Saturday, January 18, 2014

Heart 'Spirelli' technique featuring January's Creative Cafe' Kit

Hi - today's card is featuring the fun Spirelli technique of winding twine, in what appears as almost a kalidescope look.   I saw Susie Nelson's technique on Splitcoast  and Beate Johns does a video tutorial, but I'm going to share my own tutorial with you today, as I tweeked it a bit by doing it with a heart scallop shape instead of the usual circle!
First heres' my finished card, overall it's almost a bit busy compared to my usual designs, but I love how it turned out so hope you agree.
The card base is a cut at 4 1/4" x 11 1/2" , and scored as a top folding card.
The layered pieces all come from the BoBunny 6x6 pad included in the kit.  The width of each piece is cut at 4 1/8" wide to leave just a little bit of white trim from the card base.
...along with my Spirelli heart- I am featuring the sweet 'cupid' of a pup from the stampset included with the Creative Cafe'- for the Love of Dogs and Cats. 
Here's a closeup shot of him - with his bow, and arrow!

Let's get into the tutorial on how I created my Spirelli Heart!
You'll need a scallop die or punch-  mine is about 2" heart from the nestabilites scallop heart set.  For my twine I'm using the blk/white also included in your kit!
I first planted a glue-dot in the middle of the back of my heart-
Tip: I found as I was wrapping my heart that because of the shape, and small scallops- applying adhesive all over on the back side and... with my sharp scissors I snipped in between each of the scallops so my thread would fit in and stay better.

Here's a look as I wound my thread around....
First start by bring it around the front the first crevice is the 'v' of the heart and down directly to angle that first left hand hump of the heart.
As I wrapped it around the back bring it forward and hook at the top one scallop over as you bring it down cross over the first thread, and anchor it around the scallop directly to the right of the first one.  See the image in the first square.
Keep on wrapping it around and crossing back over each wind as you see in the 2nd picture.

In the 3rd picture above you can see I've make it almost all the way around, you'll eventually wrap your twine in the crevice of each scallop 2 times before you've finished.  That's where the extra snip of the scissors helped me secure each wind as well as the extra adhesive.
In the 4th picture my heart is completly wrapped and it worked out  better than I could have planned as it centered it's focus around the white heart of my paper.  I finished back on the top 'v' of my heart, and simply cut my thread and secured my loose end in the adhesive in the back.
Here's a closeup- of my Spirelli heart as it sits on my card!  I popped it up on my pretty diecut heart print doily with a thick adhesive.  I tucked behind that an arrow that was too short, so I cut it in the center and stuck in each end where I wanted it giving it the length I needed!
Here's one more look at my finished card- I used my Wink of Stella black glitter pen on the arrow- and on my cupid pup's nose!

I finished the bottom with some more twine wrapped and the sweet phrase 'you've stolen my heart' also in the stampset.  My Martha Stewart heart border punch finishes the bottom edge.
I hope you'll give this Spirelli technique a try!  It's faster than you think and gives such great dimension and texture to your card. 
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  The Rubber Cafe' - Creative Cafe kit - For the Love of Dogs and Cats
Paper:  The Rubber Cafe' - Creative Cafe kit - For the Love of Dogs and Cats
Ink:  Black Archival ink; Copic Markers; Wink of Stella-Black glitter pen
Adhesives: Dimensional foam
Embellishments: Black/Wht twine included in your kit
Tools/Dies: Spellbinders Scallop heart nestabilities; Martha Stewart heart doily border punch


April said...

This is such a cute card. I love everything about it. Your spirelli turned out great. I have not done this in a long time so you have inspired me to try spirelli again!

Dawn Carlyle said...

Wow - what a fun technique! I can't wait to try it... such an adorable card.

Kristine Reynolds said...

Love your twine heart!