Friday, May 25, 2012

Fabric embellishments...
Hi everyone! I'm here today to show you a layout I made using some of my favorite dies. I haven't made a layout in quite a while, so I decided to get back to my roots and create one using photo's of my sweet little niece, Rebekah, who thankfully poses so beautifully for me, every time I see her.
I love the look of truly "handmade" layouts, actually sewing and creating handmade embellishments, really tug at my heartstrings.
I used several Sizzix dies for this layout and though I used my new Sizzix Big Shot Pro, you can easily slide every one of these dies through a Big Shot. Below I posted some close up photos, followed by a few step-by-step pictures to help guide you in creating your own fabric embellishments.

For my layout I used the following dies from Sizzix:
 Here is how I made some of the elements in my layout. I started first by die cutting 3 large Tags, from the Tags & Bookplates die by Tim Holtz, from regular heavy-weight white cardstock. I then dipped each tag into liquid walnut ink and I let them soak for about 5 minutes, (the longer you let your tags bathe in the ink, the darker they will become). Once done, take them out of the ink and set aside to dry.
While the tags are drying, die cut the rest of your elements and assemble them. I cut 3 hearts from the Primitive Hearts die using fabric and natural quilting batting for this.
As a hint, whenever you cut material that is more fibrous then paper, like felt or fabric, place a piece of cardstock "on top" of your fabric before you cut! You will be amazed at how "crisp" your cut elements will be. The picture below shows this.
You will be amazed at how "crisp" your cut elements will be.
Once I had my 3 hearts cut, I sandwiched them together, by placing fabric on the bottom, quilting batting in the middle, then another fabric heart on top. Once joined, I simply stitched them together using a basic blanket stitch, (which also happens to be my favorite stitch).
Next, I die cut my 3-D Flowers from the same quilting batting, then rolled them up and secured them by adding a little hot glue on the bottom. These are very easy to assemble.
And these are the final results once your elements are made.
Then it's time to assemble your layout. I added photos to 2 of the tags and embellishments to the 3rd one. Referring to the finished layout above, I adhered the tags with Fabri-Tac to a piece of fabric sewn to the middle of the cardstock. From there, I simply played around with where I wanted all the elements to be before gluing each of them down.
I added buttons on the Tattered Banner at the bottom, which by the way was cut using the same quilting batting, and finished with a simple running stitch of red floss, very simple. I added a big red gingham bow in one corner and a fun vintage, "ice cream" die cut at the bottom. Finally, adhere some glittered alphabets and a Tim Holtz, bookplate sewn with the word "love" in red floss, and you've got a beautifully, sweet, truly handmade layout you can be proud of.

Thank you all so much for enjoying my project.
misc. supplies: glittered chipboard alphabet- K&Co; Vintage Ice Cream Label- Jenni Bowlin Studio; paper doily- Martha Stewart; buttons; red gingham ribbon
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  1. Gorgeous layout! That's one of my favorite colour it! Thanks so much!...Nancy :o)

  2. This layout is gorgeous! Such a work of art!

  3. Beautiful!!!! Love all the fabrics you used and great tip about using the paper when you cut them. I also love your stained tags.

  4. OMG, I just absolutely adore this layout! Such charm.

  5. I am in love with all the homemade goodness! Thanks for the inspiration and reminding me that I don't have to go get supplies, use what I have and make it!

  6. very beautiful...thanks for the tip about putting the paper on top of the material for a crisper cut

  7. I could stare at this for hours! Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!

  8. Perfect layout!! Thanks for the great ideas :-D


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