Sunday, January 21, 2007

Inspired by Alma

This last week I received a copy of 'Odd Ball Charm' a wonderful zine created by Alma Stoller. I came across Alm's blog one day while blog jumping and have been back many times since to admire all the beautiful work there.

She handmakes all of the covers for her zines and this is what I received.Inside there are lots of inspirational ideas and also some fabric, some lovely inspirational paper images and some of the wonderful clay beads that Alma makes. The one thing that immediately caught my attention though was an article about paper applique. I thought immediately that it would fit very well with the Fiber Art Friends January challenge of combining paper and fabric. I haven't had much of a chance to experiment yet and already the monthe is nearly gone. Here is a postcard I made using Alma's idea for a paper applique flower. I cut the petal shapes from pages in a magazine and stitched them down. Adding some free stitched flowers to the background.
Although I love the colours in the first one I think overall I like this second one better. Personally I like the text on the outside of the petals better and I think the stitched background has turned out better too. I have signed up for an open theme swap over at FAI which is due at the end of this month so I will use these cards for that I think.

6 comments:

Sue B said...

I can't decide which one I like better, I think they're both great!

katelnorth said...

Ooh, I love this idea - mind if I steal it? I have some Valentine's postcards to make, and I think they'd look great using this idea of words as a background in some way.... This is a perfect example of why I love reading blogs - you get such good inspiration from them!

Vicki said...

This is a great idea and I like both cards. I may need to borrow this one for a swap that I have coming up.

Micki said...

Alma is a talented lady. Your cards turned out great. I may have to give this a try myself. :)

StegArt said...

I like both of them. I can't decide if the paper outside is more appealing than the paper inside...so I like them both? Cool idea.

Helen in the UK said...

I love these cards. Great technique and great challenge combining! Thanks for the link to Alma's blog she does amazing stuff :)