Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Its all about...the bow...

Happy Wednesday,

Well the title says it all I actually made this bow first and then needed a card to show it off!  I know that large bows split opinion right down the middle but IMHO there is a place for them, even if you have to invent the card to hold it.  Despite the size of the flourish on this card it is a small card and could easily be adapted without the bow.

I stated by tying a double bow of silky crush ribbon in champagne.  I then twisted 2 of the pearl sprays around the know and added small pearl embellishment in the centre.  Next I cut a had made card blank, in hammered cardstock to 14cm x 16cm and added matts of vintage gold and white.  Next I cut 2 frames, one in gold and one in coconut white from the Tessa die using the inner, outer and filigree dies in the set.  I flat mounted these offset to create a shadowed frame.

I stamped the sentiment, from my Camellia ring elements clear stamp set for Creative Expressions, in black archival in the centre of a mat of coconut white.  I added a thin layer of vintage gold and tied a strip of the silky crush ribbon to the top of these layers.  I then added the frames, threading the ribbon over and under the frame.

Finally I added the bow and stuck down the frame set with foam tape to add a little dimension.  A few stick on pearls around the frame and a simple yet expansive is finished.

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Card Size: 14 x 16 cm
Colours: Coconut White, Vintage GoldFoundation card
Dies: Tessa Frames and tags
Stamps: JL Camellia Ring Elements
Inks: Jet Black Archival
Embellishments: 5mm white stick on Pearls, small Pearl Embellishment, Pearl Sprays, Champagne Silky Crush Ribbon

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  1. Morning John, wow I like this, I am a sucker for bows and pins, and I like the Tessas dies that you have used in the background, stunning.

    Hope you are feeling much better.

    Stay safe, healthy and happy, hugs, June Smith xxx

  2. Morning John, a very opulent card today I love the bow and everything about this beautiful card.
    Nancyd xx

  3. Hi John.
    A big beautiful bow on a beautiful card, Thank you.
    take care Kitty.

  4. Good morning John, this card is just something else!!! Very chic!!!
    Have a good!!!
    Loopy Lynda xxx

  5. Morning John, absolutely beautiful as always x

  6. Hi John,
    Stunning Card, "I Love The Tremendous Bow And Pearl Embellishment" I Really Love How You've Cut Your Die In Gold And Then In Coconut White And Shadow It I Love That Look I'm Working On A Wedding Card And Your Bow And Pearl Embellishment Has Given Me An Idea I'll Make One For The Box Also, Thanks For Sharing Your Stunning Card.
    Hugs From Sam xxx
    ✂️ Carry On Creating ✂️

  7. Hi John,
    Love it but bows are not my thing. I never add them to cards I use flowers instead. However, if I had a bow so gorgeous I would make a card for it!
    Anne M xxx

  8. Hi John,
    I usually made a card then decide on the embellishments. I think I'll try it the other way around! I love the bow! Large, over the top and a real focal point! Best wishes, Anne O

  9. Love the colour of the bow and the card you have created around it, John.

  10. Lovely card but I would have to remove the bow, sorry.


  11. Good morning John your card is gorgeous I love the design and the bow is stunning. Bows do have their place and this one deserves a card. Have a great day. Hugs Jackie

  12. Morning John,
    Wow I love this card it's gorgeous.
    I have been admiring the Tessa die set for a while, it's moved up to the top of my must have list.
    Thanks for sharing
    Have a great day

  13. Beautiful card and bow , just gorgeous ! {actually it would look lovely in my living room John , just the right color , haha }
    Enjoy your day and i do hope you are feeling better .
    Elaine H X

  14. Morning John, A stunning card.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  15. The bow alone could make an interesting card. It would be nicer on a larger card.


  16. Hi John
    That bow is gorgeous, I can quite see how you had to make a card to show it off.
    B xx

  17. Morning John,
    Sorry but I'm in the better without the bow camp, love the card though.

  18. Hi John,I have been looking at the Tessa die for some time.Your lovely card shows it off beautifully .Gloria (Sidcup) xx

  19. Good morning John sorry but this is not for me. Liking the card without the bow though. Love from Jackie xx

  20. Hi John,
    A really opulent look and I love it, the bow is gorgeous with the pearls around it.
    Thanks for sharing,

  21. I don't normally like big bows but this one is gorgeous, John. Love the card too.

    Anne (Northampton)

  22. love the big bow ,it's the cost of posting cards with bulky embellishments that stop me ,gorgeous card

  23. Morning John,
    Love the bow, but maybe on a bigger card, it is beautiful John,love the card too!!
    Thanks for the inspiration John,
    Sandra xxx

  24. Lovely card John, love how the die frames the sentiment.
    Love Janet X
    From Wakefield

  25. Hi John,
    Clean and simple, the stamp says it all.
    Lorna D

  26. Morning John the card is beautiful and the bow is fabulous and the sentiment says it all.

  27. Beautiful card John. Love the flourishes and pearl "leaves" that adorn that bow.
    Hugs, Rose

  28. Lovely card today John. I am really jealous of the bow as I can't make bows like this. Have you been taking lessons from Becca Feeken? The only other thing that stops me using bows is the additional postage costs :-(

  29. Gorgeous card John. ;) And love the bow!!

  30. Hi John,

    Ahhhh, what a beautiful sentiment, it's what jumped out at me first to be honest, vry quickly followed by this utterly stunning card. I agree, a big bouncy bow isn't always what is called for but when it is used it is a bit of a show-stopper! Those pearls look lovely, I'm lucky to be in a position to know how to make my own but I'd never considered using such a thing on a card, the whole ensemble is just gorgeous.

    Hugs, T xxx

  31. WOW John,
    This card is absolutely GORGEOUS!!!!
    Thank you for sharing.

  32. That bow DESERVES a card John, it's absolutely beautiful. Pat x

  33. Hi John. If I could tie bows like yours, every card would have one.
    SueL x

  34. BEAUTIFUL card with a stunning bow! I have found silk ribbon to make the most beautiful bows compared to other type of ribbons. Looks like you think so too. Good job on tying that super bow.

  35. One heck of a bow John, beautiful card, xxx

  36. So so pretty, just love that bow on this beautiful card.....luv Ursula xx

  37. well I love the card and the bow, I only wish I could
    do bows as beautiful as you and sue do.
    If I attempt a messy bow it truly is a messy bow lol

  38. Beautiful card today John and the bow is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing.

  39. Eh up John
    Late again, sorry.
    No problem with the bow but it is showing as a dusky pink on my screen which looks strange with the gold but as you said it was champagne, I'll use my imagination. Its the lovely sentiment that makes this one for me.
    Ang x

  40. Hi John,
    love the bow and the card is not bad either :-)
    Take care, Maria x