Today is the Waltzingmouse Blog Party, and did I struggle with this one, although I think that is the point of challenges...to try things you might ordinarily not use in your everyday life. The theme is felt or cozy fabric. I rarely use either of those on my cards although I have just about every color of felt imaginable. I can never seem to resist buying it and you would think I would use it on my card today...nope! I had absolutely zero ideas for using all those rolls of felt.
I did however come up with an idea using fabric.
I have made paper ruffles before, and I always thought it would be easier to just use real fabric instead of trying to make my paper look like fabric. Now I know why it isn't any easier...the ends fray and this card weighs a ton!
Last Summer I bought this fabric in Montana because I thought it looked so much like the big pinecone image in Waltzingmouse Festive Foliage stamp set. I used three strips of fabric to make my ruffles and adhered them with scoretape. I stamped some patterned paper using the graph paper stamp from Offbeat Backgrounds and distressed the edges with Tea Dye. The frame is outlined with an image from Very Vintage Labels #18. The big old pinecone branch I love so much is from Festive Foliage with a few of the pinecones popped up with dimentionals. The sentiment is from Say It Loud Winter Holiday. I added a bow from some dyed seam binding and had to add a few little bells as a final embellishment.
This is definitely going to be a "hand-it to you" kind of card, it's way too heavy to mail! Make sure you check out all the other projects using cozy fabric or felt, here's a link to the Blog Party. You just might be tempted to try out your own cozy felt or fabric on the next card you make!