By Meta Heemskerk
In one of the previous Postmark’d Art rounds I made cards with a textured background and hand stitching. This is a tutorial on how I make such a background.
Layer a piece of fabric onto a piece of batting. Machine stitch all over.
Add more thicker threads
Paint this stitched piece with gesso and let it dry.
Then,with a paint roller add a layer of acrylic paint and let it dry.
Add another layer of paint in a different colour, leaving some of the underlying layer visible by not pressing the paint roller too much.
Then a layer of metallic paint.
When the paint has dried you cut the fabric up into pieces a little larger than postcard size and back them with a stabilizer. I just used pieces of thick paper. You can now add the last layer of handstitching, beads or any other embellishment. When this is done add a backing fabric, cut the piece to size and zigzag along the edges.
This is how I did it but of course you can just experiment and see what you come up with. Have fun!