Friday, May 10, 2013

"Dancer" Birthday Card for RRR

My niece is turning nine, and she's is a tom boy who loves frilly things. She takes gymnastics and placed in our local beauty pageant for her age group last summer, so I thought this dancer card would be perfect for her. It features Really Reasonable Ribbon along with some extra supplies from my May ScrapThat! Kit

"Dancer" Birthday Card

Tips and Techniques:

Ribbon Skirt ~ I fussy cut this dancer from the Prima Divine paper and thought the RRR Silky Crush Ribbon would create a sweet skirt. I cut three strips of the Silky Crush ribbon twice the length of her skirt, finger pressed a crease at the half way point of each and machine basted across them one at a time, right next to each other so the three pieces were connected by the basting. I then folded on the stitching line and snipped strips up to about 1/4 inch from the stitching line. The "skirt" was then gathered to the width of the dancer's waist. The weave in this ribbon is tight enough to hold up to this technique without much fraying. 

Braided Belt ~ I cut three lengths of the Metallic White String and braided it to created the belt at her waist. The sparkly belt covered the edge of the skirt to hide the gathering stitches. 

Ribbon Flower ~ I wanted just a tiny flower for her waist, so created this ribbon flower using white seam binding

Hand Stitching ~ I drew a line for the butterfly trail, pierced stitching holes, then stitched with Iridescent White String. In this close-up you can see the gorgeous iridescence of the metallic string. I cut a little more than usual to allow for some fraying on the string ends. 

Glitter ~ I dabbed each of the flowers on the dancer with Art Glitter Designer Dries Clear glue, then sprinkled with Donna Salazar Sugar Shimmer Fairy Dust Glitter. This is the first time I used her glitter, and you can't believe how much sparkle and shimmer it produces!! 

Flowers ~ I added a little cluster of Prima flowers to the corner. 

Distressing and stitching ~ I used my handy DSD Distrezz-It-All to distress the layers before zigzag stitching around the card. 

I hope I've inspired you to pull out some ribbon to embellish your projects!! 

Thanks for stopping by! I treasure your comments.

~ Blessings ~


  1. So pretty- LOVE her skirt (aren't those the most fun to dress up??)~ fab job :)


  2. Wowwwwwwwwwwwww! This is gorgeous! I loveeeeeeeeee what you did for her skirt!!

  3. Such a sweet card! That is some amazing fussy cutting and I adore the little skirt you made!!!

  4. Your niece is lucky to receive this FABULOUS card, Tracey! Well done.

  5. Beautiful!! I know your niece will love it...I was a tomboy too and loved frilly things...LOVE how you did the skirt, little flower and butterfly trail. Darling!! Love all the distressed edges too!!

  6. This is gorgeous!! What a beautiful card - the details are stunning!! The distressing is fabulous!! Happy Friday :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  7. Beautiful! As always, your craftsmanship and artistry is mesmerizing, Tracey. Have a blessed Mother's Day with your family!

  8. Oh wow, this is totally dream-worthy Tracy! Could not love it more. What you did with the skirt is pure genius!!

  9. OMG this is beautiful!! Love it. I'm gonna follow you. Found you through RRR post!

  10. Oh my goodness, Tracey. This card is stunning and so creative. I love how magical it feels. I hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day!!!!!

  11. Too wonderful! LOVE what you have done here Tracey!!

  12. Stunning card! Awesome job with the fussy cutting! I love the ribbon skirt and the stitching. Thanks for the inspiration! =)


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