September 14, 2011

Butterfly Ribbon Slider

This ribbon slider was created as a gift topper.  They are easy to construct and can be used as card embellishments too!

The view from the back shows that the bottom layer was punched with slots so the ribbon could be woven through.  Having the next layer elevated with dimensional foam allows the ribbon to move freely.

If you don’t happen to have these particular die-cuts, you can adapt the design to nesting squares or rectangles that can be cut with a paper trimmer.
These are the steps I used for today’s dimensional element….
  • Die-cut one large scalloped circle from dark blue lagoon cardstock and distress with Antique Linen ink.  Highlight the edges with gold ink.  Punch two parallel slots ½” apart in the center. 
  • Stamp Thinking Around on light blue lagoon cardstock with VersaMark Watermark ink and heat emboss with white powder.  Die-cut into a circle, distress with Antique Linen ink and edge with gold ink.
  • Die-cut a small circle from white cardstock, distress with Antique Linen ink and edge with gold ink.
  • Layer the die-cuts as follows: Large dark blue lagoon circle (thread ribbon in at this point), 1/8” dimensional foam (be careful to not obstruct the space between the two slots), light blue lagoon circle, 1/16” dimensional foam and lastly the small white circle.  (Hint:  If you are not ready to decide what type of ribbon to thread in at the time of construction, thread in a thin scrap piece of paper.  This can be used as a “needle” by taping the ribbon to one end and pulling on the opposite end to pull the ribbon through the slots. Or, leave the bottom circle detached until you are ready to wrap it on your project.)
  • Stamp the butterfly twice on watercolor paper with black pigment ink and heat emboss with clear powder.  Water color the images and trim.  Lay the trimmed pieces on a scrap piece of paper and spray with Sparkle Sheer Shimmer Spritz.  (Note: Since the image was water colored with water-based markers, the colors may migrate a bit depending on how heavily they are sprayed.  This adds a nice effect.  Try to avoid blotting off excess spritzing with a paper towel as this will pull off the color and create a light spot.)
  • Stack and glue the two butterfly parts and attach to the top of the embellishment with 1/16” foam tape.
  • Accent the butterfly with gold glitter glue.
Design Variations:
Stylish Accessory (barrette, soft-band bracelet, pin)
Home Décor (napkin ring, vase decoration)
Holiday Decoration (hanging ornament, gift tag)
General Wrappings (homemade breads, jars of jam, festive bottles of liquor)
Gift (handmade embellishments for crafters)

As always, thank you for your time to visit and your lovely comments.


Penny Black Mix & Match Cardstock: Blue Lagoon 09-001 & 09-003
Canson: Watercolor Paper
Making Memories: Slot Punching Tool
Ranger: Antique Linen Distress Ink, Golden Rod Stickles
Spellbinders: Standard Circles Large (S4-114), Standard Circles Small (S4-116), Classic Scallop Circles Large (S4-124)
Tombow Dual Brush Pens: 373, 476, 723
Tsukineko: Onyx Black VersaFine, Delicata Golden Glitz, Sheer Shimmer Spritz in Sparkle, Clear Embossing Powder, White Embossing Powder, Sponge Daubers, VersaMark Watermark Ink
Dimensional Foam:  3M Scotch Dimensional Foam Tape & 3D Dots by EK Success
Ribbon: ½” Sheer Organdy