Friday, January 28, 2011

warm fuzzies

Hello, my friends. I think we're having a heat wave. Last I checked, the thermometer read about 37. That's how cold Lydia, the challenge hostess today for the free for all challenge on SCS, said it was in Texas this morning. When I saw that the challenge was all about warm fuzzies, I decided I wanted to play. I really didn't have any idea on what I wanted to do, but as I stepped into the shower, I had a really fun idea. Now, if I could just pull it off. I wanted to use flannel on my card. I knew I had a box full of flannel, but I had to 'dig' down to it.

Once I found the box, right on top was some pretty blue flannel and I thought it would be perfect.

So I would get the shape right, I did a google search and then I made a pattern from some cereal box chipboard. That way, if I ever decide to use this idea again, I already have a pattern. I made the pattern in two pieces, one full shape for the back and one partial shape for the front.

I used another piece of cereal box for the shape on my card, so it was nice and firm. That made it so much easier to work with. I traced the front piece twice, flipping it over for the second side. Then I adhered the flannel to the other side of the chipboard with mod podge. I let it dry for a bit and then cut out the pieces.

Using my SU mat pack as a guide, I marked spots for the eyelets and then punched through both pieces with my crop-a-dile and attached eyelets.

I threaded the ribbon through the eyelets, but kept it loose, since I wanted a gap between the pieces.

For a backing, I traced the full pattern on a piece of white cardstock and cut it out. I glued just the outer edge of one side of the front to the back, and then making sure the ribbon was loose enough, I glued the other side down. Then I was able to tighten the ribbon and tie a bow.

I used some gathered lace edging for the top and used tacky glue. I glue the whole thing onto some blush blossom cardstock.

After uploading the card to my SCS gallery, I just knew I couldn't leave it like that, so I did some trimming on the card base to make the same shape as the corset, leaving just a little on the left fold to hold it together. I like this version without the card back showing so much better.

This was such a fun card to make. I could see this also as a steampunk card, all full of metal gears and timepieces, etc. Fun! I hope you have as much fun looking at this as I had making it. Thanks for stopping by.


Starla said...

This is just too fun! Love the idea with the flannel and lace!

Anonymous said...

What a stunning card! I think you've done an outstanding job and deserve a prize for creativity! Thank you so much for sharing! I just love, love, love it!!

Dianna N,