Welcome! Can you handle one more cloth-instead-of-paper post tonight? I promise I'll be back to regularly scheduled paper programming within 24 hours! I still had plenty of cloth left in my Terial Arts Poppy Bouquet Kit, and those lovely red and green batik prints were just shouting, "Make me into a poinsettia!" I scrounged through three big boxes of dies to find this little poinsettia Die-namics from MFT--unfortunately, now retired, BUT I've also had PTI poinsettia dies and Spellbinders poinsettia dies, so I know that it isn't that tough to find poinsettia dies if you are in the market for one. When I purchased this die set, I did so intending to die-cut the parts from felt, and then blanket stitch the edges to use as ornaments on our Christmas tree. So, instead of using felt this time, I thought I would try using my Terial Magic Poppy Bouquet Kit.
I started by cutting three petal layers for the larger poinsettia and three petal layers for the smaller one, as well as two pair of leaves and some centers. (When I started putting the poinsettias together, I added two more of those little spoke and ball pieces.)
I tried the drying/fixing step two ways tonight--one with my heat gun (which tended to make the blossom more ruffly as the heat curled petals randomly, and one my iron (as written in the instructions). The ironed version was a little bit flatter (smaller poinsettia, if you want to compare), but it was also easier to control and a little less prone to all of a sudden curling in one direction. Both ways worked, but one was more random, while the other was more controlled.
To finish them, I added gold cord and a few seed beads in the centers of my poinsettias. I was thinking that these poinsettias might be a good alternative to a bow on a present as well; then it's a kind of a little present on its own! :-) And I bet I have enough cloth and Terial Magic liquid stabilizer left in my kit to come up with a few more projects! Well, that's it for tonight. Tomorrow (Thursday night) starts the MFT Release, so back to paper again. . .
Thanks for visiting,