String Art Cards

String Art Cards

– [Jennifer] Hi there
and welcome once again. This is Jennifer McGuire and I hope you’re having a good week. So today I am sharing with you a technique that I have
wanted to try out on a card for a long time now. I’ve had it in my list of ideas to try. I’m so excited to finally do this. And that is to do string
art on your cards. Now string art is very popular
in crafting, but honestly, I’ve never tried it. But I thought I would here on paper. Now I have several different
examples for you today of different ways to achieve this look. Some require certain tools, some don’t require certain tools. So be sure to stay tuned
for the whole video for different options. Now I know some of you
may not be interested in this technique. However, I still encourage you to watch because I have some inking tips and some other techniques
that I’ll be sharing also. Okay, let’s start with this example. I’m going to do the stamping first and then we’ll do the string art. This new stamp set from Altenew will be on my favorites
list from this year. This is the Altenew Dot Botanicals. You have the solid leaf, and then you have the same
shaped leaf, but in dots. Now you could use these together, layered, or separately, and it’s
perfect for backgrounds. But today I’m going to use
it as a focal point image. Here are some ideas using
the stamp set on a card. This is from part of the
insert that comes with all two new stamps that has lots
of ideas for stamp layering. Okay, so let’s go ahead and do stamping. I wanted to show you how
I multi-ink this stamp. I’m using my MISTI stamping
tool because it’s super helpful. But you could use an acrylic block or stamp positioner if you prefer. After rubbing the new
stamp with a dry cloth, we can go ahead and ink it up. I am using Altenew inks today, and I’ll link to all of
the specific color families that I use in my description below. So I started by stamping the lightest ink. So that was a color called Sunray. And now I’m coming in with
a slightly darker ink, this is Snapdragon. And I’m inking up just
the middle of the stamp with that slightly darker
ink and an ink blending tool. This puts just a little
bit of the ink down in kind of a soft edge. And that way we can get
kind of an ombre look with our stamping. So we have the light on the top, we have this medium color in the middle, and now I’m switching to
Marigold which is the darkest, and putting that towards
the bottom of our stamp. Now you’ll notice I’m
stamping it a few times just to intensify the color. Using an inking tool to ink up the stamp helps to get a beautiful
blended look when you stamp. Now while I have the stamp
out, I’m gonna go ahead and do the same for a blue
leaf and a green leaf. I ended up not using the
blue leaf in this video, but I’ll definitely save
it for a future card. I really like how doing this technique allows you to get an ombre stamp image, and adds a lot of interest
to this large stamp. Now I could leave this as is, but I decided to go ahead
and do the second layer, which is the same shape
but has lots of dots on it. Such a cool look. This time I’m stamping with VersaMark ink. And then on the orange leaf here, I’m going to add gold embossing
powder and heat set it. I really like the look of those gold dots against the warm inks below. Now for the blue leaf, I
thought I’d change it up a bit. This time I stamped with VersaMark ink and added white embossing powder. So these white dots will stand out more against the blue leaves, but I like the different
look that it gives. And then finally for our green leaf, this one I’m stamping
with VersaMark ink also. But this time I’m using Hero Arts Satin Pearl Embossing Powder, which is a favorite of mine
because it just picks up whatever color is behind it
and gives it metallic shine, kind of a pearly look. And there you can see the
beautiful results on that one. After I was done with my embossing, I used the coordinating die
to cut all the leaves out. And let’s start with our first card here using the yellow leaf. Now I’m using the Altenew
String Art Rectangle Die Set for many of today’s cards. This allows you to do the
string art look very easily. However, if you don’t have the set, I will show you a way to do
the string art look without it. So stay tuned for that. But for now, let’s go ahead and
use one of these rectangles. Now these rectangles create little pierced dots on your paper. It doesn’t actually cut. It just creates pierced dots that allow you to easily
do the string art. In fact, you could put
all of these rectangles together on a card, and it would create a
dotted grid background. For my particular example, I wanted the string art to be raised so I cut a rectangle
inside of the dotted edge. So this is a Hero Arts
Rectangle Infinity Die. And this will cut a
