Last week I shared this rainbow tassel card, and after doing so, couldn’t resist trying a slightly different design. Yours truly has a LOT of embroidery floss, and it turns out that making tiny tassels is rather enjoyable while watching Netflix! It’s also really nice to have a little assortment to choose from when I’m ready to make cards.
Much like the rainbow tassel card, I started this one by using the Essentials by Ellen A2 Piercing Plate and my die cutting machine to create a plain white background. Next I picked out my color elements – 4 colors of embroidery floss for the tassels, plus some closely-coordinating cardstock (linked below). I’ve been using DMC embroidery floss which comes in just about every color imaginable – it’s truly a color lover’s dream!
After settling on an assortment of blue-greens and a deep pink, I needed to make 2 of the 4 tassels because I hadn’t previously made them in the colors I’d chosen. If you’ve never made your own tassels before, trust me – it is SUPER easy. All you need is a fork, embroidery floss, sharp scissors and a needle. (If you want to make life easier on yourself, a needle threader is also really helpful!) I learned via one of the many Youtube videos out there, and in a nutshell, you just wrap the floss around the tines of a fork, then thread an extra piece between two tines to tie a knot that cinches the bundle together. (You can see that I’ve done this with the metallic floss in the photos.) Once that’s done, slide the whole thing off, use the scissors to cut across the bottom, and you’re set.
With my 4 tassels ready, I moved on to creating my sentiment. I’m a sucker for a good font, and when I saw the Everyday Circle Tags stamp set from Avery Elle, it made my heart sing! I love the scripty handwriting paired with the sans serif, and chose the Happy Birthday stamp for this project. I stamped it directly onto the pierced panel in Concord and 9th Peacock ink, a deep bluish-green that nearly matched my darkest tassel. Next, I used two of the smallest dies in the Essential Arches Die Set to cut the pieces you see above the tassels.
Finally, it was time for assembly. The magnets from my Make Art Staytion helped me hold the arch die cuts in place so that I could get a sense for spacing of the tassels, and I also used a piece of dot grid paper for this. The latter has been my go-to when plotting out designs with the A2 Piercing Plate because it’s basically the same thing – a grid, just at a magnified scale. I use a pencil to mark on the grid paper where my holes are going to be, and to ensure that everything will fit evenly spaced on my card panel. This makes stitching the tassels to the panel easier, and makes mistakes fewer and further between!
I adhered the thin coloured arches straight to the panel first – again, to help as alignment aids. With the right holes marked, I stitched the tassels to the card, then popped the white arch pieces onto foam tape and secured them around the colored cardstock arches. Lastly, I flipped the panel over, put foam tape all over the back, mounted in on my A2 card base, and voila – she’s done!
Thank you so much as always for stopping by, and I’ll see you back here on Wednesday with another card. Until then, have a great week!