Saturday, 25 October 2014

A different Technique...

Happy Saturday,

As I'm still on the show run I'm really sorry but there isn't a something different than a card this week, for my new followers I try to present a project every Saturday that is something different from just a card.  However with the twists and turns my crafting life has taken in the last 3 months I seem to be short on time for some projects at the moment!

Instead today I am showing a card from the shows I did with Sue Wilson Last week with a twist that I didn't get to explain on air, in the hopes that you like it too!

The technique I mean is used in the centre of this card, although it is subtle it does make an impact close up!

What I am waffling on about is the centre panel of the card, cut with the Austrian Collection Salzburg die.  What I have done is to take a piece of 5mm ribbon and thread it, alternately, through the die cut.  I repeated this around the shape so that a complex woven pattern appears (I really hope you can see what I mean)

This adds another layer and texture to what could be a plain card.  The remainder is simply layered in the soft colours using the remaining dies in the set.  The background is embossed using the Creative Expressions Pinpoint Checkerboard A4 embossing folder.

Sue Wilson's Austrian Collection Salzburg die set
Creative expressions Pinpoint Checkerboard A4 Embossing folder
Coconut white, Milk & Khaki Foundation card (from their naturals pack)
Pearls & ribbon from stash.



  1. This looks stunning John and I bet its better in the flesh so to speak! Love the technique of the threading the ribbon through its really effective.

    Don't worry too much about your posts we all know how your life has changed dramatically its just good that you can still keep your blog going.

    Love & Hugs

    Jacquie J xxx

  2. Morning John,
    Fantastic Card I Love How you've threaded your Ribbon and from the Photographs this shows clearly, as Jacquie mentioned above You are extremely busy doing different things But I think it's great that you still Blog as your Blog and Your Work is Tremendous.
    Hugs from Sam x

  3. so simple yet so elegant....i would never of thought to put the ribbon behind.

  4. I like this idea John and will give it a try myself. I think it would look good as a frame over a sentiment too. Have a goodweekend. Karen x

  5. What a brilliant idea! The card looks great as all your cards do.


  6. Good morning John this is amazing I love what you have done with the ribbon it very effective. Thank you for keeping the blog going we love to see the projects you create and we know how busy you are. Have a great weekend. Hugs Jackie

  7. Eh up John
    stunning card. Love the ribbon threading. Couldn't remember if you have shown a threaded one before or whether I saw one in your craft cave. Very effective.
    Have a great day.
    Ang x

  8. Morning John,
    Just lovely. Great use of the ribbon.

  9. Hello John, this card is so pretty and complex looking. Thank you
    X Ros H

  10. Hello John, a really lovely and classy card, very subtle colours, but very effective. Bx

  11. Fab idea John, looks gorgeous and very elegant, xxx

  12. Hi John. Another idea for me to try. Thanks it looks lovely.
    Have a good weekend.
    Love Val x

  13. Hi John,
    Love this card and the technique you have used with the ribbon. The colours are subtle and then the touch of black on the ribbon gives it a pop! Love it!

    Love Sheila xx

  14. Hi John,

    This is a completely new concept to me, I've never seen it before. It looks simple enough to do but the result is just beautiful. Love the crisp colours and the dimension. It looks very elegant. I think you are doing an amazing job John keeping up with all your new commitments and still managing to do a daily blog. Thanks for all your hard work.

    Hugs Alice xx

  15. Fab card and fab technique - so u usual and so effective - think I would have had to emboss the large oval panel but then is me as I do struggle with lots of white plain space - I may need therapy for it!!! Lol xx not surprised you are struggling to with posts - the same at mo and I only work part- time but don't seem to any spare time at mo - a lot going on but not complaining xx have a fab/crafty/chilled weekend xx GailT xx

  16. Hi John,
    I take my hat off to you - great idea and one I'll definitely try out. It's a lovely card and not too busy.
    HAGD, Rose

  17. a lovely technique John, very effective.

  18. Good afternoon John,
    I think this is a lovely different type of a card that can be used for many different occassions and people. This could be a lovely alternative for us ribbon lovers that can't have them for your species ie men. This i think is quite a sophisticated card in many ways and i just might have to have another look at my dies. Thank you John for something different from the norm.
    Crafty hugs
    Norah (Glenochil)

  19. Hello John, What a lovely card and as Norah said something different from the norm, I love ribbon and used like this it is just gorgeous. Brenda

  20. Hi John,
    another really beautiful card today.
    Love that fab ribbon, and the way you have threaded it through the die cut.
    Great colour choice too.
    Crafty Regards. Jenny L.

  21. Don't mind seeing a show card in the slightest, always great to see them in more detail.
    This is an unusual one, and looks great.
    Janice W

  22. Hi John
    This is a lovely card. I like the threading technique. It's nice to see something different with ribbon other than bows! (I am a fan of bows, but can never tie them very well, so threading and weaving might just be up my street! We're in Plymouth at the moment and yesterday took a day out into Cornwall, where we found ourselves in a tiny place called Crafthole! Sadly not a craft shop in sight, but it certainly gained my interest while I was map-reading! Hope you're having a good weekend. Best wishes, Anne O.

  23. Hi John. I love the threaded ribbon. I will definitely be having a go at this : )
    Thanks for making time to blog, we all understand that you have a very different life to the one in Spain and there are sometimes not enough hours in the day, except for tonight when we get an extra one : )Take care.

  24. Love this unusual card John and will have to try the threading ribbon technique! Thank you
    Marion B xx