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Monday, October 5, 2009

Caardvarks - Take a Bow Challenge

Caardvarks challenge is Take a Bow and is hosted by May Arts. The challenge is to use ribbon on your card in an unusual way. I have been wanting to make a Christmas tree from ribbon for a long time.

I decided to use some velvet ribbon I have to create my tree. I tried a few techniques on the velvet but didn't like how they turned out. You can see a few dots on the tree as I embossed the ribbon using my swiss dots folder. If I had any hairspray i would have spritzed it up and embossed it and let it dry. Alas... no hairspray for me in the house. :)

I precut the ribbon lengths and trimmed them off after embossing with the CB folder.
The trunk velvet ribbon was already a crushed ribbon with fun texture.
I stamped the Hero Arts Flourish in the background and embossed with clear embossing powder. The Sentiment is from Memory Box.
The little stamped bird is from Hero Arts and colored using Copics and a white gel pen.
The buttons were so fun to pick out and polka dot using my trusty white gel pen.
Just for the record... I have never been able to buy a real Christmas tree that stood straight! Many years we had a hidden string behind it pulling the tree upright. :) Guess that is why my DH insisted on a fake Christmas tree once we were married!
Have a lovely day!
Suzz




23 comments:

  1. what a sweet idea to use ribbon to make a tree. beautiful ATC

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  2. Funny that we had the same idea for the Caardvarks challenge :-) Yours is beautiful! I love the swirls on the background and the fun dots on the buttons.

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  3. Love the velvet ribbon tree, it turned out beautifully. Have you tried embossing velvet with wood mounted stamps and an iron? It gives really beautiful results. In my flickr photostream you can find a project I did with stamped velvet (sorry it won't let me include a link here). I can send you directions if you like.
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    Blessings to you!

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  4. Oooh, yummy, that velvet ribbon is so luscious! And how adorable is that itty bitty bird's nest among the branches! Pure fabulousness Suzanne! :)

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  5. what a clever and pretty ribbon tree! i love the different textures of velvet and those super-fun buttons! ♥

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  6. What a treat for the fingers and eyes. I love working with velvet and hate it too. Right now I bet you know exactly what I mean. Oz

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  7. Love the combination of velvet textures and the subtle stamped background ... lovely.

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  8. What a very clever use of the ribbon. And I like that you chose velvet ribbon. So luxurious.

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  9. Excellent choice of velvet ribbons. Simply outstanding! I also know what you mean about having the fake Christmas tree...we have one over 20 years and still use it :)

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  10. this is so clever. I didn't know you could emboss the velvet and make it stay. Love the nest... just awesome....

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  11. This is so creative and clever!! Love it! Oh, I can`t imagine having a fake christmas tree... I need the "real" scent of it!

    Hugs,
    Vanessa

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  12. What a very clever card - such a super use of the ribbon. Brilliant. And so pretty!!!

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  13. Uhhhh that is clever Sue! Great christmas card! That little bird is too cute!

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  14. Stunning Sue! Love that ribbon!

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  15. How beautiful! I love that velvet! Looks so soft I just want to touch it!

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  16. How very creative and so beautiful!! I sent this post to May Arts!

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  17. Love this Sue...so Creative and Pretty!!!

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  18. What a fantastic, unique tree! Ilove the birdie too :-)

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  19. This is such a fantastic card Sue, I bet it looks even better in real life. Good luck with the challenge :)

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  20. Very lovely!! The little bird is a cute touch.

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  21. So beautiful!!
    A sweet idea.

    Júlia of
    Portugal

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