Tuesday Tutorial: Stamped Felt Leaves

I love the technique I am sharing today because it lets me combine several elements that I really love to create a fun little embellishemnt that is super versatile.

tammytutterow stamped felt leaves

I really love these fun little shadowbox frames by Darcies.  They are super easy to decorate and make a really great decor piece.  For this one, I covered the inner and outer frame pieces with paper from BasicGrey’s new Picadilly collection.  I added a quilted felt heart to the inside and embellished the outisde with some favorite ribbon flowers and leaves.

I am one of those people that believe that every flower embellishment needs a leaf.  When I was envisioning this project, I new I wanted to use these flowers from my stash I have been saving for just the right project.  I new this was the one because they fit well with the homespun feel I wanted to create.

tammytutterow stamped felt leaves

I didn’t have a leaf that I felt was quite right, so I decided to make one.  I wanted the leaf to have a bit more of a dimensional and quilty look than one cut from a single layer of fabric.

tammytutterow stamped felt leaves

For texture I decided to use wool felt.  I cut the shape freehand.  I would have probably preferred to use a die to die cut them so that they would be a little more symmetrical, but I didn’t have a leaf die.  (Mental note- add one to my shopping list!)  Because my finished leaf would have two layers, I cut two leaves at a time so that each pair would match.  (Note- I couldn’t find the exact same felt online that I used, so I linked similar colors from PaperTrey Ink in the supplies.)

tammytutterow stamped felt leaves

I didn’t have felt in the shade of green that I wanted, so I cut them from a soft off white felt.  I misted one side of each leaf with Fern Green Maya Mist, which works great on felt.

tammytutterow stamped felt leaves

I blotted the leaves with a dry cloth to remove the excess mist.

tammytutterow stamped felt leaves

I wanted to add some color variation so that the leaves would not be a solid shade of green, so I added a mist of Snow White Maya Mist to the base of each leaf.

tammytutterow stamped felt leaves

I then blotted the leaves again with a dry cloth.

tammytutterow stamped felt leaves

I dried the leaves with my Heat It Craft Tool.  The orange were an extra experiment with some other colors, more on that in a moment.

tammytutterow stamped felt leaves

To create a stem for the flower, bend a loop in the end of a piece of thread wrapped floral wire.  The loop should be about half the size of the inner area of the leaf shape.

tammytutterow stamped felt leaves

Lay one leaf, color side down on your work surface.  Apply Super Stick glue stick to the wrong side of  the leaf.  Place the wire stem on the leaf in the glue.

tammytutterow stamped felt leaves

Place the other leaf color side up onto the wrong side of the leaf with the stem.  The stem is now sandwiched between two leaves.  The color side of the leaves should be facing out.  Once the glue is dry, you can bend the wire inside to create shape for the leaf.

tammytutterow stamped felt leaves

Since I wanted my leaves to look quilty, I machine stitched around the edge of each leaf and down through the center.  You do need to use caution when sewing over the wire inside.  You will need to lift the foot and manually move the leaf by hand if the needle comes down where the wire is inside.  I only encountered this in the center where I stitched a straight line that crossed over the wire loop.

tammytutterow stamped felt leaves

I wanted to add a design to my leaves so I inked an area on a large background stamp with ink in a darker shade than my leaves.  I used Distress Ink but you could also use a regular dye or archival ink on the felt.

tammytutterow stamped felt leaves

I laid the leaf on the inked stamp.  I pressed over the surface of the stamp with my fingers.

tammytutterow stamped felt leaves

And this is what I got!  I think it is super cool looking.  I think there are all kinds of possiblitites to jazz it up with gems, beads, Stikles, glitter, etc.

tammytutterow stamped felt leaves

That orange combination?  Gorgeous I think!  This is the same cream felt, misted first with Cream Metalic Maya Mist, accented at the base with Orange Spice Maya Mist, and then stamped with the new Ripe Persimmon Distress Ink.

tammytutterow stamped felt leaves

I am a little sad about these flowers because I looked and looked online for links to them.  I couldn’t find any more in yellow.  I wish now that I had hoarded a few packs!  This was my last yellow one! {pout}

tammytutterow stamped felt leaves

For the inside of the frame, I layered two felt hearts with two hearts cut from thin cotton batting.  I glued the layers together with Super Stick and then stitched through them all in a simple criss cross pattern.

I added a banner cut from manila cardstock.  To darken the color of the manila paper, I colored it first with a marker (Sandstone) and then applied Vintage Photo Distress Ink randomly on the surface and along the edges.  I misted the banner with Biscotti Perfect Pearls Mist for a little sparkle.  After drying the banner, I stamped the word HOME using my favorite letter stamps and Plum Archival ink.  I added two Tim Holtz Idea-oloy Mini Fasteners.  I love the Mini Fasteners because they are tiny and have a design pressed in the top that makes them look like tiny screws.

tammytutterow stamped felt leaves

I stamped the insde of the frames clear overlay with Timber Brown StazOn Ink using the same stamp I used on the leaves.  Before the ink was dry, I wiped some of it away with a  dry cloth so that as the image moved toward the center it would fade out.  I left it crisp and “full strength” behind the flowers and leaves.

tammytutterow stamped felt leaves

{happy sigh} I really love how these leaves turned out.  I think they are so unique and add such a fun touch to this project.  I can’t wait to make more with other stamps and maybe some bling.  They are so easy to make too.  I hope you will give them a try!

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Comments

  1. Marilyn R-S, Dream Valley says

    Love the stamped felt leaves. The flowers are nice too, I believe you could come up with something similar, I have seen some of your beautiful flower creations. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Marijane says

    What a perfectly lovely, sweet frame. I love the soft colors and your leaves turned out so pretty. Thanks for sharing!

  3. says

    LOVE how felt and stitching go so well together on cards and LO’s!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Great job improvising, and your tutorial was excellent. Wishing I had some felt right now!

  4. says

    What a great tutorial! And a great interview on Sarah’s Monthly Mojo. Just found your blog via Sarah. Love your art.
    Lesley