Saturday, January 28, 2012

Scrap Ribbon\Trim Valentine Card

I don't know about you but I hate to throw things away. So what do you do when you are drowning in scrap ribbon and trim. How about using it in a card.  A frame or window card to be precise. So here is the card I recently created using scraps of ribbon,lace and trim.

The first thing I did was to go into studio and start a new file. I drew a rounded square. Then went to the library and opened the heart and resized it. Using the knife I cut off the curly q bottom of the heart.  Then I placed the heart where I wanted it to be cut out. I then went and did an internal offset for the square shape. Changed the line to a dashed line and edited the corners so that it would look more like stitching. Then selected the heart and ungrouped it. Then I changed the outside solid line to a dashed line. Changed the color of the line and made sure that the box to print selected lines was checked. Oh since I was printing the lines I used the registration marks because I wanted to make sure it was going to cut right. After it was printed and cut out I  went through my scraps trying to decide what I wanted to use.
Then I traced the heart on the front of the card after I decided where I wanted it to be on the card. I decided to have the panel off to the side instead of centered. Then using a tape roller I adhered my pieces of ribbon and trim to the card base.  This is what it looked like.  You can see the pencil through the lace if you look carefully. I did have to trim the ribbon a little bit along the edges but since I used a repositional tape to adhere them with it was no problem. Next time I won't be so adhesive happy and will stop  just past the line.
I added buttons to the panel in the corner. I like to play with buttons and thought I would make an abstract heart with them. Then I pop dotted it onto the card base. Took a scrap piece of card stock and tore it to make the tag and heat embossed the Valentine sentiment. I was just going to stamp it but my white chalk ink did not show up as crisp as I wanted. I forgot that chalk inks are more transparent and softer. I found Wednesday at a store the Simplicity gems on a string which are self adhesive and since the gems were pink I had to buy them for making cards. Of course I had to use them. LOL!

You could of course use any shape you wanted. I think this would be pretty done with the cut out of a flower or a butterfly.

Thank you for stopping by and looking. Do come back as I will be posting  next week how to make embellishments using scrap pieces of ribbon.


  1. Love the card and the idea of using scraps. Just this week I finally was able to use lots of tiny cardstock scraps. I was so happy.

    Is the heart a Silhouette fie?

    I have not learned how to make changes to files. Love the rounded corner and cutting and changing the look of the heart file is a great idea. I tried once to use the knife and it was a disaster just don't know what I am doing. I wish there were classes that would teach some hands on steps.

    1. Yes it is a Silhouette file. I believe that it came already installed in the library. It came with what looks like a loop at the bottom of it. I'm not always sure what I am doing either so it is a good thing there is an undo.

  2. This is extremely clever, and a very cute card! I didn't understand the Studio things you were talking about yet, being a newbie, but it is exciting to see what I hopefully will be able to do in my future. But anyway, back to YOU--what a wonderful way to use up ribbon scraps, and a very different way to use a card window. You are very creative and talented!!
    Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thank you for your kind comment. I am confident that before long you will be doing all kinds of things in Studio. Just play with the software and have fun.

  3. humm, sorry if this message posts twice. I thought I posted it this am?

    I have started my heart. I cut off the curly Q.

    If you can help answer these questions it would be great, This project may be over my head as i am having problems as I do not understand how to do some of your techniques.
    How do I do an internal offset and what is this?

    How do I change the solid line around the heart to a dash and also how to add a dash line around the edge of the rectangle.



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