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?
Anyway, 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.
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.)
My 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 twisted Red Seam Binding for the hanger and it is adhered through the window with tape before the fabric is added.
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.
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!