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How to Enhance a Greeting Card with a Mini Bow

 

A handmade greeting card is a perfect way to let someone know you think they are special. This versatile care is easy to make and is enhanced with a mini corkscrew bow made with the Mini Bowdabra.Greeting Card with Mini Bow

Supplies:

Card Supplies

  • 6½” x 5″ greeting card blank
  • Black and tan card stock
  • Coordinating patterned card stock
  • 24″ length 1/8″ satin ribbon
  • Double-sided adhesive, i.e. ScoreTape
  • Craft knife
  • 18″ length Bowdabra Bow Wire
  • Mini Bowdabra

Instructions for the Greeting Card and Mini Bow

  1. Make the corkscrew ribbon:
    • Spiral the 18″ length of ribbon around a small knitting needle or skewer.
    • Secure the ribbon ends with clips.Corkscrew Ribbon
  • Mist lightly with water.
  • Bake in the oven at 250° F for 20 minutes.Bake at 250 for 20 Minutes After the ribbons are cool, gently slide off the knitting needle or skewer.
Make the bow

Fold the bow wire in half and put it in the Mini Bowdabra. Tuck the ends of the wire under the Mini Bowdabra to keep them out of the way.

Wire in Mini Bowdabra

Cut the corkscrew ribbon into four equal lengths.

Cut Corkscrew Ribbon

Center the ribbons and layer in the Mini Bowdabra.

Corkscrew Ribbon in Mini Bowdabra

Compress the ribbons in the Mini Bowdabra with the wand.

Compress Ribbons

With the ribbons still in the Mini Bowdabra, pass the wire ends through the loop, tighten, then tie a secure knot.  Leave the wire end uncut and set the bow aside.

Wire Ends through Loop

Make the card

Cut the card stock as follows:

Black—1 piece 6½” x 5″; 1 piece 4″ x 1 3/8″

Tan—1 piece 2¼” x 5″; 1 piece 4 3/8″ x 1 5/8″; 1 piece 3 5/8″ x 1″

Pattern—5″ x 1 3/8″

From the front of the card blank, remove a 4¼” x 5″ section.

Cut Away Card Front Section

Using double-sided adhesive tape mount the largest piece of black card stock to the inside right of the card blank.

Card Inside

Using double-sided adhesive tape mount the 2¼” x 5″ piece of tan card stock to the front of the card blank.

Card Front

Determine where you will position the mini bow, and using an awl, sharpened pencil, or very large needle pierce two holes in the strip of patterned card stock.

Add the bow

greeting card with mini bow

Thread the bow wires through the holes. Fold each wire toward the outer edge of the strip and secure it in place with tape. Using double-sided adhesive tape mount the patterned card stock strip with the attached mini bow to the front of the card.

greeting card with mini bow

Add a sentiment to the smallest piece of tan card stock by hand lettering, stamping, embossing, etc.

Add dimensional dots

Next, add foam dimension dots to the back of the sentiment and the remaining piece of black card stock. Layer these on the remaining piece of tan card stock, and mount on the card front with double-sided adhesive.

Prepare Sentiment

Optionally add some bling

You can, optionally, hot glue a bit of bling to the center of the mini corkscrew bow.

Bow Close Up

You now have a beautiful Greeting card with mini bow perfect for Mother’s Day or any event!

     
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