I thought I'd show you the wall hanging I made for Crafty Individuals on their Hochanda show:
I stamped the tree and star straight onto calico. If you tape the calico to a piece of card and then use a stamping platform, you can get a good image even though these stamps are so detailed. I've then played around layering them up on various fabrics, adding stitching, ribbons etc.
That's real ivy wound round the branch - seemed to last pretty well! Certainly grows up all my trees in the garden!