rectangle right in the center of my white cardstock. I just recommend using
heavyweight cardstock for this. Then I’m going to take
the string art rectangle that creates dots that are slightly bigger than our cut rectangle window. So now we have the little dots
right outside of the window. You could skip the window if you wanted and just have a rectangle of dots. Okay, so now for the string. You could use any string you
may have, or thread or floss. I am using two-ply of DMC floss. This is what you use for cross stitching. I have lots of this because
I like to stitch on my cards, and also Lyla likes to
make friendship bracelets. So use whatever you have on hand. If you don’t have anything, I will link below to a Concord & 9th, kind of sewing bundle, like a starter kit. It has some needles and some DMC floss. So you can try things
like this on your card. Okay, so I also like to use the mat that comes inside of my
MISTI when I do my stitching because the backside is like a mousepad. And it gives me a place
where I can pierce my needle. I’ll be doing a diagonal
pattern with my string art, or my stitching here. It’s really easy and doesn’t take long. This card took me about 10
minutes to do the string art. So, I’m going diagonal
so I start at one corner and go across. Then I move to the next
hole, and I go across again. Then I move to the next
hole and go across. And I continue to do this
to create a diagonal pattern across that rectangle opening. Now there are many different
patterns you could do here. You could get really creative. You could also just do kind
of a tic-tac-toe pattern, which you’ll see me do in my next example. But I’ll be honest, I tried
a bunch of different things, and this diagonal pattern
was definitely my favorite. So I continued to go across filling up that rectangle opening. You’ll see lots of pieces
of tape on the back. I just find that to be the
easiest way to tape off when I’m at the end of my thread and need to start a new piece. There are many ways you
can kind of hide that, but nobody’s gonna see this so I feel like the tape is the easiest. So here I’m going to start
doing the same thing, but in the other direction. So I have diagonal lines
going the other way. And we end up with a background that looks like a bunch of Xs. You could weave here if you wanted to, but I found that this was the easiest and took very little time. Now I chose to do one color
for all of the string art, but you definitely could
do like a rainbow pattern. You could even just use
white thread or floss, and change the color of it with your Copic markers
or permanent markers. So the sky is the limit with this. Now this is probably the most time-consuming pattern I did today. It took me a little more than 10 minutes. But I feel like it’s definitely worth it. You could simplify it if you wanted to. Once I’m done, I’m putting foam tape around the outside frame here so that I can add it to my
card and it’ll be lifted off, and have some dimension. I have a four and a quarter
by five and a half inch note card that I made from
Simon Says Stamp Fog Cardstock. I put some white cardstock on that so that when you peek through this piece, you could see the white inside. And check that out. I just think that’s a fun backdrop for this focal point image. Now to add that leaf onto it, I’m putting two foam dots
kind of behind the string so that this will have
something to kind of rest on. And then, I put liquid
adhesive along the back. And I’ll lay that right
on to our string art. And it looks like it’s floating on there. It’s super cool. Now, I don’t wanna press this too far down because I don’t want to glue
down all the string art. I want it to be popped up. For the sentiment, I use the older Altenew Signature Words Die set that you see there on the top. I die cut thanks three
times from black cardstock, and glued it together for a stacked look. I then also stamped a sentiment strip and put it right below it. So here you can see that
fun string art look. It looks like our stamped image
is kind of floating on it, and it’s such a fun unique backdrop. You can also see the
gold detail that I did using that Dot Botanical Stamp Set. By the way, the for your friendship is from this older Altenew stamp set. This is one that I
happen to reach for a lot because I like the sentiments in it. Also, it is a stitching stamp set too. You can either stamp for a stitch look. Or you can use the dyes that go with it and do the actual stitching, the cross stitch pattern yourself. Now I had so much fun doing that card, that I decided to do another one similar, using the same rectangle string art dies. We’re gonna change it up a little bit, and this time I’m using
a stamp set from Altenew called the Rose Blossom Stamp Set. This is one of the best
