All Eyes On... Fabric

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Welcome to Wplus9 Design's All Eyes On... Fabric!  Woohoo!  This one's right up my alley, and I've got a step-by-step approach, for you all, to creating this!
Let's begin with that fantastic, denim rosette.  Shall we?!  I started by cutting approximately 14" from the inside, leg seam of a worn-out pair of my jeans.  They had unrepairable holes in the rear.  Needless to say, I wasn't going anywhere in those.  LOL!  I then wrapped the length of it around one end two times...
and thread a needles through the base of the entire thing...
three times and pulled it tight to form my center.  If you're finding it difficult to push the needle through, a pair of pliers might come in handy.
Then, flip the length of the denim seam around the center point.  Here's a front view...
and a back view.
Anchor it with a stitch or two.
Continue on, in this same manner, around the center piece itself, building each flipped and wrapped and anchored layer, until you reach the size you want.  The more times that you can run your needle from one side of the piece through the other, the more sturdy it will be.  Here's a completed front view...
and back view.
The leaf image, from Ever After, was stamped, in Jet Black StazOn ink, one on the front and one on the back side of a scrap piece of denim and hand cut out.
They were, then, adhered, with Fabri-Fix, to the back of the rosette itself, along with a fabric pin, to create a gift within a gift for the recipient.
Okay, that's that.  Now, let's take a look at the pleated denim across the bottom of the card.  I started by cutting a length of scrap denim, approximately 8" x 2", and adhering a length of Terrifically Tacky Tape along the bottom of a piece of 3-3/4" x 3-1/2", rose, polka dot, patterned paper, which had its top left corner rounded.
I, then, began adhering the denim about 3/4" down from its top edge, in a pleated fashion, leaving a bit hanging off the left side of the patterned paper to tuck behind it.
Just continue, in the same way, across the length of the tape and adhere the tail ends to the back of the patterned, paper piece.
Now, because I didn't trust the tape to hold such a stiff fabric as denim for a long period of time, I machine stitched it, with navy-threaded, straight stitches, to the paper itself.  Don't worry about what this looks like.  It'll be covered up by a length of ribbon anyhow.
After tucking the thread lengths to the back of the rose, polka dot, patterned, paper piece, I adhered it to a piece of Baja Breeze cardstock; machine stitched, with gray-threaded, straight stitches, a double angle in the top, right corner of the patterned paper; and pierced the denim rosette through the prepared piece...
before wrapping a length of Basic Grey, taffeta ribbon around it, right where I stitched the denim to the patterned paper; tying it, in a bow, just left of center; and embellishing it with an aqua button, laced with a hemp twine bow, and a hand-cut, distressed with Tea Dye and Antique Linen inks, and stamped, in Basic Gray ink, with the "Happy Birthday" sentiment, from RetroGirly Birthday, tag.
Finally, I stamped the larger tag outline, from All Occasion Tags, in Baja Breeze ink, on a piece of Whisper White cardstock and the flower image, from Ever After, in Jet Black ink, overhanging its right side; hand cut it out; colored it with Regal Rose, Pretty in Pink, Wild Wasabi, Baja Breeze, and Marina Mist inks and a blender pen; distressed it edges with Tea Dye and Antique Linen inks; thread a length of hemp twine through a punched hole in the top; and tied it in a bow, before adhering it, tucked under the top of the denim ruffle, near the right side of the card face.
After adhering the entire, prepped piece, with dimensionals, to the Night of Navy, cardstock, card face, it's ready for its recipient!
I drew further inspiration for this project from Embellish's Tags Color Trends Challenge.
LOVE to know what you all think, as well as see any of your denim rosette or pleated denim creations!  Just leave me a link to them, in the comments section, below.  Thanks so much for peeking in; be sure to run check out what the rest of the team has in store with fabric; and please mosey on back, on the 28th, for a brand new, Wplus9 Design, June release.  Hope to see you then!

Dawn Woleslagle
Savitri Wilder

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Ever After, All Occasion Tags, & RetroGirly Birthday (Wplus9) Paper: Night of Navy, Baja Breeze, & Whisper White (SU); rose polka dot (American Crafts) Ink: Regal Rose, Pretty in Pink, Wild Wasabi, Baja Breeze, Marina Mist, & Basic Gray (SU); Tea Dye & Antique Linen (Ranger); Jet Black (StazOn) Other: navy & gray thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); Corner & 3/8" Circle punches, blender pen, Basic Gray taffeta ribbon, & aqua flower button (SU); hemp twine (Hobby Lobby); scrap denim; fabric pin (JoAnn Fabrics); Fabri-Fix; Terrifically Tacky Tape (Provo Craft)

18 comments:

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Wowwwwwwwwwwwwwww! I love love love this! I loveeeeeeeeeee all the denim! GORGEOUS! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

mindy gallagher said...

Jinny how fun is that!! I totally love it! Awesome job :D

Fiona said...

Brilliant texture Jinny! Fabby card :)

Christina said...

Oh, this is gorgeous and fun! Love the unexpected texture the denim adds! Such a great tutorial, too!

lynn said...

adorable cute, jinny:) love the denim flower! tfs!

Ellen said...

That is s-s-s-s-o-o-o-o cute!

Angi @ CokiePop said...

Jaw dropping and stunning....WOW!!! I've been wanting to use denim in my designs for a while now. Thanks for sharing this tutorial. Will let ya know when I try this out. :)

Janna Werner said...

Jinny, I love your denim card, so creative! And thanks for the step by step instruction, looks really easy the way you explained it! Janna

Tracey said...

Oh Jinny ...how fab is this!!!! LOVE it!!!

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

I cannot say much--you took my breath away!! I LOOOOOOOVE it!!!

Maria said...

Absolutely fabulous! What a great way to use denim! Your card is so COOL...LOVE IT!!!

~Tammy~ said...

Weeeee! I am in LURVE with this for sure! The recipient of this master piece is one lucky person! Wowzers! This now has to go to your top three...I'm just sayin'! :-)

Ashley Cannon Newell said...

Seriously, CUTE! Love the tutorial on the denim flower and the ruffling! Thanks for joining the Tags Color Trends Challenge!

Cheryl said...

So cute! I love your use of denim!

I'm off to raid my DD's closet for some jeans that she has about out grown.

Lea L. said...

This is amazing, Jinny! I just love the denim rose & leaf accent...looks awesome!! Great job with the Embellish color challenge!!

Traveling Mama said...

LOVE the fabric! This is awesome!! Thanks so much for playing along with Embellish!

Chris and Paige Evans said...

Loooove this card! And thanks for the step-by-step! I was totally channeling you when I thought of the challenge :)

Mariana Grigsby said...

Such a wonderful card! I love the denim flower and the fabulous tutorial! Thanks for sharing, and for playing along with us!