That Special Touch Border Mask & Ribbon Flowers

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This workshop shows how to create a decorative background using the mask border. Plus there are lots of tips and techniques to help give with ideas when card making.

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This is a close up of the wrinkled ribbon flowers. By folding the ribbon makes a lovely extra frilled edge & when the ribbon is rolled it makes a stunning ruffle flower.

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Ribbon Flower & Mask Workshop

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Grand Calibur Die Cutting Machine : WIZCAL

Sue Wilson Spellbinder Lattice Motifs : WIZS5-107

That Special Touch Border Mask : MASKBORELEG

Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSPEAWHGLU

Creative Expressions Non Stick Craft Sheet CRAFTSHEET

Cut `n` Dry Foam : FOAMCUT

Coconut White 220 gsm A4 Card Stock : 40980

Bronze Canvas Card : 40320

Tim Holtz Glassine Paper : TH92916

Wrinkled Ribbon : ChampagneNK02

 Crochet Lace Ribbon : NP-5-01

Cosmic Shimmer Glue – Berry Red :CSGBER   & Black : CSPEABLKGLU

Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink Pad : DPVINTAGEPHO

Wonder Tape  WH2, WH4, WH8 or WH10 are available

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Step by Step Instructions

1 The first section of the workshop shows how to make a scrunched flower using the
mask border for texture, although it doesn`t feature on the finished card it is useful to see as it might evoke a few extra ideas on how to use the mask. Take 2 pieces of glassine paper, cut the 2nd piece in half & join the 2 pieces together by overlapping & gluing the join edge with some Cosmic Shimmer glue.

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2 Place the border mask onto the Grand Calibur base plate, then add the glassine paper over the mask, and then top with the embossing mat & then the pink embossing board. Place the sandwich through the Grand Calibur to emboss the piece. The photo shows the layers fanned out but they would all be placed one on top of each other when embossing them.

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3 Once the glassine paper is embossed it can be sanded over the embossed to lighten & enhance the embossed area.

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4 Take the Tim Holtz vintage photo distress stain & swipe it over the embossed area. Alternatively try different colours achieve different effects. Cut the border out by cutting close to the pattern along the top & straight across the bottom edge.

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5 Place a length of wonder tape so it catches the glassine paper & the rest sticks to the non stick craft mat. Peel off the red backing of the tape. Please make sure the glassine is dry from adding the ink, if not it won`t stick.

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6 Start to roll the glassine paper up & then lift the piece off the craft mat. Pleat the bottom edge as it`s being stuck down to create a open flower effect. Repeat this process on a 2nd panel if another flower is required.

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7 Once the flower has been all rolled up then take the palm of your hand & crush the flower downwards & then pull the edges outwards to neaten the flower. This will make the border flowers a more manageable size for a project.

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8 Here are the 2 finished shabby glassine flowers made from using the border mask. Something a bit different but a great use for the border mask. Why not try thinking up other uses.

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9 Now to make the backing paper for the project. Take a square of the coconut card & embossed the mask border starting on the edge of the card. Flip the border over & line the pattern up & emboss the 2nd panel. Continue to repeat this process until the entire card is covered.

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10 Once completed swipe the vintage photo distress ink pad over the embossed area to bring out the design. Alternatively use some ink on a piece of cut`n`dry foam for a lighter softer feel.

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11 Mat the panel onto a base card leaving a plain border around the edge to add faux pearls to the card. Crafting is all about playing so why not try this technique. Swop the nozzle of the black PVA glue & place onto the berry red bottle. This will mix the red glue with a little of the black glue & creates a mottled effect to the pearl dot.

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12 To create the faux pearl squeeze the glue bottle so a drop of glue falls from the nozzle. Gently allow it to fal

As the glue falls lift the bottle up so that it doesn`t poke into the glue dot & it will form a perfect pearl like effect to the edging of the card. Repeat this technique around the entire card. More glue can be added whilst the glue is wet to make a bigger pearl. Now set aside to allow the pearls to dry.

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13 Mat a Spellbinder shape or red card onto a piece of brown shimmer card & cut out a lattice frame in some cream card. Tie a bow using the crochet lace ribbon.

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14 Place a length of the lace across the prepared panel & attach the ends to the reverse of the card using some tape. Take either a wired paper flower or just a plain piece of wire & wrap it around the lace to make a gathered feature. This technique helps if you struggle with tying bows & will give a lovely feel to the ribbon.

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15 Wrap more flowers to make a feature underneath the ribbon flowers that will be added over the top.

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16 Slip the lattice panel under the ribbon to lift the colours of the project out.

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17 Take a length of the wrinkled ribbon & apply some double sided tape just above the centre of the ribbon. Now fold the ribbon up so that the bottom wrinkled edge falls just under the top edge of the ribbon. This will create an added frill to the flower.

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18 Apply some double sided tape to bottom of the ribbon like in the glassine flower technique and roll & ruffle the ribbon up as this will create a stunning ruffle rose. Repeat the process & make 2 more flowers. Use less ribbon for a bud like flower.

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19 Attach the panel onto the base card using foam tape for added dimension & add the lace bow to the centre of the gathered lace. Add a small bud ribbon flower to finish the centre piece. Cut some leaves in glassine paper using the foliage die & add the flowers over the top of the leaves.

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20 Stamp a `Best Wishes` sentiment onto some white card & distress the edges using the vintage photo distress ink. The project could be made using lots of different tones with the vast array of distress inks available. So see how the mood takes you when deciding which colour theme to use.

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21 Here is a close up of the ruffle flowers made using the wrinkled ribbon. The wrinkled edge ribbon comes in lots of colours too.

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2 Responses to That Special Touch Border Mask & Ribbon Flowers

  1. Paper Junkie says:

    I love the ruffle flowers Suzanne – they are so pretty. I just happen to have this border mask and I’m going to give this technique a try – so clever and effective. Just finished my special Christmas cards for giving – (not posting) so am very pleased to be crafting again if a bit slower than before. I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas Suzanne and I look forward to a wonderful New Year full of your fabulous projects! X

  2. Suzanne says:

    So pleased you like it and have found it useful
    Thank you kindly for the warm wishes – I hope you & your family have a wonderful time – here`s to 2013
    Take care – Suzanne

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