Today I’m continuing with my mini inspiration series. I’d been reading the Print & Pattern Nature book again and headed to my computer to check out a few of the designer’s websites. When I landed on Paper Moon’s website I spotted this gorgeous pear illustration. I loved all the patterns contained in the outline of the pear and it got me thinking of how to translate this in to a card. I thought of inking and stamping a range of patterns and textures similarly to Kristina’s card here and then using that as a background to a die cut but in the end I decided to use a range of patterned paper pieces in a patchwork/applique style. I’ve linked all supplies at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links used.
I started by digging through my dies for a nice large die with an easily recognisable outline and chose the Plush Sweet Elephant die from Simon Says Stamp. I die cut the elephant from a panel of Fog card and then set about creating a paper pieced background. I covered white card in adhesive and layered on strips of Dear Lizzy patterned paper. I then pulled out my sewing machine and added random straight and zig zag stitching to the patterned paper, adhered the Fog panel with the Elephant die cut out of it and stitched around the outline.
Now it was time to add some details to bring the elephant to life. I die cut the Plush Sweet Elephant ear from another piece of patterned paper and sewed that in place with foam adhesive behind the ear to make it pop. However, I wasn’t happy with my stitched lines so I cut a small piece of patterned paper with one of the Scallop Stitches dies and adhered on top. I also added a baby die cut from white card, a wiggle eye and a tail made by tying a knot in a piece of twine and adhered with a glue dot.
I stamped the ‘welcome’ from the Baby stamp set in clear embossing ink on patterned paper, white heat embossed and trimmed in to a banner. I wrapped the end of the banner around a cocktail stick and used my tin snips to cut to size. Again my trusty glue dots held this in place. As a final touch I searched through my enamel dot stash and arranged a few in an appealing triangle to accent the elephant. With the Fog panel now finished I added it to a white card base with foam adhesive.
I’ve got one more post in this inspiration series coming soon. I just need to get some photographs taken but hopefully I’ll get that post up by the end of the week :D
In other news at Simon Says Stamp …
New Distress Oxide colours are on their way and will be shipping at the beginning of July! Get in early and reserve yours now here.
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Hope to see you back here at the end of the week for my final post in this mini inspiration series.
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Summary of the project which gives all the views of the card in one photo :D I’d love if you pinned and called by on Pinterest :D
Great inspiration from both your card creation and the Paper Moon website. I haven’t used my sewing machine to add touches to a card in quiet a while. I think it’s time I returned to this technique to make a card for my mom’s upcoming birthday. Great card Debbie! Like any fine piece of art, your card makes the viewer want to stick around just to admire all the great details. :)
Have fun getting your sewing machine out Karen. Mine is an antique from my grandma and I love the connection to family it gives me while I sew :D
This is awe inspiring! I absolutely love this!!!
This is so adorable!
Oh my word, Debby! This card is so inspiring! I love the patterned paper and the stitching!
So cute and it works so well for a baby card!
Very cute. Great inspiration!
It is isn’t it Kia, all those delicious colours and patterns! Have fun flipping through it and a very happy birthday to you!
I’m constantly inspired by you; thanx!
Debby, this is absolutely adorable. You’ve inspired me to make something useful out of the paper scraps I keep hoarding. Instead of “saving them for someday”, I can live more intentionally and make a collection of backgrounds to have on hand for all types of cards. Thank you for sharing your talents.