Does anyone, besides me, remember creating chenille fabric jackets and blankets with plaid fabrics? I have been thinking about all of the sewing techniques I used to use and how I can apply them to my current love, paper crafting! So after a BUNCH of experimenting, I have come up with this awesome technique!
Supplies needed for Christmas Card:
Stamps: Merry Christmas Stamp
Cardstock: Olive CS and Brocade CS
Papers: Natural Mulberry paper and Wassail by Basic Grey (isn't it painful to actually cut it!)
Embellishments: Cinnamon Stickles
Tools: Sewing Machine, Oval Scallop Punch (I used McGill, Nestibilities also work), Snowflake punch by Martha Stewart (Walmart)
Supplies needed for Faith Card:
Stamps: Gigi Giraffe and Sewn Sentiments
Cardstock: Stampin Up Certainly Celery
Papers: Pink Mulberry paper and Euphoria by Basic Grey
Tools: Sewing Machine, Oval Nestibilities to fit your image, Scallop punch by McGill
How to create Paper Chenille
1. Create your background card.
2. Decide on the area you want covered by the chenille. My area is 3 7/8" tall and 1-1/2" wide (finished size of card is 4x4). Cut FIVE layers of mulberry paper to the area to be covered. Clip on to your background piece with paperclips or clips as shown above.
3.Stitch your first row of stitching 1/4 inch from the edge of the mulberry paper.
4. With a pencil, draw lines every 1/2 inch from the first stitching line. Stitch on each line. Once all the lines are stitched, make sure the amount of mulberry paper after the last stitching line is 1/4 inch.
5. With sharp pointed end scissors, carefully slide your scissors under all the layers of the mulberry paper and clip in the center of the two stitching lines.
6. This is what your project will look like when you have all the paper slit between the stitching lines.
7. Pick up both sides of the paper pinching it together.
8. Begin slitting your paper as shown.
9. When you have all your paper slitted, here is what it will look like.
10. Begin ruffling and scruffling (this is my made up word :-)) until you get the papers roughed up and fluffy as shown in picture 11.
You now know how to create Paper Chenille!
I would love to see any projects that you come up with using Clear Dollar Stamps and Paper Chenille! We could even start a special gallery for them!
How to create Shaped Paper Chenille
1. Set up your Nestibilities ovals as shown....these are 4 sizes apart. I made sure Gigi fit in the smallest one. I put a piece of double sided tape on my C plate to hold them in place.
2. The sandwich goes like this for your Cuttlebug plates: A, C, Nestie ridge side up, 5 sheets mulberry paper, white cardstock (I used the center piece from this to stamp Gigi on), B plate.
3 You will be using the outer circle of mulberry paper.
4. Create your background for your card.
5. Place your shaped mulberry paper on your background paper where you would like to create the chenille. Stitch 1/4 inch from the edge of the inside.
6. Stitch 1/4 inch from the outside edge of mulberry paper. This may vary with the size of cut out you make.
7. VERY CAREFULLY, insert your pointed edge scissors through all the layers of mulberry and start cutting down the middle of the oval between stitches.
8. This is what it will look like when you are ready to start slitting your paper.
9. Go around all the edges of the oval making little slits. Start scruffling it until it is the fluffiness you would like!
Isn't Gigi perfect in this little ring of ruffles!
Hope your day is filled with blessings and stamping galore!