Today is the March Bloghop for Papertreyink. Our challenge this month is to use embroidery floss. This was a tough one for me, rarely use floss for anything. I much prefer bakers twine or rustic jute twine, but after thinking about it a bit, I decided to learn to tie french knots. Not very original, I know, but new to me.
I remembered that the Asian Fusian stamp set had a cute little flower image that would be perfect for french knot centers. To make that vase and flowers fit inside a square nestability, I had to use a very large square. It forced me to make a card that was 5 x 7. After making A2 cards for so long, this card looks HUGE. I can not believe how much bigger it is. I used one of the plastic fondant impression plates I bought at Michaels in the cake decorating aisle for the white layer. It makes a great impression. I mean, really crisp. Not bad for around $4 for two plates. The patterned papers are by Martha Stewart and the scallop is EK Success. I stamped one of the long background images from Asian Fusian and added some zig zag stitching on both sides. To make the french knots, I admit I had to watch a YouTube video to learn how and poked the holes with a paper piercer first so the cardstock would not bend. Here is a close-up of those knots:
A little bakers twine is wrapped around the vase that is popped up with dimensional foam. There wasn't much room for my sentiment despite the large size of the card, so I stamped Mom on it and plan to use it for a Mother's Day card. My mom will love the big size. Thanks for stopping by and taking a look at my gigantic card.