Here's a list of the Verve Divas participating in this month's hop:
|1. Julee||8. Tiffany|
|2. Amy||9. Teresa|
|3. Anya||10. Charmaine|
|4. Betty||11. Maureen|
|5. Karen||12. Marisa|
|6. Sarah||13. Andrea|
Caution: You're entering a photo heavy post! :)
Bow Making 101:
You'll need a length of ribbon (a little longer than you think you'll need so you have room to play) and two pencils, or any long stick things, chopsticks, drumsticks, etc:
First I need to tie the bow. My main method for doing this is 'bunny ears'. I start off with forming two loops, one in each hand:
Now, I cross the loops:
Next, push one of the loops around the back and through the middle:
Pull the loop ends apart:
Voila! There is some necessary tweaking at the point, pulling the loops, and then pulling the ends:
Ok, this where the magic starts. :) Put the sticks into each of the loops:
Now grab the tails with your thumb and middle finger while your hands pull the loops apart. This action tightens the knot in the middle while giving you a chance to adjust the size of the loops. Keep pulling on the pencils while pulling down on the tails until you've got the lengths just right:
When the dimensions look correct, pull on the pencils and tails with the same amount of pressure to tighten the knot and make the bow 'permanent':
Fluff the loops and cut the tails on an angle:
You can also adjust the tails at this point to make one go up and one go down, as I've done with my sample:
Easy Peasy? I will say that it does require some practice because although my brain knows what my hands/fingers need to do, they don't always listen... :)
Here are some other helpful hints I've learned along the way...
Simple fix! I learned this one from Emma Lou from Heartfelt Creations. Their dies were pretty intricate and to get them out of the die...oy! All you have to do is put a piece of wax paper in between the die and the paper. The paper will easily come out of the die. If the die is not cutting all the way through, you either need another piece of paper (shim) between your plastic plate and the cutting board. One piece should suffice and I always tape down my design to the die and then rotate it 90º and then cut again. That way I'm assured that all surfaces have cut through.
Helpful Hint #2. Liquid Pearls. Some crafters asked me how I make my Liquid Pearls uniform. That, unfortunately requires practice and lots of patience. However, when you are outlining a Nestie or die cut of that sort, usually there is a indention around the outer perimeter, usually about 1/8" in. You can use that as a guide. I usually try to place my dot right on the line. Then keep going using the same repetitive movement. Try to keep going in one fluid motion, stopping only to turn your paper (or to keep from dipping your pinky in them...been there, done that!). Sometimes an air pocket will form in the bottle and squirt out onto your paper in one big blob. Easily fixed. Get out your paper piercer or other sharp object and slowly draw the liquid away from the area, taking just tiny portions away at one time. Then scrape the paper gently to remove any excess residue. As long as the 'paint' is still wet, you'll be able to remove it.
Helpful Hint #3. Sponging. Sponging is a very delicate process. Some of my best sponging is done when there is almost no ink left on the sponge. I prefer to use Stampin' Up!'s daubers, because they are easy to use...they fit right on the tip of your finger and I feel like I have more control that way. I usually dip the dauber in ink (mostly distress ink) and then blot off a lot on a piece of scrap paper. Then I start rubbing it on the scrap until I get a uniform blend. Take the Nestie or die-cut still in the metal die and gently in circular motions work into the paper. Start off very light and increase pressure to make a more dramatic look.
Check out all the details about prizes and this month's sale over at the Verve Blog.
Thanks for joining me for this labor-intensive post...I hope you come away with some useful advice!
Stamps: Harvest Blessings (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Walking in the Forest collection (When Leaves Are..., Last Flowers, The Colors of Fall, Maple-bs, Knitted Sweater, Mountain Ash) Maja Design, Black, Mellow Moss (SU!)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Accessories: Willow Satin-faced ribbon (Papermart), Wooded Mini-Medley Accents (CTMH), doily, Hot Cocoa Liquid Pearls (Ranger), tulle accents, charm, gems, pearls, needle & thread, paper distresser, gold leaves
Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"