CARDS, Inkadinkado
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Fabricating Cards

I wanted to share some cards using some unexpected elements, such as fabrics, textiles, and natural materials.

I love using unexpected tactile elements instead of just paper in my designs. If the recipient of the card wants to reach out and touch, or even smell it, all the better right?! They are getting up close and “experiencing” the card!

Fabric, and textiles such as leather are great materials to incorporate into your cards as they can add a softness, as in the wedding card, or a more rough look as in the well worn travel card.

For the wedding dress I used white cotton fabric (recycled from a piece of cloth)and a dollar store tulle and plastic 3″ wide banner/ ribbon. Actually I’m not even sure what it’s original use was for. It is a bit of an odd thing, being made of tablecloth like printed clear plastic and tulle! But, I thought it would be perfect for a wedding dress skirt! 🙂 It even came pre-pleated!

The base of the dress is my own handcut template and I used the cotton fabric to cover it. I also added tiny white pearls for buttons, and for the waist accent. The background paper is stamped with an Inkadinkado floral.

On the Travel Memories card I used leather like a ribbon accent, and again for the travel case. I also used old bits of jewelry for the hardware on the case. The leather was also recycled from an old purse.

Before I started stamping I used a lot of natural elements on my cards. They can add a nice texture and visual interest that otherwise would not be there. Of course, We all use ribbon and hardware for the same reasons right? So why not try something a little different? I would use different unique finds, such as this fabulous textured wallpaper, yes WALLPAPER! on the card below. This was made way back in 1999! I didn’t have a whole lot of money to spend on my craft, so I was a bit of a collector of all things unique and free! 😉 This wallpaper actually came down from a friend’s wall in their new home! Ever seen anything like it? On a wall? 🙂

Since I started stamping, I forget to use these elements! I will have to challenge myself now to incorporate them more often in the mix with my stamping!

There are lots of natural elements, and leftover fabrics (worn out clothes), and bits of hardware, around the house and garden that we can use! Hope you’ll try it too!

It’s also great because we’re recycling!

Have a great Thursday everyone!


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  1. Dee aka StampincuzIluv2 says

    These are wonderful!! I love the dress:)


  2. deena, wow .. what a great place to come and look at your work.
    you have always so many creative ideas.
    i have never seen this dress card before.
    i keep this in mind cause this could be also cute for a little girl


  3. Love these Deena! What a great variety of non paper items on such amazing cards! Love it!


  4. These are FABulous, girl! I love all the neat textures and diffences of each card, so very unique! That wedding gown is to-die-for, WOW! How gorgeous! I love the travel card with the neat button, postage stamp and leater suitcase! And what a wonderful nature card with all of those natural elements as the main focal point! Love that! You are so inspiring, I want to go on a nature hike and gather some stuff to make a textured card too now! Or look at my old fabrics and create a dress too–lots of possibilities! Thanks for sharing and inspiring! hugs~


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