Cardmaking, EBE by Brandi Kincaid, Essentials By Ellen, Stamping

Four Ideas for Adding Fabric and Thread to Cards

Today we welcome the one-and-only Brandi Kincaid back to the EH Blog! We’ve seen all sorts of lovely projects made with her 3 new sets this week and, now, we hear from the lady herself …

I may be a girl who gets pep talks from playing with paper, but I come from a long line of women who sewed, stitched, quilted, knitted, and crocheted their way to joy and sanity, and in these days of the world feeling a bit upside down, I’ve been bringing their art forms out to mingle with my own a little more. Now, more than ever, sending mail across the miles, whether it be one or thousands, is such an important way to tether ourselves to each other, and I can’t help but think about the ladies in my family who, while they’re no longer here, taught me how to stitch my heart to others, and remember we’re all in this together. And, it turns out that adding fabric and thread to my old favorites stamp, paper, and ink, is just pure magic.

I made four cards to share with you today, each a little different, but with one common thread (get it, thread? I know, I know, I’ve been home too long) – sewing! These cards will all work with either machine or hand stitching, but I used my machine because I already had it out from art journaling. Speaking of art journaling, the first card I want to share was inspired by some of the play I’ve been experimenting with in my journal. Who said those pages can’t translate to a card?

To mix up the Mondo Pansy stamp a bit, and add more texture to the card, I stamped it on a sheet of transparency paper, allowing me to flip the direction of the bloom.  I stitched this directly onto a watercolored piece of paper, giving a more detailed overlay to the ethereal pink smoosh of paint. Smoosh is a technical term you should feel free to use. I love the simplicity of these two pieces together, but I thought another pop of pattern would be fun, too. Instead of grabbing for paper, I went to my fabric scraps bin and grabbed a tiny floral. Adding it only to the top gives it a fun color block without overwhelming the simple stamping, plus it means that the scrap of fabric was just enough. 

Wanting to keep playing with that fabric color block idea, I found a scrap that would be perfect paired with the large friendship sentiment, but it wasn’t quite big enough. Pinking shears to the rescue! The idea was the same, but instead of covering the whole card end, this small pieces was stitched on as a kind of floating color block, a technique I think I’ll try again with paper, too.

By adding foam adhesive to the back of the sentiment, it gives it a little personality on top of the page, but I can keep that clean black and white I love so much. 

There’s no way for me to sew on cards without quilting, and while I am still trying to master the hexagons with a paper and fabric combo, and this is absolutely my most imperfect of cards, I have to tell you, it might be my favorite. Not only is it fun to piece together bits of flowers and scraps of fabrics, this gave new life to a stamped image I’d flubbed on one side. Cutting the stamped floral into triangles and piecing it with the fabric allowed me to use the parts that stamped well, and wasting less. I really love being able to use things I’ve made mistakes on while I am working.

I kept the stamped floral just the simple black outline this time because I knew I wanted to use two colorful pieces of fabric and a colorful sentiment strip, but this would also be so much patchwork fun with a painted/colored flower, too.

This card doesn’t have any fabric added in, but cutting the floral for the friendship card with the pinking shears inspired it completely. I love that little rickrack toothy edge from the scissors, I I layered a bumper of strips, stitching each one onto the card, going to a slightly wonky, playful edge.  I kept it all white on white, because even though I love that wonkiness, I also didn’t want it to overpower the watercolor floral.

The texture of the layered yardstick with the stitching gives a bit of playfulness to the card, but it’s still simple overall, and I love that. Next up on my dream list of cards to make: a rainbow waterfall of these pinked edges down the card, and a black and white floral accent, just to mix it up. 

Regardless of if you’re adding some simple stitching, scraps of fabric, or both, I encourage you to mix it up on your cards soon, and let those stamps and paper play with your sewing kit – you won’t be sorry!

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  • Reply Kathy T July 18, 2020 at 7:12 am

    I am loving these ideas! I love to sew and make cards. So this is ideal for me to see. Thank you for sharing your creativity!

  • Reply Lisa Domke July 18, 2020 at 7:23 pm

    I never thought about adding fabric. Cool!

  • Reply Denise Bryant July 19, 2020 at 2:04 pm

    Love these ideas! Every once in awhile I buy some fabric that I just can’t resist…. but I really don’t sew! Love the look of adding it onto cards! And the decorative stitching looks awesome too!

  • Reply Rachel July 19, 2020 at 6:01 pm

    I used to stitch on cards & scrapbook pages for my Grandma (who was a sewing master) but haven’t since she passed a few years ago. Your cards have me inspired to dust my machine off again 🙂

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