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Wednesday, 13 May 2015

All Wrapped Up (by Lesley)

For today's card I wanted to show you how to create embellishments using stamps from The Sewing Room and Floral Mannequins. There is a full step by step for this, so please pull up a chair and take a break for a few minutes.

  • Stamp the ruffled ribbon from Floral Mannequins three times on to some 160gsm smooth white cardstock using Vintage Photo distress ink.
  • Use a water brush to 'pull' the colour from the ink over each image. Leave to dry thoroughly.
  • Stamp the ribbon again with the same ink, turn the cardstock over and stamp on the reverse in the same position. You want to achieve a 'double sided' ribbon for the faux bow. Easiest way it to measure up from the bottom of the cardstock on both sides, mark a line and then position the stamp on this line.  Repeat the water brush technique and set aside to dry.
  • Stamp the button from The Sewing Room three times using Vintage Photo and then water brush as detailed above.
  • Add shade to the ruffled edge on the ribbons and around the buttons with a watercolour pencil and water brush this shading.
  • When everything is dry cut out and then use a darker colouring pencil along the edges of the ruffles and round the buttons.
  • To make the faux bow use the double sided ribbon you have stamped and bring both edges into the middle to form a bow shape. Glue together with wet adhesive. When dry cut a curved 'V' shape across the top and bottom edge to create a bow shape. Use a pencil, or similar, in the ends of the bow to help form the 'ears'.
  • Glue two of the ribbon pieces together with wet adhesive. When dry attach the full strip horizontally on a folded 5" white square card, placing the join slight left of centre, with wet adhesive. Trim off the excess.
  • To create the vertical ribbon cut the remaining ribbon in two so that when attached it looks like a full strip. Fix with wet adhesive, slipping the edges under the ruffled edge of the horizontal one and trim off any excess.
  • Attach the faux bow over the join and the three buttons as shown.
  • Finally add a wooden button, paper flower or similar in the centre of the bow and stamp the sentiment from the Amazing Birthday clear stamp set using a Versafine inkpad in Vintage Sepia.

I really enjoyed using these stamps to turn paper images into realistic looking embellishments. Hope that you will give this one a try and thank you for visiting. Don't forget there is still more fabulous artwork to come from the Design Team girls.


  1. A beautiful card Lesley, and a very clever idea using the ruffled strip. I love the vintage tones you have used. Judith xx

  2. Such a clever idea Lesley, like the effects! Have a lovely day, xxMiranda

  3. What a great idea, your card is lovely.

  4. Totally caught my eye. A most unusual and effective card.

  5. This is beautifully coloured Lesley and is very cleverly designed too. You have made it look so 3D by adding the watercoloured shadows and pencil shading round the edge of the ruffle. A really lovely way to use this stamp. x

  6. Lovely card Lesley, this ribbon stamp is so realistic xx

  7. A really super idea for creating an unusual & striking card. I particularly like your neutral colour scheme enhanced beautifully by the addition of that wooden button. Thank you too for your detailed instructions.
    Paula (PEP)

  8. This is a great idea for a card, I love the wooden button you have added as an embellishment
    Jackie x

  9. What a super car, and your use of the stamps to ake embellishments is a super idea, love it, Kate x

  10. so beautiful and so clever Lesley - that bow looks awesome xx

  11. Lovely clean and simple (looking) card! This style of card always looks elegant and the faux bow is great.

    Lesley Xx

  12. What a perfect card eor a guy aswell! Great colours and beautifully CAS; so balanced!

  13. I love the simplicity of this card - I love the faux lace :)

  14. I love the simplicity of this card - I love the faux lace :)


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