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:

week2_charms(Sources: FindingBox (Etsy); ingredientsforlovely (Etsy); zazastory (Etsy); fallinlovegems (Etsy).)

I love that they can be found in silver or gold tones, and are flat and somewhat stylized. The look and style of these metallic feathers creates a modern, sleek look, compared to the romantic styling of real feathers. The oversized feathers would make an impressive impact on their page! For those that are dollar-conscious (and aren’t we all?), although the larger feathers may price out to more per embellishment than your usual spending, they are just so amazing and impressive that not much else would be needed on the page.


For this layout, I used two smaller-sized feather charms in this fun “arrow” type embellishment. I love the bold crisp look of the silver against the delicate tones and patterns on the rest of the page. Although made of metal, they are light enough that they don’t pull down on the arrow; I just used one small glue dot to hold them in place.


fallinlovegems has been kind enough to donate a set of three feather metal charms like the ones I used on the layout above for our reader give-away! Don’t miss the details below!

And how could we talk about scrapbooking without mentioning stamps? I am totally blown away by the amazing feather stamps available through independent artists. From red rubber, to hand carved from erasers or lino, there is a perfect feather stamp for each of you out there, just waiting for you to find it. I couldn’t pick a single favourite, and I couldn’t show you all of them, so again, here are a few of my favourites. How awesome is the range in size, too — from several inches tall, to teeny tiny?

week2_stamps(Sources: oldislandstamps (Etsy); norajane (Etsy); creatiate (Etsy).)


I used the “a feather in your cap” stamp from creatiate to create my own custom feather flair in the above layout. I also matched the watercolor paint colour I used on the background to one of my favourite ink colours, and stamped repeatedly, reinking somewhat randomly in between impressions. The combination of the multi-generational stamping plus the watercolor paint and splats creates nice depth to the page.



And speaking of flair, now we need to look at feather flair. From photorealism, to cartoon to retro-inspired, there is truly a feather for everyone out there. These little metal and mylar icons are so perfect for adding a punch of colour and dimension to your pages.

week2_flair(Sources: greatestview (Etsy); PipingHotPapers (Etsy); aflairforbuttons (Etsy).)


Don’t forget to check out my Feather board on Pinterest for more great feather products and feather inspiration!

Leave a comment on this post for a chance to win a wonderful package of feather goodies supplied by some wonderful companies! Give-away will be on February 28th. Leave a comment on each installment of my Trending Feathers article for another entry for a chance to win! Give-away open to US residents only. 




Give-away prizes provided generously by: Jenni Bowlin StudioCocoa DaisyCreatiateFall In Love Gems; handmade feathers by Ashley Calder and the Things That Shine, and A Flair For Buttons.

Tune in Friday for another feathery installment in this trending series!

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32 Responses to Trending: Feathers (Part 2)

  1. Audrey Dansie February 13, 2013 at 2:41 pm #

    I Like the feather look I would buy the metal one I have already bought the feather on for my silhouette.

  2. Elyssa February 13, 2013 at 3:18 pm #

    At first I din’t care for this trend, but it is really growing on me! I especially like the feather stamps…just adorable!

  3. Katie B February 13, 2013 at 3:53 pm #

    I’m a trend watcher even if I don’t adopt the trend. This is one of my favorites and will be adopting it. Thanks for the chance to win a few.

  4. Margie Visnick February 13, 2013 at 4:22 pm #

    Love all of the feather-y fun!

  5. Helen February 13, 2013 at 8:53 pm #

    Great article. Love the LOs!!!!

  6. artfulscrapbooking February 13, 2013 at 8:57 pm #

    Ashley, love your use of watercolor on your layouts!!! Love the feather charms and stamps!

  7. Heather Mayfield (@buckeyecub) February 13, 2013 at 11:36 pm #

    Love the feather trend because I have birds.

  8. AllisonLP February 14, 2013 at 5:02 am #

    I love feathers – I’ve cut a buch on my Silhouette and embossed them with silver embossing powder – LOVE.

  9. Laura C - Michigan February 14, 2013 at 6:02 am #

    I love how you used those feather charms and the tiny feather stamp!

    • IrmaPeredne February 14, 2013 at 6:39 am #

      wonderful use of feathers on your layouts! I’d love to give it a try too!

  10. jenniferlabre February 14, 2013 at 9:21 am #

    I love feathers! Thanks for sharing so many great ideas and products!

  11. Juliana February 14, 2013 at 10:41 am #

    What a fabulous giveaway! Thanks for a chance to win and for sharing so many great ideas for feathers!!!

  12. Tammy ScrappyDoodads Kist February 14, 2013 at 10:42 am #

    I love the unexpected on pages…and feathers fit that bill 🙂

  13. Mel H February 14, 2013 at 11:05 am #

    I love your embellishment choices today…I have to have those peacock feather flair. I really like the new feather trend, and there are a lot of really neat feather embellies out right now!

  14. Heather V February 14, 2013 at 6:28 pm #

    Love your layout! I am loving the feather trend, especially mixed with gold.

  15. Mary in IL February 15, 2013 at 9:53 pm #

    haven’t tried feathers yet but I am excited to after seeing what you found!

  16. Susan Kopp February 16, 2013 at 1:02 am #

    The flair is great and I would love a chance to win!

  17. Pam February 16, 2013 at 1:09 am #

    I had no idea feathers are everywhere and on so many things!

  18. Pat Armstrong February 16, 2013 at 9:50 am #

    These are some cute options with feathers.

  19. Christi February 16, 2013 at 11:03 am #

    I didnt think to use feather charms. Great idea!

  20. Marzee Carnes February 16, 2013 at 12:18 pm #

    I love the flair!!!

  21. Linda H February 16, 2013 at 10:10 pm #

    Maybe I will have to pull out the tools and make a hand carved feather stamp on lino! Thanks for the idea!

  22. craftingwithoutkids February 18, 2013 at 3:45 pm #

    I use the brass charms to make flexible molds and then you can use Paper Clay with the molds to get nice lightweight embellishments!

  23. Gab February 19, 2013 at 4:32 am #

    At first I couldn’t see how I would use feathers in my scrapbooking – but now I have some ideas with your LOs! Thanks!

  24. suzieq23 February 23, 2013 at 1:49 am #

    I am so thrilled you are doing this Trending Feather post. I love feathers and have to stop myself from buying every stamp, feather, charm, etc. out there. Thanks for all the info and also for all the links. The prize is fabulous! Thanks again.

  25. RachelV February 24, 2013 at 12:49 am #

    I love those metal feathers used on the layout. And those stamps are cool too!

  26. Julie I. February 24, 2013 at 10:45 pm #

    I <3 the feather stamps! Thank you for this great series of articles and thanks too for the chance to sign-up for the prize package drawing!

  27. ScrapperQ March 2, 2013 at 6:10 am #

    Green Peas is such a lovely page! The feathers are just right.

  28. JuliaG March 2, 2013 at 3:53 pm #

    Love how you incorporated those metal feathers into your layout!! I’m heading over to your pinterest board now!

  29. Celeste B. March 3, 2013 at 8:19 am #

    Loving all the feathers. Thanks for the chance to win.

  30. Jennifer March 3, 2013 at 3:08 pm #

    Love the buttons with the feathers on them! Great “arrow” with feathers on the end…jsut as it should be!

  31. diya asahina March 9, 2013 at 8:03 am #

    love the way u use them! love

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