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Saturday, 4 February 2012

The "How-To's" of Hemp

I've used the Baker's Twine to loop around the centre of a punched out butterfly to give it the illusion of a body and antennae but it's a bit droopy.  I've also been eyeing the Hemp Twine in the catalogue because I thought I could use a sponge and ink on it to make it any colour I wanted and it looked as if it would have more body.  Well, I was right.  It definitely has more body!  Compared to the Baker's Twine, it stands at attention and waits for a command. ;)

I decided to try it on a card just to see what it was like using it.  I wasn't using butterflies but it's not like that's the only way to use twine, after all.  In this case I thought it might make a unique border but it didn't have enough presence.  One strand was simply too thin to make it as a border.  So I cut three strands and proceeded to braid the strands loosely.  The result was exactly the right finishing touch for my card.  I'm going to use the Hemp Twine a lot in the future!

I love the way the braided hemp surrounds the Very Vanilla.  I stamped the VV first with my large Net Stamp using Crumb Cake ink, then I used my large Scallop Circle Punch to cut a medallion of that beautiful Everyday Enchantment DSP (I'll miss it when Sale-a-bration is over) and used my 2 1/2" Circle Punch for the Soft Suede backing.  All in all I'm very happy with the results.

4 comments:

  1. Very pretty Heidi! Welcome to the world of blogging! Thanks for stopping by my blog... to answer your question, the elegant bird die cut fits exactly on a standard A2 card (4-1/4" x 5-1/2"). I think you'll find that it is a tight fit, but it does work! Hugs, and best of luck with your new blogging venture!

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  2. Great Idea, Heidi!

    Thanks for visiting my blog. I'm following you now too.

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  3. I love the hemp twine and use it constantly, but I never thought to braid it. That will be a perfect border on the Open Seas stamp!
    Oh the printed page on that set is a passenger list. One of those things that genealogists just love to find.

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    1. I love that set!!! I only bought it recently and yet have already made over a half dozen varied cards with it. Together or apart, the different stamps are terrific! I agree, braided hemp would work beautifully with that set. Now you've gotten my juices flowing...

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