I make lots and lots of greeting cards. The majority of them are your basic rectangle. I like a bit of fun-fold as well, but sometimes I just need to be different. That drummer puts away his snare drum and gets out the djembe. I don’t often publish the results of those episodes but I was convinced to put this one up. So here you go, a (mostly) round card for your collection!
Joy of Noel Stampin Bundle
Brightest Glow Stamp Set
Deckled Circle Dies
Basic White or Shaded Spruce Card Stock
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad or Shaded Spruce Stampin’ Pad
Wink of Stella
Real Red 3/8″ ribbon
Multipurpose Liquid Glue
Optional but Recommended: Low-tack tape & Mini Glue Dots
Cut your white card stock in half, 14.85cm x 21cm (5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″). Score on the long side at 10.5cm (4-1/4″) and fold in half.
I have used the Deckled Circle that is the 4th one from the outside in the set. Place your circle onto the folded card as shown in the photograph on the right. The folded side is the left side. Run through the die machine to cut.
On the other half of the card stock stamp the curved floral bundle five times using the Memento ink. Using the same ink stamp the greeting once (or twice if you are like me and don’t trust your self with fussy cutting). If you are using a greeting on the inside of your card, stamp now while you have the ink out.
Die cut the curved floral pieces. Fussy cut the greeting.
Arrange your curved pieces around the circle card front. I laid them down one by one with pointed end of the element overlapping the fat end. I recommend having a play arranging your curved pieces. It looks nice if the edges of the elements overlap the card edges but be careful. You want to be sure that the card will fit in your envelope. Temporarily stick the floral bundles down and then measure. Trust me on this one, measure before permanently sticking everything down. (See rubbish bin for details) There are some silly photos below to illustrate how important this step is.
To get the dimension on this card I glued the fat end of the floral element down to the card front and then used a mini dimensional to raise up the pointed end that over laps the fat end of the next floral element. (Whew! did you get that? I re-wrote this sentence seven times to try to have it make sense). It is a little difficult to see in the picture but this small step makes a big difference.
Because bling is in my soul I colored all of the tiny berries on the black and white card with Clear Wink of Stella. That tiny bit of sparkle does catch the eye when viewed in person, sadly the picture does not do it justice.
Up next, tying a bow.
Every noticed how some people can tie perfect bows? Perfect loops and tails seem to be a part of their very being. I am not that person. More time was spent trying to tie that bow than was spent on the designing and making the rest of this card. I believe I have a permanent dent in my forehead from banging it on the desk in frustration. And my fingers are sore from Googling ways to tie mini multi-looped bows.
However, I did finally come up with a relatively klutz-free solution (thanks anyway Google). I tied three regular bows and glued them together at their centers. The loops of the “top” bow are actually stuck down with glue dots so that they remain above the greeting. The tails of the “top” and “center” bows are cut short and hidden under the greeting. The tails of the “third” bow were kept long and artfully arranged to hang downward (also with the help of a bit of glue).
After fussing with the bow, I added a dimensional to the back of the greeting and placed it in the center of the bow.
Thanks for giving this a read. This was one of those projects that did not exactly turn out as I had envisioned. I have been assured that it is indeed a cute card and people might want to know how to make it. But I think it is important to note that things do not always turn out as we think they should/will but that, in no way lessens their value. If you give this card a go and hopefully make some improvements please post a pic below or even better share it on social media and tag me @loriothen. Happy Crafting!Product List