Monday, February 3, 2014

Anything But a Card Challenge - RRR#88 - Second post

If you're here, chances are you've come from Really Reasonable Ribbon's 88th Challenge  - Anything But a Card. 

My contributions to the challenge are postcards, but they are made of fabric and other embellishments that are sewn on. I fused cotton fabrics, using 'Heat 'n Bond' onto a material called "Timtex", a VERY stiff Pellon like material, developed for use in the brim of hats. (My design was inspired by a tag in Basic Grey's beautiful 'Lily Kate' line from years ago.)

Using hand and machine sewing, the design was worked on top of the card. It was a blast figuring out how the different flowers could be formed. Below is a map of ribbons and trims used.

As you can see, there are quite a few heart shaped elements (one of my favorites), and I challenged myself to make the largest flower with heart-shaped petals. 

 Each open petal is a length of narrow ribbon with the ends brought together with the same side facing up, side by side. (The tip of the pedal will not lie flat at this stage.) Attach the two cut ends down next to one another where the center of the flower will be. Grab the tip of the petal and rotate the top side of ribbon to face the card's surface. Still holding the petal tip, move towards the flower center until you like the shape. and tack the tip down to the surface.

The ric-rac flower is formed by using a thread to draw the valley points together. Other embellishments include glass, brass, and shell beads, buttons, ladder yarn, and invisible thread.

Thanks so much for coming by to visit, and please leave me a comment. I would particularly like to know if my instructions for the large flower are clear, and if making one, is something you might try.

See you at your place soon!


  1. Oh my gosh Marcie where do I start many amazing shoes and textures to look at! I love this! Your red hearts made out of ribbon ,the other flowers made from glass, brass and shells ....this is a work of art! I hope this gets framed and hung on a wall. Love those glass beads.i could go on and on ...but you get it! Love this creative project and yes very clear instructions. I would try the large poly ric..rack

  2. Oh, my, Marcie! I LOVE how you've brought all these elements together so beautifully! It's a work of art!!! (and heart!)

  3. What a beautiful fabric postcard! Thanks so much for participating in our Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge.

  4. Lovely!! I love how you made all of your flowers with the ribbons...and those little hearts...lovely!!
    Thank you for playing at Really Reasonable Ribbon!!


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