One of my favorite things to do during the Holidays is designing table settings for fancy dinners. For this year I wanted to do something entirely different from what I usually do. Instead of chargers under the dinner plates and namecards placed at each setting I thought I would combine the two within a frame.
First I found an old ratty 11" x 17" frame which was in need of a face lift and then I gave it a quick coat of Heirloom White spray paint. For the base of the frame I wrapped a piece of tea stained muslin around a piece of 10 7/8" x 16 7/8" foam core board. To help the fabric stay in place I used batting adhesive on the front side of the foam core and cloth tape on the back.
Next I stenciled a pattern on to the muslin using Craft Pigment Ink in Certainly Celery and Chocolate Chip. For the name I backed a piece of Spice Cake Designer Series Fabric with iron on fabric adhesive. Then I cut the letters out of the fabric using the Alphabet Simple Bigz Dies and my Big Shot. Then I peeled the adhesive backing and ironed the letters on the muslin.
To set the table I layered a green bamboo place mat under the frame and then placed my dishes. I played with the direction of which way to place the frame. I like it with the silver ware on and off the frame. Either direction works for me and it will depend on what I come up with for the centerpiece. To pump up the napkin I quickly snipped and ripped an 18" square of another pattern from the Spice Cake Designer Series Fabric and layered it on top of a soft blue 22" square napkin. For the napkin ring I cut a couple tags from the coordinating Spice Cake Designer Series Paper and a banner greeting from the Hand Penned Holidays stamp set. I love how the text adds a little something something that just finishes the look.
Well, now I am off to Good Will to find five more frames, enough for our Thanksgiving dinner. Come back for more!
Happy fabric craftin, Elizabeth