June 4, 2012

Paper Crafts 2012 Gallery Idol


I'm so exited to be in Paper Crafts 2012 Gallery Idol, Top 20! All the ladies are super talented and i am honored to be included!  Today kicks off the voting for Round 2, only the top 15 are chosen, so make sure you vote for your favorite (me, right!?! hehe) :D  Click here to vote!

The theme this round is You Color My World. First here is my card, then i'll get into the details!

For my card i really wanted to try making fabric flowers. I've seen them everywhere, even watch A How To months ago, but never got around to actually making one. So... since color was the theme and i don;t have much fabric let alone all the colors of the rainbow, i decided to dye some fabric.

I started with a fine small count white linen and cut lots of strips, about an inch or so wide. For my dye's i used the ink refillers from Papertrey Ink. For my 1st attempt i used too much water and my strips came up to light for my liking. So i started again and this time only used about a tablespoon of water (i just eyeballed it).

I used small disposable plastic cups and a wooden dowel to stir and move around the fabric strips. For the darker colors (purple and blue) i ended up adding a little bit of water after they the strips where in

Next i laid them out to dry on some parchment paper. Luckily i had some plastic bin lids that made great drying racks!

Now i'm all about experimenting before i start on the good stuff, so i cut a couple extra strips and tried my hand at making the flower, because if it didn;t work out, i was going to have to come up with another plan for my colored strips!! 

But it all worked out wonderfully (or at least i think so! lol). I die cut some small circles and used glossy accents to adhere the fabric to each circle. I started in the middle, putting down glue, twisting and laying, more glue... you get the idea!! :D

Once all the flower's were made i cut some leaves and arrange the flowers and leaves to my liking. Before i glued them down i added a sentiment in the bottom right in brown ink. Last i added rhinestone to each flower.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you will take a look all the Gallery Idols cards and vote for your favorite!!



Fabric: White Linen: Joann's
Ink refillers: Papertrey Ink: Lemon Tart, Blueberry Sky, Royal Velvet, Pure Poppy, Orange Zest, Spring Moss.
Ink: Papertrey Ink: Dark Chocolate
Cardstock (cardbase): Papertrey Ink: Rustic White
Leaves: Green paper scraps
Circle Die: Spellbinders
Punch: Fiskars, Circle
Rhinestones: Unknown


  1. Just beautiful!!! Love the saturated colors!

    Hope you're enjoying this as much as I am:)

  2. Dying with reinkers is so tricky - worth the result, but definitely a learning experience every time for me :) I never remember to wear gloves, either, so I sport the tie-dye hand look after! Love how these turned out :)

  3. Such brilliant color on these! Very pretty!

  4. These flowers are so perfect and the colors are so bright and vivid! Beautiful!

  5. I love that you hand-dyed your fabric...beautiful!

  6. These flowers have come out looking so professional Dana! Love when an idea pans out like that!!

  7. *sigh*
    this is gorgeous! the layout is perfect and the colors are so rich. love it! good luck!

  8. I love your bright colorful flowers! Love that you hand died them, great idea!

  9. Wow....Your blooms are gorgeous! All the work you did to dye them was well worth it! So glad to be in the Top 20 with you!

  10. Gorgeous blooms, Dana! I really LOVE the sentiment too--it's so perfect! I can't believe these were your first hand-died flowers--you rocked it!