Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Ho Ho Ho Christmas Blog Hop
SantaCard Gift Card
"You've been a good quilter this year."
4" x 5.5"
Originally I thought of the idea of creating an imitation American Express gift card, which I re-named American Expressive. After I talked with good friend Sharon E., she suggested I bring in the element of Christmas in July. That set me off to search for pictures of Santa on the beach.
This is a photo I found online, then cartoonized it and added text at BeFunky.com. I used the same cartoonizing technique in Corky the Corgi from the Think Christmas Blog Hop a year ago.
Next I created a couple of overlapping circles that look similar to the MasterCard logo, then added silver tops to make ornaments. I changed the brand to SantaCard, calling it a gift card, rather than a credit card, since I am a cash-only purchaser.
I use June Tailor's printable fabric sheets, but couldn't find any at home. I had saved the sticky backings from an earlier project and decided to give them a try with regular untreated cotton fabric from stash.
Sticky paper backing placed on fabric
Fabric trimmed even with the backing
Printout - larger images
Second printout - wallet sized
I may finish a few of these as gifts for quilter friends.
During printing the fabric slipped off the backing by about 1/4", but I didn't see much wrinkling.
Also, there are some faint black lines running through most of the images. My printer is pretty new and this was my first attempt at printing on fabric with it. I still don't know what created the lines.
I needed fabric for the back and remembered this candy cane-like fabric from TC's Christmas, also in the Think Christmas Blog Hop.
Backing, batting, top held together with quilting spray glue
As seen from the back - no noticeable wrinkles
All edges trimmed
Zigzagged around the edges with light gray thread to seal.
Did a little bit of quilting with invisible thread.
View of the back
One of the finished SantaCards
Now for the giveaway. You could win the "other" SantaCard below.
Note there are lots of faint lines running across the piece, but it's still darned cute. And, to be clear, the card is just for fun. You won't be able to purchase anything with it.
For a chance to win the quilted SantaCard shown above, simply leave a comment by the end of Sunday, August 11. For an extra chance to win the card, leave another comment mentioning that you are a new or existing follower OR that you have Liked my Facebook Page. The winner will be drawn on Monday, August 12.
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