Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Somerset Life Inspiration, Part 4

One of the joys of looking to the Stampington & Co publications for inspiration is the lovely textures found in the artsy cards and decor items they showcase. They have lots of interesting ribbon, lace, textile, and dimensional stuff going on.

While we've firmly established that I am most definitely not a mixed-media or collage artist, that doesn't keep me from finding inspiration in the textures of textiles.

So when I saw this photo in the latest issue of Somerset Life, I started rummaging in my fabric drawer.

My fabric drawer is, in fact, quite small and lightly stocked, but there's a lovely piece of loose-weave white fabric in it.

This is what happened.

Having made the three cards from the last three posts, Christmas was still on my mind. I went to my punch drawers and rummaged around until I landed on this snowflake punch. In contrast to my earlier cards which showcased Archival red geranium, which is a lovely Christmas red, I went with StampinUp cherry cobbler, which is a richer, darker red, because that was the best match for the wide ribbon I had on hand. 

The big, empty space in the center of the snowflake begged for something so I added burgundy Stickles.

The fabric square was cut with a rotary cutter and quilting ruler, and I used an awl to pick threads from the edges, just like in the inspiration photo.

I wish I'd had ribbon with some shimmer to it...the inspiration ribbon is absolutely lovely. Might have to order some. Any suggestions?

To adhere the fabric, I covered a square of cardstock with ScorTape and realized it would be nice to have wider ScorTape on hand so am placing an order for that. The ScorTape holds the fabric completely and gives it stability on the card.

The grosgrain ribbon, white fabric, and burgundy Stickles give interesting texture to what is otherwise a very simple card.

While this is the final card I have to share from last weekend's foray into Somerset Life, I plan on diving back into the issue for more inspiration. It's a simply lovely issue, and I highly recommend it.

Mercy, grace, peace, and love,

stamps: none
ink: none
paper: Papertrey white, StampinUp cherry cobbler
accessories: white fabric, ScorTape, snowflake punch (Martha Stewart), glue, craft foam, grosgrain ribbon


  1. Eaaaakkkk! Absolutely love this!!

  2. Superb!
    Loving this series of posts.
    Thank you

  3. I truly LOVE this card. I make things with fabric and could see this with stitches holding the fabric to cardstock. Never tried that myself. Thank you for the beautiful idea !!!

  4. A perfect trifecta in my book! Snowflalkes, white cardstock, and SU Cherry Cobbler (my most favorite SU color of all time!) The texture of the cloth keeps the 'itching' away from all the white. Well done!
    Lu C

  5. I've enjoyed all the cards in this series! Thanks for sharing your thought process in developing your designs.

  6. Oh my - this is stunning in its simplicity - a really beautiful card!



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