One of the sets that we received at this year's Convention was Paisley Prints and we made the cutest Make & Take card with it!
Although this card is simple, I think it really packs a lot of punch! We stamped the Paisley Prints pumpkin once in Pear Pizzazz, then created a cut-out version with markers. The two-color paisley prints made me love this stamp set! First we colored the entire pumpkin with the Pumpkin Pie (fitting, right?) marker, then we colored random paisleys with Cajun Craze. Very easy and very lovely!
We also used VersaMark ink with the coordinating Paisley Party Stampin' Around Wheel to add a subtle border.
This card opens vertically, which made it easy to wrap around a pretty Pumpkin Pie 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon. I have to admit that I'm a little challenged when it comes to ribbon pleating, but I'm working on it! I've discovered there are several ways to approach this technique, depending on how you want the ribbon to look in the end.
Ideally, I would sew the pleats down, but I don't own a sewing machine. So, in this card, I tacked down both ends first, then used Glue Dots to tack the pleats down until all the slack was taken up. Glue Dots are a must for a secure pleat (use them on the backs and fronts of each pleat), and they give your pleats a loose and natural look.
I liked this card design so much, I tried a few variations...
Here's another variation using the leaf image. This time, I tried lining the back of my ribbon with Sticky Strip. I didn't really like that the pleats looked too flat and "stuck." Not really the look I was going for. Words are from the Occasional Quotes set.
I love the multiple leaf prints on this one! Just one of the leaves is multicolored and popped up with Dimensionals. I also added a Scallop Edge Border along the bottom. This one is my favorite of the bunch!
I'm really enjoying experimenting with variations of the same card design! Plus, I end up with a lot more cards without a lot of extra creative thinking! Always a plus!
See ya next time!