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Getting Crafty, Creating Cards with Silk.

Hi there, I’m Sue, a crafter living in Gloucestershire.  I have crafted all my life (…and that is now a lot of years)!  I work for Whimsy Stamps and Dies To Die For designing greeting cards as examples for the crafting community.  I am also a member of the Design Team at Warner’s Group Publications and Practical Publishing. I am thrilled to be here to show you some ideas of how silk can be incorporated into cardmaking.  I found making these cards really good fun and the silk is a dream to work with!

Make A Wish – ‘Create a Scene Card’ with Silk  

  • Ingredients
  • Inky Card Background
  • Patterned Silk Off Cuts
  • Velvet and Tulle Off Cuts
  • Double Sided Tape 
  • Mermaid Dreams Clear Stamps (Whimsy Stamps – from Dies To Die For)
  • Wavy Edged Die (Whimsy Stamps – from Dies To Die For)
  • Black Stazon Ink
  • 300gsm Card (I use Concord & 9th from Dies To Die For)
  • Vellum
  • Embossing Pad  and White Embossing Powder (I use WOW embossing products)
  • Sequins

The patterns and colours in this gorgeous silk offcut inspired me to make a ‘sea’ themed card.  I also loved the idea of using tulle and velvet to create texture and depth. I have a lot of inky card lying about as I really love making inky backgrounds, I tend to make a batch and save them for a suitable project!  I cut a piece of just such card into a 10cm x 21cm rectangle and layered fabric strips onto it to give myself an idea of how they might look!

I then wrapped the fabric strips around the card, fixing them at the back with double sided tape.  

The important thing to remember is that glue and silk are not a good combination!  If you use any ‘wet’ glue at all near the silk it can bleed through and mark the fabric.

I then fixed an inky panel on to the card front with double sided tape.

I stamped the mermaid tail in Stazon Ink onto another piece of inky card and cut two out to add to the card design as shown.

Finally I added a sentiment stamped and heat embossed onto vellum along with some sequins.  (I used the tiniest dot of PVA glue behind each sequin, being very careful that it didn’t expand past the sequin and stain the silk).  The vellum is wrapped around the card design and also fixed at the back with double sided tape.

The finished design is mounted on to a 10cm x 21cm square card blank with the fold at the side.

The finished card – using silk remnants

Especially For You – Die Cutting Techniques with Silk  

Ingredients

  • Die Cutting Machine (Gemini by Crafter’s Companion)
  • Patterned Silk Off Cuts
  • Spray Adhesive (Hobbycraft)
  • Double Sided Tape (Hobbycraft)
  • Slimline Tiles Die ((Whimsy Stamps)
  • Scalloped Circle Dies (Whimsy Stamps)
  • Wavy Edge Die (Whimsy Stamps)
  • 300gsm Card (I use Concord & 9th from Dies To Die For)
  • Grey Ink Pad (I use Catherine Pooler Twilight from Dies To Die For)
  • Iron On Stabiliser (I use Vilene)

At the moment slimline cards are ‘the thing’ in the world of card making.  I thought the silk offcut I used here was perfect for that style of card.I first prepared all my card die cuts.  I always use a good quality 300gsm card. I find this makes a sturdy, professional looking card which really enhances the finished design. 

Next, I fixed my silk to the stabilizer.  Do not panic about ironing silk!  It can easily take a hot steam iron!

I then hand cut some circles from the silk to spray mount onto card and place behind the blue/green scalloped die cuts.  

The important thing to remember is that glue and silk are not a good combination!  If you use any ‘wet’ glue at all near the silk it will bleed through and mark the fabric.

I then hand cut a rectangle of silk and fixed the white wavy die cuts to it with double sided tape.

I put the card design together as shown, again using only double sided tape.  I added some white die cut leaves and stamped the especially for you sentiment in grey ink.

The finished design is mounted on to a 21.5cm x 10cm card blank with the fold at the top.

“Especially for you” – finished card

*I only work with products I love and my opinions are my own. 

Thank you to Sue, for creating beautiful cards to share with you, I hope they have given you some inspiration of what you can do with your left over silk off cuts. If you would like to see more of her makes, here are some link to her blog/ instagram and Facebook pages: https://tanglemousecards.blogspot.com/?m=1 https://www.instagram.com/tanglemousecards/ https://m.facebook.com/tanglemouscards/

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