I created these inchies by cutting 1" squares out of a couple of fabric images from the Alpha Stamps Mermaids #2 sheet. Next I added the seahorses (pronged) by punching through the fabric with an awl and then placing the prongs in the holes and securing them over with a hammer. These are also from Alpha Stamps and are called pronged seahorses. To cover up the back of the prongs I mounted the fabric pieces on 1" squares of white corrugated paper. Then I continued to embellish these teeny tiny works of art by adding real shells or pieces of shells, my favorite iridescent glass spheres, glitter, a sea oats picked up on the beaches in Sanibel, FL and a few pieces of sea glass.
Some close ups are below; click on any photo for more detail --
p.s. Steven chose to keep the top right inchie on the right : ) cool!
Wow! These are all the Inchies I received in a swap hosted by Frieda on ATCards.com. This site is closing (02/08), but a new trading site is being set up:
http://www.atcsforall.com/ ~ Click on the picture to the left for an up close view of these luscious inchies.
My chocolate brown Inchie, you might remember from an earlier post, is in the bottom right corner and looks like a chocolate. You can tell this was my first inchie swap because my inchie is quite substantial -I was a little generous when measuring . . . oh well! Please overlook this if you received one of mine and I will try to measure better in the future.
When I decide what to do with these little chocolate gems, I will share it here. Thanks very much to all the participants in Frieda's swap and many thanks to Frieda for organizing & getting me hooked!!
Next, I wrapped my squares with gold thread and finished them off by adding a Gold word charm from ARTchix Studio. These gold inchies look like teeny presents! If you click on the photo above, it will take you to my Flickr photo sharing account where you can see photos of the other Inchie swaps I have participated in. I only started trying out Inchie swaps recently, when I saw my friend Frieda Oxenham hosting them on ATCards.com (This site is closing (02/08), but a new trading site is being set up: http://www.atcsforall.com ). Creating these little worrks of art is more fun than I expected, and quite a nice challenge to figure out what to do on such a small space! I just received my first set of inchies back, from my first swap ~chocolate (brown) inchies! They are really incredible and I am dreaming up ways to display them : ) Thanks for looking! ~please click on any photo for more detail . . .
Inchies are just that, 1" square little works of art, fabric or paper. A very small work space! But I did enjoy the challenge. I took the photo and played with the size, testing it on plain paper first. When I got the photo the size I wanted (1-inch chocolates!) I printed it out onto fabric that was already prepared with an adhesive backing. Then I attached the chocolate printed fabric to a piece of fuzzy chocolate brown fleece fabric I had leftover from another project. I sewed with a zig zag stitch around each chocolate in preparation to cut them out.
They seemed like they need more, my inchies. They were just too plain simply printed out onto fabric, so I used brown acrylic paint, prisma glitter and little clear but captivating Iridescent Glass Spheres from Alpha Stamps - I can't get enough of these! Below is what my chocolate inchies looked like after decorating -- click on any photo for a larger more detailed view - note the 2 empty wrappers!
I also signed up for Frieda's Silver Inchies swap . . . I figured if I tried making inchies once, I may as well try again and see what I think! This time I did not use fabric, but a silver duct wrapping tape I got from the hardware store that I have used in altered books before because it is easily tooled. I used the same principal for the inchies, tooling it with a dull pencil., making marks. I started like this below, a full sheet. I attached the duct tape to a piece of cardstock and doodled away:
It was fun, Frieda!
- and a first for me.
Thank you. I look forward to my returns and we'll see what I cook up to do with them to display them : )