Thursday, August 26, 2010
It’s Kathy, back again to bring y’all part 2 of my Hybrid Product Pick series. Today I am going to be sharing my favorite products for embellishing all these gorgeous projects.
One of my absolute favorite things to use in hybrid projects is chipboard because it adds such depth and dimension. I have been smitten with all of Maya Road’s products, but their chipboard shapes are really to die for! Take a look at those cutie-patootie back to school shapes, wouldn’t they coordinate so well with the new Hopscotch School additions? Chipboard is so versitile, it can be painted, stamped, embossed, covered with patterned paper, glittered, you get the drift. Most always I use some distress ink to finish off a chipboard shape. Inking the edges of chipboard and paper makes them pop and adds a real shabby feel to your projects or pages. I use Tim Holtz Distress Ink line by Ranger, there are so many colors to choose from, but one of my favorites is Vintage Photo…love it! Another of my favorite products by Ranger is Stickles, a glitter glue that gives a shimmer to just about anything. Stickles also comes in a zillion lots of colors, but if I had to choose just one, it would be Diamond.
I go a little nuts for flowers too. I love the contrast of delicate flowers paired with the grunginess of distress inks. I love all of Prima’s flowers, and I love to make my own paper flowers too, it is so much fun and the styles and techniques are endless. However, one of my most favorite flowers to use are my own handmade crocheted flowers. Nichole Heady had a great tutorial on how to make them here. You might remember the Hybrid Recipe Box I made a while back featured a double layered crochet flower with a ribbon center.
Now, I am a GIRLY-GIRL, there is no doubt about that. I love pink, any color pink, in fact it has always been my favorite color. Orange is running a close second in the last few years, but pink still rules! I also love sparkly things that shimmer and shine, like GLITTER! Yes, I am a huge sucker for glitter…I like fine glitter, chunky glitter, glass glitter, any kind really. SO, you know that the candy colored glitters in the cute little bottles of Doodlebug’s Sugar Coating are a MUST HAVE on my list. I love to cover a chipboard letter in glitter and use it as a monogram to personalize things.
I love fabric. I LOVE fabric. Fabric does funny things to my heart…it goes pitter patter and feels all funny when I see beautiful fabric. It is very much like how I feel when I see a great new scrapbooking kit or paper pack. I love to sew and quilt and make lovely handmade things from fabric…and I love to use it in my hybrid projects too. Fabric flower embellishments are a perfect way to use up scraps and they add such punch to a project. The fabric featured below is Nicey Jane by Heather Bailey, one of my all time most favorite fabric designers…EVER!
Another staple in my hybrid stash is ribbon…lots of ribbon in lots and lots of colors. Grosgrain ribbon is sturdy, yet elegant and comes in just about any width imaginable. Ribbon looks great stitched onto a page, tied around a box handle or looped into a flower shape. A little ribbon can go a long way in adding texture and movement to your hybrid…sometimes even just a little goes a very long way. I have bought ribbon from lots of places. Recently, I discovered Trimweaver…I do not think I will ever buy grosgrain ribbon anywhere else. The colors are gorgeous, and the look and feel of their ribbon is far superior to any I’ve seen. Of course, there are lots of other wonderful ribbon retailers online (and locally, too) - be sure to Google some of them to find what best fits your needs!
There are so many ways to embellish your hybrid project, it is the most fun part, I think…as it allows your creativity to fly free. It can also be very frustrating if you are unsure of what you are doing or what products to use. I hope that my insight and suggestions have been helpful. Allow yourself to play with embellishments, trying different techniques and combinations of things, go outside of your comfort zone… try something new.