In our yard, we have five white Iceberg floribunda rose topiary trees that are twelve years old, and they bloom without fail each and every April through September. Floribunda in Latin means “many flowering” which is so true with ours, these roses bloom in multiple clusters of widespread petals. They also possess that intoxicating garden rose scent that fills the nose when you approach a bouquet so naturally the garden spiders share my affection for these blooms.
One of my favorite things to do with Adobe Illustrator is design flowers, there are endless ways to do it and countless blossoms to inspire. The latest project and printable was inspired by those roses just outside my window, the printable quote border was given a pinkish coral tint and includes a favorite garden quote.
Also an embellished flour sack towel in a yellow colorway for the kitchen.
The flour sack towel was created with an iron on transfer which I’ve avoided for years. I’ve always had mixed feelings about iron on transfers, the pro is they allow you to apply any image you can create to fabric but the con is so often you’re left with that shiny glossy patch like applique that feels plasticy. But I tried it again, and this time I got a better result. To avoid that plastic glossy result, try these two tricks which worked for me:
1) Trim your design as close to the edges as possible. With delicate or intricate designs, sharp but small cutting scissors work best, I used queen crafter Martha’s scissors. (Reverse printed pattern shown.)
2) After applying heat with the iron, peel off the transfer when it’s still hot, it gives you a matte watery look that feels more like part of the fabric (right) instead of that glossy patchy finish (left) you get when you let the transfer cool down.
*I used the Tranfermations product for white or light fabric, purchased at Michaels.
Download the pink 8 ½” x 11 (for 8 x 10” frame) floribunda rose printable here.
Help yourself to this pretty citron yellow rose 8 ½ x 11” printable for recreating the flour sack towel. I reversed it for printing to achieve the pattern seen below.
*All printables for personal use only.
Happy crafting and creating! .