Welcome and happy Saturday! A few weeks ago I created some dog treat bags for the Scrapbooks by Design blog. If you missed that post, you can see it here. My new Lawn Fawn supplies recently arrived, so I decided to circle back and craft the bags again, this time for Easter with chocolate treats for humans.
One thing that I knew I wanted to incorporate on the labels, were fuzzy Easter bunnies. I even ordered some faux suede with this idea in mind! The Lawn Fawn, Eggstra Special Easter, stamp set comes with two adorable bunny images so I was all set. If you want to skip ahead, there is a video tutorial, below, showing how I made the treat bag tags.
Before I started my project, I played around with my faux suede and discovered that I could stamp, colour, and die cut it as if it were cardstock. WOOT! The faux suede that I used is from EK Tools. It came in a pack with 18 sheets in a variety of neutral colours. It’s not a perfect match for the texture of suede, but it’s pretty close. One note to also keep in mind, is that the white sheets are more of a cream colour. I think that the faux suede is probably easier to use than felt, as the fibres are shorter. The shorter fibres is likely why I was able to stamp, cut, and colour it so easily. Another neat feature of these sheets is that they have a paper backing on them so you can easily use your standard adhesives and tapes.
I found that the best ink for stamping onto this material was a dye ink. Pigment inks tended not to dry (even with a blast from my heat tool) so they smudged quite easily. I stamped my images onto the suede using the new Lawn Fawn inks and then gave them a good zap with the heat tool. This heat step seemed important since when I just let it dry without the heat, the ink still smudged a little. I tested all the colours and none of them were affected by the heat.
I also experimented with colouring on the faux suede material. While alcohol markers did work, I was a little worried about damaging the marker nibs on the fabric. More importantly, I found the marker’s ink really seeped into the suede and had a saturated (dark) look. I found the best way to get vivid colours was with my Prismacolor Pencils. I used a light hand when applying the colour to make sure that I didn’t change the texture of the suede.
Ok, so now on to the tutorial–
That’s it for today! I hope you found this info helpful and that it’s inspired you to play around with unusual mediums and speciality media.
- Ink: Lawn Fawn, Walnut ink; Lawn Fawn, Freshly Cut Grass ink; Lawn Fawn, Sunflower ink; Lawn Fawn, Wild Rose ink;
- Stamps: Lawn Fawn, Eggstra Special Easter;
- Dies: Lawn Fawn, Eggstra Special Easter Lawn Cuts;
- Cardstock: Recollections 110# white; EK Tools Faux Suede Sheets;
- Colouring: Prisma Color Premier Colour Pencils (24 set);
- Patterned Paper: Lawn Fawn, Let’s Polka Mon Amie 6×6 paper pad;
- Tools: Fiskars SureCut Trimmer; Martha Stewart Mini Scoring Board; Pick-Me-Up Stick; Precision Tip Applicator Bottle;
- Adhesive: Be Creative ¼ tape; Permanent glue runner; Zig 2Way Glue Pen; Tombow Mono Liquid Glue; foam tape,
- Embellishments: Zig Wink of Stella Glitter Brush (clear); 4×4 slide lock bags;
Until next time,