Poofy Fabric Ornament Card

Those who know me well aren't going to believe it…I actually used my new Deck The Halls Fabric on a card!  Finally, right?!  When it comes to decorative papers, certain embellishments, and now the new Stampin' Up! fabric, I tend to like to admire the patterns and pretties, without actually using them.  I wonder why I do that?

Poofy ornament - michelle reynoldsAnyway, in the interest of trading in my collecting obsession for some actual creating, I searched my trusted resources to find inspiration for a fabric card project.  I stumbled upon an interesting, and somewhat challenging, creation by Michelle Reynolds at Inspiration Ink: The Poofy Ornament.

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I used Michelle's basic design, including creating pine boughs by stamping with the large pine tree in the Lovely As A Tree stamp set.  (Did you know this is currently the oldest stamp set in the catalog?)  

But in true Too Cool-style, I couldn't stop there.  I couldn't leave it alone. I had to add more details.  (I have a problem with that, too.) 

Poofy ornament - closeupMy extras included adding some Tasteful Trim borders in Always Artichoke.  I also punched a Teeny Tiny Wishes sentiment with the Modern Label Punch, then embellished it with a Vintage Trinkets "button" brad and a scrap of fabric.

On the second card, I sprayed Silver Foil Smooch Spritz over the background for a little shimmer!

Poofy Ornament Instructions

I punched the Ornament shape out of the Crumb Cake card stock.  (The fabric is not punched.  However, you could achieve a fabric ornament shape with the Movers & Shapers Holiday Windows ornament die.) 

I twisted Red Seam Binding for the hanger and it is adhered through the window with tape before the fabric is added. 

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Next, I outlined the back of the ornament window with Sticky Strip.  Using a small piece of fabric cut larger than the window, I placed one large cotton ball in the center and pushed the fabric through the window to get the desired "poof" shape.  When it was in position, I pressed the sides of the fabric down into the Sticky Strip and trimmed off the excess.  I adhered a small piece of card stock to the back of the cotton ball area, just to keep everything in place while I attached the bow and brad.

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For the bow, I made two loops with the Chantilly Crochet Trim, then wrapped the prongs of an Antique Brad around the middle to hold the bow in place.  To attach to the card, I used the piercing tool to make a brad hole on the top of the ornament. 

I've seen this brad/bow combination done a lot lately, and it's much easier than actually tying a bow!  The crochet trims and seam bindings work well with brads because they don't have much bulk.  Give it a try on your projects! 






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