Today's card incorporates yesterday's Try a New Technique Challenge (TLC142) at Splitcoast Stamps as well as today's Color Challenge (CC140) which was Kraft, Pomegranate and White. Yesterday's technique was to use Japanese Stab Binding. I have a picture tutorial for how I made my card with this technique using May Arts 1/8th inch ribbon below, but first I wanted to share a few details about my card.
I stamped this gorgeous Inkadinkado Asian image on Gold Shimmer paper. I cut out the main panel of the image, spomged some blue ink around it and then propped it up on pop dots.I colored a few key areas with Shimmering Chalks.
I added a pop of color with Prima Flowers Quick Picks Hydrangeas in Coral Reef. The Pomegranate brad is from Pink Hedgehog's recent brad share.
Stamps: Inkadinkado Window To Nature
Paper: Kraft, Pomegranate, White by Stampin' Up!, Gold Shimmer Paper from my LSS
Ink: Ancient Page Coal Black, Distres Ink in Broken China
Accessories: Zero Hero Ruler, 1/8 punch, May Arts 1/8 white organza ribbon, Prima Flowers, Pebbles Shimmering Chalks, pop dots
Card Size: 4.25x5.5inches
Scrapjazz has a tutorial for Japanese stab binding books and journals here . It made for such a cool look but confused me a little (I am a girl that needs pictures!) so I wanted to share with you how I made a card using Japanese stab binding. I typed out an entire tutorial then lost it. I have tried to redo it as best as I can remember so I hope this makes sense.
Japanese Stab Binding Tutorial
- scoring tool (used here: Fiskars Scoring Blade that comes with the Fiskars trimmer)
- 1/8 inch hole puncher
- 1/8 inch wide Ribbon, 20 inches long (May Arts used here) (the rule of thumb is to have your ribbon four times the length of the card)
- ruler and mat pack or Zero Hero ruler
1. Cut cardstock to make a 4.25 x 5.5 card; score 1/2 inch from the spine of the card.
Tip: I fold the cardstock into a card and then do the scoring, running the blade over the cardstock two or three times. This also scores the back of the card. Stampin' Up! cardstock is substantial enough to take this without cracking or tearing - lighter weight cardstock or text weight paper will need to be treated more gently.
2. Cut another piece of cardstock 4 inches long and 1 inch wide and score it in half. I used Pomegranate cardstock here for a pop of color.
3. I used My Zero Hero ruler (for a review of this fantastic tool see my post here) to center four equidistant holes which I marked with a pencil. (The cardstock in the picture is a bit longer than the 4 inches I recommend - I cut it later and forgot to take a picture - whoops!)
You can substitute a mat pack and/or ruler to use in this step.
Using a 1/8 inch hole puncher, punch four holes where you marked the pencil. They should be centered lengthwise and widthwise when the strip of paper is folded.
4. Center the strip of cardstock over the scored spine of the card and trace the holes onto the card spine. Punch those out. (you can combine these two steps into one by just fitting the strip over the card spine but I wanted to make sure the hole placement looked good before I committed the card to the punch)
6. I used a candle wicking needle which has a very large eye to thread my May arts 1/8 inch organza ribbon. Any large eyed needle will do.
Starting at the third hole from the top (#3 on the picture above), run your threaded ribbon up from the back of your card to the front, leaving a few inches of ribbon so you can later tie a knot with it.
Tip: Be sure to keep the ribbon from twisting, and also keep the ribbon pulled firm, but not so tight so that it bunches.
Loop the ribbon around the spine by the hole from front to back, then come up through the same hole from the back side, holding the ribbon that is through the hole taut to the side with your free hand. This allows you to make room in the hole for the additional ribbon to travel through.
Loop around hole #2, coming out the back, then moving up the spine to hole #1.
Loop around hole #1. You are now back on the front of the card - move up the spine from hole #1 over the spine and over the top of the card. Loop back down through hole #1 and keep moving down. alternating between front and back. If you ever double thread an area, you have gone wrong. Remember to keep the ribbon straight so it is pretty.
Move back down to loop around the bottom hole.
Come back up to the previous hole. You will now have two tails that you can tie together and tuck behind ribbon.
This is a lot harder than it sounds. If you are like me and need pictures every step of the way, check here for great pictures on the exact placement of your needle every step of the way. Whew! Nnow we need a snack....
Even Allan, who hates pumpkin with the force of a thousand camels loved them.
They were so good I had to share the recipe.
Pumpkin Cheesecake Muffins
1 box Spice flavor cake mix
1 1/3 cup canned pumpkin (not pie filling)
1/3 cup oil
Cream Cheese Layer:
1 8 ounce package cream cheese
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 tablespoons brown sugar
4 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
5 tablespoons white sugar
1 TBS cinnamon
3 tablespoons cold butter
1/4 cup chopped pecans
1. Make the cream cheese layer: In a bowl, beat cream cheese until soft. Add egg, vanilla and brown sugar. Beat until smooth (it willl be a bit lumpy, don't worry), then set aside.
2. Make the streusel topping: In a bowl, mix flour, sugar, cinnamon and pecans. Add butter and cut it in with a fork until crumbly. Set aside.
3. Make the muffin batter: In a large bowl beat together all batter ingedients until smooth. Place muffin batter in muffin liner cups placed in a muffin tin (about 1/2 full).
4. Add one tablespoon of the cream cheese mixture right in the middle of the batter. Try to keep cream cheese from touching the paper cup. Sprinkle on one tablespoon of the streusel topping.
5. Bake at 375 degrees F for 20 minutes (350 if you are using a dark pan). Test with a toothpick in the center of a muffin -it should come out clean. Cool in pan for about 10 minutes.
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