brads. The ribbon I used are basic black taffeta, very vanilla seem binding, and the new "Natural Trim" ribbon from the Seasonal catalog, (page 20 #129287). This ribbon is cotton and flax and has a really nice texture and feel to it. I really like the dimension it brings to the project. I distressed the Natural ribbon a bit by fraying the end of the ribbon to expose a middle thread, then pulling on the middle thread to make the ribbon ruffle just slightly. The Tag was also made from a stamp in the new catalog called "A little Greeting". A nice price at $7.95 (page 25 #129111) it gives you a thinking of you, and a just for you, as well as "Hi", in perfect sizes for adding little touches to your projects.
With my second Swallowtail card I decided to embrace the coming spring and give it a bit more color, although I guess it is still sort of dark :) baby steps! I also used black embossing powder on Elegant Eggplant paper. I them added some bleach to the image with a cheap paintbrush. Do this lightly and give the paper a few minutes to dry before you decide to add more, the color change is not immediate. I use a really cheap paint brush so that I don't ruin any good ones, the bleach eats away at the bristles.
Embossing and bleaching tend to curl the paper so I like to then layer my bigger embossed pieces on another piece of paper. I do this with a glue stick, I like the fuller coverage it gets and it really helps the embossed paper lay flat and not buckle.
I added some glitter and some ribbon and a little tag that reads "Hi" from the same stamp set I mentioned earlier in this post. The white organza ribbon goes all the way around the embossed layer, and then I added some Scalloped Elegant Eggplant and black taffeta strips to the middle before tying the knot tightly around it all.
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