Inspiration: I used to do quite a bit of batik-method silk painting. However, the paint and the chemicals to set the paint into the fabric became harder for me to find locally. So about 3 years ago (just before getting pregnant with my daughter), I used up the last of my paint and made small designs on a handful of silk scarves. I later cut these up to use on cards. I thought combining the fushia and the purple would look really nice with hearts.
How I Make Them: I talked about the silk painting part briefly above. Basically I use resist to draw the shape, then paint over the whole piece using foam wedge brushes. For these I didn't worry if the colors mixed a little. After they dry, I use a chemical set (I used to use a heat set but couldn't find heat set paints anymore). Then I rinse out the resist per the chemical set instructions, let the piece dry and iron it. Finally I cut my shapes apart and then sewed them onto cards using embroidery floss. I added the "Happy Anniversary" using a gel pen. I tend to use these cards to write personal memories about the couple I'm sending the card to.
- Heart shapes can also be used for Valentine's Day, Sweetest Day, Mother's Day (which is coming up soon), Grandparent's Day and a number of other holidays or just to say "I love you!" to someone dear.
- I've done other resist designs in silk for cards that I'll feature later.
- I like trying out different fonts for the text on these cards - it keeps any two from being exactly the same.