Celebrate Good Times!

Good times are here!  After all, it is the Canada Day long weekend – summer has finally started, my family is healthy (well, with a few sniffles) and getting into all sorts of mischief, and I have a chance to salute all the crafty Canucks that are out there!  Can it get better???!!

You bet it can!  Today is my very first post as a member of the Trendy Twine design team!  I have been having a lot of fun behind the scenes getting to know my new teammates, and we are excited to show you so many great patriotic projects using the beautiful Berry twine!

For those of you who are new to SCRaPPY CaNuCK STuDioS, I need to let you in on a secret – I love sharing tutorials with you!  While it isn’t always a start to finish “how-to” project, the tutorials do show you how I created at least one element on the project – usually the feature image or intereactive element.  Somehow, projects just don’t seem complete without a little tip of trick to get you creating too!

Today is no different! Not too long ago, I created a card for National Scrapbooking Day with a window feature showcasing some buttons and twine.  It was a fun technique that gave the effect that a shape had been filled in or painted with twine.  I received some wonderful feedback, so I thought I would use similar technique for my patriotic card, and include a tutorial this time!  So, get your twine, and let start “painting with twine”!

Materials:

  • Twine (I used the beautiful Berry Twine)
  • Scissors
  • adhesive
  • craft knife
  • cardstock for cutout, backing and card base (for this card base, I used a Doodlebug Create-a-card)

Instructions:

STEP 1

Start by choosing an image that you would like to use as a focal point for your card or other project (I used a maple leaf).  Trace or draw the shape onto a piece of cardstock (when choosing your cardstock, remember that this will be the top layer of your card)

STEP 2

Using a craft knife, carefully cut out around the shape you have drawn.  You can cut into the shape if this helps – just keep the “negative” edge neat and tidy.

STEP 3

Measure out a piece of rectangular shaped cardstock that covers the back of the cutout you have created. You can actually create the backing the same shape as the cutout, just be sure to give yourself at least 1/4″ extra paper around all edges. I used a rectangular shape so I could punch a few extra circles to add some interest to my image.

Apply some adhesive to the entire surface of your backing, and run your twine up and down the adhesive, applying pressure as you go.  Have fun with this part – alternate colours, play with spacing, and even play with the direction your twine runs.

STEP 4

Apply some adhesive around the back edge of the cutout and place over top of the twine backing.  Alternatively, you can attach the cutout to the backing with dimensional foam adhesive to get a bit of a different look.  Trim any excess.

STEP 5

Apply some adhesive to back and adhere to your card base.  I use dimensional foam just to add a bit of “pop” to the top layer.  Just make sure to apply the foam to the either the backing or the cutout – not both!

Embellish your card, and you are all set to go!  Think of all the different shapes that would look fantastic “painted” in twine!

Oh, and before you go, there is a little giveaway going on right now to celebrate the new month at Trendy Twine.  Simply like both the Trendy Twine and My Thoughts Exactly Facebook pages for your chance to win, and then let them know you have done so for the giveaway!  Just make sure you get it done by July 4th for your chance to win!

Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to check out the new TT monthy challenge, and all the other DT projects over the next two days!

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