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Scrunched Flower Technique – Pretty Birthday Card

I made this card this month for a friend. My friend likes Cath Kidston type design and so I used these colours to give the feel of that designers work. It’s the papers from PaperMania Signature series “Blueberry Hill”.

Birthday card using wet scrunched paper flowers

I have made a video of how I made the flowers and will upload the tutorial shortly.  And I have made scrunched paper flowers before, but I found the technique of adding water (or at least some sort of moisture) to the paper first makes for finer detail in the “petals”.  Of course it makes quite a difference as to the thickness and texture of the paper (or card) you use and onlas yo the end results.

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I like this technique as I think the end result looks a little like fabric, especially when you use a thinner paper (the paper use for the flowers in these pictures was 160gsm).

Birthday card using wet scrunched paper flowers inside

Above is the inside of the card.  I always try to include something inside as it is this which I think adds to the hand-crafted feel of a card.

Video Tutorial – Sewing using Templates on your Pages and Cards

Stitching, using fibres such as embroidery threads, can add a lovely touch to scrapbook layouts and, indeed greetings cards.  There are companies that make templates for such a technique, but of course you are limited to their designs.

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You can print out any image, keeping it simple of course, and use that as a simple template.  Use shapes such as simple flowers, leaves, stars, swirls and so on.  However, I have created a page of templates which will be available in the middle of this month to all SimplyScrapbookingNow.com Newsletter Subscribers (the video below explains).  It’s free to subscribe and there are lots of other downloadable freebies you may find useful.

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Here (above) you can see the back of the sewing!

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This picture (above) illustrates the effectiveness of being able to sew over a number of layers.

Downloadable sewing templates for layouts

Here is a picture of the freebie downloadable sheet of sewing templates for use with scrapbook pages and cards too.

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Use the templates by placing on your project and carefully piercing through each dot to make a hole for your thread.  As I tend to use thick thread (5 stranded embroidery thread) I “wiggle” or “twist” the piercing tool (or large needle) to make sure the holes are big enough.  Bear in mind that the thread will be passing through each whole twice.

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Sew through the holes using running stitch all the way round (or along in the case of a swirl) and then go back on yourself with running stitch to fill in the gaps.

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You should end up with a complete line, or outline, of your shape!

So… here is the video… (length 7.25 mins)

Using a Crop-a-dile to create a punched border

I came across a blog recently which showed a natty little technique for making a punched border, using a Crop-a-dile.  This example is on a card, but you could easily use the same technique for a scrapbook page layout too.

Of course I am interested as I have just bought a Crop-a-dile on Ebay!  A bargain as it was less than a shop bought one and included the carry case and a load of eyelets!

Anyway the blog is by Courtney Baker and it’s called One Step at a TimeThis is the link to the actual post which shows the technique…

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Quick Way to Create Bracket Shapes for Scrapbook Pages and Cards

Here is a quick way to make bracket shaped pieces of paper and card for your Scrapbook Pages, your Cards and anything else you may want them for.

First, cut a piece of scrap paper slightly larger than the size of bracket shape you want.

Then, fold in half, turn 90 degrees and fold in half again so that you then have a quarter sized piece. 

Now draw your line  from one folded edge to the other following the outside edge of the paper – see the photogrpah below.

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Now cut following the line you have just drawn.  You should end up with a shape like the one below.  The folds are on the left side and the bottom of the piece in this picture.

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Open up the folded template you have just cut.

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If you are not happy with the shape, re-fold and adjust the shape by trimming.  Similarly if , after offering it up to your project, it is too big, simple re-fold and trim.

When you are happy with your template, merely place it on your chosen piece of cardstock or paper, draw round and cut out.

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You can use this method for any size bracket shape, and it’s worth keeping your paper templates, so that you can use them again, and/or make a cardstock copy.