layering stamp sets that I’ve used before because
layering up this flower is really easy to do. They’re really lines up very easily, and it gives a very realistic look. Now here’s part of the guide
that comes with the stamp set, and you can see the beautiful
examples that you can create. Now I’m going to skip
the stamping with this and just show you the final results. But keep in mind one of the
good things about this stamp set is it has the outline image
and the layering image, so you can either use
them separate or together. Which gives you more uses
for a single stamp set. I often get asked for a recommendation for an easy starter layering set, and this is definitely a good option. Okay, now for the background on this. I die cut the rectangle window
and the string art rectangle exactly like I did on the last example. However, this time instead
of putting our thread on a diagonal, I am instead
going to just go across, and then I will go back and add the string going up and down. I think this would be really
fun to do with metallic thread. You could also add beads
to it if you wanted to. But I tried to keep it pretty simple today because I was going to have
these bold colors on top. Okay, so I added my stamped
and die-cut flower and leaves, those are from the Rose Blossom Stamp Set. And I also added a sentiment strip across and a few little pearls here and there. So you can use the string
art technique as a backdrop for any stamps that you have. I think it’d be fun to make
’em float across a window, or you could do a smaller area
if you wanted to save time when doing the string art. And by the way, that sentiment is from the Altenew Dearest Friends Stamp Set, which is another I reach
for often for sentiments. Okay, let’s move on to a different type of string art example. In this case, there’s no window behind it, and I just did a border of large stitches. So it’s a little
variation of a string art. Let’s start by doing our
stamped images first. This is the new Altenew
Grateful Heart Stamp Set which is another excellent layering set. You can see how the shape of
the flowers is very unique, so it’s easy to line
up each of the layers. And I’m going to show you more of that layering for this example. By the way, the inserts that
come with these stamp sets are much bigger. I just tore off the piece that I needed to show the layering. Okay, so let’s start with the outline. Again this is a great
thing about this stamp set is it has the outline images
which you could use as-is for your own coloring. Or you can add the layering
stamping like I’m going to do. Or you could use the
layering stamping alone without the outline. So you can get more from one stamp set. By the way, all the blue, green,
and orange and yellow inks that I use in today’s video
are all the same on the cards, and they are linked below if you want to check
out the specific colors. Okay, for the first solid layer, I’m starting with the
lightest color of ink. One of the things I get asked about a lot is when you have a new
stamp and you put ink on it, sometimes the ink wants to
bubble on the stamp surface, which doesn’t give a good stamped image. One way to prevent that
is to rub the new stamp with a dry cloth before you ink it. That’s something that you’ll see me do all the time in videos, and
it makes a big difference. Another tip that I recommend when doing stamp layering like this. After you’ve stamped a layer, heat set it. That way when you stamp
the next layer on top, it stays crisp and
doesn’t kind of bleed out into the wet ink below. So you’ll see me often heat
between each layer too. Okay, so off-screen I added
the yellow layering images for the center of the flower. And there we have a beautiful flower image with some fun leaves. It’s another great layering set. Okay, so now let’s do the stitching that you see in the background. It’s basically a border of string art. Now I’m going to use the
rectangle string art dies that I used before to
create our two lines of dots to create the string art. If you don’t have these
dyes you could definitely draw a pencil line, and then make little marks
at every quarter inch, and poke little dots there
to do your string art. But I had this die so I
thought I would just use it creatively to quickly
make all the little dots. You can see how I have the
die hanging off the paper so that only one edge cuts
little dots into our paper. So I repeated that, I did two lines that
are about an inch apart. And now we can do our string art. I’m again using two
ply of that gray floss, but use whatever string or
thread or anything that you have. Okay, so let’s start doing the string art. I’m just starting on one of the lines, going across to the hole across from it. And then I will return
back with the next holes. And I just end up with
