All Tied Up! Use This Cool Stamp and Die Set to Add Bows Without Thread! (5 Ideas)

by Jenny

Hi everyone, Jenny here with a new card that features a way to add bows to your projects without thread. I was flipping through my stamps recently, and Altenew's Tied with Love Stamp and Die Set leaped out at me.

This set has been hidden away in my stash for too long – I realized that in particular, that string bow stamp, especially when paired with the die, could be used to embellish so many other different Altenew products. Here are some of the ideas I had – I'm sure you can find a lot more!

Use This Stamp and Die Set to Add Bows to Cards

Use This Stamp and Die Set to Add Bows to Cards

Add Bows as Embellishments – Some Ideas to Try!

  • It could tie together stems, leaves and branch dies.
  • It could be used as a bow on the top or bottom of a wreath die.
  • Add it to the side of a vase stamp or die.
  • Add it over a stamped floral or bouquet image.
  • BONUS: add it to an envelope to ‘tie' it closed.

I decided to use it as an embellishment on a flower bouquet – actually, a stamped bunch of tulips pre-wrapped in the stamp image, just perfect for an additional bow! I'm using the Timeless Tulips Stamp and Die Set (which also has an embossing folder and stencil).

Coloring with Artist Markers

I stamped the Timeless Tulips onto X-Press It cardstock with Permanent Black Ink which is alcohol ink friendly. I then colored in the image with oranges, greens, and blues using Artist Markers (I used the Island Garden and Beach Garden sets). I then die cut out the bunch with the coordinating die and set it aside.

Use This Stamp and Die Set to Add Bows to Cards

Matching Artist Markers with Ink-Blended Background

For my background panel, I mirrored the same orange shades using inks. I used a blending tool and added the lightest color first around three sides, fading in towards the upper corner (Sunray Crisp Dye Ink). I then added the rest of the Golden Sunset Crisp Dye Inks, finishing with Marigold on the outermost edge. I made sure I overlaid temporarily the bunch of tulips to determine how far out to blend the ink.

Add the Bow

Now for the bow! The stamp mimics striped twine – you can stamp it onto white cardstock for the white striped look or choose colored cardstock for a tone-on-tone for a multi-colored bow. I used white cardstock and Marigold Crisp Dye Ink to match the tulips. I then die cut it out with the coordinating die.

All Tied Up! Use This Product to Add Bows Without Thread!

Pulling It All Together

I adhered the die-cut tulips onto my ink-blended background with Instant Dimension Foam Tape. I then stamped a sentiment directly onto the background in Obsidian Pigment Ink from the Tied With Love stamp set. I then mounted the bow onto the tulip wrap with glue and trimmed off the excess!

Add a Matching Envelope

You can see in the photos I also grabbed a coordinating color envelope. I stamped another bow and added the glue just behind the loops and bow center. I then added it to the center on the top flap, not adhering it to the bottom of the envelope, too, so it can be left unsealed to use at a later time. I also stamped a sentiment in Obsidian Ink again over the top to finish!

You can check out the video of the end-to-end process as part of my Stylish Cardmaking Techniques with Jenny Series.

What do you think about the Tied with Love Stamp and Die Set? Do you have this set? Do you have other card making ideas using this set? Comment below!


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