Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Handmade Card Using CTMH Buzz and Bumble and Spirelli

Today is my day to hostess the challenge over at Crafting By Designs.  I wanted to do a challenge that offered a new technique for all to try.  I decided to highlight a technique called Spirelli.  Spirelli is a great way to make embellishments for all your paper craft projects.  First my card, and then a few tips on Spirelli.

Spirelli is the art of wrapping string or floss around a scalloped shape.  It adds a special accent to flowers, backgrounds and frames.  Here is how you get started...

Start with a scalloped image.  You can use a punch, dies or Cricut image.  Attach string or floss to the back of the image using a glue dot.  If you are using floss, you might want to separate the ply.
Begin wrapping your floss around the image.  Select a number of scallops between each wrap.  The fewer the scallops skipped, the larger the center.  For this sample, I skipped 5 scallops.
Continue to wrap, skipping the same number of scallops with each wrap.  Work your way around the image.
When you are finished, attach the end to the glue dot that is holding the beginning of the floss.  Regardless of the number of scallops you skip, each should have 2 wraps.
Here is my card again and some details... 
The pattern paper is the new CTMH Buzz and Bumble and is highlighted with Cocoa, Goldrush, Creme Brulee and Olive.  The sentiment is from one of the terrific stamps you get with your Artiste Cricut Cartridge.  If you look closely, the strip behind the sentiment has been stamped with a background stamp from the Clementine Workshop on the Go set.  I wanted to replicate the look of a honeycomb.
The Spirelli flowers have been cut using the Artiste cartridge and were wrapped using metallic floss.  I added a CTMH designer brad in the center to complete the flower.  The leaves were also cut using Artiste.  This is actually a 5 x 7 portrait style card.  It is a design from the Originals How to book.  I am so happy to have that book back!
Don't forget to check out Crafting By Designs Challenge Blog.  It is emerging as a great challenge site.  Participate in this challenge and you are eligible to be randomly selected to win a CTMH goodie package worth over $35.  I'm this month's sponsor!  Also, if you are interested in trying out any of the great CTMH products, visit my website.  For Now, Happy Crafting!


Karen said...

So stealing!!! Love the technique!

Amy Gehring said...

Very cool! I love the technique. Thanks for sharing. I'm going to have to try it!