attach embellishments if you will NOT be stitching them onto your projects
  • Fabric scraps, trims, charms, beads, buttons, etc. as embellishments for your projects.
  • Sewing machine, thread, optional
  • Hand stitching tools for details, optional - needle, thread, embroidery thread, etc.

TIP: I love to use Lite Steam-a-Seam2 in ¼” rolls.  This product is great for fusing trims that you will be stitching onto your project. Fuse first, then stitch. The fusible doesn't gum up your needle (read packaging). I also use this for quilt bindings. I have at least one pack on hand at all times! GREAT STUFF!

“raven…nevermore” – Raven print (unknown source); pieced background fabric hand stamped with bleach; chipboard letters colored with Krylon gold leafing pen, lightly outlined in black.
Raven post card

“Nature is the art of God” – Personal photo; text printed on ExtravOrganza; crushed velvet ribbon stitched with MonoPoly clear thread; cabochons glued to ribbon; satin stitched edges.
Nature is the Art of God post card

Bird – Clip art image (unknown source); silk fabric; trim; bound edges.
Bird post card

Clip art image from  The Vintage Workshop
Christmas post card

Thanks for stopping by.  Let me know if you try out this project or if you hit any snags...I'm here to help. :-) Have fun!

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