Deco Foil Bunny by Designer Audrey Pettit
Therm O Web iCraft® Deco Foil™ Transfer Sheets- Ocean Blue, Green, Teal, Lime, Turquoise, Opal
Therm O Web iCraft® Deco Foil™ Transfer Adhesive
Fabric: Crossroads Denim collection by Indygo Junction
Trim: Webster’s Pages
Stamps, Chalk Pastels: Stampin’Up
Paint: , Ranger, Delta
Other: Felt, Buttons, Polyfill Fiber
The 2015 Spring International Quilt Market has been going on this past weekend, and while the Therm O Web team is away in Minneapolis, I wanted to share some of the fun projects I created for market this year. Recently, I had made this cutie pie fabric bunny for our recent promotion with Indygo Junction, and since he was such a big hit, I’ve made another larger version to showcase yet another fun way to use Therm O Web’s amazing new line of iCraft® Deco Foil™ Transfer Sheets.
Here are my two silly bunnies together. Both are made with Indygo Junction’s beautiful Crossroads Denim fabric, and both are embellished with Therm O Web iCraft Deco Foil Transfer Sheets. I’ve tried a couple of different “stamping” techniques using the Deco Foil Transfer Adhesive. The first, using the tip of a pencil eraser to create small dots of foiled areas. If you missed that tutorial, you can check it out here. And for the second, I’ve used a pair of wood-mounted stamps to create a fun foiled floral pattern. Here’s a look at how.
To begin, fold fabric together with right sides facing and cut two body shapes from French Vanilla denim. Using the body as a pattern, cut two dress shapes from green denim.
Gather some stamps, a foam brush, and iCraft Deco Foil Transfer Adhesive. Squirt the adhesive onto a paper plate or disposable container. Apply a generous amount of the adhesive onto the stamp using the foam brush, and then stamp the image onto the dress fabric. Repeat the process until you have covered the entire fabric, as desired. I stamped my flowers first, then went back and stamped some leaves to fill in some of the extra spaces.
*NOTE: Be sure to clean your stamps immediately after use. I used a baby wipe, and was able to get into all the cracks and crevices of the stamps fairly easily. Just know that this adhesive is super sticky, and it is imperative to clean your stamps off right away.
Here is a view of the dress shapes after I’ve stamped with the flower images. As you can see, the flower outlines vary in darkness, and that has to do with how thick the coat of adhesive is. In very light areas, you can dab on additional adhesive with the foam brush, if desired. Once you are finished applying adhesive, set the fabric aside and allow it to dry completely. This will vary in length of time, depending upon how thick the coat of adhesive. I let mine dry for about an hour while I worked on the rest of the bunny. When the adhesive is ready, it will feel tacky to the touch, but your finger will come away dry.
Cut pieces of iCraft Deco Foil Transfer Sheets. I used a variety of both green, blue, and opalescent colors for mine. Lay the foil, colored side up and silver side down, onto the stamped adhesive and rub over the entire area using the tip of your finger, or the back of a spoon, or bone folder. Peel the foil up. If you missed any spots, simply press a clean area of the foil right back down, and repeat. Continue adding foil, in a variety of colors, to all the adhesive sections. I added some painted dots using a paint dabber at the end.
When you’re finished, you end up with a super fun, shabby foil-printed fabric pattern!
*A couple of notes about stamping with Deco Foil Transfer Adhesive:
Using the Transfer Adhesive with this technique will result in a very random, shabby, almost distressed sort of foil finish. If you want a more perfect foil application, I suggest using the Hot Melt Adhesive Sheets. iCraft Deco Foil Hot Melt Adhesive is a hot melt adhesive perfect for wearables, cards and so much more. This adhesive is also washable on fabric projects. Use iCraft Deco Foil Hot Melt Adhesive in punches, die cutters and electronic cutters. iCraft Deco Foil Hot Melt Adhesive also works great in most laminators.
Also know that this technique works best with solid image stamps, rather than outline stamps which wouldn’t give enough detail.
Add details to the bunny’s face using felt, buttons, and embroidery floss. I painted in the center of my bunny’s nose, and added a bit of rosy chalk pastels to the cheeks. The arms, ears, and legs are long, thin strips of fabric, folded in half lengthwise, and stitched across one end and down the side, before turning right side out.
Have fun dressing up your bunnies with your favorite trims and findings. It’s anything goes!