Thursday, October 11, 2018

Leafy Acanthus - Merry Christmas - When This Christmas - Multi Loop Bow

Yogi Here today and I thought I'd play with the Leafy Acanthus and the 3D die cut word technique... Really hard to photograph - sigh!!

I'm using an A Way With Words dies  "Merry Christmas" from Elizabeth Craft Designs, also available on Quietfire Design HERE

I'm also using a quote and design element stamps from Quietfire Design ("Leafy Acanthus"); ("When This Christmas")

Scored and folded my dark green textured cardstock to create the easel structure. Cut another piece of gold cardstock (  same size as card and adhered to front.

Using my Tim's stampin platform stamped the acanthus on white cardstock using Versafine Toffee, flipped the stamp over to have a mirror image and stamped next to the first stamping overlapping the images slightly then embossed with Queen's Gold embossing powder.

Die cut the "Merry Christmas" making sure I kept all the little pieces intact.

Trimmed down and adhered the Acanthus background to a piece of the dark green cardstock. I put a small drop of white glue on all the negative pieces and re-glued them in place to the background.

For the positive part of the die cut, there are several ways you can create depth - adhering several, 4 or 5 layers of die cut cardstock - time consuming; or cutting minuscule pieces of 3D foam tape - very finicky; I tried using Fun Foam and Sookwang on both sides and die cutting, but the die isn't thick enough to go through all the layers SIGH!!; so I ended up using Glossy Accents - mine is old a thick... and just putting a thick layer onto the whole back, setting aside to dry and repeating to get a thicker coat... then putting a bit of white glue and adhering to Acanthus background. Adhered to card front.

On the floor: stamped the quote onto a piece of the gold cardstock using Versafine Black Onyx and clear embossed. Die cut with Elizabeth Craft Designs "Stitched Rectangles" die set. Adhered to floor with 3D foam tape.

Tied a multi loop Gold Sari bow (see instructions below) and adhered to floor with hot glue (click on images to enlarge)

Using a quilling comb or dog comb etc loop the ribbon over and under the prongs. You should be over 2 sets of prongs and under 2 sets of prongs. I do it every 4th prong (depending on size of bow loops wanted)

Work your way back going between the original prongs. Continue in this manner back and forth until you've done it 5 times, ending with the tail on the opposite side of starting. This will give you 4 loops for the bow. Add more loops if you want a fuller bow.  Cut the end.
Thread the ribbon through the mid point prongs and tie a tight double knot. Remove from tool and fluff up, trimming ends pleasingly.


  1. This is beyond elegant. It reminds me of the very thick, luxe flocked wallpapers that only people a lot richer than I can afford! This truly would be a gift, in and of itself, for someone very special. What a stunning design.

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  3. thanks Mary OK. Have a great day


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