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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Fluffy bow tutorial revisited

Hello dear crafter,

As so many people keep asking for the tutorial of how I make my fluffy bows, I decided to make a newer version as the old one dates from 3 years ago, and I have since "perfected" it a bit. So here the step by step how to make those luscious fluffy bows.

I start out with blank crinkle ribbon or seam binding. I wrap it around my hand about 5, 6 or 7 times. It depends on how fluffy you want it. I cut that piece off. This is your blank "canvas" now. Sometimes I stain it with distress ink, distress stain or distress markers. 

I am making a very Dutch themed tag, so I coloured the ribbon with red and blue distress markers, festive berries and chipped sapphire to be exact. I always mist a bit of water over it after colouring and immediately dry it with my heat tool. This makes the ink bleed a tiny bit.

I wrap the dried ribbon around my hand again, this time not all the way, I measure a piece (by eye) to cut off to fasten the fluffy part of the bow with.

So now I have a shorter and a longer piece of ribbon.

As you can see, I made a very Dutch themes tag, hence the red, white and blue ribbon lol. I take the shorter piece of ribbon and lace it through the tag. You use this to fasten the fluffy part of the bow to the tag. 

Once again I wrap the ribbon around my hand. Normally I just wrap it around my hand, not neatly like this, but I wanted the colours to stay where they are.

I slide it off my hand and pinch the centre of the loops. 

Now put the loops on the hole, with the shorter piece of ribbon. Now the next step is a bit teicky but after a try or two it will go super easy.

I put my pinky on the centre of the bow, to make sure it stay put. Same as you do when teaching a child to tie its shoes. With the rest of my fingers I take the short piece of ribbon and tie the bow down with a half knot. This way you can see if the bow is centred.

I am happy with my bow so I tighten the knot. And then make a bow on top of my bow.

This is how it looks unfluffed. I trimmed the ends of the ribbon and now we fluff the bow!

I gently pull the individual loops of the bow apart and scrunch them a bit.
This will puff up the bow...

And VOILÁ, you have a perfect fluffy bow on top of your tag, or even on your card. 

And here is the finished tag!

I hope you learned a bit and will create your own bows now.

Thank you for stepping by. Take care and keep your craft on.


Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Crafts Dreamy Design Team March

Welcome dear crafter,

Today I am sharing my project I made for the Crafts Dreamy Challenge Blog.

Every month we make something inspired by a mood bord. This month it was this one:

I immediately had an idea in my head. So this is what I made:

 This is how I started out. I stamped the coffee cup, a Tim Holtz Blue Print stamp, and heatembossed it with Mercury Rising embossing powder from Emerald Creek Craft Supplies . Then I stamped the crackle over the whole tag and also embossed this with Mercury Rising. After that cools you just start colouring. Cell by cell to create that faux stained glass look. 
I coloured the cup first and then the background. I made sure to use various colours to get the right effect. 

I stamped the sentiment on the crinkle ribbon and them coloured the edges with distress markers to make it tie in more with the colours of the tag. I stamped the same sentiment on some card stock and heat embossed it with Just Java embossing powder from Emerald Creek Craft supplies. This is amazing powder that smells like coffee! Not only when heated, but also when cooled down. So the tag has a whiff of coffee! 

And here it is again, the finished faux stained glass tag that smells like coffee!

Thank you for visiting and I hope you will give the challenge a try! 

Take care and keep your craft on!