Here are the colours...
I've used Sarhara Sand cardstock here, but I've replaced the other colours with rich coloured cardstock from Paper Temptress: Instead of Chocolate Chip, Hot Fudge Pop Tones c.s It's not as orangey a brown (it's more of a deep coffee colour) so it coordinates like a dream. And instead of Riding Hood Red, Wild Cherry Pop Tone c.s. That is one sassy red!
I like the Pop Tones Cardstock better for two reasons (sorry SU): It's priced for less than I pay per sheet as an SU demo and the colours are more saturated. There's a whole family of juicy colours here.
Who on earth could possibly need a tutorial on making a miniature Persian rug? Nobody, I'm sure, but it was so much silly fun that I just had to share with ya. (P.S. Yup, I know I'm nutso.) ;O)
Step 1) Cut a rug (shape) & colour areas of it to match your colour combo. (The paper is Sweetwater Cotton Candy Item # BJ5.)
Step 2) Make carpet underlay (just kidding.)
Stick thin papers to a piece of cardstock (the cream colour in the above photo.) Layering helps to support flimsy Designer Paper (like this brown flowery piece) that you may want to mutilate (a.k.a. knot it like crazy.)
Use the patterned piece as a guide to trim away the cardstock underneath.
Step 3) Make a row of knots on the end by...
A) Piercing a row of holes (far enough in so that it won't tear when you stitch; ask me how i know!) ;O)
B) Tying a knot on the front
C) Putting your needle back down through the next hole
D) Continuing to knot.
"Why would you want to do all that?" you ask...
for Step 4) ...To make a realistic miniature area rug fringe:
(of course) ;o)
Step 1) Cut two strips of cardstock to fit under the ends of your rug shape.
Step 2) Stick a piece of good strong double-sided tape to both strips of cardstock.
Step 3) Adhere pieces of embroidery floss to the tape (trimming as you go along)
Step 4) Adhere another piece of tape over the thread pieces & stick the whole fringe under the rug.
It may seem crazy to make a rug, but here are some other potential ideas for embroidery fringe:
...as an edge on a card...
...as a soft textural element in place of ribbon.
...a lion's mane...(or a horse, giraffe's mane....)
...scarf fringe (on snowmen maybe?)
...fringe on a dress...
(that are hopefully much more precise)
please click here to see the tutorial at the bottom of an old post.
It wows me that the Little Paper Shop digital images are
still clear as a bell when you reduce them to a minuscule size
(these lil' gals are 3/4 of an inch).
Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic
-Arthur C. Clarke
To make the Mini Digi Frames I did this stuff:
(In case you have any of these dollar store frames & want to try it.)
1) Print the digital images at 18% (Fits in 1 inch shape; perfect for you inchie enthusiasts.) Jena Rain & Katie Swing
2) Emboss them with clear embossing powder. (Crazy, hey? These little guys are even embossed. The print so fast at that size that the ink didn't dry up before I could emboss them)
3) Colour the image (I used Copic markers. How tricksy to colour something so small!) :O)
4) Adhere them to the frame. Crystal lacquer that has set for a few seconds works wonders:
...using a pin to spread the Crystal Lacquer on the back of the frame is handy. :O)
Want to stitch a mini embroidery sampler? Or a sentiment with small letters? Here's some tricks that might come in handy.
Step 1) Keep writing out your phrase until you like the spacing & size (or type it up & print it out) Boxy letters stitch nicely.
Step 2) Instead of piercing your cardstock with a paper piercer, use a needle for smaller holes.
Step 3) Use a super fine needle to sew a single thread so it doesn't obscure the lettering or tear your paper.
Making Wee Wainscoting:
Not sure if this picture is any good (I think I scratched the lens on my camera & now everything is grainy)... but this is how the wainscoting was made:
Step 1) Punch out a bunch of word window punches made of cardstock (or just cut strips)
Step 2) Cut a piece of cardstock in the same colour (Sahara Sand)
Step 3) Add double-sided tape the the cardstock piece & adhere the punched strips to it
Step 4) Trim the ends & add a strip at the top and bottom for baseboard & chair-rail
Step 5) Add a paint wash with markers, if you like. This is "painted" with a white marker from Close to my Heart<---(LUV their white marker & the awesome Annapurna!) :O)