Friday, 24 December 2010

Christmas Twinkle!

We will all, no doubt, succumb to the call of chocolate and other delicious naughtiness over the next few days. My favourite treats at the moment are Magnums minis, I can hear them calling me from the back of the supermarket as soon as I walk through the doors. In all my years of researching packaging for heat distressing the wrapping on these ice creams is the best so far. I just love the golden and brown tones that all merge together. If you buy mini ice creams you don't feel SO bad. The boxes are wrapped in a large sheet of gorgeous brown wrapping and then each ice cream is individually wrapped in more beautiful wrapping. Fantastic!

I am sure that most of you reading this will already be aware of these delights but just in case they have passed you by, I thought it my duty to share this with you.

Most food packaging can be textured with an iron just as you would Tyvek (see page 70, Hot Textiles). Place your packaging in between two sheets of baking parchment and iron LIGHTLY in a slow circular movement. You are stroking with the iron, not pressing.

Try cutting the packaging into strips and layer up different tones of gold and brown together. If you are lucky some of the strips will stick to each other. The great thing about this type of packaging is that is stays soft after it has been distressed so you can stitch into it by hand or machine. Nothing much happens with a heat gun so stick to using the iron.

Try thick strips, thin strips, adding Tyvek, other packaging, cellophane . . . . . 
All this can be stitched onto a background of dyed craft Vilene or background of your choice.
You could also iron strips onto painted Bondaweb but you would sacrifice some of the texture of the packaging. Just have fun with it and see what happens.

I wish you all a very Happy Christmas wherever you are and a very Happy, Peaceful and Creative New Year.

p.s Hello Jill and Sandy - 6 months to go! x


  1. What a brilliant reason to buy magnums - thankyou! Have a lovely Christmas and fantastic 2011.

  2. . . . . as if we needed a reason . . . but it does make you feel better . . .Ho Ho Ho!!!!

  3. Happy Christmas Kim, and Sandra too. Full of chocolates and a cat curled up on my lap.xx