Welcome back to my belated CHA blog posts revealing my new collection. Today I want to introduce you to my collection of
flower posey dies with Spellbinders.
It is no secret that I love creating flowers from fabric. Fortunately, the team at Spellbinders understood my love and let me introduce several sets of flowers at once. The designs were inspired by vintage millinery pieces from my collection. The sets we are offering cover a nice variety of shapes. They work great with a wide variety of surfaces, layered, in singles, and even shaped with wire and stamens like you may have seen in photos from the show (more on that later).
The first set is Pom Pom Posies. This set is the only one that includes leaves. I use these leaves with all the flowers. They are great basic leaves that work for all types of flower styles. The round flower layers are really fun with lots of layers, especially in thin shear materials like vellum, tissue paper, crêpe paper, and thin fabrics.
Pinwheel Posies is a fun set. These are three different flowers that are fun in layers. Two make great daisy type flowers and one makes great cup like flowers.
I think the large daisy shape would make a great sun on a card too!
Shabby Posies is a fun set because it includes the same flower shape in four different sizes.
The flower shape is great as singles. The shape also lends itself to lots of layers in all the same size or in mixing the different sizes together. This is a great basic flower shape. It is probably one of my most favorite from the collection.
Frayed Posies is a really fun set. It has two flowers in two different sizes. Both are ragged and worn. They are fun to mix and match and to use in singles or in layers.
One thing to note if you love working with fabric… the smaller more frayed flower in this set is very fragile in fabric because of the thin petals. If you cut it in fabric and dye it, you will want to handle it carefully while it is wet.
Pinked Posies are really fun! They can be used to make a really cute whimsical flower or used to create a very realistic marigold or pink (Dianthus).
You will see the realistic version when I blog about the show samples. The cute version is shown above in my sample book.
Of the six flower sets, Floweret Posies is the only set that is a steel rule die. Originally I wanted all the flowers to be steel rule because you can cut nearly anything with a steel rule die. In the past, I haven’t had much luck cutting fabric with thin dies. The bonus of a thin die though is that you can have much more intricate designs. When I discovered I could cut crinoline (my favorite fabric for flowers) with a Spellbinders thin die I was sold on doing the bulk of the flower collection in thin dies.
I saved one set, full of good basic flower shapes in steel rule so that there were good shape options for thicker materials. The shapes on the die are great to mix and match and used in singles or layers. It is all about versatility!
Talking about surfaces that work great with thin dies, I included a selection of surfaces that I tested with my thin flower dies. I included those in my flower sample book…
The surfaces I tested were: watercolor cardstock (Ranger), Manila Cardstock (Ranger), Sticky Back Canvas (Ranger), Burlap (Tim Holtz), Corrugate (Tim Holtz), Cork (Tim Holtz), Crinoline/Buckram (two layers at once!), Garment Interfacing (two layers), Voile (must be cut two layers with a layer of thin paper), Glassine, Tissue Paper, Vellum, Cotton Batting, and Wool Felt (before needle felting). Also great but not shown- crepe paper and of course, cardstock! If you thought thin dies were only great for paper, think again!
I am going to take a break in sharing about the collection tomorrow so that I can get back on track with tutorials on Tuesday. Tomorrow’s tutorial is a special one, it features my youngest daughter Emma. I hope you will be sure to check back for the tutorial and then come back on Wednesday for more about the new dies!
PS. The ship date for all of my products is April. They will be available at stores worldwide (independents and online) and online at www.spellbinderspaperarts.com!