As summer ends and autumn approaches, I find myself reaching for natural, rustic materials and hues when crafting. Taking advantage of raw materials from the outside and lovely array of May Arts Ribbon available at The Ribbon Resource, I created a couple of natural cards featuring the popular “looped string” technique.
For my first card, I looped together 8” each of Natural and Linen Burlap String and tied them together in a knot with another slip of the Natural Burlap String. I adhered the looped strings with adhesive to a card base and topped it with a strip of birch bark. I finished the card with a sentiment stamped onto a die cut flag. Isn’t the match of the birch bark and burlap string heavenly? I think this combination makes a great masculine card!
My next card features a die cut piece of birch bark, stamped sentiment flag and a “looped string” embellishment made from May Arts Leaves and Champagne Two Tone Paper Raffia (8” each of these as well to create the “loop”).
What a great mix of textures for this card too, which is perfect to give for an autumn wedding. The Ribbon Resource offers many different colors of each of the May Arts ribbons featured on my cards, so this “looped string” technique can be used on cards for any season, holiday or occasion! Also, each card does not feature much ribbon at all, so this technique is also a great way to use up your ribbon scraps.
By Karen Baker
- 8” Natural Burlap String SM-10
- 8” Linen Burlap String SM-09
- 8” Brown Leaves Ribbon BY-36
- 8” Champagne Two Tone Paper Raffia JP-02
- Tombow Mono Multi Glue
- Lil’ Inker Designs Sketched Floral Stamps
- Wplus9 Banner Dies and Label Dies
- Fresh Ink Pigment Stamp Pad in Birch