WSC – Creating with Cork or Felt & a Tutorial

Happy Wednesday!  For this weeks Wednesday Stamp Club we are creating with cork and/or felt.  Here’s my project using cork as a main panel instead of just an element.  I also used several Die-namics dies…can you tell how many? It’s kind of a trick question… :P I stamped a tree from Grow Love onto a Sweet Tooth panel cut with a nestie and also onto a scrap of patterned paper. I have only recently begun to color using Sweet Tooth and Copics, and the verdict is YIPPEE.  I LOVE it!  It has a bit more tooth than Perfect Paper Panels, which is nice sometimes, and there are many of you who prefer a bit more texture since you’re used to coloring on that type of cardstock. I must admit I was shocked at first that I liked it so much, and then extremely pleased since it blends so nicely and is also so affordable!  And thirdly, it’s available in 8.5 x 11″ packs. Talk about a paper tri-fecta! I used the Jumbo Ric Rac Die-namics to cut out a trim piece and then I used the Grosgrain Texture Board to make it match the ribbon texture. See how deep that impression is?  You have to try the the super thin pad in Embossing Pad Pack.  Seriously. I then stitched some grosgrain ribbon in a wonky pattern across my Ric Rac shape. Here’s a close up of the finished tree after coloring, paper piecing and adding a few Glittered Garnishes for good measure. I wanted to add some dimension under the tree, so once it was colored, including an actual ground for the tree trunk, I cut a Fresh Cut Grass strip and doubled it up so it would appear like a fun grass clump. Here’s the backside so you can see how I layered it. Here’s how I created the custom Pearl Flourish.  I happened to have a stencil with several flourish patterns that I laid on top of my cork panel and using a white gel pen, I added dots through the holes so I would know where to place my pearls. If I hadn’t had a stencil, I could have created a pattern with a pencil on white copy paper, or printed one, and then using a paper piercer I could have created the same thing, so a fancy stencil is NOT necessary. I chose to add pearls but any crystal will also work.  This is definitely a time when the fancy hotfix applicator comes in HANDY! Once my pattern was down on my cork, I played around with sizes to see what would work best for the flourish I was creating. Then I put them into place, and viola!  SO stinkin’ cute!  Here’s another trick question… isn’t that the cutest and most perfect little rolled flower? And here’s another pic of the completed card. wing code and paste it in your blog content while in HTML view