Monday, May 16, 2011

Heart2Heart Technique Challenge

This week, Heart2Heart's "From Our Heart to Yours" Challenge - is to show us your favourite technique.  Stitching on my work, is definitely my favourite technique, (and I did on this card!) but I also decided to use another favourite, paper pleating.  Pleating our B&T paper is so easy, and a box pleat is my favourite look.  To do it like my sample, grab your paper trimmer and an embossing stylus, and score measurements as follows: 1/4", 1/2", 1/4", 5/8" and keep repeating the pattern right across.  I needed a bit more than 12" in length to go across my card, so I was able to hide the join underneath one of the pleats.  *If you've never sewn on your cards or layouts - give it a try!  You need a fine sharp needle (it needs to be fine, otherwise the bigger needles just leave larger holes in your work), and you want a fairly long stitch (mine are usually 4.5).  No backstitching, just put the needle in your work and go - and when you're done, simply stop.  Leave a long tail when you start sewing, and when you cut your threads.  Then turn your work over, and from the back, gently tug on the thread to pull the thread from the front through to the back.  I usually tie off the ends to keep them taut, but you can also tape them down.

Patterned papers are Mayberry; Cardstock is Olive, Smoothie & Colonial White; Stamp set is A Little Everything; Inks are Honey & Olive; Ribbons are Pink Collection; Mocha Opaque Pearls. - All CTMH.
Remember that you need to use CTMH products to enter the challenge, and if you do use some contra, just let us know what it is.  This month Angel Shifflet & Sharon Holmes have donated prizes for two lucky winners that will be randomly drawn at the end of the month, and you could be chosen as one of our monthly Top Ten!  Check out what the fabulous design team has come up with to inspire you (the artwork is quite fabulous!)


Debbie Carriere said...

Karen, I love this!!! I thought about highlighting stitching, but thought I bet Karen will do that - lol!!! Thanks for the measurements, I am writing them down :)

Anonymous said...

Everything about this card is well coordinated and perfectly executed. Excellent job, Karen! You inspire me! :-)

Haley D. said...

Your card is so feminine and pretty! I love it! Honestly, I didn't even see your beautiful stitching because I'm gaga over the paper pleating. Beautiful!

Melinda said...

Beautiful card! Thanks for the tutorial on sewing. I needed the reminder. Going to pull out my machine and sew on my next card!

Sheila H said...

The pleating is such a fantastic technique! Everything about your card is wonderful.

Lorrinda said...

The pleating is perfect and that ribbon flower is gorgeous. I knew you would use stitching this week!This is such a happy card:)


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