I'm popping in to post my card for the twine techniques challenge for Stamp-a-Faire. Danielle Flanders showed this use of a luggage-style tie with buttons and I thought it would be fun to use with the Wonderful Words: Joy die. What's cool is that my card also fits the Merry Monday challenge because I used holly!
My son thought I was crazy making a Christmas card this early. lol I just laughed. I'm determined to actually send Christmas cards this year. I first stamped the holly images from Tinsel & Tags Sprigs on a white card base in a random pattern using New Leaf and Pure Poppy inks. Then I covered it with a layer of vellum to soften it up.
I used the Happy Heart embossing folder by Stamping Up to create texture on the New Leaf strip. (My adhesive is hidden behind that. Vellum can be tricky!)
I cut the word JOY out of white cardstock three times and layered
them so it would be sturdier for my twine. I added red baker's twine
with a luggage-style tie to the top and bottom of the O. I taped down
the twine ends inside my card, but there is also a tiny bit of cardstock
shim underneath the word to accomodate the bulk of the twine and keep
it in place.
I cut and stamped the holly for my focal cluster, adding Stickles to the berries for some sparkle. After arranging the pieces, I glued them to the word JOY.
I really like the finished card! It's a bit bulky for mass mailing, but I have plenty of local friends to hand-deliver some Christmas cheer. :)
Stamps: Tinsel & Tags Sprigs (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: New Leaf, Pure Poppy, vellum (Papertrey Ink)
Paper: White, New Leaf (Papertrey Ink)
Misc: Tinsel & Tags dies, Wonderful Words: Joy die (Papertrey Ink); Maraschino baker's twine (The Twinery); Frosted Lace Stickles, Decorative Dots embossing folder (Stampin' Up)