I saw this technique on someones blog a while back. I didn't remember it until I got the Stampin' Up! set "True Friends." So if you know who came up with this please let me know and I will give them the full credit they deserve and a link back to their blog.
First you stamp your image onto card stock. I did try it on watercolor paper but you need to make sure the ink is completely dry or your thumb will be colored and the ink will be smeared by the time you are done cutting it out. Here I used Purely Pomegranate.
Punch out the holes around the center flower. For this one I used the taffeta ribbon. I cut it about 12" long. On the calendars I did I used grosgrain ribbon. It was a little stiffer to work with but it will work. And if you rip through a hole you can tape it back together from behind and repunch it and continue on. It's on the back so it won't show. Speaking from experience here!!! Yes, even I make mistakes but I am willing to share them with you so you don't make them or so you know how to fix them too!!!
I taped the end of it to the back center and then I punched out the center hole. Now all you do is thread your needle in and out of the card stock. You start from the back and outer hole and then thread through to the front center hole.
When you have gone all the way around just slide the needle under one of the "stitches" on the back and cut it off. You can leave the center the way it is or you can cover it with a smooth brad, charm, rhinestone brad or half pearl. I sponged the edges to punch the color up a bit and for this one I used it on a mini composition book. Just add a little decorative papers and some layers and you can really dress up a little composition notebook, can't you? You may want to use Dimensionals to affix the flower on because the bulge from the ribbon will cause the flower to stand out.
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