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Trending | Feathers (Part 4): Cut them out!

I’m back with the fourth and final installment in the Trending: Feathers series! So far we’ve looked at: feathers in scrapbooking stuff, feathers in other potentially crafty stuff, and DIY! feathers. Today we are going to talk about die cut feathers. I have a Silhouette Cameo, so that is what my projects used, but the ideas and inspiration pieces can easily be adapted to be used with any other cutting system — or any other kind of feather you might fancy! Check out my Pinterest Feathers board for dies and cutting files.

I used cut feathers on this layout in three different ways. First, I cut a feather out of the top third of the white cardstock background, and backed it with new Crate Paper Party Day pink and red diagonal stripe (which I literally took out of the box when I opened my order at home, and then put directly onto this layout. Love it that much).  Second, I used that white cardstock feather that I cut out of the background, and I misted it with aqua blue. I used a few different colours, and concentrated the darker mist on the left side of the feather, to create a sort of messy ombre look. The third feather is a different style than the top two. I cut it out of plain cardstock, then covered it with chunky gold glitter. That’s a pretty fast, easy three ways to dress up a simple feather die cut to add to your page!
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Trending: Feathers (Part 3) – DIY Feathers!

This is Ashley again this feathery Friday, with the third installment in Trending Feathers. Today we are going to look at all of the amazing ways you can make your own feathers! Don’t forget, at the end of this DIY Feather Round-Up, there is a chance to enter for a great give-away! 

When I first started looking at handmade feathers, I was amazed at the sheer artistry that goes into some of them. And I thought, there is seriously no way I can do this. But, the more I looked, the more I realized that for all of the artistry that goes into feathers (paper and real), that they are essentially quite basic. And then I thought, I can do basic.

As a simple shape, a feather is really just a somewhat curvy, kinda long and skinny type shape. As having pattern, it really just looks like there are lots of fine downward pointing lines running the length of the center spine. Basically: long + chevrons = feather. Then whatever else you want to add in is just details. A pointy bit at the bottom for the quill, maybe some texture up the sides for the notches that gives each feather its unique shape.

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Trending: Feathers (Part 2)

It’s Ashley again, back with part two of Trending: Feathers! Last time, I covered the fantastic assortment of new scrapbooking products available with feather motifs. Today we are going to look at finding feather products outside of the scrapbook store and craft aisle.

First up is an item I haven’t seen embraced by the scrapbooking world yet (or, again)… feather metal charms! There is a huge selection available online through sources like independent Etsy shops, and I bet you could find them in person in jewelry and beading stores. Here are a few of my favorites I’ve seen recently:

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Trending: Feathers

[Editor's Note: With this post, we welcome the newest addition to our staff, Ashley Calder! Ashley will be a familiar face to many of our readers, as her writing and creative work has been widely published in print and online in the scrapbook world. She's also the author of the book, Scraptastic!: 50 Messy, Sparkly, Touch-Feely, Snazzy Ways to Jazz Up Your Scrapbook Pages --Nancy]

Feathers are a hot and trendy fashion, home decor, and art-inspiration item right now! Seen in everything from feather hair extensions, earrings, feather screen printed clothing, to watercolour wall art, scrapbooking is not to be left out! Fortunately a few scrapbooking companies have already jumped on this trend, and there are products made just for scrapbookers. Today I am going to take a look at feather-inspired scrapbooking products currently available.

Several scrapbooking companies debuted new lines featuring a good dose of feathers last month at CHA Winter 2013. As a feather-lover, I was excited to see these new releases as there were relatively few available in the scrapbooking world until now.

Jenni Bowlin Studio came out with a fantastic new line that is just chock full of lovely feathery goodness.

Jenni’s new feather rub-ons come in black, gold, and silver. I love that there are different styles and sizes included! Four of the designs even match previously released Jenni Bowlin Studio stamps and digital cut files, which means you can layer these feathered beauties.

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