It's Kristin Hayne here and have a greeeeeat tip for spare felt scraps. I got a big jumpstart on some Xmas gifts this year and thought it might be a great way to spruce up those plain, boring bulbs lying around. this way and thought it would be fun to use for altered items.
What I had was a bunch of Queen & Co. scraps left over (doesn't matter what colors) and I placed them on a red ornament here. I made a pattern all over then proceeded to paint over them using the adhesive felt as a "mask". I used green paint for the first 2 coats then used Li'l Davis green glitter paint to seal it and leave a sparkle on the final coat. I then let it dry and then slowly peeled up the adhesive felt. It left the beautiful swirl pattern that you see in the last shot. You could then embellish it with crystals or glitter or Stickles.... well, you get the idea. Hope you enjoy this fun and easy tip!
Felt Fusion is one of our most popular products here at Queen & Co, and no wonder, it's so versatile! We have been asked to write up a tutorial on using the felt, the adhesive is fairly strong, so Jennifer Perks from the Queen & Co design team has come up with the following steps - thanks Jennifer!
There is no doubt about it, the new self adhesive felt fusion really does stick. Sometimes, such as when I'm not 100% sure of it's placement and I know I will be moving it around a bit, or when I don't want it to lay completely flat, it sticks a little too well. I found a solution that would give me a little more control over the felt...and allow it to lift up a bit and have additional dimension (which I think this is especially pretty with the flower designs).
Turn the felt over and, using an xacto knife, begin to scratch a line into the paper backing. Do this very gently and stop when you feel the blade hit the felt or you will cut all the way through. If you do cut all the way through, don't stress too much. It's easy to piece back together and the fuzzy nature of the felt hides the cut pretty well.
The idea is to cut two lines and peel the paper backing off between them. Continue this down the center of the felt fusion (I kind of followed the line off which the snowflakes branched). I like to work in sections, peeling off the back and revealing the sticky backing of the felt for 3-4 inches, placing it on my page, folding it back to reveal the paper side, making my cuts, etc. It will not stick as securely as if you had pulled the entire backing off, so I made sure to have brads in the centers of some of the snowflakes (or flowers, etc). You can also reveal wider sections of the adhesive for great sticking "power."
Close up of the adhesive sections that are revealed after pulling up pieces of the backing. One thing I want to stress is that I'm not 100% sure about the acid free property of the backing that you are leaving on there when applying your felt this way. I personally am OK if not everything I use is acid free on some of my layouts. But if you want to do it the right way and be absolutely sure, I would test it with one of those pH pens before leaving it on there....just in case!
And here is an example of the finished product. What I really like about not pulling the entire backing off (besides it being a bit easier for me to work with) is that it allows some of the designs to stick up a bit and have even more texture and dimension to them.
One other tip...don't be afraid to cut up the felt. Here, I took away some of the snowflakes in the roll so that it was not as solid and straight-edged. Not only did it visually lighten the look of the felt, it also made it easier to shape and "float" up the page. I also replaced some of the blue snowflakes with ones from a different colored (white) roll, which added visual interest and also kept the dark blue from overpowering the page.
Join us as Johanna Peterson leds us through the steps by steps for creating this goooorgeous Chrissy decoration - original idea by Jamie Harper and copied closely by Nic Howard in about 5 minutes time, lol.
Photo 1. hmmm...the packaging for the stamps is so yummy. It makes a great ornament with a photo placed inside or it could hold a whole mini book :)
Photo 2. I have a binder for all my acrylic stamps, so these will go in the binder. Underneath the stamps is a perfect template for you to cut your photos or mini book!
Photo 3. I couldn't decide on whether I should use a color or black and white photo, so I printed them both and cut them out.
Photo 4. I adhered my photo (I liked the black and white) and added a sheer ribbon on the hinge
Photo 5. I added some beads to the inside to look like "snow"
Photo 6. I added a simple rub on at the bottom and some Queen & Co jewels. if you are wondering what the crayon is for...I use a crayon to apply jewels. apply a drop of glue where you would like the jewel. touch the crayon to the jewel and the jewel will stick to the crayon. touch the jewel to the glue and the glue will pull it off of the tip of the crayon.
I was recently sent this picture of a Christmas decoration created by Jamie Harper. My first impressions were that it was a classical and beautiful decoration and I quite fancied one for my tree actually. Then when I asked further to how it was made I was told that it was created from the case from Queen & Co clear stamps!
Join me in the next few days as we show you step by steps on how to create this beautiful ornament.
This year I'm especially in the holiday spirit and have been making tons of Christmas cards. Since I have a hard time not using felt and brads on everything I have a lot of felt scraps. I figured why not make them into something and a Christmas tree seemed the obvious choice. If you don't have scraps just cut small sections of the scrolls out and piece together (with backing on) until you have your shape. Begin removing backing one section at a time and shaping your tree. Add brads and bling and your'e all set.
More Christmas Inspiration, this time from Ginger Williams.
The Queen & Co felt ribbon and felt borders are perfect for decoration on holiday projects. Ginger used a felt fusion star cut from the blue felt then covered it with glitter to tone down the bright blue a little to suit the holiday theme. It was then added it to the front of a card.
The perfect candy ornament is made with 12 inch strips of the black scalloped felt. (Cut it in half lengthwise)... something so simple, made to look so good! Thanks for the tips, Ginger!
Brad placement is very easy if you use a push pin and a mouse pad. Just make a hole with the push pin where you want your brads to go and it not only makes it much easier to push your brad through the paper, but it also makes it so that your brads are always exactly where you want them to be. I use this all the time, especially when placing brads through many layers of paper. With out "pre-piercing" the hole the brads would never make it through all those layers. Using a mouse pad under your paper makes it easier to make a hole and easier to push the brads through it.
We've been so lucky to have Linda Beeson as our guest designer this month. One of Linda's favourite things to do is to make cards, and she couldn't resist just one more card... it fits with the season perfectly.