Sometimes an idea pops into my head and I simply have to give it a try. This is what happened after I created a card using the new Paper Lattice from Stampin’ Up! I’d only used half of a Paper Lattice sheet so I began to play with the other half. This gorgeous thank you card was the result.
Looking at the half sheet of Paper Lattice it occurred to me that I could probably weave something through the holes. I considered using strips of card but decided to use ribbon instead. Sadly the Evening Evergreen 3/8″ Chevron Weave Ribbon I’d chosen had a lovely texture but didn’t stand out as much as I’d like.
Rather than choosing another ribbon I decided to change the colour of the Paper Lattice using embossing powder. So I pressed a VersaMark ink pad over the surface of the piece and then sprinkled it with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder. After tapping off the excess I melted the rest using my Heat Tool set on 2 (high).
The embossing wasn’t perfect but to be honest I quite liked the weather-worn effect I’d ended up with. So I moved on to the fiddly part, threading the ribbon through the lattice. I took my time so I didn’t damage the lattice but I managed to thread one piece across and one down. Then to tidy up the ends I used Tear & Tape Adhesive. All I had to do was fold the ends around the edge of the lattice and fix them to the back.
Next I needed to mount the lattice panel, and for that I cut a 2-5/8″ x 3-1/2″ piece of Soft Succulent Card. I put Tear & Tape Adhesive on the back of the ribbon and a tiny dot of Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) behind the solid sections of the lattice. Then I pressed it onto the card layer before mounting that onto a 2-7/8″ x 3-3/4″ piece of Evening Evergreen Card.
Now I was ready for my sentiment and I chose “thank you for being you” from the Many Messages Stamp Set. This is actually one large stamp with 19 different sentiments all of which get cut out at once using the coordinating Messages Die.
A while ago I stamped the Many Messages onto Thick Basic White Card and embossed them using gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder. Then after cutting them out with the die I used one and saved then rest in a little bag in the stamp case until I needed them.
Next I used my Paper Trimmer to cut and score some Thick Basic White Card. I folded it along the scored line, and sharpened the crease with a Bone Folder to create my card base. Then using Stampin’ Dimensionals I attached the sentiment to the lattice panel and mounted the panel onto the card base.
While I liked card so far, I decided it needed a bow where the woven ribbons crossed. So I tied one from the same Chevron Weave Ribbon and added that with some Tear & Tape Adhesive.
That just left the inside of the card and the Basic White Envelope to decorate. This had me stumped for a while as I had no stamped images or patterned paper I could use to coordinate. In the end I cut some 3/4″ strips of Evening Evergreen Card and embossed them using the Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder. The texture wasn’t exactly the same as the ribbon, but it was close enough. So with liquid glue I attached two strips along the left side and bottom of the envelope to match the ribbon on the card.
Finally I fixed two more strips onto a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Basic White Card and glued that inside the card base. With that my project was complete.
This project turned out even better than I’d hoped. Changing the colour and texture of the Paper Lattice worked well and I’ll definitely try that again. I also love the effect of the ribbon weaving so it won’t be the last time I do that either. What do you think?
To see my first project using the Paper Lattice check out my earlier blog post Positive Thoughts for a simple Sunday.