Nov 12 2007

Velvet Bound

Published by at 3 37 pm under General Purpose Cards

I have a project I MEAN to be working on, but the Try a New Technique Challenge (TLC142)popped up this morning at SCS and it was something I REALLY wanted to try out — so,I did! It was Japanese Stab Binding for binding a hand crafted book, but today we are doing it on cards — what fun!!! I’m so glad I tried. Here is my attempt:


If this design looks a bit familiar to anyone, it’s because it is! I wanted to make this card to match/coordinate with the bookmark/sleeve I did for my Friday Stamp Simply Challengea couple days ago. And, because I was trying to make it match and become a *set* (you know me!), I bound my card with velvet. That was probably not the best choice. Although I like the finished result, it was hard to do, even though I did use the largest hole punch on the Crop-a-dile to punch my holes. It was still a very tight squeeze trying to push that soft velvet ribbon through, especially on those 3rd times through the same hole. This would be a breeze with a satin, taffeta, or any thinner ribbon. Please click the link above for the complete tutorial on Japenese Stab Binding.

I used a sheet of paper from the Periphery6 x 6 padby Basic Grey — love that bird!!! There are 3 stamped images I added — the oval frame, the dark border near the bottom and the corner in the upper left. They are all from the newest release by Flourishescalled Flourished Elements — a gorgeous set. The velvet, satin, scalloped satin, and the Periphery pad are also all available at Flourishes.

My finished card is 5.5″ square. The back is a separate piece from the front. The back is cut 5.5 x 6.5, scored at 1″ — this forms the wrap-around binding. I like to do this type of binding and whever I do it always reminds me of a Little Golden Book! It was the perfect binding for today’s challenge to actually bind the card!!! I will definitely try this technique again, only with thinner ribbon. Hope you can give it a try as well!!!

  • Stamps: Flourished Elements by Flourishes
  • Paper: Basic Black, Bashful Blue, Old Olive, Le Jardin DP, Periphery DP by Basic Grey
  • Ink: Versa Mark
  • Accessories: Detail Black EP, Black Velvet Ribbon, Wide Blue Satin Ribbon, Black Scalloped Satin Ribbon, Fleur de Lis Punch, Tag Punch, Brad, Dimensionals, Crop-a-dile, Scor-Pal

Thanks much for looking!!!

14 responses so far

14 Responses to “Velvet Bound”

  1. Sue B says:

    wow! This is total elegance. I love that paper and how you framed the bird.

  2. Donelda says:

    Oh Sharon, I have enjoyed your SCS gallery but I have just found your blog and I have to say WOW!!!! I love love love this card and the item it matches, and all the other awesome items on your blog!!! Wow, what a find. I’ll be dropping bye to visit regularly!


  3. Rose Ann says:

    You did a beautiful job with this, Sharon! Everything you touch is pure elegance! I love what you’ve done with your Flourished Elements (I need to order that).

  4. Connie Watson says:

    Good morning Sharon,
    ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS!! I love that bird as well. This would be a fun card to try. I just got a Crop-a-dile…I think I will!!
    Thank you for all your work! Connie W

  5. Oh WOW — this card is gorgeous! Love the frame around the bird, and your binding is so beautiful and elegant!

  6. joyk says:

    Very pretty! I love seeing stamping on dp’s, especially when it relates to the paper used, and yours surely does! The frame on the bird is perfect!
    Beautiful job on that velvet binding and I love how you folded the edge from the back.

  7. Kelly says:

    Looks beautiful! Your binding is great!

  8. Linda Bullard says:

    Oh my word! How gorgeous! I love how you’ve been using the Periphery papers, and the way you combined the Flourishes stamps with it here is fantastic! Great idea using that velvet ribbon for the stab binding. Linda

  9. Rhonda says:

    This is COMPLETELY stunning and amazing (I wouldn’t expect anything less from you!!) I had no idea you have a blog!!! I had to go google you!! I’m saving a links to this for sure!! What a very cool technique and you executed it flawlessly! Love your style, it’s so out of the box for me!! Love, love, love it!!

    *side note:

    OH MY GOSH!! I’m almost in tears!! Thank you so much for visiting my blog and taking the time to comment on my card, and my ARMY cupcakes!!! 😀 Your comment cracked me up!!! I’m so honored and think of you as a major stamping celebrity, so thanks for making my day!! I’ve been terrible about gallery surfing lately, so I’m gonna go check out your SCS gallery later today!! Have a completely blessed day Sharon!!! 😀

  10. Dee says:

    Wow Sharon this is gorgeous!! I love the colors

  11. Oh, oh, oh! This is so pretty! Totally elegant and wonderful! I love how you stamped on the paper with the gorgeous Flourished Elements. The frame around the bird, like one of those swings in a birdcage, is perfect!!

  12. Carolyn (snowmanqueen) says:

    Gorgeous card, love the way you used the ribbon for the binding!

  13. showers says:

    Thanks for posting this, reading your blog I’m amazed how much time you have put into it.

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