Wednesday, 12 February 2014

In Living Colour

Last week I used an old idea from about twelve months ago and this week I am using the same idea, but in a different way. The idea struck me when I was writing my blog last week; it doesn't always work that easily..... I wish!

Valentines is only a couple of days away so this could be a great quick make idea if you are stuck for inspiration. Failing that, you could resurrect it for Father's day or any other occasion where a masculine themed card is required.

I used one die set to make this card namely the Tags, Rounded Framelits set, one of my personal favourites and it's on sale as we speak so don't delay! I also used striped paper from the Lovebirds collection by Doodlebug Design.

Those of you who read last weeks blog will be familiar with the first three steps, I started by cutting a rectangle of striped card measuring about  9 x 6cm before using my craft knife to trim between each stripe along half the length of the rectangle. Next, I used my tweezers to grip the end of each stripe before curling them into different lengths.

I chose two of the rounded tag Framelits dies and cut shapes with the larger one from wood effect card, corrugated card and silver card ( all of which came from the good folks at Inspire Me Papers. Click on the link, the wood effect card in particular is stunning!). with the smaller of the two dies I cut only the wood effect card.

I took the large wood effect and silver die cuts and trimmed each to size, attached them together and secured with eyelets. With the smaller wood effect die cut, I punched a hole near the end and added a large eyelet. Next, I attached them all together using my trusty glue gun and a large 3D foam pad to attach the corrugated card (bristles!). Finally, I laced a length of cord through the handle.

My base card is cut from Kraft card and measures 17 x 10.5cm, onto which I printed the legend 'You bring colour to my life' before adding the striped paper at a jaunty angle. You will notice I have trimmed away one corner where I'm attaching the assembled brush.

And here it is, the finished card with the brush attached using 3D foam pads. All this leaves is for me to wish you a happy Valentines Day! I'm off to the Stitches trade show in Birmingham with the rest of the gang on Saturday, I'll let you know how we got on next week.


  1. This is very cool! WoW!!!! Love the technique with the striped paper and the step by step to create the brush. The brush is brilliant! I will use this idea on a journal page and maybe a canvas. So many possibilities. Thank you for the creative inspiration.
    Jacquelene L

  2. Thanks again Jacquelene, There are so many different ways of using basic framelits dies to create new exciting possibilities. I might highlight a few in the coming weeks.