Good morning, and welcome to week #2 of crafting for Valentine’s Day! This Valentine’s Day Felt Craft is so easy to do, inexpensive, and just seems to add a small touch of farmhouse goodness. Originally, I was just going to age up the paper and then put these in some cardholders but then I got to playing around with some felt and decided that these would make cute little “card-like” accents for display.
These are 3″ block stencils that you can pick up anywhere. I bought mine at ACE hardware (ACE is the place don’t-cha know:) and they were only a whopping $3!
These items are part of my scrapbook supplies: the Distress Ink stamp pad, Alcohol Ink, and the blending tool. These can all be purchase at any craft store or online retailer. My personal favorite, scrapbook.com!
Other items you need are a piece of craft felt ($1), DMC floss (usually $1), and a Needle. The repair needles that you see here are much easier to use for this type of craft. The reason is because they pierce through thicker type materials. The pink & black tool that you see in the pic is by We R Memory Keepers and it’s called a Sew Easy-Stitch Piercer Tool.
Say that 5 times fast:)
I don’t think you really need this, but I do like the way it leaves the stitch marks on the card stock, and then I just go back and do the back stitch to sew around it. It’s pretty awesome.
Here’s what I do:
First, I measure and cut my felt so that it’s 1/8″ bigger than the stencils, and then set those to the side.
Then using the Distress Ink pad and my blending tool, I add a vintage look to each stencil. Once I achieved the look I was happy with, I lightly spritz them with water and then blot them with a paper towel to remove any excess water. Now carefully crumble each letter in the palm of your hand and then smooth & flatten them out. Once dry, lightly spritz each letter with alcohol ink (you will need a small spritz bottle) and it only takes seconds for that to dry. I use Alcohol Inks with a lot of different things including material! You can see how here. Tim Holtz does have another product called Distress Spray Stain, and this product automatically comes in a spray bottle.
Your felt is cut and you’ve aged your block stencils, and you’ve used the stitch tool…then start sewing:)
If you chosen not to use the stitch tool, then I highly recommend that you use a piece of styrofoam to help you stitch. Lay your card stock stencil on top of the styrofoam, and then begin piercing the stitch marks. It will make it much easier for you to do this first, and then go back and actually stitch it to your felt.
This Valentine’s Day Felt Craft adds just the right amount of pop no matter how you position them or where you put them! Having done this craft has made me think of so many other possibilities…
Like what if you used a light layer of chalk paint to them!
Lightly crumble them in your hand…this would leave cracks in the card stock, and then you could lightly sand them. You could even add dark wax to age them! I just might have to try that:)
See ya next week!
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