Wednesday, March 1, 2017

A "WHAT IF" Lightbulb Moment...

Hi folks...I LOVE my Fiskars Power Punches...engineered to punch through the thick materials that most punches turn their noses up at but always felt a little disappointed that they didn't work with fabric and there's a very good reason why they don't.Unlike paper and card which is a dense compressed material...fabric is made up of lots of criss cross threads called weave and weft with lots of spaces...not visible to the naked eye...in between and therein lies the problem. I have in the past tried sticking the fabric to card...to no avail but while playing at Stitches I had one of those rare "don't come along too often" lightbulb moments...if I could find a way to fill in the pesky spaces between the threads...it might just work. I managed to cadge some glue...no disrespect to the donor but it was the runniest glue I've ever encountered which proved that any liquid adhesive would work.

For today's road test...I used my big pot of Decoart Deco-page Matte Glue/Sealer. Ranger Multi Matte Medium or Distress Collage Medium would work too but you're going to use a fair amount of glue for this process and no way was I dipping into my precious supply of Ranger adhesives. I applied the glue generously to a sheet of 300gsm card and laid the fabric on top...smoothing it out with a brayer and left it to dry then I applied a very generous layer of the adhesive to the top surface of the fabric...massaging it right down into the fibres with my fingers and going over it again for good measure with Ranger's Scaper Tool creating a barrier if you like between the threads and the punch mechanism...left it to dry overnight and voila...a sheet of fabric paper and fingers that look as though I have a serious skin disorder.
And isn't this fabric absolutely gorgeous...it came from a huge pile of the most beautiful floral fat quarters generously given to Keren...our Sewing Demonstrator to use for her Fabric Circle Cutter demos by the lovely folks at Fabric Freedom and I couldn't resist taking a "surplus to requirements" fat quarter or two home to play with...
now it's time for the "stand by your beds and don't let me down boys" Power Punch road test...
and the proof of the pudding is right there on my workdesk...loads of fabric punched shapes...a real assortment of hearts/flowers/circles and tags...big ones/little ones and the ones in between...
ready to be made into a card and it just so happens I had the perfect Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide background and some Tim Holtz Wildflowers 2 die cuts and fabulous Chatter Design Tape sitting on my workdesk...




One of the things I love about working with Fiskars is road testing new products...taking them to the limit of their capabilites and pushing the boundaries to see how they perform under pressure with different materials BUT if things go horribly wrong and they have on the odd occasion...I can always request a replacement...so a WORD OF WARNING...I would not recommend trying this with punches that are designed for lightweight card and paper only but if you happen to own some Fiskars Power Punches...go for it and have fun.
Toodle-oo for now
Hugs Kath xxx

12 comments:

Jane said...

What a briliant idea Kath and your card is just delightful. A great road test! xx

misteejay said...

he glue certainly seems to do the trick - those punched shapes look to have cut nice and cleanly.
Your card is beautiful.
Toni xx

Christine Collins said...

Hi Kath,
You are such a clever lady, and thank you for sharing your tips, techniques and light bulb moments with us. You have created another beautiful card, love it.
Chris xx

Marianne's Craftroom said...

So inventive, that fabric is gorgeous and what a beautiful make at the end of it

Redanne said...

The fabric is indeed beautiful, reminds me of watercolour. I do use that technique to cover things with fabric but have never thought to try to punch out shapes... and I do have the odd one or two Fiskars power punches, so will have to try this one! Great tip Kath. Love, love the gorgeous card you created, I am willing Spring to happen soon... Hugs, Anne xx

Janette said...

Love that fabric Kath and what a good idea, I have tried with iron on backing which bonds everything too, most times it works
One can only try....haha....xx

Julia S-W said...

Lovely card! I so enjoyed reading how you got to the end result - the skin disorder comment did conjure up an image which I shouldn't be laughing at but it's how you write it! Great ideas.

Sandra H said...

Your cards Kath are always Stunning! your so creative with whatever you make x

Linda Simpson said...

What a fabulous idea and just loving the end result too.
Hugs
Linda xxx

cheiron said...

Gorgeous card Kath! Love the fabric flowers!

Annie said...

Great idea Kath and the outcome looks amazing. The background is fabulous and the flowers look wonderful.

Tfs and have fun with the new craft products

Hugs Annie x

Deb Riddell ~ Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

Wonderful technique Kath (and that fabric is gorgeous!), thanks so much for sharing your light bulb moment! Deb xo

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