Festive Fridays Faux Flannel

Its that special Friday again -- a FESTIVE FRIDAY!


Festive Friday is a Blog Hop happening the second and fourth Friday of each month, showcasing Christmas projects.

If you're joining me directly, you will probably not want to miss the beginning of the hop over at Terri's Blog. If you've joined me from Brendas blog, You're hoppin' along just fine!
 
In attempting to get the count down on my Reader this week (hah - highly unlikely given my schedule these days), I happened across a neat technique called New Faux Flannel, (which you can read more about at Sharons blog where she kindly posts a tutorial) which seemed very soft and Christmas-y! I used the Letters to Santa designer paper again and tried out this technique:

Left is DSP - Right is DSP Faux Flannel
You are adding a layer of tissue paper to your base. Sharon used hers with stamped backgrounds, I thought it might be a nice way to mute a loud or strong paper. It has a very soft look in person, sorry I cant seem to capture that perfectly in the pics! I added an embossed snowflake pattern with my Northern Flurry folder. It seemed a bit too hidden, so I inked just the embossing with some blue to bring it out more.
Northern Flurry Embossing Folder

Inked with daubers onto embossing only


Added a little matting, a sentiment, and called it a day on this one.

I have to let the ideas percolate a bit on how I would use this technique, but its nice for winter cards as it can be either a snowy backdrop for your focal stamps or it can be a soft flannel blanket / pajama feel for a warm winter card. Perhaps the stripes, or maybe the square lattice embossing folders, even the polka dots, would add a beautiful fabric feel. I think its perfect for muting some of those patterns and colors that just scream across your page! :-)
It also seems to give a bit of a vintage or maybe a distressed look. I could see trying out some sanding - letting the vibrancy of the paper rub thru, or inking up the edges a bit. The tissue bleeds beautifully when you ink it, so you could also get a bit of a painted effect.
Lots of possibilities in this technique.

Thanks for visiting,
be sure to hop along to Becky's Blog for more Festive Friday Fun!

Happy Crafting!
~angie
P.S. Still waiting for you to contact me Alice, I've got your winnings packed up and ready to mail!
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