I have! I love winter time when I break out my red velvet/silk quilt and shams to add an additional layer to the bed. Winter is my favorite season because I get to dress in layers and dream of snow!
Okay - back to the bed. With my 2 shams placed in front of each pillow, the pillowcases just seem to be there ~ don't seem important. After reading this post by Centsational Girl, where she stamped tea towels, my thoughts went back to my pillowcases. As a child I had such sweet pillowcases that my great grandmother had embroidered the ends of and tatted on the edges of some ~ I cherished them. So the next thing I knew, I grabbed a set of my white pillowcases and a few supplies.
1 - pillowcases, of course
2 - fabric medium by Martha Stewart
3 -paint of chosen color by Martha Stewart (I love her paints due to their consistency and coverage.)
4 - some cardboard - to put between the layers on the end of pillowcases as I stamped
5 - roller brush and small pan as well as a small paint brush
6 - a damp paper towel - I always have them handy!
7 - scrap paper to test the stamp with paint on it first
First of all, I placed a piece of cardboard between the layers at the edge of the pillow case where I was going to start stamping. Next I mixed the paint and fabric medium according to the directions on the bottle with the small paint brush in the roller pan.
Once I rolled the little roller in the paint, I rolled it on the stamp and tested it on paper to make sure the coverage was correct. I also tested to make sure that I applied the correct amount of pressure on the stamp to get a clear stamp impression. There aren't second chances in stamping!
Starting at one edge of the pillowcase, I stamped the impression on the fabric, rolled a new coat of paint on the stamp, then rotated the stamp. I do this since the design lent itself to having the image snug against itself. I continued with this pattern - a b a b a b ... until I reached the end. Oh - I did have t move my cardboard in order for it to be under the stamp at the other end.
Last, I pulled the cardboard out and moved the pillowcase to dry while I started the next one. Here is what I ended up with:
After I let them dry overnight, I ironed them to set the paint. (See the directions on the bottle of fabric medium.) Now look at my bed ~ it now looks finished. My pillowcases stand out and complete the look.
Have you ever thought about trying something like this? Maybe the corner of napkins, the edge of a tea towel, or around the edge of a napkin to be a bread basket liner?
Sweet dreams from my home to yours!