before you ask, YES, that is real denim, from an old pair of jeans that i'd saved in my fabric bin. are you wondering how i got it to lay flat and smooth so i could cut it into a neat and un-fray-ed square on the card? as a matter of fact, it's pretty easy to make your own custom fabric paper; you don't even need wonder-under* or any other sewing supplies!
trim fabric to approximately 8.5x11" (you'll see why in a minute)
run an 8.5x11" (told ya!) sheet of cardstock through a xyron machine loaded with a permanent adhesive cartridge
apply a thin, even, coating of whatever fairly strong dry adhesive you like best (ATG, spray mount, etc) all over one side of a sheet of cardstock
place the adhesive side of the cardstock face up on the table and carefully stick the denim on top, smoothing out any wrinkles as you go
cut a project-sized panel from the now securely "fused" denim/cardstock.
note: with lightweight fabric i was able to trim the fused sheet using my ordinary 12x12" guillotine-style trimmer. for the thick denim i had to mark out the size and shape i wanted, then cut carefully along the lines with a very sharp pair of scissors.
i've also used the same "fused fabric" method for diecutting, and it's pretty awesome! for best results i recommend lighter weight fabric and the thick, heavy, sizzix-style dies that work with a mechanical die cutting machine, like cuttlebug. you will *DEFINITELY* want to experiment on some scrap fabric, as you may need to play around with the cutting sandwich and possibly roll through more than once.
in this case, i just used scissors to cut a neat 5.75" square panel, that i wrapped with lace and machine stitched to the front of my card. at the very end i attached the flower layers with some nice strong brads, et voila!
and now, why not take a gander at the creations my fellow SOS dt members have cooked up for you, then start planning your own bid for red, white and blue domination! ♥
*i've used fusible web for papercrafting projects like this in the past and it works really well; i just didn't happen to have any on hand this time.