Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Post #197

So, I'm almost at 200, and just a little FYI, I 'll probably be feeling a little generous in my 200th post ;)

Finally, here is the fun card I've been talking about! I wanted to challenge myself to use fabric on a card, and knew I wanted to do something I personally hadn't seen done before. I have to say it's a wee bit time consuming, but so worth the effort I think!

So, to start I cut out a piece of pink fabric, and machine stitched it to a piece of cardstock, then sewed a grid pattern, in the hopes of looking like a quilt or something.

It was much too flat for my liking. So I flipped it over, and used an exacto knife to cut X's into each square. I figured I would stuff them from behind to make it more "poofy". It was then really easy to stuff small squares of fleece into the pockets I'd made.

This picture is after I'd stuffed the fleece in. I just used an embossing tool to push it in. I had bought some cute pink fleece years ago when I was pregnant with Isaiah, and hoped to make something for my little girl. LOL.. 2 boys later I've given up on the fleece ;)


Here is what the front looked like after stuffing. I wish I'd taken a "before" stuffing picture, but really it was just flat fabric, nothing interesting. After stuffing, I also taped over the X's so it would sit flatter and attach to a card base.


AAAAaaaaaand, my favorite part, the finished card!!!



Supplies:
Fabric: Amy Bradley Designs
Patterned Paper: Cosmo Cricket
Round Letter Stickers: Pink Paislee
Border Stickers: Doodlebug
Element Stickers: Doodlebug
Stick Pins: Maya Road
Pearls: Kaiser Crafts

Ink: Distress Ink (Worn Lipstick)


Things I would do differently next time is attach the fleece to the cardstock and THEN sew the fabric over it. Would have saved some time stuffing in the fleece.

I really never know where I'm going when I start a card. It is really rare that I use sketches, or pull products before hand. I truly just go with the flow. Once I had the fabric base done it was about 10 more min to finish up the card. Usually my mojo takes longer than that though ;)

Hope that's a little bit of insight into how I go about crafting...
Lulu

22 comments:

Diana said...

WOW! This is FANTASTIC!! Thanks for the info on how to do this! I might have to give it a try!

Deb said...

What a cool idea! and a wonderful card too! TFS

Carla G. said...

This is so great! I'm glad I got to see it before I come back and see "Up for Publication" because I'm sure someone is going to snatch this one up! It's so cute!

moi said...

Good idea!
And very pretty card.

hugs, moi

Ellen said...

What a great idea! I love your card so much!

Ellen

~dawne said...

What a great idea & it's beautiful. I'll definitely look for this in the March issue of Cards:)

Denise said...

What an awesome card! I have been making fabric cards lately, too. Nothing as fab as this though. Thanks for sharing!

Marcie said...

Wow! This is fantastic!

Nicole said...

beautiful card! LOVE the colors :)

I have done this before and I did find sewing after I put the stuffing behind the fabric was easier and faster, but that was the sewer in me thinking that.

catchinghappiness said...

How clever. Thanks for sharing your lovely card! Amy Tara

Courtney said...

Great idea! So cute!

Melissa said...

oh my word!! I love your cards, but this one is just rediculous!! (um, in a good way LOL) LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!

Rimna said...

Lovely!!!

Thank you for the inspiration!

Cate said...

Smart idea! It made a really cute card!!

Fluffy said...

wowzer that is a fab card and really nice how you talked us through it's development x

Amy said...

Bravo! I love it!

Sarah Lou said...

Oh my goodness I think I love this card! it make sthe cutest effect!!!!

Sharli said...

Amazing! It's just so interesting and different! I'm so glad you explained how you did it AND how you would do it next time! I was looking at the part about making x's with the xacto knife and was pretty sure I would cut through the cloth that way (I'm dangerous with that knife - use it very, very seldom because I want to keep all of my fingers!). I think I'll try it with the fleece adhered first. You do need to publish this one!

Excellent work!

Alyssa B said...

This is amazing! really creative!

Charlene Austin said...

OH MY WOW! This is AMAZING! Fun stuff!

PaperTree Designs said...

This is just amazing! Oh my gosh. Fantastic. Stunning. super cute. You take the cake!

Katy said...

SO, SO, SO CUTE!!!! I'm like you and have some pink material lying around the house...3 boys later, I might as well use it!!!

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