these are the japanese symbols for peace...and in japan, the crane symbolizes many wonderful things like honor, loyalty, luck, and hope. i gave this card to my mother for her birthday.
i ran some treated lutradur (brushed with iridescent medium and allowed to dry first) through my inkjet to print it with a photo of the blue granite gravel in my front yard - it's great texture! i cut out a crane shape from it, then fused it with bonash powder in between two layers of ultra-light lutradur. i had tinted the top layer with purple ink that i blended from primary colors, and the bottom layer with yellow ink. i love how the purple fibers pop against the yellow (click the pic to zoom in).
i drew the symbols in position with a purple marker on a piece of white fabric, then fused the lutradur to the fabric (so the ink colors would look brighter) and machine-stitched the crane's wing and an outline around the symbols. i adhered it all to the front of a bright olive greenish-yellow cardstock with craft glue and hand-stitched the border with embroidery floss.
here are the links to the products i used...hover over the link to see more details.
Bo Nash Powdered Fusible Fabric Repair Bonding Agent
Ultra-light Lutradur: For Fiber Arts, Mixed Media & More! 20" X 2 Yds., 25 Gram
Lutradur Mixed Media Sheet 10-Pack
Reeves 30ml Liquitex Professional Acrylic Ink Set, Primary Colors
Liquitex Iridescent/Pearlescent Tinting Medium 8 oz.
Aleene's Clear Gel Tacky Glue 4 Oz.
Sakura Permapaque Dual Point Paint Marker, Purple/Pink/Orange/Sky Blue