these lines of string art creating a border. Now you can see how this
would be very easy to create on your own without a die, so
if you want to try string art this would be a good option. Okay, so after I went
ahead and did some lines of the string art, I decided that I wanted
my lines closer together. So all I’m doing is going and
poking a hole with my needle onto the back of a mousepad,
just a hole in between each of the holes that
were made by the die. So you can see me putting
’em right between. I’m not measuring it out. I’m just kind of eyeballing it and I find that works good enough. So I’ll do that on both sides. And this will allow me to add more of the string art in between, so that our little lines
are closer together. Now you could do like a cross pattern. You could do anything you want here. You could do rainbow. I just wanted a simple backdrop behind our fun stamped images. Okay, so I continued the string art until I covered across the
entire piece of cardstock. And then I added it to
a four and a quarter by five and a half inch Simon
Says Stamp Fog note card. I stamped a sentiment right above our little string art border. And then I’m adding our flowers
and leaves that we stamped and die-cut with some foam dots, so it stands up a little bit. Now I did cover quite a
bit of the string art, so I probably should’ve
used a smaller image but I really like this one,
so I decided to go with it. I also added a few yellow
pearls here and there. So here you can see the
fun string art backdrop. It adds some interest but
it isn’t too distracting. And also the beautiful
stamp layering image that you can get from that
Grateful Heart Stamp Set. But think about it. You could use that string art backdrop along with any stamped images
on top that you may have. And by the way, that
perfect sentiment is from this Altenew Dearest Friend Stamp Set. It says, “You are the friend
everyone wishes they had.” Okay, now I thought I would share with you an idea for creating your own string art. In my first few examples, I showed how to use those
rectangle string art dies. In this case, you don’t
need any special dies. And by the way, on this card,
the string art window there is actually a window on
the front of the card that allows you to see
through to the inside. Which is something you could
do with the card designs that I did earlier. Okay, so for this one, I’m
going to use a square die cut to die cut a window on the front of a four by five and a quarter
white cardstock piece. These are the Altenew
Halftone Square Dies. So after I’ve die cut that, I’m also going to die cut a window on the front of a four and a quarter by five and a half inch note card. I want the square die cut
window to be in the same spot, so I’m tracing it with my pencil, and then I’ll line the die up
on the front of the note card, open up the note card, and run it through my die cut machine. And now I have the square window cut on the front of my note card, and that white panel
in the exact same spot. Next I have a piece of graph paper. Yes this is graph paper
from my engineering days, but I use graph paper
a lot with card making. Because you have those
perfectly spaced little lines, you can use it as a guide for stamping, or for lining things up, and in this case, for doing your string art. So I die cut the same square from a center of a piece of graph paper. I’m gonna freeze it here so you can see that graph paper in there. Now when I add my string, all I have to do is follow those lines. So I find graph paper to
be handy in the craft room. I’ll link to the one that I use below. Because it gives you
those nice even marks, and you can line things up with it. But another option if you
don’t have graph paper is to draw little tick marks with a ruler. Or here, check this out. See how my work surface has a grid? I could just follow those
lines by lining up my square over the work surface. But since I had the graph paper, I thought I’d go ahead
and pop that in there. And now we’ll start doing our string art. This time we don’t actually need a needle. I’m just going to use tape. So I’m putting strong
double-sided tape from Lawn Fawn right around the edges of our
window, so on all four sides. I then am going to stretch
some string across it. This is actually floss from
DMC that is Pearl Cotton. It doesn’t have all the plies to it. It’s a little bit thicker. But you could use whatever you have. You could use really narrow ribbon here, any string, whatever ya got. And I’m just cutting small pieces and stretching them across, but I’m following the
lines of that graph paper. So this will help me to make sure that my lines are evenly
spaced and straight. I’m going to put down one
vertically, then one horizontally. Then one vertically, one horizontally, and that kind of weaves
