Friday, January 13, 2012

Coffee Note Cards...with Fabric!


Well, it had to happen eventually - a post about coffee! It has finally snowed here for the first time since October (yes, you did read that correctly...don't ask) which means my favorite caffeinated beverage now needs to warm my hands while it keeps me going.

This summer I came across some awesome coffee fabric. I was drawn to it because 1) its coffee and 2) the pattern is rectangular. Usually for fabric crafts this is a deterrent (I really cannot see a skirt out of this) but for paper crafting it's perfect!
I simply had to have it and make cards out of it. To prep the fabric I (shudder!) ironed it out and then cut out some of the blocks. I then went back around them with pinking shears (the funny scissors that cut triangles) so that the fabric wouldn't unravel once on the card.
That's it! Now it's time to make some note cards!
What I used:
  • fabric cut with pinking shears
  • white card base, final size 4.25"x5.5" when folded
  • patterned paper cut to fit card front, 4.25"x5.5" (found at Joann's)
  • chocolate grosgrain ribbon, 1/2" wide x 4.25" long
  • blue cardstock (from stash)
  • sentiment stamp, "how've you bean?" (Fiskars)
  • StazOn Timber Brown ink pad
  • 1.5" square paper punch
  • adhesive
  • Xyron machine
  • ruler
  • paper cutter
  • scissors
Start by cutting the patterned paper to fit the front of your card. Ink up the edges, then attach to the card base using your adhesive. Ink up your sentiment stamp and stamp out a few onto your blue cardstock. Here's a good tip - stamp first, punch out second! That way you can line up your punch and make sure the sentiment is centered:
Stamp, stamp, stamp...
Punch, punch, punch!
Ink up the edges and then set aside to dry a little. Cut out your ribbon so that it fits the front of the card. I used my little Xyron sticker maker to apply the adhesive.
Nice and sticky!
Once everything is cut & dry, I ran the fabric squares and sentiment squares through my Xyron machine. They stacked nicely so that I didn't waste adhesive!
In they go...
All done!
Now, time to assemble. Attach your squares to where you want them on the card. Be careful, the fabric will try to stretch out of shape! Now stick your ribbon down, pop the sentiment square on top, and you've got a unique note card!

Have you ever combined paper with fabric? What was the result? Post your creations here, I'd love to see them!

Happy Crafting!