Friday, June 11, 2010

GUEST BLOG POST: Splash Dance Handpieced Kite Accent Tutorial

Hi y'all (yes, I really say that. I am from the south). This is Heather, from the Imaginisce DT. Paper pieced handmade accents are all the rage right now so I have recently jumped on the band wagon and created my own little touches for my layouts. In particular I am going to show you how I made a handmade pieced kite for my layout titled "Kite Festival". In fact this tutorial was inspired by several people asking me how I made the kite that was featured in an online Club CK article titled "100 Accents Made from Paper". So I decided to do this tutorial to show you just how easy using some scraps (and a pretty cool tool) you can add your own handmade touched to your projects.

First I just sketched the basic kite shape pattern on a piece of paper. I used the corner just to make it easier.

Then I cut out my kite pattern.

Then I layered some scraps of paper that I had to meet in the center point of the kite. Don't stress about the kite looking messy at this point. It will come together.

Here I layered two thin strips of tan colored paper about 1/4" thick to cross over the center point.

Then I flipped over the kite pattern and trimmed all the excess paper from the edges.

After I trimmed the excess paper off of the kite, I matted the kite in black just so it will stand out a little more on my project.

Now for the tail you need to cut about a 10" piece of one pattern of ribbon and (5) pieces measuring 3 1/2" to 4" and (3) pieces measuring about 2 1/2" inches of another pattern of ribbon.

Tie the five pieces of the 4" ribbon along the "kite tail" piece just in one small knot. I like odd numbers so that is why I used five pieces. I spaced my tied ribbon pieces about 1 inch a part. Your ribbon kite tail will not lay flat. And that is okay. This way it will look more realistic like a real flying kite.

 Now take the three smaller pieces of ribbon and adhere them together in a layered fashion, like shown. Cover a small brad daddie with the ribbon using your i-top.

And finish the brad off. You may need to trim the ends of the ribbon off so it will fit into the brad. (Note, my cute little 2 year old assistant even helped with this part).

Now adhere the end of the ribbon from the kite tail to the bottom pointed edge of the kite, then punch a hole toward the bottom edge and push the custom made brad through.

Close up of the brad.

And you are now done!!! Seriously I think it took me 15 minutes with the help of my two year old assistant. So go on, give it a try and make your own handmade accent for one of your projects. We would love to see what you made.

Check out the Just Imagine! idea gallery for my original layout. Or you can see it in the Club CK gallery for some more close ups.  I even used the i-rock gems to simulate the wind blowing around the kite.

If you liked this tutorial, would you like to see more from the Design Team? We would love to hear from you!!

Happy Scrappin',

Products used: Cardstock: Core'dinations, Patterned Papers: Imaginisce (Splash Dance), Ribbon: Imaginisce (Splash Dance), I-top brad maker & brad: Imaginisce; i-rock & gems: Imaginisce; Adhesive: Tombow.


Kathy Martin said...

What a darling page!

Manhattan Mandie said...

So cute! Great idea!!!

Renata Moni said...

Very creative,Heather! Thanks for sharing!

pdrnc said...

Such an adorable idea. Perfect embellie for those summer pages. TFS!

Auntie Em said...

How cute is this? I love the pieced kite.
Thanks for sharing! :o)

Sassette said...

I love seeing all the fun projects that the team comes up with! I love to play with my little pieces of paper and am always using them for something! Love the ideas and getting the opportunity to see the 'how to' is an added bonus! Thank you so much for some great inspiration!

Amy said...

Great tutorial!! I it looks so easy and I love the effect. Thanks for sharing!!

Kelly Massman said...


Creative Char said...

Great tutorial! The finished product looks fabulous!

Irmãs da Arte said...

hi... I love this collection... I need! Brazil - Sao Paulo

PamS said...

Love that kite...especially the tail. How cute is that?

Lori Allred said...

Great job the i-rock gems all over the layout!!

HeatherC said...

Thank y'all so much ladies! This was a treat!

Dee said...

Great tutorial. It's always nice to see the 'how tos'. The end piece is fabulous.

Cari said...

Fabulous idea & tutorial Heather!

Cin Cin said...

Heather!This is SO FABULOUS!! TY for sharing with us!! :)

Kim. said...

This is a gorgeous layout and I love the kite and how you did it.
Kim xXx

ellen s. said...

oh that is tooo fun!

Aphra said...

Fabulous tutorial, Heather! Love how you covered the i-top brad in ribbon. :D


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