Monday, February 24, 2014

A Smile That You Send Out - Paper Bow Tutorial

Yogi Here with a pretty paper bow I came across recently and an altered frame...

PS click on any image to enlarge. Enjoy.

I side folded my cream toned card (5"w x 7"h). Adhered a piece of Chiyogami paper I've had around for quite some time... (green with white dots), leaving a scant border all around.

Embossed another piece of cream cardstock using Crafts Too "Leaves" embossing folder, then hit the high points with Memento pads (Dandelion, Peanut Brittle and Pear Tart). Trimmed down and adhered to card.

The frame is something I've had around for ages in my junk embellie drawer... it was black with orange pumpkins all around - ugh, I'd never use it - sigh!!. So I had my white distress paint dauber sitting there and pounced it all over the frame. Surprisingly enough I only had to put one coat on the frame. Then when dry, I sponged some Distress pads (Picked Raspberry, & Walnut Stain). I then lay Tim's Harlequin stencil down, taped it strategically, and smeared a mix of Viva Modeling Cream (Champagne and Gold), removed the stencil and set it aside to dry.

Stamped the quote (A Smile that you) using Versafine "Vintage Sepia" on a separate piece of white cardstock, clear embossed and adhered to back of frame and then onto the card front.

Love the bow... Here's how. Cut 3 pieces from decorative paper or cardstock, 1"w. Cut 2 of those pieces to approx 4.5" long and 1 of them to 5 or 6" long. When done I added the large amber rectangle cut rhinestone.

Using the We R Memory Keepers "Envelope Punch", punch in the middle of all 3 strips, fliping the strip to punch the other side. See pics below

 Now take one of the 4.5" & the 5 or 6" piece and round the corners on either ends. See pic below. PS I usually turn my board around... which is why the pics look like they are upside down.

 Next take the last 4.5" piece and punch either end, insert it approx. half way between the punch edges

 And this is what you should end up with:
 Now gently massage the ends between your fingers to give them some pliability and start the curve. Put a dab of glue on either end (just on the edge), then turn the end and have it meet just at the edge of the center indent. Press down to make sure it stays put. Do this to both round edged pieces.

 When both loop parts of the bow are adhered, stack them right sides facing up, and adhere them together at the center, then  glue the nicked end piece in the center and adhere under the larger of the loop pieces. Voila - either put a small piece of the paper around the center or just add a nice rhinestone or other decorative element.



Kathy Eddy said...

Great card and what a clever way to make the bow! I am going to have to try this with my granddaughter.

Joni said...

Love this - and helpful bow info! I just got my punch board… :) Now - a small "technical" question, if you please…How do you get a 5 x 7 folded card? I'm stumped - wouldn't you need a 10 x 14 piece of CS - and card is generally 12 x 12…I know, silly question, but please help me out :)

SherylH said...

Thanks for the beautiful card and clear instructions. Another incentive for me to purchase the WRM envelope board!

Yogi said...

Hi Joni
I use 8.5" x 11" cardstock.
my cards are side folded.
So I'm folding the 11" side in half. (gives you a 5.5" wide card.
I then trim down to the 5"w and 7"h card.
Hope this helps
Have a great day

Holly said...

Great card Yogi, and a good bunch of information with it. The bow is great and I like how you transformed the frame- making it all work for you. Thanks Yogi!

Jutta said...

Lovely card Yogi, I really like what you've done to update the frame. I love it when I find new uses for tools I have on hand. Thanks and enjoy your day!

Anonymous said...

How exciting....another use for the "envelope punch" .... will be making bows...Thanks!!

Linda Gibb said...

loved how you used the envelope cutting board to make the bow. The card is beautiful!
Thanks for teaching us a new technique & sharing your beautiful card with us.
Linda Gibb

Dawn S. said...

Love the card and the sentiment. I'm known for my smile so it's appropriate.

Unknown said...

Cute card

Anonymous said...

Yogi, I love your card, you're so creative :) Thanks for demonstrating the bow, I didn't realize it was 3 different pieces of ribbon, was imagining how I would have to fold it and try to hold it together, all kinds of things! You simplified it for my muddled little mind! I love the sentiment, it's on my Quietfire wish list :) I also love the side fold, easel card you made, am going to attempt that one today :) Thanks for sharing your gifts and talents so that I can be inspired to try new things! :) Mickey Drake

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