Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Card and Twine Wrapped Corrugated Heart Tutorial ~ by Tracey Sabella

Hi, it's Tracey here today to share the anniversary card I created for our Daughter and her husband. It's hard to believe it's been nearly a year already since their wedding. I enjoyed creating my first easel card. The Silky Crush Ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon is a dream to work with and the new Wild Orchid Crafts flowers Bonnie is now carrying in her store are so gorgeous! 

"Love Needs No Map"

Really Reasonable Ribbon Products:
(Only 2 colors left - be sure to get yours before they're gone)

Tips and Techniques:
This wrapped double loop ribbon was created in two steps. First, I wrapped the mat layer with Silky Crush Ribbon, adhering to the back of the layer with Scor-Tape so the ends are not visible on the finished card. Where I planned to add the bow, I gathered and tied the base ribbon strip with a small piece of wire. I then tied a double loop bow and glued in place. 

To embellish this bow, I added one of Bonnie's new WOC Trellis Roses and tucked in a strip of delicate lace from the August Ribbon Club Assortment. Bonnie has added a fabulous assortment of Wild Orchid Crafts Flowers to the store. Be sure to check them out here

I created the stick pin with a corsage pin and beads from my stash. 

The sentiment is a cardstock sticker coordinating with the lovely SEI Promise Me collection used for this card. Of course, I had to get in some of my signature distressing on the mat around the sentiment. 

Scroll down for a tutorial to create this charming Twine Wrapped Corrugated Heart. I used the Bamboo Cord Assortment and a WOC 20 mm White Open Rose. I used a fine tip paint brush to add a touch of pink to the center of this sweet rose. I popped up the solid heart with Tombow 3D Foam Tabs.

This is the inside/base of my easel card. I framed my stamped sentiment with a chipboard frame layered over more of the Silky Crush Ribbon wrapped around the card base. The pearls are not only decorative, but are placed to hold the top of the card in place when displaying. Bonnie is discontinuing these pearls so if you need the colors that are left, grab them while they are still available. 

I hope you enjoy my tutorial for the wrapped corrugated heart. Bonnie sells a wide variety of twine and any of them would look great wrapped around one of these hearts. 

Twine Wrapped Corrugated Heart Tutorial

Supply List:
Twine - (I used 20lb white bamboo, but you could use any twine.)
Inks - in colors to coordinate with project. One lighter and one darker
Embossing Powder to coordinate with your inks (Optional)
Heart Die
Corrugated Board (I used Donna Salazar's corrugated board by Zutter.) 
Tweezers (Optional but helpful for holding heart during embossing. 
Small Flower
Paint or gesso - not pictured
Die cutting machine - not pictured
Embossing tool - not pictured. (Only needed if you use the embossing powder.)

**Note** If you do not have a heart die, you could also hand cut a heart from corrugated board.

**Note** There are many different sizes of corrugation from the tiny ridges in postal boxed to the larger ridges in the corrugated board I used here. Use what you have available and what goes with your project. 

Step 1. Cut heart from corrugated board. 

**Note** if you have used a die to cut your heart, you can cut a border around the negative to create a heart outline to pair with your wrapped heart like I did for my card. 

Step 2. Paint heart to coordinate with your project. Here I used DecoArt Americana Buttermilk craft paint. I often use white gesso as well. Sometimes I just paint the top of the ridges leaving more of the natural corrugated kraft color showing. Here, I left some small areas of the natural kraft color showing for a more rustic feel. If you want to just paint the tops of the ridges, dry brushing with a foam brush works best. 

Step 3. Select an ink for your primary color. I used Mix'd Media Inx and embossing powder in Chiffon. Ink the edges of your heart, drawing the ink towards the center, but not completely covering the heart. While your ink is wet, sprinkle with coordinating embossing powder and heat set. The heart is small, so a pair of tweezers comes in handy to hold it while heat embossing. If you desire a more rustic look, you can just ink without embossing. 

Step 4. Select a contrasting ink for your edges. I used Mix'd Media Inx and embossing powder in Honey. Just dab a little ink on the very edges, then sprinkle with embossing powder and heat set. 

Step 5. Wrap twine around your heart and glue ends to the back of the heart. 

Step 6. Rub ink on the twine. I used Mix'd Media Inx Honey. 

Step 7. Select a small flower that coordinates with your project. I used one of Bonnie's new Wild Orchid Crafts 20 mm Open Roses. For my card I used a white rose and painted the center with glimmer mist. Here I've used an Ivory and Pale Pink Rose

One more shot of the embellished heart on my card:

Thanks for stopping by. 
I hope you've been inspired to grab your Really Reasonable Ribbon and WOC flowers to create something today!

~ Blessings ~ 


  1. What an awesome tutorial!!! Love the end result!


  2. Gorgeous card and I truly appreciate you sharing your technique!

  3. What a gorgeous card Tracey!! Thanks so much for showing us how you made it. So many fun new things to try!!!

  4. Wow this is incredible.I adore it.Great tutorial.Thanks for inspiring me.Hugs Debbie x


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