After watching Kelly Rasmussen make fabulous fabric flowers and use them in brilliant ways in a video on the Hero Arts blog, I just had to give it a go. So I made quite a few the other day using different colours and fabrics. I'll add them to cards, bags, tops and like Kelly did use them for hair accessories.
I love the gorgeous colour combination for the Play Date Cafe Challenge this week and made a couple of the flowers using these colours. The flowers have pins on the backs so can be used as brooches.
Stamps (Hero Arts) - Wild Flowers and Birthday Messages
I applied broken china distress ink to the Wild Flowers stamp, spritzed with water and stamped on watercolour paper. Then I lightly distressed the edges to go with the slightly frayed flowers and added some gems. When I have very small scraps left over from projects, I often punch butterflies from them and keep them in a jar for another time. The butterfly here is one of these and had been from a project where I used dusty concord distress ink. I just added the little heart pearl to the body.
Below are some of the flowers I made – I won’t bore you with them all! All the stamps mentioned are by Hero Arts.
Denim from an old pair of jeans stamped with the Magical Background (the pattern is more obvious in real life) using faded jeans distress ink.
Gingham with the button stamped with the Envelope Pattern using worn lipstick distress ink
Hand dyed fabric stamped with the Envelope Pattern
Another hand dyed fabric
Cotton on the bottom layer (stamped with Old Letter Writing)......
.... with a layer of organza petals on top
When I folded each petal in half, I didn’t fold them perfectly but offset them a bit to get a more ruffled look.
If you'd like to make these kind of fabric flowers you should watch Kelly's brilliant video.