I had fun creating my first easel card for Elizabeth and Andrew's anniversary featuring ribbon and flowers from Bonnie's Really Reasonable Ribbon Store. It's hard to believe it's been nearly a year already since their wedding.
This wrapped double loop ribbon was created in two steps. First, I wrapped the mat layer with Silky Crush Ribbon, adhering to the back of the layer with Scor-Tape so the ends are not visible on the finished card. Where I planned to add the bow, I gathered and tied the base ribbon strip with a small piece of wire. I then tied a double loop bow and glued in place.
I created the stick pin with a corsage pin and beads from my stash.
The sentiment is a cardstock sticker coordinating with the lovely SEI Promise Me collection used for this card. Of course, I had to get in some of my signature distressing on the mat around the sentiment.
This is the inside/base of my easel card. I framed my stamped sentiment with a chipboard frame layered over more of the Silky Crush Ribbon wrapped around the card base. The pearls are not only decorative, but are placed to hold the top of the card in place when displaying. Bonnie is discontinuing these pearls so if you need the colors that are left, grab them while they are still available.
Twine - (I used 20lb white bamboo, but you could use any twine.)
Inks - in colors to coordinate with project. One lighter and one darker
Embossing Powder to coordinate with your inks (Optional)
Corrugated Board (I used Donna Salazar's corrugated board by Zutter.)
Tweezers (Optional but helpful for holding heart during embossing.
Paint or gesso - not pictured
Die cutting machine - not pictured
Embossing tool - not pictured. (Only needed if you use the embossing powder.)
**Note** If you do not have a heart die, you could also hand cut a heart from corrugated board.
**Note** There are many different sizes of corrugation from the tiny ridges in postal boxed to the larger ridges in the corrugated board I used here. Use what you have available and what goes with your project.
Step 1. Cut heart from corrugated board.
**Note** if you have used a die to cut your heart, you can cut a border around the negative to create a heart outline to pair with your wrapped heart like I did for my card.
Step 2. Paint heart to coordinate with your project. Here I used DecoArt Americana Buttermilk craft paint. I often use white gesso as well. Sometimes I just paint the top of the ridges leaving more of the natural corrugated kraft color showing. Here, I left some small areas of the natural kraft color showing for a more rustic feel. If you want to just paint the tops of the ridges, dry brushing with a foam brush works best.
Step 3. Select an ink for your primary color. I used Mix'd Media Inx and embossing powder in Chiffon. Ink the edges of your heart, drawing the ink towards the center, but not completely covering the heart. While your ink is wet, sprinkle with coordinating embossing powder and heat set. The heart is small, so a pair of tweezers comes in handy to hold it while heat embossing. If you desire a more rustic look, you can just ink without embossing.
Step 4. Select a contrasting ink for your edges. I used Mix'd Media Inx and embossing powder in Honey. Just dab a little ink on the very edges, then sprinkle with embossing powder and heat set.
Step 5. Wrap twine around your heart and glue ends to the back of the heart.
Step 6. Rub ink on the twine. I used Mix'd Media Inx Honey.
I am blessed to work in an industry I love. In the spirit of full disclosure, I am currently working as a freelance designer in some capacity for the following companies: Donna Salazar Designs, Scraps of Elegance, and ScrapBerry's. While I am compensated by these companies in product, I maintain the freedom as an independent designer to say what I truly think of their products. I will never recommend something that I don't personally use and enjoy.