papertrey ink july release
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play with felt

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Are you in love with the new Papertrey Ink felt? I am! I was thrilled beyond thrilled when I heard the news this past spring that Papertrey would be carrying wool felt in our exclusive colors. Being a sewer and quilter, I knew that wool felt was wonderful, but the quality of the Papertrey felt is better than I could ever imagine. The felt paired with a die cut machine and all of the new dies that Papertrey carries have so many possibilities. Have you taken a look at embellishments & trims at your local crafts and scrapbook stores? So many of them are created with felt. I took some time to sit down with my collection of felt and die cuts and started putting together my own felt embellishment trims to use on my projects. Let me show you what I came up with!

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Maybe you don't think you have the time to make your own embellishments. I think that when you compare the price of that package of trims versus sitting down and making your own, it is definitely worth your time. Plus you can make in the colors you want and more than likely you can make as many as you need and more to share with friends.

The first thing I did was choose some colors that worked well together: Simply Charteuse, Ocean Tides, Vintage Cream, and the new Harvest Gold. I pulled out my die cut machine and started cutting. Maximize your time by sending more than one die through your machine at a time with the felt.

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Next, I laid out what I had cut and started putting things together. Stitch some flowers onto the XL rickrack. Layer an Eyelet Lace strip over a scallop border. Pull out some ribbon and layer some felt onto that. Most of all? Just play.

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Here's a look at the collection of felt trims I came up with. I used my sewing machine to stitch the felt and ribbons. Use a cool iron to press your trims flat after stitching if they are twisting a bit.

What if you don't have a sewing machine? Use glue or hand stitch your trims together.

I will use some of my new custom trims on a few cards now and keep the rest of the trims for future projects. Because I took some time to mass produce the trims, they are now ready whenever I want to use them!

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For the cards I am making now, I pulled out several patterned papers that matched the color combinations I put together and am using a basic kraft card base. Your projects don't have to be complicated, let your custom trims be what stands out on your card.

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For attaching the trims to my projects, I like to use a liquid adhesive like Zip Dry paper glue. Use whatever adhesive you like, just make sure that it will hold the felt to your project.

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Pulling of my Fillable Frames series was perfect to finish my cards off. I stamped the frame from Fillable Frames #5 and added sentiment from a variety of the Fillable Frame sets.

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You can click on any of the finished cards to see them larger.

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Pull out your felt and die cuts and start creating your own custom trims and embellishments with the wonderful Papertrey Ink felt. It's all about playing with your supplies to create something beautiful!

Supplies:

all supplies are from Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted

Felt Embellishment Cards

stamps: Fillable Frames #1, #3, #5, #6

ink: Fresh Snow, True Black

cardstock: kraft, Library Ledger, Pretty Pastels, Egg Hunt

other: Papertrey Ink 100% wool felt: Ocean Tides, Harvest Gold, Vintage Cream, Simply Chartreuse, rick rack border die, small scallop border die, XL rick rack border die, eyelet lace border die, Beautiful Blooms die, Fillable Frames #5 die, Harvest Gold & Simply Chartreuse grosgrain ribbon, white & Harvest Gold buttons, Rustic Jute button twine, sewing machine/thread (my own), dimensionals (Stampin' Up!)

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