Thursday, January 22, 2015

a touch of fibers...

Hello my wonderful friends!

It's time for another Unity hop!
(and sale!)

 Tons of awesome stuff at AMAZING prices!


About 5 years ago, I went to a quilt and fiber art expo with my mom... Let me clarify... as much as I wish I could claim to, I don't quilt. My mom is the quilter. However, she came to the Scrapbook expo with me, so I returned the favor. (after all, expos are a TON more fun when you go with someone!) Anyway, I came across a booth that was selling these FABULOUSLY GORGEOUS sparkly fusable fibers. 

Of course, I was interested! 

They ended up in my scrap stash without getting too much use for quite a while. However, I have recently dug them back out because they were exactly what I needed for a project. I fell in love all over again! I have since shared several projects using these beauties and have gotten comments on them.. So I thought I would introduce you to...

ANGELINA FIBERS!

There's TONS you can do with these fibers but here are three of my favorite...

Ok... my all time favorite way of using the fibers (and also the easiest!) is to tuck loose fibers behind something. I usually use a little tacky tape to secure it. I add them behind titles, focal images, and (as shown above) behind ribbons and jewels. It adds this unique texture and colorful sparkle. LOVE.

Now, these fibers are also fusable.  This means you can turn the loose fibers into a fabric...

Simply put some loose Angelina Fibers on some parchment paper, cover with another sheet of parchment paper, then iron. I don't have a sophisticated iron... I just turn mine to about medium-ish. It doesn't take long... 5-10 seconds. You can get different looks simply by using more or less fibers. AWESOME.


But what do you do with it now? Well, why not die cut it? Or hand cut (like I did for the heart). Or, you could use it in a larger sheet as another "paper". (for those who like layers!)


Ok, for the last one, you get to use STAMPS.  (this is actually the technique they demoed at the expo that sold me!) Unity stamps are perfect for this because they are rubber, and therefore can handle the heat of the iron. PLEASE don't try this with clear stamps!!!

Place your chosen stamp on an acrylic block (this just helps hold it in place). I'm using the circled heart from the Winter Warmth kit. If you want, you can ink up your stamp with a permanent ink, but you don't have to. I chose not to for this one. 

Put some Angelina Fibers over the stamp. Make sure it is covered. You don't have to go super thick, but if you go too thin, you will lose detail... play around with how much you want to use to get the look you love.

Place a sheet of parchment paper over the stamp and press with your iron. (you can see I have it set at  around medium... No steam. Since I never put water in my iron, that isn't an issue for me. LOL!) It doesn't take long. Check it at about 5-10 seconds... you may need to hit a few areas a little longer depending on how thick the fibers are and how hot your iron is...


 When you pull it off, you will have a detailed image embossed/fused into the fibers. SO COOL!

Some stamps work better for this than others... Try to use ones without TOO much detail. Simple seems to be the most effective.

 There's lots more you can do with these fibers. I just wanted to share a fun product that I love to use with my stamping and mixed media projects.

(If you are an Amazon shopper, you can find all sorts of colors and combo packs there... you can also check out fiber art/needle craft stores.)

And you can find all the stamps I used HERE.

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Enjoy!


70 comments:

Rachel said...

ive never heard of these fibers until you started using them... but now i think i need them lol! love that they can melt together, so so cool!
-Rachel
rwkrafts.com

Ruby said...

Thanks for explaining all about the fibers. I will have to look for these. Lovely projects that you created with them.

Becky said...

I never heard of these fibers either. But they look beautiful on your project.

heidiscoll said...

The fibers are very pretty! This mouse is sooo cute! Love the fibers used as a flower center too! Nice projects! :)

Doreen said...

A great tut on the Angelina fibres thank you....Love your gorgeous cards.xxx

Janis said...

Oh, my goodness....these are just gorgeous!!! I have heard of these Angelina fibers, but only recently. What a fabulous addition to a papercrafting project!!!
<3 J

jwoolbright at gmail dot com
HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

Brandi R said...

Love these!!!!! I never thought to use those fusible fibers in my papercrafts!!! Thank you for the inspiration ♥

Donna K said...

Beautiful projects! I'm in love with that little mouse. Thank you for always being so helpful with your techniques Kassi!

Teresa Doyle said...

That's awesome "stuff"! LOL Love what you can do with it. Your card is great too!

Gaylynn said...

Very cool fibers in this. Makes it extra fun and unique, Kassi.

Michele Henderson said...

I love all the texture and warmth in your card! Very pretty!

jcobb said...

Your little mousy has stolen my heart!

Vicki said...

I have never worked with fibers. But you have sold me. Another great way to use my stamps in mixed media Thank you for such clear instructions

Kaylyn Purvis said...

Thanks for teaching me how to use the fibers. I've never used them before but now that you make it look so easy, I want to try them.Also just want to say how freaking cute the mouse stamp is and I love the heart you did!! Cute.

Life of a Caffeinated Mom said...

I love how the fibers. I am amazed how talented people like you come up with such creative ways to use different mediums to create your beautiful cards. These are just beautiful.

D.Ann said...

I haven't used Angelina in ages... thanks for the reminder!

Sweet card!

Kris Kok said...

That little mouse is adorable!

Hilary Reynolds said...

