French Country & Lots of FUN Techniques!

My apologies to all of my subscribers who had an unedited draft of this post emailed to them.

I love a card that uses a lot of techniques but doesn’t cost a fortune to make.

That is the case with this card. I was going to save it for Earth Day next month but I was afraid I would forget so you get it today instead!

Technique #1: Fabric flowers with homemade “Gluebers”

What’s a glueber you might ask? Well, it is a really big glue dot and it is used to make fabric and twine flowers. It is also expensive so here is how you make your own gluebers and glue dots: You need a bottle of Aleens Tack It Over & Over glue (you can order it online line from joann or custom crops and most craft stores for about $3 a bottle-it lasts a LONG time!) Squirt out a circle of glue on waxed paper the size you want. For the flower my circle was about 2.5″ wide. Let the glue dry. After the glue is dry cover the sheet of dots with another sheet of waxed paper to save for later. Cut apart the large dots. To make the flower cut a 2″ wide strip of fabric (whatever kind you like and have on hand) and tie a knot close to the end. Press the knot in the center of the glue circle and twist the remaining fabric as you wrap it in a spiral around the knot pressing the fabric in the glue as you go.  Stick the fabric tail to the back and snip off any excess. I used about 24″ of fabric for this. It took all of 3 minutes. You can try low temp hot glue as well for this technique, just work on a silicone mat:)

Technique #2: Make Your Own Baker’s Twine

I did a post on that, you can read it here.

Technique #3: Make a yarn nest!

I love this technique and it is so easy, just wrap yarn around 3 fingers and scrunch up some in the middle and press into a gob or hot glue. EASY! then you can add little plastic eggs. FUN!

Technique 4: Raid your back yard!

When I needed a bit of organic goodness for my card I poked around in my back yard for twigs and pinecones. Free & fabulous!

Technique #5 (for those of you with Stampmakers) Stencil & Embosss!

I made a stencil with my TC Stampmaker and stenciled the background. I’m not sure I am in love with the stencil packs because I could cut a better stencil on my die cut machine. The stencil is thicker than it should be I think HOWEVER  I tried embossing with the stencil in my big shot die cutter and it worked beautifully. Also I made a woodgrain embossing plate with my stampmaker (see the kraft paper under the nest) and I quite enjoy that.

 So, there you have it! Lots of fun techniques you can try! Til next time happy crafting!

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8 Responses

  1. Great ideas just right for our early spring!

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  2. What a beautiful card! I love the flower and the technique. It would also be beautiful on a scrapbook page or in a shadow box display.

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  3. Gorgeous Lindsy!

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  4. Great ideas, thanks for sharing them.

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  5. This is exactly what I love about you. I just love that card and you gave me a great idea to use these teeny tiny pinecones I found in my friends yard:)

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  6. I love getting mother nature’s gift out of my yard for use in projects! Nice job on the card

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  7. O-KAY enought now, I feel like I’m so stupid, but how’s about a visual aid like show-en-tell, for them of us(or maybe only me?I would hate to high heaven if there really is such a place) any ways hows about a video of your $$$saving ideas. And with regards to YOUR DIE MAKER?? is that what YOU said?? How about showing it off, or what’s it’s name or did your honey-do, make it for you??
    Your such a GRAND person to share this with all of us. By the way who alldo you give your cardsto??

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    • Hi Lou, I mail them to friends and family, sell some in a couple shops and I mail a couple of boxes a year to magazines for publication and I still usually have a boxful each year to donate to a benifet auction that gives all the money to a women’s shelter. That’s a lot of cards ha ha!

      As for the videos, I plan on making one on the stampmaker but I really need a camera person for that so I am waiting til I have a craft day with the girlfriends to do that video. I have about 50 videos on frugalcrafting on my you tube channer so check them out, the link is on the righ hand side of my blog:)

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