Posted on | November 23, 2011 | 7 Comments
Cat Kerr created her “Gratitude” Altered Journal by adding premium paper, ink, rub-ons and flat back Swarovski crystals. The bloom is layers of stitched felt and paper. The top piece has hand stitched seed beads and a staple bezel filled with a die-cut that has been
covered in resin.
After covering the top of the journal with premium paper, ink and flat back rhinestones, add a rub-on floral base to the cover and put aside. Find the element for the center
of your circle staple bezel (I used a sticker). I cut it out with the same size
punch, added a flat back crystal to the center and added the first layer of ICE
Resin®. Once that first layer cured, I added a second layer of ICE Resin® to
give it a nice dome. Once cured, I fit the center element to the staple bezel
and close the prongs. Using the staple bezel as a guide, I cut out a larger
circle piece of felt, and using that as a guide, cut out the paper using a
scalloped scissor. You can cut out as many layers as you desire. Machine stitch
around the perimeter of the felt circles you cut out to add some additional
texture and add glitter glue on to the edges of the paper. Hand stitch on your
circle staple bezel on to the top layer of felt. You can also add seed beads
and rhinestones. Assemble the flower by adding smallest to largest layer, stitching
through all the layers with a needle and thread. Lastly, glue on the flower to
the cover of your journal.
I created “Thankfulness” by weaving assorted fall color fibers in and out of the staple bezel, then stitching on seed beads and a puzzle piece that has been covered in paper and resin. Three Swarovski crystal dangle from the bottom and lastly, before
closing the staples, I glued on a felt back.
Using a desired fiber, create a knot on one end of the staple bezel. Weave the fibers in and out and across the bezel, eventually covering up the entire surface of the
bezel. You can add as many fibers as you like, just keep in mind not to make it
to thick because you will stitching elements on to the top of the pendant.
Next, add paper and ink to your puzzle piece. Then put some holes in your
puzzle piece using a hole-punch. Add a layer of ICE Resin®. Once the puzzle
piece has cured, hand-stitch your piece onto the fiber pendant. At this point
you can also hand stitch on seed beads to the top of the pendant. Once the
pendant is complete, size out a piece of felt and glue it on to the back of the
bezel using fabric glue. Lastly lightly hammer the prongs of the staple bezel.
Watch for “To Be”, “Don’t Forget” and “Nature” when Cat’s work is featured again on Creative Team Wednesday.