Monday, April 18, 2011
Kaisercraft English Rose textured lady's card with hand-dyed seam binding
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I have seen a few of this style of card in various places on the web and as the Splitcoaststampers Fan Club April theme is 'Oh so shapely', it give me the perfect excuse to have a go at one myself. Plus I have been wanting to use some seam binding that I dyed myself to match the gorgeous Kaisercraft English Rose designer papers.
I will post my tutorial on dyeing your own seam binding, lace etc. ready in a few days - I am still editing the instructions. I do not use re-inkers, glimmer mist or sprays like other people do - it is something totally different.
So, back to my card......it is pretty simple. I ran the brown-burgundy cardstock through my Cuttlebug using the larger Jamara embossing folder then I lightly sanded the embossing to make it stand out more and sprayed on a little pearl Glimmer Mist.
I used my Martha Stewart Doiley Lace punch to punch the borders on the designer paper (note I used the 6" x 6" pad of papers) then ran them through my Cuttlebug using the same Jamara embossing folder which "distressed" them a little. I then adhered them together with doublesided tape but made sure that I didn't stick down the decorative border. I bent them up slightly so they would stand out more.
I added 2 different sized Kaiser Blush pearls which have the slightest tinge of pink along the very bottom layer of the dp's. I punched a butterfly with my Martha Stewart Monarch butterfly punch, ran it through the Cuttlebug too with the same folder, sprayed on some pearl Glimmer Mist and added some Blush pearls to the centre. Here is a close-up of the butterfly - you can see the sheen from the Glimmer Mist on the cardstock a little better in this photo:
Did you notice the rose + leaves in the centre of the ribbon bow? Drum roll.......I made it myself! Yep, all by myself with a piece of cream ribbon (and olive green for the leaves). Yay me!! Here is a wee close-up:
I have wanted to make these roses forever and found a video on You Tube that I could actually understand. It did take me an evening to practice/play around with it and eventually was able to get to grips with it (even if it isn't perfect). I sewed the bottom of the rose as I went so it didn't unravel but I imagine in time, you would probably be able to do it right through and only sew it at the end. The wider the ribbon, the easier it is and if you use wire-edged ribbon, it is heaps easier (mine is just regular ribbon though). Here is the You Tube video I used and here is a visual from the Craft Critique blog of how you actually start to fold the ribbon over - scroll down till you see the pink folded ribbon rose - you just keep folding the ribbon in the same way and keep going round and round till you are happy with the size of the rose.
The rose leaves were made by folding a small piece of olive green ribbon into a figure 8 then sewing it to the bottom of the rose so the ribbon ends are hidden in the centre. I then glued it to the seam binding bow with Fabric glue. Pretty cool, huh - even if I do say so myself?!!!
I attached the pink seam binding ribbon in 2 separate elements and the bow itself was made with my Bow Easy. I kept thinking I should add a flourish somewhere on the card or add a sentiment - and actually spent longer trying to figure out if I should add anything extra than it took to make the rest of the card!! In the end, I drew a blank and left the card as is.
Apart from the SCS Fan Club Challenge, I am entering my card into the following challenges -
Crop Stop Challenge #15 - Vintage Finish - where they want you to show them how you get inspired by "Vintage". This is my own interpretation of Vintage - maybe not fitting the style that other people have. One day I will get to grips with the whole torn and ripped edge and uneven stitching thingy..........hard 'cos I'm a neat-freak......!
Frosted Designs Fabulous Friday Challenge where this week they want you make a card, layout or a project using a homemade/handmade embellishment. My handmade/homemade embellies are my hand-dyed seam binding ribbon and the folded ribbon rose.
Thanks for stopping by - hope to see you again soon! In the meantime, here is a sneaky peak of what is coming up on my Blog in a few days.....
Designer paper: Kaisercraft English Rose 6" x 6" paper pad
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Jamara embossing folder, cream seam binding (dyed pink) - 19mm or 9/16" wide, Pearl Glimmer Mist, Kaiser pearls - SB716 Blush, Fabric glue, sandpaper, Cardstock - brown/burgundy, Bow Easy, Folded ribbon rose - cream ribbon 3/8" or 10mm wide + cream sewing thread and sewing needle, olive green ribbon 1/4" or 7mm wide.
Punches: Martha Stewart Doiley Lace edge, Martha Stewart Monarch Butterfly