Friday, December 11, 2015

Winter Birds card and fabric background tutorial

Hello Crafty Friends!

One of my favorite things to do in my craft room is taking supplies and trying to find new ways to use them.  Sometimes I am happy with the results and sometimes I chalk up the time spent to "just having fun". The card today was happy results: I created a fabric patterned background to match a sweet winter birds image.

First I applied Distress Inks in Tumbled Glass, Bundled Sage and Antique Linen to DCWV's adhesive fabric.  The fabric was kept on the adhesive sheet.
After drying, the fabric was dry embossed using Elizabeth Craft Designs' Berry Branch folder.  A brayer was run over Distress Ink in Vintage Photo and then run over the embossed image.  (Please note that next time I will try Archival Ink on the background because the Vintage Photo did "spread" and the branches did not stay as crisp images.  However, it worked with this card because the image background had smudges of Vintage Photo along the edges.)
Enamel Accents was randomly applied to look like gently falling snow.
After drying, the fabric was cut to size and mounted onto white card stock.  This "flattened" my embossed image but the pretty pattern remained.  The bird image was cut to size, mounted on red card stock and then mounted to the fabric background.  Stickles in Candy Cane was applied to the background and image berries.
A single green crinkle ribbon bow was added and the card was complete.

While creating the background, I was unsure how well it would match the image.  In the end, I was very happy with the results as the background did match well.  And the card front is super cute!

Thanks for stopping by.   Hope you enjoyed the background tutorial and the card.  :)
Have a happy crafty day!
Big Hugs,
Kathy Jo

This card is entered into the following challenges:
Word Art Wednesday, AG
Craftin Desert Divas, Christmas


  1. What a great idea Kathy Jo! Beautiful always! Thanks for sharing this technique! :D

  2. Such a wonderful background for those BEAUTIFUL birds. Thank you so much for taking time to post your very creative art with us this week at Word Art Wednesday in our 213th FF AG challenge! Advent Blessings, Carole

  3. Fantastic! Love this card, it's so elegant and wonderful! Thanks for playing with us at Craftin Desert Divas Linky Party!
    Giorgia DTM

  4. Lovely card Kathy Jo! Love the background.

  5. Really neat experimentation! I would have never thought to dry emboss fabric, thanks for sharing this idea! :)

  6. Absolutely adorable! I wonder if you stick the fabric to cardstock first, would it emboss well and hold the pattern? I've never seen that product, it looks like fun to use.

  7. This is gorgeous!! The background looks amazing!! Your technique is fabulous...thanks for the tutorial!! Stunning card my friend!! Have a great weekend :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  8. Gorgeous card, love the little birds! I'll have to give that background a try. Thanks for sharing!


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