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Saturday, April 2, 2011

Bargello try out!

   I have just come back from visiting my sister, Chris. She has the blog: "Calla Lily Studio". She had surgery on her knee yesterday and is feeling a little bored. So I brought her a few old card magazines and showed her the card that I had just finished. Her studio is in her basement, so she can't be creative for awhile. Her computer is on the second floor, so she can't get to her blog. So I can see why she's a little bored.
Fun to make...!!
   Anyway, this is the card that I have been working on. It's a take on the bargello technique that is on Splitcoast Gallery Wednesday's Challenge. It is a really great idea, since you use a lot of your scraps to make the design.  It's like quilting with paper.
   I used my Cuttlebug's  dry embossing folder that  has leaves on it. I distressed the raised part of the leaves with Tim Holtz's vintage photo ink pad. I punched little flowers from McGill's collection of punches and distressed them with the same ink. I added the gold beads to match the tone of the paper.

   For the sentiment I used the Bargello  technique. I've included the video on this technique on my blog, so that you can see how easy it is to do. Beate does a great job with this tutorial. You will really enjoy learning this new technique.
    I used my lacy square Nestie on the Bargello paper technique. You must make sure you glue all the strips down really well or they will lift if you pan to cut out a shape. I thought the square was too big, so I used the lacy die cut to make it smaller. I liked it better.
   I stamped  the sentiment from Inkadinkadoo's collection . I really like this message. The brown ferns  came from a stamp by Ann-ticipation. I picked it up in my travels. The flowers are Prima and the fern leaves are a McGill punch.
   I used Stampin Up's border punch and Martha Stewart's doily punch for the bottom edge. I liked the pairing of the two.  The ribbon seemed to be a good color and I liked how it balanced the whole design.
   I had fun with this card, but changed the design many times 'til I liked it..Hope you enjoy making the Bargello technique, too.


  1. Interesting technique! Will have to try it especially since it uses up scraps which I have a lot of! Great card!

  2. I loved your card! Thanks for the video- I watched it and it looks easy! I think I may give it a try. What a great way to use left over pieces of paper! I love the way you put your card together! Super job!

  3. By the way...i am back.. I was able to make the stairs tonight. I don't think I am going back down til morning!

  4. Connie,

    Your card is wonderful! I will have to take a look at that technique. Sorry to hear your sister had knee surgery. I hope she has a full and quick recovery.