Living in my roost is a little needle-felted chick. Sometimes it's nice to have something other than candy to give to the wee folks for Easter and I hit upon the idea of making some little chicks. I saw a beautiful pom pom style chick on the net somewhere, but that seemed like too much of a faff and since I have always been attracted to the idea of needle felting something I jumped in and purchased the supplies to make some little chicks. Turns out needle-felting is super simple and super addictive...
Back to the Roost though and I made this to show you through some possibilities for the digital papers. I printed the orange Folk Art flourish stripe onto American Crafts cardstock - cream. I am delighted by how this cardstock prints up - it also cuts beautifully on the Cameo also. Love this stuff.
Can you see that background pattern paper on the 'wall' behind the roost? that's also one of the papers from the digital sets. There are two Folk Art paper sets, a 'Clean' set and a 'Dirty' set. I asked around to see what size of papers most folks thought would be useful and in the end I decided that the best value for money would be 12x12 papers. By offering this size, folks who digital scrap can use them, but they are also fabulous to print off for card makers also - I'm currently favouring printing out the patterns at 65% size for my cards. That's the beauty of digital papers, you can re-size the pattern, print out just as much or as little as you need and if you print onto different shades of paper, you can alter the look to suit yourself.
I printed my patterned paper onto American Crafts cream card and then ran it through the Silhouette Cameo with the cut file for the body of the roost. It could not have been easier and I was quite pleased with how well the American crafts paper makes up into a 3D item, it feels like such a light card, but it is quite strong.
Just like when you print your own photos at home, you will achieve a different quality of print out depending on the papers you use - below you can see how I printed out the same pattern on 3 different pieces of paper. The middle paper is a glossy finish paper, like a photo paper, it gives terrific detail and colour, you can even see that it shows up the watercolour paper texture that is designed into the papers. The paper on the left is American crafts - here the pattern is printed slightly larger, but it has a nice rustic texture even though the tone is lighter. The paper on the right was a piece of cheap general purpose card, it's quite an absorbent paper with a loose weave and so you can see how it does not print up as sharp as the other two papers. The tone is good, but the detail is not as good as on the other two papers. No doubt you will have your own preferences for printing digital papers, but if you are just starting, I would recommend trying to find a good quality paper of a decent weight or even a card. I love the textured cardstocks, but a smooth will give the best results unless you specifically want a more rustic feel for your project.
The background in the second photo is also a digital paper from the Folk Art 'Clean' collection. There are 12 papers in the 'Dirty' collection and 11 in the 'Clean' collection. I am interested to hear folks opinions on digital papers, it's something that I was fairly suspicious of for a while, but I find that I love it in practice. I do dream of having printed papers in pad form some day, but those are costly to produce and heavy to ship, and this digital approach solves my storage issues before it even gets started - I envisage designing lots more digital papers....
So while we are waiting for Friday's release, I'll remind you that you can pin any of the images here and on the DT blogs to Pinterest in our Pin it to Win it competition, today's keyword, that you should use with any of today's images is #WMSfolklabel
Also, just in case you are wondering just exactly what needlefelting is....
You will need a piece of thick foam to work on, a felting needle or two ( I find it quicker to work with two needles, and I just hold them in my hand, I didn't bother getting fancy needle holders) and a piece of wool. I purchased something called 'wool tops' - which is just pieces of cleaned, carded wool. I went for the pre-dyed stuff because life is too short. I googled a few you tube videos but really I was itching to get started and just jumped right in.
In a nutshell the homegrown method I used to create a ball shape went like this;
• tear off a little piece of wool from the wool top, a handfull is good.
• pull the wool part a few times and they layer it all back together so that the 'grain' is all going in different directions this will help the wool knit together.
• start rolling a corner of the wool into a tiny tight ball. Stab repeatedly with the needle a good few times to get the fibres starting to mesh, stab all over keeping the needle going straight in and out - you might want to move the ball rather than the needle. Oh and be real careful to keep your other fingers out of the way WMS accepts no liability for folks stabbing themselves....lol!
• roll the ball a little more - always tightly, this will make the work go quicker. Stab more. keep repeating this until your handful of wool is formed into a little ball. Stab even more. The more you stab, the better the wool will felt, the tighter it will 'knit' and the less likely it will be to come apart or lose it's shape.
• you can also roll the all between your palms in between stabbings to encourage a nice round shape.
And this is the basis on which I hope to create lots of wee critters... rabbits... snowmen... gingerbreads... anything you like!
Hope it tickles!