Friday, 22 January 2016

Accordion Heart Card


I've made a few bright modern cards recently so this time I thought I would re-visit a more muted, distress, vintage style and the First Edition 'Falling Leaves' are perfect for this style of crafting.  For this project I have distressed, inked, foiled, stamped and heat embossed.

I also quite like paper folding and find accordion folds very relaxing to make with their concertina style, this time I thought I would try making a large heart and found a few templates online, one of  which I have shared with you (hopefully you can understand my notes on it).

I also love the FE Foiling and, as I don't have the machine just yet, I have been experimenting using the other methods like the Foil Transfer Glue which I have used in this project.

Step By Step:
  1. Cut a rectangle of pale patterned paper from FE Falling Leaves pad to measure approx. 6 ¾” wide by 4 ¾” high.
    Using the ‘Always in my Heart’ clear stamp (Willow) and a clear embossing pad, stamp the sentiment over the paper randomly.  Sprinkle stamping with clear embossing powder and emboss with a heat gun.
    Distress the edges of the paper using the edge of your scissors or a distressing tool if you have one. 
    Ink around the edges using a pale brown ink allowing some of the ink to blend onto the paper to highlight the stamping in places.
  2. Next apply FE foil transfer glue in random squiggly lines around the edge of the paper and leave to dry for a few minutes.  When glue goes clear it is ready to add the foil, so take the FE gold foil and press against the raised glue lines, rubbing and smoothing to apply
  3. Using a red brown ink, stamp the sentiment onto the pale dotted paper (Falling Leaves), sprinkle with clear embossing powder and heat emboss with the heat gun.  Cut out sentiment into a rectangle shape and distress, ink and add gold foiling to match the base paper.
  4. Adhere brown organza ribbon (Willow) across the lower part of paper panel and add lace ribbon on top, securing the ends on the reverse of the paper.
    Take paper doilies (Sweet Paris) and position so that they overlap the paper panel at top left and side right, adhering on the back.
    Attach paper panel to a 5 x 7” Kraft card in landscape position (with the fold along the top)
  5. Create an Accordion / Rosette heart shape (see template above) using the knit / textile patterned paper from the Falling Leaves pad.  Scoring and folding both strips in a concertina pattern and gluing the ends to form a loop, add glue to a circle of card and press down squeezing the shape together to form a heart shape. 
    Ink around the edges of the heart with the brown ink.  Add FE foil transfer glue randomly to the raised folds of the heart, allow to go clear, then apply FE gold foil as before.
  6. Attach rosette heart at an angle to card front using 3D foam pads.  Thread a wooden heart button (Sweet Paris) with jute twine and tie in a bow, trim ends and fray the twine, then add button to centre of rosette heart.
    To finish, take 3 square plastic buttons (TTT) and thread with jute twine, trim ends and fray before attaching buttons in a row to bottom of card at RH side.