My Digital Studio, Birthday Cards, and a Ribbon Technique

     I tend to put family cards – birthday, anniversary, etc. – off until the very last second (sometimes PAST the very last second!)  So last month, I pulled up My Digital Studio (MDS) to do a quickie birthday card.  Of course if you are going to do 1 card, you  might as well do 4 as you can place a  4 X 5 1/4 design X 4 on a piece of 8 1/2 X 11 card stock.  This was the end result:

MDS 2

This was actually a card front that is a “stock” item in MDS.  I loaded it up, placed it X4 on my screen and printed 1 sheet of card stock.  As you can see, I did the 3 cards above each a little different – different background paper, different ribbon, different accessories.  My fourth cards features a ribbon treatment I had read about but never tried using the wonderful seam binding ribbon.     MDS green ribbon

I started by laying a piece of sticky strip the width of the card on the area I wanted to place my ribbon treatment.  Then I cut about 2 1/2 X the width of the card in Certainly Celery seam binding and shredded both long ends about 2/3” in.  I started pulling several strands of the seam binding from the right long end, and pushed the gathers along as I continued to pull.  I found if you try to gather too tightly, the ribbon curls around itself which was not what I wanted to show on this card. Loose gathering worked much better.  When I had the length I wanted, I placed the gathered ribbon on the sticky strip and pressed firmly pulling excess around each side of the card and holding in place with sticky strip.  You can see how this ruffled effect changes the look of the card when compared to the 3 cards above.  Something else I did with the marvelous Stampin’ Up Framelits:

MDS insideRather than waste the outline of the Framelit, I used it as a “window” on one of the other cards.  You just need to center the die carefully on your card stock so that the sides are even.

So, you are probably thinking – Big Deal Rosemary – so you used your MDS!  Well, the frog card we are doing for the April 13th and 14th Spring Flowers Stamp Camp, will include a MDS printed background.  We will add the finishing touches.    April Stamp Camp Frogs-001

This is the base card.  So try to imagine what we will be doing to this by adding our own frog and meeting the theme of Spring Flowers.  I must admit that Deb and I could not agree on this project.  Her preference was that we stamp everything.  My feeling was that we could let MDS do part of the work for us, and our creative selves would finish up the card. 

Check back in a day or two to see the finished card.  Hope you can make it on April 13th and 14th.  Blessings, Rosemary  630.759.3089

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