Applique tutorial...

Friday, June 28, 2013

I have a fun project for you today and the long awaited tutorial on my applique technique... thank you so much for your patience. Now before I get started I would like to mention that my Summer Card Set has been created for the 'Mega Product Swap' that has been happening all week between Little Yellow Bicycle, May Arts and Xyron. So don't forget to head over to their blogs for more inspiration from all three teams.

DESIGNED FOR | Little Yellow Bicycle
PROJECT | Summer Card Set


I usually do the applique technique with fabric but seeing as May Arts sent the most beautiful ribbons I thought I'd try and scale down the size of my design and give the ribbon a go. Must say... it was a little bit fiddly with the smaller pieces but I love the result.


STEP 1 | First things first you need to work out a simple design. This technique can get a little tricky if you try doing shapes that have too many intricate details so Keep It Simple! Also the further away your cut-out pieces are from each other the easier this technique becomes so keep that in mind when drawing up your idea.Trace your shapes onto the back of your cardstock and then cut them out and KEEP THEM! I've had to go fishing in the bottom of my rubbish bin far too many times so it's important to set those little cut-outs aside in a safe place.


STEP 2 | Using your safely guarded cut-outs, place them onto your padding (I use 5mm thick foam) and cut each piece. Another tip: leave the cut-out on top of the foam piece so you know which is which, especially if you have lots of shapes that are similar.


STEP 3 | Transfer your design onto a backing sheet of cardstock and then adhere your foam pieces using double sided tape.


STEP 4 | I'm so glad this little machine has made it's way to my craft stash because it is amazing for adding adhesive to the reverse side of fabric and makes the next step so much easier. However if you don't have a Xyron Create-a-sticker then just use strips of double sided tape.


STEP 5 | Trace your design onto the reverse side of your fabric and cut out leaving a minimum of 5mm around the edge. This is where you will have to be careful as you don't want too much overhang because it may show up in another section of your design, so you will have to do some careful trimming.


STEP 6 | Place your fabric cut-outs on top of your padding and gently press around the edges. Trim any excess that may show up in another panel of your cut-out but be careful not to cut off too much.


STEP 7 | Place your template back over the top of your panels and don't adhere until you have checked that everything is where it should be and you have done any last minute 'tucking in' of stray edges. Using a paper piercer gently pierce your stitching holes around the edge of the design.


STEP 8 | The stitching is time consuming but a necessary part of this technique as it holds the template down firmly to the backing sheet and really makes the fabric covered foam pieces stand out.


I like to add little bits of extra stitching like this kite tail before I put my card together.


GIVE-AWAY
Now don't forget that Little Yellow Bicycle/May Arts/Xyron
have been hosting a product swap all week and have the most amazing prices on offer and today is the last day to enter!
So head over to the Little Yellow Bicycle Blog HERE to lodge your entry.

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34 comments:

  1. Awesome cards and tutorial ...xx

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  2. what a wonderful tutorial!!!! Thank you for sharing!

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  3. I would have sworn that you used a sewing machine on these cards...the stitching is so perfect. Your cards are the most beautiful...I thank you for the directions...they will help when I try to make a card like this.

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  4. Your card is absolutely amazing...probably my favorite project on the entire hop! Thanks for explaining how you did it and the inspiration to try it myself.

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  5. wow, that is amazing! thanks for sharing your process!

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  6. So very wonderful! I love all the awesome texture and dimension the applique gives from the padding to the stitching! The colors and patterns are so very fun, too! Thanks so much for sharing this super fun project!

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  7. Fabulous card and awesome te hnique, thank you for sharing!
    Hve a wonderful weekend!
    Liz O.

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  8. OMG!!!! This is awesome!!! Thank you so much for this idea!

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  9. Thanks for the tutorial - very neat!

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  10. Stunning, amazing and fun cards. Your stitchwork is beautiful and so well done. Thanks for the fabulous tutorial and the beautiful cards. Great job!

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  11. This is fantastic. I have pinned you. http://pinterest.com/pin/415386765601435374/

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  12. Thank you for sharing a step by step tutorial on this stunning card.

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  13. A great tutorial for making the kite. I've not had the courage to try stitching around paper yet. You made it look so easy so I guess I'll give it a try soon. thanks for sharing.

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  14. Great instructions on how
    to do this. Fun card.
    Carla from Utah

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  15. I love the look of sewing on a layout but have thus far been to lazy to do it. BUT this is so innovative and different, I think now I will pull out that needle and thread. Thanks for sharing such a sweet project!

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  16. Oh my! This is the most inspiring tutorials! With my love for stitching it's right up my ally and your cards are ADORABLE! Thanks so much for sharing. :)

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  17. So cute. What a very creative idea.

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  18. You know how much I all ready LOVE this, Melinda! Thank you for the grand tutorial...I'll be using it :)

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  19. Totally fabulous, love the idea and the design and the stitching is beautiful :D

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  20. oh my! amazing. thanks for sharing..x

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  21. Ms Melinda, you totally astound me....it's sooo neat, you have such patience & I really LOVE the whole idea...it's sooo intricate....great 'how to':):):)

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  22. This is just lovely beyond words!! Thanks for the tutorial. I don't know if I'd be able to make mine look nearly as nice as yours, though.

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  23. Gorgeous ! Thanks for the tutorial, I have to give it a try !

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  24. This is one of my favorites!!! So impressive how you used the ribbon!!! Thanks for the tutorial!

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  25. Great tutorial. ! Thank you for easy instructions . I am going to try this .

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  26. This looks so fun! I love the added dimension from this technique! Will have to give it a try!

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  27. OK seriously...I am in AWE!!

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  28. Wow! You are seriously da bomb!!

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  29. I've never seen this done before. It's quite amazing! I wonder...do I have the patience to do it?...

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  30. WOW!! love this idea! Have to try this!! AMAZING!!
    Have a wonderful day,
    Migdalia
    *Crafting With Creative M*

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  31. Double WOW! I especially love the 'You are my Sunshine' as that is what we call our 3 yr old granddaughter Hayden. She IS our sunshine! :) Thank you for this...hope you are back to yourself & over this virus soon!

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