Hey, thanks for joining me today. I’m making a hidden Spirelli card today, and it reminds me of the Spirograph I had as a kid. Usually, these cards have a scalloped circle on the front, like this. These cards don’t need special supplies, and they work for almost any occasion.
First I cut a scalloped circle with a 2 1/2″ punch. Any size circle would work for this, but the scallops are important, because they hold the string in place. I cut the circle from watercolor cardstock, but you can use whatever you have, as long as it’s strong. Hobby Lobby has precut scalloped circles for purchase, if you don’t have a punch or die.
I practiced wrapping the cotton string around the circle to create my design. You can used any kind of string you have on hand or even thread. Metallic string would look really neat, too. I temporarily attached the end of the string to the center of the circle with tape runner, and wrapped it around, skipping the same amount of scallops each time. I’m not sure I’m explaining this well, so hopefully the pictures help. Depending how many scallops you skip, you can get different looks with the finished design.
Once I had the design how I wanted it, I cut it off the spool, giving myself an extra 8 inches. Now you have the option to leave the string white, but I chose to dye it with Distress Ink. I worked on a Ranger Non Stick Craft Sheet for this part, because it gets messy. I pressed my Wilted Violet Mini Distress Ink pad and rubbed it on my craft sheet. Then I sprayed it with water, and dragged my string through it. I divided the string into quarters so I could alternate 2 different colors, but you can use just one, or whatever watercolor paint you have on hand. After I finished with the purple, I repeated the process with Picked Raspberry Distress Ink. Now you can either let it dry on it’s own, or speed up the process with a heat tool.
I die cut a Stitched Rectangle die from Simon Says stamp, but you could also trim a panel to size with a paper trimmer. I make a pencil line down the center of the back of the panel, and adhered my scalloped circle to the back with tape runner. Next I used a needle to poke holes through the black panel between the scallops.
I threaded my needle with the dyed string, and attached the end of the string to the center of the circle with tape runner. I went around the circle like I did before, but this time I’m going through the holes, so I’m basically “sewing” the design.
Once I’ve gone all the way around, I went under all the layers and pressed the end down into the adhesive.
For the front, I die cut the word “Happy” using a Cut and Stamp die set from Hero Arts from white cardstock. I pressed the die cut against my Versamark pad, and heat embossed it in white before gluing it to my panel. I used the matching stamp set to stamp “birthday” on vellum, and heat embossed it in white as well. I cut the ends at an angle before attaching it to the panel with Glossy Accents.
The layers of string made the panel thicker in the back, so I’m using foam tape to attach the panel to my card base. You can see I added tape all the way around the back of the panel to support it when it goes through the mail.
And that’s it, a simple card that makes others ask, “How did you do that?” Are you going to try this card? Let me know in the comments, and I’ll see you next time!
P.S. I’m playing along at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge today. Come check it out!