One of my tweeps ordered a purple giraffe Valentine's Day card for her great-granddaughter (I think), and while making it I employed two tricks I thought I'd share with you. Here's the card:
This image from the Paper Smooches Zoo Crew set is adorable, and even cuter when purple.
For my first trick: the ribbon. I used a technique I saw on an OWH video. I know I've wedged ribbon under a brad in the past, but I really like this twist on it. Here's the step-by-step.
1. Position the ribbon:
2. Mark where you'll punch the hole for the brad:
I do this to help me get close to punching in the right spot.
3. Punch the hole for the brad:
4. Spread the legs of the brad open:
One of my tweeps pointed out to me that stamping has a lot of sexual references. We mount stamps, spread the legs of brads. He may have a point, there.
5. Place the ribbon between the brad's legs (there it is again) and insert the brad into the hole you punched:
This works for most ribbons and brads. If you have a really thick ribbon, you may need to find a longer-legged brad.
6. Pull the ribbon straight, push the brad into place, and secure on the back:
And you're done. I trimmed the ribbon at this point, or you can wait until your card is assembled.
For my second trick, I was so happy with how I'd cut the scallop rectangle from my purple scrap, I had to show you this:
I left enough room at the edge that I could use the piece as the bottom layer:
It was a perfect fit, and now that whole remnant is gone. Go, me! :)
Okay, time for me to break into some Distress paint! I'll be back.
Thanks for stopping by!
Basic Grey Offbeat 6x6 paper pack
Paper Smooches Zoo Crew stamp set (SSS|EH)
Miscellaneous purple textured card stock
Memento black ink (SSS | EH)
Copics BV02, YR23, C1
Spellbinder's Long Rectangles, plain and scalloped
Martha Stewart Heart Confetti punch
Neenah Solar White card stock 25 sheets (SSS | EH) ream (SSS | EH)
Teflon bone folder (SSS | EH)
Fiskars paper trimmer (SSS | EH)
Silhouette Pick-Me-Up pen (SSS)
Martha Stweart glue pen
Martha Stewart Mini Scoreboard (SSS|EH)