Trendy Tuesday – Feathers
by Katherine Elliot

   When Andrea returned from the winter Craft & Hobby Association trade show, she alerted me to a paper craft trend in feathers.  I wasn”t too familiar with this at first, but in no time, with a bit of determined on-line hunting, I found some truly unique projects and products that I hope you”ll find inspiring in order to play with this fun feather trend.

Feather Frame, image source Two Peas in a Bucket Gallery

 It may not be easy to find the wood veneer feathers used for the shadow box frame project featured above (they were from a fall kit Studio Calico offered last year), but the company has some fabric sticker feather shapes that could be used in similar projects.


 Studio Calico Mistables Feathers, image source Studio Calico

 Jenni Bowlin Studio also offers vintage fabric feathers that I think look fantastic on this tag/card design…

Card by Lisa Dickinson, image source Jenni Bowlin Studio

 Scrappers, you are not forgotten!  Leafy feathered shapes you can hand cut in a variety of patterned papers offer an embellishment that could coordinate with many themes on your pages.

Scrapbook page by Debbie Hodge, image source Get It Scrapped

 Perhaps a more trendy application of feathers is the next style of fluffy beauties added to your project.  Feathers, like the ones featured below from Bella Blvd., come in a wide variety of bright & pastel colors.

Scrapbook page and image source from Laura Vegas

Check out the whimsical addition of a Bella feather added to the card featured below…

 Bachelorette Party Card featuring Bella Blvd feather by Shellye McDaniel, image source a Bucket


 Feathers from Bella Blvd, other colors & image source found at Bella

 Clean and simple cards and projects can embrace the feather trend on a more subtle level.  Several companies, including Stampendous, Hero Arts, and Stampin” Up!, offer stamps with a feather theme.

Clean & Simple feather card, image source

Card by Maile Belles, image source Simply Stamped


 Hero Arts Feathers stamp set

 Stamped feathers on your project can be delicate…


Card by Sarah Jay, image source, Criminal Grace 

or stamped feathers can be bold…

My Friend Feather Card by Tenia Nelson, image source Jazzy Paper Designs

 Sarah Jay and Tenia Nelson”s cards shown above used the same bold peacock feather stamp from Stampendous .

Feathers look great in vintage or rustic theme projects, too.  A masculine card with a feather embellishment is a unique alternative to other decorations, and can help you avoid adding a bow that often detracts from an otherwise macho vibe.  Julie Gearinger demonstrates a great masculine theme with this trend in her card shown below…

Rustic feather card by Julie Gearinger, image source Stamping with Julie Gearinger

 Julie used a feather stamp from Stampin” Up! in her project.  Here are the images that are included in Stampin” Up”s Fine Feathers set.

Fine Feathers Clear-Mount Stamp Set

Stampin” Up! Fine Feathers Stamp Set

Fine Feathers

Card featuring Stampin” Up Fine Feathers set by Dawn Yeager, image source Adirondack Impressions

Are you dabbling in mixed media projects?  You may be inspired by this piece.  I”m not sure if it is a real feather attached to the canvas, but it sure looks like one.  Few of my feather examples were actually “bird themed” I realize.  So the “Fly” sentiment, bird and butterfly imagery on this project is a great conclusion.  Check it out…

 Mixed media project featuring feather, image source Get It Scrapped

I have to admit I”m also intrigued by the use of a cardboard coffee sleeve on this project, hmmm…. So many inspiring projects, so little time!

Feathered friends, don”t worry, no birds were harmed in the preparation of this post!

Happy crafting, everyone!

3 replies on “Trendy Tuesday – Feathers”

  1. I don’t get too involved in trends, but I LOVE the feather trend. Both the Hero Arts and SU! stamp sets are gorgeous. Thanks for sharing the lovely & inspirational projects.

  2. I’ve been seeing this trend for a while and I’m mystified — is it something symbolic? If you put it on a card as the main element, what does it mean???? I would love some info.

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