Paper Crafting is my thing. Love it!
But long before I was a paper crafter, I loved fabric and needlework.
Years ago if you were a paper crafter, you used ink, paper, stamps and not much else. Mixed media techniques, a wealth of fabulous embellishments available, the versatility of die cutting machines and a more open mind-set on crafting have led to lots of new and creative forms of expression...something that I'm very excited about!
Today I'm sharing a card I've created almost entirely from fabric. The texture is so fun and I just love the unique look it creates.
First of all I started with a piece of denim fabric the size of my card base. Burlap Sheets can be found in Ellen's store. They are a fabulous 12x12 size and can be used as a scrapbook layout base or cut down to be used for many smaller sized projects. The name "burlap panels" is a little deceiving. I expected them to be a little rougher in texture like traditional burlap but they are more like a canvas texture. I love this tighter weave as it holds together really well when die cut.
The denim panel was die cut using a Sizzix heart die and then a piece of the hot pink fabric lines the shape from the reverse.
Stitching isn't 100% neccessary for this project but I really like the definition it adds to the project. For most paper crafting projects, stitching does NOT have to be perfect so don't let that scare you. I really love the interest a slightly imperfect line of stitching gives you.
Low profile dies will cut this fabric well. After experimenting around with how best to cut the fabric, I found that placing a scrap piece of cardstock beneath the fabric will help cut the image cleanly, usually with only one pass.
The above photo shows you how it will look with both the cardstock and fabric die cut. Just peel the fabric off the cardstock and adhere to the project.
Quick Tip: Save the die cut cardstock to use in another project for less waste!
Here's a look at the die cut fabric sentiment and leaves. The texture is great and I love how simply die cutting something besides paper creates a different look. I'll be die cutting a LOT of these sweet little leaves to be used in upcoming projects.
American Crafts makes FABULOUS DIY Thickers that are great for personalizing. The B99 Agate Copic Sketch Marker turns a white letter into one that looks like denim.
Great projects are all about the details. By simply taking the time to stitch thread through button holes a simple button looks that much more finished.
- don't over handle die cut fabric or it may stretch or fray
- looks for secure ways to adhere fabric to your base
- liquid adhesive, staples, hand stitching and machine stitching are all very secure ways to adhere fabric
- combine different fabrics together for an interesting variation in texture
- use a heavy cardstock card base to provide support for your fabric card design
- mix fabric with fabric tape, buttons, lace, sewing themed accessories, thread and almost anything you can think of
- burlap fabric sheets can be cut with sharp scissors, pinking shears, the Tonic Guillotine paper cutter or die cut with both low and high profile dies
- fray edges of fabric background by running your finger repeatly over the edges.
Have fun creating with fabric! Thanks for joining me today in the CLASSroom and have a fabulous long weekend!