What a wonderful tutorial on the fibers Thank You!

Michelle golz said...

Wow this has my interest! I need to find some of this stuff! Luv the mouse!

tonya said...

Love the flower! So pretty!

Brozek said...

The mouse is adorable.

Tona said...

What fun projects. I'll have to look into those fibers.

Karenrhae said...

Nice idea for using the filbers! Love it and the mouse, too!

Renee Collier said...

What fun projects you've shared.

Rebecca Yahrling said...

LOVE your card - it's so cute. And thanks for letting us know about those fibers - looks like fun to use them!

KT Fit Kitty said...

Wow, both of these are gorgeous! The fibers look amazing! Love the cute little mouse!

Doris Fuhlendorf said...

Learned something new today..... Thank you and adorable card

Beth F. said...

Very very cool! I hadn't seen those fibers before!

Lagene said...

I love the idea of using these fusable fibers with stamps!
Cute cards!

Cazzy said...

You made me want to find my fibres and use them again. Thanks for the neat tips.

Camerageek said...

I've seen these on sale somewhere but didn't really know what they were. Oh my gosh I wish I would have gotten some because this is soooo cool.

Paula-Scrap Addict said...

Oh My Gosh, Alfie is so adorable!

Scrapper Myra said...

These are beautiful. :) Glad you shared.

Carmen O. said...

I've seen these fibers before. You put them to such beautiful use. Makes me want to get some fibers. Thanks for the inspiration!

Jean said...

So cool!

Jackie S said...

Hadn't seen the fibers before. Have to add that to my stash

Linda said...

your card is so cute.

Linda Chidster said...

S W E E T & ADORABLE Cards!!!

Cathy Hanes said...

Thanks for the tutorial!! Can't wait to try it... bet it works with OTHER fibers as well!!

Julie Odil said...

Kassi, you never cease to amaze me! Love these fibers!

Karen (karey2005) said...

Fabulous use of those fun fibers!

Iris said...

I hadn't seen the fibers before - thanks for demonstrating the technique.
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Amy Ismail said...

Such an adorable mouse card!

L Wryt said...

What a cool technique!!!

cghundley said...

How neat! I'll
have to try this.
Very pretty projects
with the fibers.
Carla from Utah

Maggy Everett said...

The fibers are stunning! I have to order so and start using your technique! I love this! Thank you for sharing.

C. M. Taylor said...

I can't wait for Alfie to get to my house. I just ordered him. You did a wonderful job of showcasing this stamp. Thanks for the info on the fibers. I didn't know you could press them. Learn something new everyday!

C. M. Taylor said...

Love the fibers but I really love "Alfie". Can't wait until he get here. I just ordered him! TFS

DIANA L. said...

Super cute Kassi your mouse is adorable!!
This is so sweet. I love it.
Thank you for the inspiration Have a blessed day
DIANA L.
http://dianamlarson.blogspot.com

Deborah345 said...

Adorable card and love the use of the fibers

Denise Bryant said...

Sweet cards! Lovin' that darling mouse, and the fun addition of the fibers!

Robin61 said...

Neat use of fibers!

Jen Rey said...

Wow! Wonderful card. Thank you for the info on the fibers...I've never heard of them before. Very cool...I'll have to check them out. Thanks for sharing!

Kary said...

Kassi, so glad you share the use of the Angelina fibres. I have some but never put them to use. It's a pretty effect and love your sweet cards!!

Suman Pandit said...

That is quite a fun technique !!loved all the different ways these fibres can be used !!

ionabunny said...

Oh what fun. I have some of these fibres. Must revisit them. Love the cute little mouse. Hugz

Angeline Choo said...

Kassi, those fibers looks like a lot of FUN!! WOW. i love the technique with the stamp...

Katie said...

Wow, very cool! I loved your flower card before I even saw that you had used a stamp with the fibers. So cool! :) Thanks for sharing.

Katie B.

mlady012 said...

Very cool!!love the tucked behind look!

Sabrina said...

That is really very cool!!!

Sue D said...

Very cool! I remember seeing these demoed at a stamping convention years ago.

Lisa Rodriguez said...

Beautiful

D- said...

Aww what a sweet card. Thanks for sharing.
Crafty hugs,
Dawn
Designs By Dragonfly {blogspot}

Anne said...

Time to get my Angelina fibres out again, had forgotten all about them! Thanks for the tips and reminder x

jennifer mitten said...

So interesting and now I need to try these out!

Corrie said...

Thanks for the tutorial love those fibres

Robin B. said...

Fabulous cards! I love the cute mouse and beautiful flower along with the texture. Thanks for sharing.

sally0630 said...

I love this card it is simple but adorable and I love the way you meshed the fibers together for the card thanks for sharing that idea I have never seen it before.
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sally0630 said...

I love this card it is simple but adorable and I love the way you meshed the fibers together for the card thanks for sharing that idea I have never seen it before.
sally0630@frontiernet.net

Nancy said...

I love the mouse. He was the second SOW I received on joining recently, although I have yet to ink him. I am SO impressed with the quality of Unity stamps. Thanks for the tutorial on using fibers on the cards. I don't keep too many fibers around since there is only so much room in a one bedroom apartment (and rubber stamps are taking over).