Creative Carte Blanche: Deco Foil-ed Fabric!

Hey Guys! I’m just thrilled to share my first project for the new Creative Carte Blanche blog! Our first Creative Adventure challenged us and our readers to try something artistic we’ve never done before.

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I decided this was a perfect opportunity to play with Therm-O-Web Deco Foil, a product I’ve been eyeing for a while now. I love the idea of being able to customize fabric with beautiful metallic shine, and Deco Foil Hot Melt Adhesive really does make this easy and fun to do.

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Besides, Violet has needed a personalized kerchief for a long time! 😉

Here’s the lowdown:

CCB_Feb16_01Gather your rolls of Deco Foil, Deco Foil Hot Melt Adhesive, your fabric of choice (a scarf, t-shirt, pillowcase… you name it!), dies, and iron and (not shown) a burnishing tool (I used a Ranger Craft Scraper)

 

CCB_Feb16_02Cut a piece of Hot Melt Adhesive and a piece of parchment paper (which is included in the Hot Melt Package) to fit the die you’re using. Place the Hot Melt so the shiny side is up, and cover it with the parchment.

 

CCB_Feb16_03Run the die through your cutting machine.

 

CCB_Feb16_04Voila! Your Hot Melt Adhesive is perfectly cut.

 

CCB_Feb16_07Arrange your die-cuts, adhesive side down, onto your fabric.

 

CCB_Feb16_08Cover the fabric with a sheet of parchment and press it with an iron set on “Medium” for 30 seconds. Repeat this process until the entire surface of the fabric has been bonded.

 

CCB_Feb16_09Remove the parchment paper and let the fabric cool completely, then peel off the backing.

 

CCB_Feb16_10At this point, your fabric adhesive is ready to be foiled.

 

CCB_Feb16_11Cut your chosen color(s) of foil to fit the areas you wish. I used gold on the letters, and rainbow (not shown here) on the plant and butterflies. Be sure the color side of the foil is facing up.

 

CCB_Feb16_12Cover the fabric with parchment and slowly iron over the foil, using firm pressure, for 30-40 seconds. Remove the parchment.

CCB_Feb16_13I found it helpful to use a Craft Scraper to really press the foil into the adhesive when the project was just slightly warm. Once it’s cooled completely, peel away the foil sheet, and you’re left with shiny gorgeousness!

CCB_Feb16_14If you wish, use a fabric marker to outline the designs to give them more depth.

 

CCB_Feb16_15Here’s Miss Violet’s new scarf. The Rainbow Deco Foil seriously rocks my world!

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I think she’s loving it, too.

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Thanks so much for stopping by, and if you haven’t yet, please join us over at Creative Carte Blanche. There’s a new Creative Adventure posting this coming Friday from the amazing Candy Colwell, and it’s going to be fabulous!

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