Thursday, August 4, 2011

Fun with fabric

I bought some of Stampin' Up!'s designer fabric earlier this year when it was on sale, but I really haven't used it much. So today I thought I'd play around with it. My convention roommate, Jackie Beers, gave me a cute pin that used self-stick foam covered with designer series paper and then die cut to make flowers. Jackie said you could also use the same technique with fabric, so that's what I did to create this cute gift box:

Supplies (all from Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted):
Card stock: Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Baja Breeze

Accessories: Baja Breeze seam binding ribbon, Baja Breeze corduroy buttons, Candy Cane Christmas designer fabric, Fun Flowers Bigz L die, Big Shot Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets, gift box (Ikea), self-stick foam (Darice)

The box itself is from Ikea and was already a pretty red with a subtle pinstripe look to it. I added the ribbon by cutting four pieces of ribbon and placing them on a Big Shot Multipurpose Adhesive sheet so they were completely sticky. Then I pulled them off one at a time and placed them on the box. Two pieces of ribbon go down one side, across the bottom and up the opposite side. Two shorter pieces are placed the same way on the cover. The great thing about the Big Shot Adhesive Sheets is that if I set the ribbon on the box carefully, the adhesive was slightly repositionable. So if the ribbon was crooked, I could peel it up and adjust it before rubbing it on to make sure it really stuck. 

For the flowers, I peeled off the backing from a piece of light blue foam and placed a piece of the Candy Cane Christmas fabric on the exposed adhesive. Then I placed the other side of the foam on a Big Shot Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet and cut around the foam (leave the backing on the adhesive). I used the Fun Flowers die to cut out two flowers, peeled the backing off the small flower, adhered it on the large flower and added a Baja Breeze corduroy button. Then I peeled the backing off the large flower and adhered it to the box cover. Super quick and easy! 

For the matching gift card, I made a 3" x 3" Cherry Cobbler card. (Technically, the red in the fabric is Real Red, but the box color was closer to Cherry Cobbler. It's great that the fabric coordinates with multiple colors!) It's hard to see in the picture, but I made score lines every 1/8" on the front of the card to coordinate with the pinstripe look on the box. I made the flowers the same way as I did the ones for the box, but for these I used Baja Breeze card stock instead of foam so the card wasn't so bulky.

Even though the fabric is called Candy Cane Christmas, this gift card and box would be great for many different occasions. Now the next time I have a little gift to give, I'm all set! I hope you liked it!

1 comment:

  1. Andrea, this is such a lovely and cheery project!

    I found your blog from the thread you started on SCS regarding the adhesive sheets, which I've been thinking about getting for myself. The discussion over there, and the link to Jackie Topa's pearls of wisdom, have convinced me that I'd get a lot of use out of them!

    Thanks so much for the inspiration!