If you look at the ribbons and trims in the 2019/2020 Annual Catalogue, you’ll notice that there are only two options for Baker’s Twine. There’s the Whisper White Solid Baker’s Twine, and the Baker’s Twine (a twist of Night of Navy and Sahara Sand). What many people seem to be overlooking is the Nature’s Twine. This is a combo pack of thick twine in four colours; Blackberry Bliss, Crumb Cake, Grapefruit Grove and Mint Macaron. It’s a pack that I find myself using on a more regular basis, especially to coordinate with the various Designer Series Paper (DSP) that’s currently available.
For today’s project I used the Crumb Cake twine, but I’ll provide other DSP coordination ideas at the end of my post.
COME SAIL AWAY DSP
This project began when I cut some of the rope design paper from the Come Sail Away 12″ x 12″ DSP pack. I was actually preparing to cover a notebook, but set that aside to work on this card instead.
With the DSP sparking my design thoughts I used Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) to mount it onto some Soft Suede Card. Then I added the layers to a card base of Thick Very Vanilla Card.
The colours of the DSP prompted me to pull out two ink pads; Soft Suede and Night of Navy, and the Sailing Home Stamp Set.
Using Night of Navy ink I stamped the sentiment onto some Very Vanilla Card. Then I mounted that to some Soft Suede Card with liquid glue.
With Soft Suede ink I first stamped the anchor image onto a small piece of Very Vanilla Card. Then I immediately stamped the image in the bottom right corner on the front of a Very Vanilla Medium Envelope. This gave me a lighter version of the anchor image.
Finally I inked up the stamp again and stamped onto scrap paper to lighten the ink once more (stamped-off), before stamping in the bottom right corner on a layer of Very Vanilla Card. Then this layer was added to the inside of the card base with liquid glue.
LAYERS OF INTEREST
Now all I had to do was assemble the focal point for the front of my card.
I began by cutting out the anchor image using the coordinating die from the Smooth Sailing Dies. Then I threaded a piece of Crumb Cake twine from the Nature’s Twine pack through the hole in the anchor. I tied the twine in a slip knot and set the anchor aside while I cut one final layer.
As I tried to decide where to place my sentiment piece, I felt it needed another layer. I experimented with various options but none seemed right until I tried some Vellum Cardstock. It was exactly what my card needed.
I cut the vellum and attached it to the back of the layered sentiment using liquid glue. Then came the anchor. With the thick twine wrapped around the shank, I attached it to the sentiment with Stampin’ Dimensionals. The loose end of the twine was folded under the Vellum and held in place with another Stampin’ Dimensional.
Turning the sentiment over I added more Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back, making sure to hide them behind the card layer. Once that was done I fixed the assembled layers to the card front and my card was complete.
Here’s a short video I made explaining how I use regular adhesive to attach my Vellum, but without it showing.
NATURE’S TWINE COORDINATION
As promised, here’s some suggestions for coordinating the various colours from the Nature’s Twine pack with current DSP.
Blackberry Bliss twine would go well with Perennial Essence DSP and See A Silhouette DSP.
The Crumb Cake twine works well with parts of the Woven Threads DSP, Garden Lane DSP, Bird Ballad DSP, Come Sail Away DSP, Pressed Petals DSP and Mosaic Mood DSP.
The Grapefruit Grove twine could go with parts of the Woven Threads DSP and Mosaic Mood DSP.
Finally the Mint Macaron twine coordinates with the Garden Lane DSP and Mosaic Mood DSP. I think it would also work well with many of the floral papers, especially Garden Lane.
One of the great things about the Nature’s Twine though is that you can colour the lighter coloured twines using Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers. I tend to start with the twine of a similar colour, so the Crumb Cake twine could be coloured with the brown Stampin’ Blends, the Mint Macaron with green etc. In fact I did just that on a recent card. It’s definitely worth considering if you’re looking to get the most from your Nature’s Twine.
Well that’s today’s blog post. I hope you’ve found it informative, or inspiring or both, and that you’ll join me again tomorrow for another new project.
BUNDLE BONUS – I ordered the Sailing Home Stamp Set and Smooth Sailing Dies using the single ‘bundle’ item number. This meant that I saved 10% off the cost of buying the stamp set and dies separately. I’ve included both options in the list below so you can compare these them for yourself.
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