I thought about using a piece of clothing, but I've cleaned out my closets and kind of need to hang onto what is left, lol!
Then I saw Ruth and Darcy's posts.... and somehow seeing these clicked my brain to recall I do have a nice stash of Sari remnants, just waiting to be used! But how to do this? I tossed around a few ideas involving matt medium or other glues.... but worried that the teacups I wanted to die cut would not appreciate such a hard layer (and I wasn't sure how dye-fast the Sari strips are). Then I thought about all the double stick tape I have, some of it in a very wide roll (5 inches).
And it worked! I love the shadings. This is a piece of cardstock, with a large piece of double sided tape applied to the front, and peeled of its second protective layer so I could place down the Sari strips.
I did this in each of the three colors (but forgot to take a picture of the teal - oops).
Now for the cutting - and yes, it worked, with virtually no fraying, just the odd bit of side piece poking out. Gotta love those steel rule dies! I did place the fabric side down, so the steel would cut toward the back of the shape. For those of you not familiar with this die, the little white lines on the middle blue and coral cups are actual cuts - this is the white edge of the underlying paper. Normally, I would ink this, but it will not show in the final piece.
These remind me of Fiesta Ware, so popular here!
I decided to use some of my new PaperArtsy Infusion Powders to make a background to complement these fun fabric cups. I used Royal Blood (a gorgeous blue), Sunset Beach (a lovely coral), and A Bit Jaded (fabulous teal).
I loved this initial application, but decided to keep going.... But will definitely make some pieces in future where I stop here - the vibrancy and mixing is all so gorgeous.
After the initial application of powder (first only with Royal Blood and Sunset Beach), I blotted and dried, and repeated. And then added the Jade - just what I needed to pull in that third color of Sari strips! And I love the depth the walnut crystals add; it looks like a pretty stone!
And here is the finished piece. I have made this in my EverythingArt journal, sadly neglected for many months. Need to remedy that, and this is a great start! I've been longing to use this die since I received it many moons past, so hooray!! Sure does help to clean out the workspace, lol!!
Thanks so much for stopping by, and if you've time, please do leave a comment, as I appreciate them all, and YOU! xxx Lynn
I've linked this to the current PaperArtsy challenge