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Double Spirelli Card

November 13, 2017

Double Spirelli Card - Colorful Encouragement

Hey, thanks for coming by!  My husband and son have been fighting colds, so I haven’t been getting as much done as I’d like to.  And we’ve also had 3 days of gray skies and rain.  So to fight the gloom, I have a bright sunny card to share with you!

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I made the card on the left months ago, and I was blown away at the response I received.  When I made the card on the right, I had several requests for a tutorial, and here it is!

Double Spirelli Card - Colorful Encouragement

I’m working on watercolor paper today, because I’m using Colorburst, and you use quite a bit of water.  First, I added some Perfect Pearls powder to a Mini Mister, and filled the rest with water.  Then I misted my paper generously with water and added the Colorburst.  I’m using Alizarin Crimson, Orange and Lemon Yellow today.  When the powdered pigment hits the water, the color explodes across the page.  Keep adding powder and water until you’re happy with the result.   If you don’t have Colorburst, you can use watercolor, ink blending, or any medium you want.

Once the paper was dry, I die cut it with a Postage Stamp Edge Die by Simon Says Stamp.  You can see the shimmer left by the Perfect Pearls.  And the die cut on the right is the Spiro Doily from Catherine Pooler.  I’ve wanted to make this card for awhile, but the die hasn’t been available.  But it will be in Catherine’s store on November 14!  If you don’t have this die, any doily die would work.

Double Spirelli Card - Colorful Encouragement

I fed the string through the holes in the die, and worked my way around the circle, skipping the same number of holes each time.  It’s not easy to do that, when you don’t know how much string you’re going to need.  But you get the benefit of my troubleshooting (and my wasted string!).  I used 8 feet of cotton string to make this design.  If you’re using some other kind of string or thread, you may use more or less.

Double Spirelli Card - Colorful Encouragement

After I unwound my doily, I marked the holes I used.  Then I marked the center of my Colorburst panel, and attached my doily with tape runner.  I used a awl to poke small holes through my panel from the back.  Can you see the holes?  I went around the center, and also made another ring using the scallops on the outer edges.  I could remove the doily at this point, but I left it attached to add stability to my card.

Double Spirelli Card - Colorful Encouragement

Now you can see the double ring of holes in my panel.  Poking the holes made it easy to line up my sentiment, which is also by Catherine Pooler Designs.  I stamped it with Versamark, and heat embossed it in white.

Double Spirelli Card - Colorful Encouragement

Next I added a strip of tape runner to the doily and pressed the end of the string into the adhesive.  I threaded my needle with the string, and went through the first hole I marked.  Then I came down through the hole I marked with a 2.  After that, I continued to work my way around the circle, like I did above.  The only difference is this time I’m going through the panel as well.

Double Spirelli Card - Colorful Encouragement

When the design was complete, I went under the other strings and pressed the end of the string into the adhesive before trimming off the excess.

Double Spirelli Card - Colorful Encouragement

The first circle is done, but I want to make this extra special.  I cut off another 8 feet of string, and started another circle, using the larger ring of holes.

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After the second ring was complete, I added foam tape around the edges to support the panel evenly, and attached it to my card.  I could add sequins or other embellishments, but it already has lots of shimmer from the Perfect Pearls.

Now that I’m comparing this card to the first version, I can see that designs are slightly different, even though I used the same doily and string.  It’s fun to play around with string placement and see how that effects the design.

Will you try this technique?  Let me know in the comments, and I’ll be back again soon!

 

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