Hello on Heartfelt Creations Wednesday!
One of the fun things the design team did this summer was to create paper flowers using the Heartfelt Creations stamps, and these were displayed at the Heartfelt Creations booth at CHA. All the design team members had different takes on the assignment - it was a challenging project! I used fabric to make mine, which got me to thinking about ways I could use these fabric flower creations on cards or other items.
My project on the Heartfelt Creations blog today uses a couple of fabric flowers, and fabric background layer to create a gift card and bag "just for you".
Note: Finished card size is 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"
Note: Gift bag size is 5 1/4" x 8 1/4"
|Purely Pomegranate (SU!)||5 1/2" x 8 1/2"; scored at 4 1/4"|
|Mellow Moss (SU!)||5 1/2" x 8 1/2"|
|White cardstock (any)||8 1/2" x 5 1/2", and|
4 1/4" x 5 1/2"
|Always Artichoke (SU!)|
|Purely Pomegranate (SU!)|
|HCPC 3408 Woodland Fern PreCut Set (Heartfelt Creations)|
|HCPC 3354 Classic Message PreCut Set (Heartfelt Creations)|
|HCPC 2242: Innoscents Flowers 2 PreCut Set (Heartfelt Creations)|
|Grand Calibur (Spellbinders)|
|Labels 17 Mega Nestabilities (Spellbinders)|
|Labels 10 Nestabilities (Spellbinders)|
|Blossom 2 Nestabilities (Spellbinders)|
|Foliage Shapeabilities (Spellbinders)|
|White gift bag (Hobby Lobby)|
|Xyron 9 Creative Station|
|Gold embossing powder (Stampendous)|
|Adhesive Gems (Paper Studio)|
|Ribbon (Hobby Lobby)|
Working with the Fabric
I'm not a seamstress at all, so I really know little about fabric. I picked up some fabric remnants at Joann's that were about $1.50 a piece - they weren't marked with the type of fabric or anything (sorry I don't have those details). I just picked rich colors with batik-like patterns, and fabric that had a very smooth surface since I wanted to stamp and heat emboss. I washed and ironed the fabric before I did anything with it. I found that, because you will handle the pieces of the flowers a lot, you need to get them to be a little sturdier than the fabric allows. I accomplished this by using my Xyron machine - I ran a piece of cardstock through, then stuck the card to the fabric. For this project, I used white cardstock, but for the CHA flowers, I tried to match the cardstock more closely to the color of the fabric.
Run a 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" sheet of white cardstock through the Xyron machine, then apply the fabric to the adhesive cardstock. Use the Versamark ink to stamp the three flower images two times each. Heat emboss with gold embossing powder, being careful not to scorch the fabric. Use the Blossoms 2 dies to cut out the flower shapes (You may have to run it through a couple of times to cut the fabric all the way). After cutting out the flowers snip through the center of the smaller petals. Using the paper piercer, punch 2 holes through the center of each flower. Stack 3 flowers together, and wire them together; do the same with the other 3 flowers.
Stamp the leaf image on the light green paper, using dark green ink. Cut all 4 out using the foliage die. (I didn't buy any green fabric, but that would make really pretty leaves!)
Run a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" sheet of white cardstock through the Xyron machine, then apply the fabric to the adhesive cardstock. Use the largest Label 17 die to cut out a fabric shape for the front of the card. Punch 2 holes in the upper right area of the label, and wire one of the flowers to the fabric label. Adhere a strip of ribbon just below the center of the panel. Use glue to adhere leaves, just under the edges of the blossom. Cut a piece of dark pink paper measuring 5 1/2" x 8 1/2"; score this at 4 1/4" and fold. Adhere the fabric label to the front of the card. Add a gem in the middle of the flower, and tie a bow from the same ribbon and mount on the right of the front of the card.
Run a 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" sheet of white cardstock through the Xyron machine, then apply the fabric to the adhesive cardstock. Trim to to 5" x 8". Punch two holes in the lower left area of the fabric panel, and wire the remaining flower to the fabric panel. Mount the panel to the front of the gift bag. Glue the remaining leaves to the panel, just under the edges of the flower. Add a gem in the middle of the flower.
Cut/emboss a small Label 10 from the white cardstock. Sponge dark green ink around the edges of the white label. Stamp the sentiment in dark pink onto the white label.
Cut/emboss a small Label 17 from the dark pink card stock. Mount the white sentiment label centered on the dark pink label. Adhere the label in the upper right portion of the fabric panel. Tie a pink bow around the handle of the gift bag.
My Other Flowers
Here are the fabric flowers I created for the HC CHA display using the same technique. These are on floral wire stems, wrapped in floral tape.
And here are some made from just paper.
Thanks for stopping by!