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Snaps of Ginger

By Cheryl Dewees

April 30, 2014

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Project Description

This is an easy-to-make Mother's Day card that includes a Flower Pin made using the Elmer's Gel Glue resist-dye method.


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Prep, dyeing & Rinse time: About a weekend

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  •   scrapbook paper

  •    plastic button

  •    pen or marker

  •    scissors

  •    Silhouette Cameo

  •    stencil

  •    scrapbook embellishments

  •   cotton fabric

  •   glue

Step By Step

  1. I used a 100% cotton oversized handkerchief. After spreading it out on a protected surface, I used Elmer's Gel Glue to create dots all over the material.

  2. I let the glue dry overnight then used Liquid Rit Dye in Fuchsia to dye the material using the washing machine method. I allowed the material to sit in the dye-bath for an hour with the agitator off.

  3. After an hour, I turned the agitator back on and let the machine finish on the delicate cycle. This dissolved and washed away the Elmer's Gel Glue. Finally, I put the material in the dryer on low heat to dry.

  4. While the glue was drying on the material, I made the card using a piece of letter-sized textured cardstock. After folding it in half, I determined the placement and size of the hole I would need to cut to showcase the flower pin. I used my Silhouette Cameo cutting machine to cut the circle out of the paper. You could also do this easily by hand.

  5. Next, I used my Silhouette Cameo to add the text and illustration to the front of the card with a sketching pen. Again, this can easily be done using a stencil, by hand. I glued scrapbook embellishments to decorate the illustration and text.

  6. After the material had completed the dyeing process and was dry, I ironed on fabric interfacing to make the material hold the cut shape better.

  7. Next, I cut graduated flowers out of the material using my Silhouette Cameo. This can be done using a stencil, by hand also.

  8. Then I glued the flowers together using the Elmer's Gel Glue, starting with the largest flower, and layering up to the smallest. I turned each layer slightly so that the flower petals were staggered.

  9. Once, all the flowers were glued down, I added a tiny, contrasting button to the middle.

  10. After the flower was dry, I cut a small cardstock circle to use as a base and glued it to the back of the flower. I then hot glued a pin to the base.

  11. Finally, I poked two small holes in the back of the card to slide the pin through and attached the flower to the card.

  12. This made a sweet card with a surprise gift included!




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