If you’ve actually been following along with my blog… well, THANK YOU! But just in case anyone is, you might have noticed that this card looks an awful lot like one I did earlier (here). I’m posting it today for a few reasons.
First, if you find yourself making ALL of your cards, for every possible occasion, then at some point you’re bound to find yourself in a time crunch – needing a nice card quickly. When that happens, I like to CASE myself. (CASE: copy and share everything, or copy and share exactly… usually refers to seeing someone else’s card and trying to duplicate it.) I have a small handful of “go to” designs – ones I like, but that go together pretty quickly and easily with supplies I always have on hand. Most of my cards are pretty versatile – change the color, change the sentiment, and it can be a “thinking of you”, or a “happy birthday”, or whatever you need. This is one of those “go to” designs for me.
The other reason I wanted to share this today is to share a couple of money-saving tips. First, see those little rhinestones in the center of the flowers? The ones on the top are clear, but the ones on the bottom are pink. However, they all started out the same. All I did was color the clear ones with a pink Sharpie.
I actually colored the gemstones right on the acetate they came packaged on, before applying them to my project. It’s a lot easier (and less expensive) to buy a bunch of clear rhinestones, then to keep a supply of every color on hand. My pink wasn’t a perfect match on this card (and the fabric marker I used didn’t work quite as well as the regular Sharpies), but it wouldn’t be that hard to match pen and paper before you start. I was just lazy on this one. (Note the idea above about “quick and easy go-to cards”).
Even better than the rhinestones, though, is that Baker’s Twine. I so love this idea! I doubt I’ll buy any more pre-made Baker’s Twine again. I found this tutorial on Nifty Thrifty Things, and it works like a charm! I will let you check out Vanessa’s blog for the ingenious technique – I’ll just tell you what I did differently. Vanessa is using only DMC floss, and it appears that she’s using two strands of colored, and one strand of white. I found that for me, the perfect recipe is one strand of colored DMC and two strands of #10 plain white crochet thread. The real reason I love this technique is that I have a TON of DMC floss (left over from my previous obsession with cross-stitch). And that crochet thread? I bought a HUGE ball of it from Amazon for hardly anything – enough to make Baker’s Twine for the rest of my life, I’m guessing.
While the technique does not require any glue, I did add a couple dabs of Fray Stop to the ends, after I had made my bow. Any glue that dries clear should work – just enough to keep the ends from fraying. I use this same technique whenever I use ribbon on my cards, too – works beautifully.
Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!
Supplies used: Neenah Desert Storm cardstock (Kraft), Bazzill cardstock (pink), Sharpie fabric marker, Simon Says Stamp clear rhinestones, EK Success small flower punch, Aunt Lydia’s #10 crochet thread, DMC floss (#335), Bubble Gum Hero Arts Shadow ink (sentiment), Simon Says Stamp Cupcake Party clear stamp set (sentiment), Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder.