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Angelina is wonderful stuff, with pretty colors and plenty of sparkle for the magpie in you.  If you've ever wondered what to do with it, this video will give you some ideas of the basic process of how to work and play with both the heat bondable colors and the ones that are not.

ONE NOTE: When we filmed the video I neglected to mention that I was using a Teflon pressing sheet both under and on top of the Angelina fibers.  I did actually say it, but we had to reshoot that segment and of course I forgot to mention it the second time.  Doh!


Angelina!  Each of the colors is noted as heat bondable or not in the product description  **  Pressing Sheets - there are several different sizes and styles, any would be fine for this purpose  **  Bo Nash Bonding Powder.  We have a set that includes a pressing sheet or a refill that is what you see me using in the video.  Click here for the set or here for the bottle without the pressing sheet  **  StazOn ink pads  **  Rubber Stamps


Here's the first sheet of Angelina I bonded.  This is as simple as it gets!


And a comparison between the heat bondable version on the left and the one that is not, but that I bonded using Bo Nash Bonding powder.  Heat bondable Angelina produces a sheet of fabric that is very crisp while the non-heat bondable colors that are bonded with Bo Nash are much softer and drapable.


See that rainbow effect in the bottom center of the photo?  That's what Angelina that's been overheated (aka "fried") looks like.  I made a rectangular shaped piece that was too long, so I cut out a segment to shorten it and was going to bond the two pieces back together, which would have worked just fine...  except that I got overzealous with the iron.  The funky fried colors would have been obvious so I scrapped the piece for that purpose.  There is enough of the non-fried sheet to use in something else.  I can cut shapes out of it or layer something else on top.  Lots of options!


Jess created a sheet that started with Enchanted Forest Flash on one end and gradually transitioned to Mint Sparkle at the other, then she cut this leaf out of it.  Mixing colors can be as simple as just smooshing them all together as I did in the video, or you can get a little more creative and deliberate with them as she did here.


Here's the sheet I made in the video.  The reflection you see on the lower left side is glare from the overhead lights and is not actually fried, though I know it appears to be.  When you create a sheet like this it opens the door to all kinds of other things you can do.  Cut it up into an ATC, fabric postcard, or other useful piece?  Yes!  In fact, I did cut a piece out of this and used it in something that you can see a sneak peek of...


The base fabric of this page is that same piece of fabric that I bonded the Angelina to.  Not only can you cut it up, but you can also stamp on it!  That's a script stamp that I randomly stamped on the piece cut from the larger sheet.  Once you bond the Angelina to the fabric, the piece that results can be used as you would any piece of fabric.


When I was using Bo Nash to bond the Angelina to that piece of fabric Jess was playing with her own version which incorporated bonding fibers to the fabric at the same time the Angelina was.  What this does is open all kinds of creative possibilities for creating cool surfaced embellished fabric without needing a sewing machine.  The two photos above show the bits all piled on the fabric and of course there is Bo Nash powder between the Angelina and the fabric and then again on top of the Angelina so that the fibers would bond to it.


And here's the sheet once everything had been bonded in place.  Nothing says you can't stitch over the piece once it's been bonded, it's just not necessary since everything is held in place already.


A technique that didn't make it into the final version of the video involves using a rubber stamp, your iron and pressing sheet, and some StazOn ink to create a three dimensional stamped piece of Angelina that can be used as an embellishment.  It's very simple... ink the stamp, lay it face up on the table, carefully layer some Angelina over the stamp (don't move it around or you'll smudge the ink), apply the pressing sheet over the top, then apply the iron.  You need to apply enough heat to bond the Angelina, but have to be careful not to fry it if the Angelina layer is thick

I hope you have fun playing and experimenting with Angelina.  There are lots of great ways to use all of the pretty colors to add some sparkle and glimmer to your creative world!

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