Card, Catered Crop, Hero Arts

Appliqué Umbrella Card

by May Park-

Happy Friday! Today I’m sharing my Quickfire card for the current Catered Crop Recipe Swap. This time we want to see you use fabric somewhere in your paper craft project.

When I found out this week’s theme, I immediately thought of my dear friend, Minki, who taught me how to do appliqués using a sewing machine. (FYI, applique is ornamentation, as a cutout design, that is sewn on to or otherwise applied to a piece of material according to She is a sewing expert and appliqué artist as well, at least to me. You can find her incredible work here.


So I decided to make an appliqué card for the first time. I was remembering the other morning when it rained. It rarely rains here in Southern California, and I felt so blessed to have such a refreshing rainy day in May. I wanted to combine that feeling with the appliqué technique to create my project. That’s the reason I chose an umbrella as the focal image of my card.


Let me explain to you how I created my appliqué card. I started by hand-drawing an umbrella on a scrap paper. Then I cut the image into pieces along the lines, and used them as a template to guide how I cut the  fabric. After cutting them, I glued the fabric pieces onto cardstock to make the umbrella shape. This added layer helped my card base and fabric to protect from tearing by sewing needle.

To appliqué directly onto the card base was not easy at all as I’d expected to be. I did some experimenting. When I stitched the fabric onto the paper, it cut out part of cardstock because of the very fine stitching. Then I found out I needed to mat the extra fabric under the cardstock to protect the paper.


As you see above, I used several kinds of fabric for the ferrule, canopy, and crook handle. I chose the colors and patterns for the canopy to reflect my feelings about rain. BTW, the embroidery floss for the shaft of the umbrella was held with one single stitch. After I finished the appliqué, I added some enamel dots from My Mind’s Eye over the umbrella to represent raindrops. Then I stamped the sentiment along one side of the umbrella to look like rain flowing down the canopy.


I’m more than happy with how it turned out. But I’m not sure whether the sentiment was stamped in the perfect place. What do you think? Hope you like my creation and get some inspiration.

I can’t wait to see what the other designers have created and encourage you to go take a peak and play along with this challenge. For more details, please check out the challenge over at the Catered Crop, winners have a chance to guest design on the next recipe swap and you have until May 25th to join in.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend. Happy crafting!

May Park


  1. Wanda G (stampcat)

    I absolutely ADORE this card! Wow! It’s perfect. Thanks so much for entering our challenge at A Blog Named Hero!

    30 . May . 2013
  2. Ren-Yi Lo

    Oh this is simply delightful. What a stunner. Thanks for playing along with us at Little Tangles.

    27 . May . 2013
  3. suemcrae

    Love your patterned umbrella and what a great way to use up bits of fabric. Thanks for playing along with us at A Blog Named Hero.

    24 . May . 2013
  4. tenianelson

    Awesome!!! Thanks for playing along with us at CAS on Sunday!!

    24 . May . 2013
  5. Shelly K

    Love your umbrella!…Such a sweet card! 🙂 Thanks for playing with us at CAS on Sunday!

    23 . May . 2013
  6. Jean Martin

    Oh my goodness! This is genius! LOVE it!!! Thanks for playing with us at CASE Study Challenge! 🙂

    23 . May . 2013
  7. Tricia G

    Such a cute card! Thank you for joining us at Sister Act Card Challenge!

    23 . May . 2013
  8. rebecca hoy

    Totally in love with this! You have yourself a new follower. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Ribbons Challenge this week- good luck.

    Rebecca x

    22 . May . 2013
  9. Laura

    Love love love this card!
    Thanks for joining us at Crafty Ribbons

    22 . May . 2013
  10. Debby Hughes

    Urm WOW! You did that with fabric and sewing is AMAZING and the sentiment is perfectly placed. Thanks for joining us at CASE Study this week 🙂

    22 . May . 2013
  11. cheiron

    Adorable! Love that umbrella. Thank you for playing along with us in the Flower Power Challenge over at the Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog this week!

    21 . May . 2013
  12. Deonna Bemish

    Fantastic idea to make a Applique card! I love that umbrella. Thank you for sharing with TTCRD this week.

    21 . May . 2013
  13. Cebelica

    This is soooooo pretty! I like the CAS look and how this umbrella stands out. Fab work! Thanks for playing with us at Crafty ribbons! Hugs! xx

    20 . May . 2013
  14. yyam

    It’s really pretty. I love that you included different types of fabric. The colours and patterns look amazing!

    Thanks for playing along with us at LESSology. Please include a link to our site if you want to be considered for this month’s prize.

    20 . May . 2013
  15. Anne Fenton

    Love the CAS lines of your card…thank you for joining us at TTCRD this week.

    20 . May . 2013
  16. Tessa en Anke

    Beautiful card. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Ribbons
    hugs Anke

    20 . May . 2013
  17. Barb Murphy

    i love the sentiment placement, and the fabric choices are perfect! great design!

    20 . May . 2013
  18. Maureen Merritt

    I love the patterns you chose for your umbrella and the dots as rain! Very creative. Thanks for playing along at CASology this week!

    19 . May . 2013
  19. Ardyth

    This is lovely – I’m sure the texture is wonderful! Thanks so much for playing along with us at CASology this week!

    19 . May . 2013
  20. Linda McClain

    I think the sentiment and everything else about this card is Perfection!!! I love it.

    18 . May . 2013
  21. Shirley-Anne Barber

    Very clever .Looks fabulous .Thanks for sharing on Make it Monday

    18 . May . 2013
  22. Desire Fourie

    This is just gorgeous. Love the colours and embellishments. All the elements work so well together. I saw this on MIM and just had to pop over to have a closer look.
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

    18 . May . 2013

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