Spent most of today finishing up this collage that I'm submitting to Collage Mania, in hopes of making a small contribution to benefit the American Cancer Society. The collages will be sold May 5-7 online. I wish I'd started sooner, to have more done to donate, but the deadline for submissions is April 1. We'll see if I can quickly finish another one by Wednesday. Never submitted to this before, so I'm not even sure my collage will be accepted, but it was a fun process anyway.
I used my petite queen hummingbird photo as the basis for a digital collage, with my favorite stripes below; all printed as one unit on inkjet cotton. After heat setting the inkjet print, I washed the sky with watered-down blue Lumiere textile paint to give it subtle sparkle, and heat set it again. Then I ironed the inkjet print to fusible Pellon interfacing, and machine stitched along some of the branches with black thread for texture and emphasis.
Next, using Heat'N'Bond web, I fused the cloth collage unit to a sheet of scrapbook paper, and machine zigzagged around the cloth collage edges. With more Heat'N'Bond I then fused the scrapbook paper unit to stiff Peltex interfacing, with another scrapbook paper then fused to its back side.
To finish, I machine blanket-stitched the outer edges, and glued on the "courage" text and its corner beads. The collage had to measure 8"x10" and be ready to pop into a standard frame, which it is!