Monday, July 1, 2013

Card + Crochet + Tip

Making cards is one of my passions, the other one is crocheting. I used crochet in one of the Mother's Day cards in May, and now I'm using crochet again. So enjoy the card. The tutorial for the crochet is included plus a new tip. 

 Card 'Recipe'
Paper: Light and dark purple (Recollections), white (Paper Studios)
Stamp: Happy Birthday (Stampabilities)
Ink: Black (Stampabilities)
Tools: Cutting/Embossing machine (Sizzix Big Kick), Polka-dots embossing folder (Cuttlebug), Decorative label die (Die-namics), ruler, craft knife.
Embellishments: Wired pink, light purple and white ribbons, clear gemstones, crochet flower

Crochet Flower Tutorial
Abbreviations used:
ch – chain
sl st – slip stitch
dc – double crochet
hdc – half double crochet
RS – right side
BO – bind off, cast off

Row 1: ch 6, join with a sl st
Row 2: ch 3, 17 dc inside the loop created with the 6 ch, join with the sl st into the 3d ch of ch 3 (18 stitches)
Row 3: ch 3, skip 2 sts, sl st into the next st, repeat until the 18th st (6 loops of 3 ch)
Row 4: sc, hdc, 3dc, hdc, sc in every loop around (6 petals)
Row 5: ch5, insert the hook into the 2nd ch of row 3 skipped chains, from the back (while your flower is still facing you the RS), sl st, ch 5 and repeat, end with a slip st. (6 loops of 5 ch, underneath your first flower)
Row 6: sc, hdc, 5 dc, hdc, sc in every loop making 6 petals, sl st to end the row
Row 7: same as row 5, except your sl st goes in the remaining 1st chain of the row 3 skipped chains, end with a sl st (6 loops of 5 ch, underneath your first two flowers)
Row 8: repeat row 6, end with a sl st, BO.
Finished size came to be about 3″ wide.

My tip for today is on how to layer a decorative label. You don't need to have all sizes of labels. You can layer them. Check out the pictures below.

1. Using a ruler, mark the back of the decorative label
 2. Cut on the lines and paste them 
underneath the label to provide a raised effect.

Please notice that I used a different decorative label from the ones on the pictures that show how to make the layers.
You can add more layers if you choose to do so.
Thank you for stopping by. Happy crafting!

Vanias Reed