Sunday, December 21, 2008

Tutorial...Embellishing a Post Card


1. Start with a 4 1/2" x 6 1/2" piece of pellon. I use Pelletex 70.
2. Decide what image you are going to do. Sometimes a picture is helpful, or just use an idea in your head.
3.Lay out some wool rovings and begin.
4.Use a piece of netting over your work to do the punching so the wood doesn't get tangled in the needles...
5. Punch, Punch, Punch...... Oh what fun!!!


















6. I use a shishkebob stick to guide the wool and keep it where you want. It is much safer than your FINGER!!!!






7. Depending on where you want what I go to my sewing machine and do some thread embellishing with rayon thread.






8. After I get the tree in place, I go back to the wool rovings and put some leaves on the tree.


















9. Pretty well done now...
10. The last step will be attatching the main piece to a background. Trim to 4"x6" and satin atitch around the edge...
11. Woops I forgot to take a picture of the finished card.










This is the beginning of another card where I sketch out what I want on the pellon and go from there.

Punch, Punch, Punch...













This is the finished card .If you look closely, I have put 2 layers of green tulle on top of it all to give a green cast. The wee snowman was hand appliqued and some beads and sequins have been added. This particular card went to Mary Lou in my "Stitching Fingers" group. We have just started exchanging FAP's there.. LOL





I wish I knew how to do a video as it would be much easier, but til I learn that, I hope this has given you some idea as to how I go about making these.










13 comments:

Jolly Good Yarn Girl said...

These are lovely - I just think it's great how many subtle variations there are to using our embellishers. It's such a GREAT toy! (Santa's elves must have been making a lot of them THIS Xmas!

Pam said...

Thanks for the tutorial. I plan to make a postcard in the next few weeks for a swap. Your turorial has given me an idea for the card. Thanks so much.

Sharon said...

Maggie they are so neat. I love them. I see you have a needle punch machine. Do you like it and is it loud? The one I saw was really loud. What do you have? We survived the storm with only 2 outages but so much snow we can't get out yet. I shall post pics in an hour or two. Happy Holidays to you.

Pam said...

Maggie, I'm so excited. I just finished a felted postcard and I love the results. Thanks for the tutorial and the inspiration to get busy felting. Check the photo on my blog.

Happy Holidays!

blumoon said...

Looks beautiful ... your whole blog looks great. I love the new header!

tammy said...

great art miss maggie!!
i love the little snowman and church-
thanks for sharing
MERRY CHRISTMAS!!
x's & o's

The Epiphany Artist said...

so beautiful now I know how you made mine!Merry Christmas!
Thank you!

Jackie said...

Lovely Maggie. Your friend is going to adore her postcard.

Merry Christmas to you and yours.

God bless.

Eileen said...

Oh my.. I've never seen anyting like this before. Very creative and beautiful. A very merry Christmas to you!

quiltcrazygal said...

I just got the needle punch foot for my machine, thank you for sharing! I will be trying it out over the holiday break! Thank you again! Jenna Louise

~ Phyllis ~ said...

Truly a work of art. Thanks for posting the tutorial

Carol Lawecki said...

Maggie, thank you for giving me the link to your tutorial. I couldn't imagine how you created these fabric postcards. I am truly amazed. What beautiful work you do with the wool to create such a beautiful works of art. The scene with the tree that you used the sewing machine on is so awesome. I love it!

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