I love adding texture to my paper craft creations and one of my very favorite ways to do that is with felt. Felt is warm and wonderful, comes in so many different hues and is so soft and dimensional. It’s also the perfect fabric for die-cutting as it doesn’t fray!
Today I’m excited to be sharing these designs with you here and also at the Scrapbook & Cards Today blog for their Card Cafe Thursday feature! If you’ve never been by Scrapbook & Cards Today, their blog is full of great tips and giveaways and the quarterly magazine is amazing! I love it in paper form but you can even view it on-line for free!
To create my custom embellishments I first started out with some embroidery floss and some Taylored Expressions Felt. It’s my absolute favorite felt that is !00% wool and it is a dream to work with.
You can cut out your own shapes and stitch them but it’s fun and quick to use dies to cut the felt. I’ve used some dies from Maya Road…the Vintage Button Card Die and Flowers Die Set which should be in stores any day now.
Once the felt has been die-cut, the fun begins. I stitched these little embellishments together while watching tv with my mother-in-law who is here for a visit. It was so quick! Next time I’m going to die-cut a LOT at once so I can stitch away while I relax.
On the flower embellishment I layered the felt together and then accented the center with some orange embroidery floss and a simple straight stitch or running stitch. The same goes for the lines I stitched onto the button card die-cut. As you can see I didn’t worry too much about precision and I think the slightly uneven stitches adds to the whimsical homespun look.
Quick Tip: There’s no need to glue the felt layers together before stitching. The texture of the felt holds the layers together. I find that when using high quality felt it’s very easy to stitch through three layers with no hand strain at all!
Once the embellishments were done, I used a hot glue gun or liquid adhesive to keep them in place. This card uses some of the Simple Stories Domestic Bliss line. I’ve accented it with some stitched on vintage buttons, a Paper Flower and pink pin from Maya Road, and a sweet little tagged stamped with hello from the Essentials by Ellen Lovely Stamp Set.
My second card also features a die-cut felt sentiment in a lovely orange felt, also from Taylored Expressions. I’ve carefully adhered it with some Mono Liquid Adhesive to keep it in place. To further embellish this design I’ve added in some Maya Road Paper Leaves, a brad from Simple Stories and some pretty Lawn Fawn twine.
Keep it creative!