what's that you said...Burlap??

Today I'm here to talk about texture. I love what texture adds to a project and there are so many ways to achieve it. Right now I'm going to focus on something I've been a little obsessed with lately: Burlap. It's cheap, lightweight, easy to use and oh so versatile. On this first card I used it as both a trim and a material to created a custom embellishment with.
GCD Studios Heidi Van Laar Thank You
Supplies: Cardstock: (Ivory) The Paper Co., Patterned Paper: (Floral Frame, Navy Flora, Letter Tile, Zig Zag, Posies: Splendor) GCD Studios, Stamp: Technique Tuesday, Ink: ColorBox, Twine: The Twinery, Pins: Maya Road, Tag Die: Spellbinders, Glimmer Mist: Tattered Angels, Corner Rounder: We R Memory Keepers, burlap from remnant bin Size: 4.25"x5.5"

It's super easy to use as a trim. Just cut a thin strip and fray they edges a bit. The rose I created really compliments the beautiful papers from the Splendor collection that I used. It was almost as easy to create as the fringe. Just cut a strip, twist it and roll into a spiral. Glue the ends together and voila, a rose! I spritzed mine with a little pink and added two hand cut leaves. Another easy way to use burlap is to create a mat or a frame with it.
GCD Studios Heidi Van Laar Hi Friend
Supplies: Cardstock: (white) Georgia-Pacific, Patterned Paper: (Floral Field, Strawberry Jam, Superstar, Tiny Floral border, Sweet Floral: Country Charm) GCD Studios, die cut Doily: (Sweet Surrender collection) GCD Studios, Stamp: Paper Smooches, Ink: Color Box, Alphabet Stickers: October Afternoon, Dies: (Label, Border) Spellbinders, ribbon: May Arts Size: 5.5"x4.25"

 I die cut a piece of burlap and used it as a mat for my focal image. SO easy! I love the way the natural color and rough texture of the burlap plays with the fun, bright colors in the Country Charm Collection. I hope you'll think about giving burlap a try :)


  1. Heidi what a cute idea using burlap!!! Your projects are amazing too!

  2. I love these burlap ideas! I have a stash myself and I am so ready to use it! Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. Great card, Heidi! Love the burlap flower & leaves.

  4. What a great way to use burlap who'dve thunkit???

  5. Stunning as usual! Love the burlap as a mat!

  6. Ok I've got to confess whatever Heidi Van Laar does I looooove it ! She really inspires me...keep the good work Heidi, you're phenom ! X Fab

  7. Love your handmade embellishments, Heidi! Now I need to add some burlap to my stash :)