them together a bit. You could do a more elaborate weaving, but I thought this would
be simple and fast. Now each time I stretch
it across the tape, then I use my scissors
to just press the string or the thread or the floss,
whatever you wanna call it, into the exposed adhesive so
that it doesn’t come undone. And I’ll keep going until I
have that entire window covered. So for string art you have a few options. You could use the specific string art dies that I used earlier. Or you can draw little pencil marks to poke your own holes to do string art. Or you could just stretch
across using adhesive and then you don’t need a
needle at all as I did here. Lots of different options. I hope you’ll give them a try. Okay, once I had that done, it’s time to stamp a sentiment
onto our front panel. I’m using the Altenew
Wild Ferns Stamp Set, which I’ve used in a video before. I really like it. I just took the little hello sentiment, and I’m stamping it onto
that white front panel. Instead of using black ink, I
decided to use the Pine ink, which is the darkest green. And I thought it would be a nice match with the green leaf
image that we’re adding. Okay, so onto the front of our note card where we have our string art window, I’m adding some double-sided tape. I’m making sure that I’m
sandwiching all of the ends of that floss behind the tape, so that none of them come undone. I can now add the front panel to that. And there you can see how our
window is actually see-through to the inside of the card,
which I think is really fun. A few years ago I did a video
where I stretched tulle, a piece of tulle, across a window, that would allow you to
look inside of the card. And it gives a similar effect. I’ll link to that video
here if you wanna try it. It’s super easy to do. Okay, so I added the leaf image right across our string art window. And also added a few
Lucy’s Cards Ivory Pearls scattered here and there on the card. So there you can see the string art window showing through to the inside of the card. And also that pearl
embossing powder that we used on the leaf that matches exactly with the pearls I put on the background. So this shows you can use string art to create a window on a card also. Before we go, I have one quick bonus card that I wanted to share with you because this was really fast
to do and such a cool look. This card I created using the
Altenew String Art Heart Die. They came out with the
rectangles, this heart die, and also a butterfly. Well the heart I think is really fun because you easily can
create a really cool pattern. I like to start in the
bottom of the heart, and then stretch up to the
top center of the heart. Then I go to the left one on the top, and stretch down to the
right one on the bottom. So you can see I’m moving
to the left and the right. And I’m going to continue
to do this until I go all the way around the heart. And what you end up with
is a really cool pattern. Now this time I’m only using
one ply of the DMC floss, so it’s very thin. You could use sewing thread
if you wanted to for this. I think this would be really pretty with the thread that like has
the variation of color, so you could have like a rainbow look. Or you could just change up
the color here and there. But I decided to just
go through and do it all with this teal color. You could use the same
Heart String Art Dye, and do just stripes vertically
or stripes horizontally. You could create whatever you want. So after after I continued
to do that pattern all the way around, look
at what you end up with. Super easy to do,
doesn’t take long at all, and it’s a great focal point for a card. I think it’d be fun to
do a set of note cards with different color hearts on each card, and give that as a gift. Okay, to finish this
off, I kept it simple. I added it to a four and a quarter by five and a half inch craft note card. In the center I added a dark pink heart, and I put a little bit
of shimmer pen on that so it sparkled. And then I added a
sentiment strip that says, “My sweet friend.” Super simple, but there’s
a lot of interest to it thanks to that string art look. All right, I hope you like this video. It really is a fun technique to do. I hope you also try it. I have all of the different
things that I used listed below if you wanna check that out. In the middle are a couple
other videos I think you’ll like including using tulle across a window, so you can have something floating on it. Thanks for spending
this time with me today. I hope you have a wonderful weekend and we’ll see you again soon.

17 thoughts on “String Art Cards

  1. I was wondering which ink has the best, opaque and brightest red color. I've tried several but they all are transparent. Looking for a rich red for Christmas. Thanks!!!!

  2. Jennifer these string art cards uniqueness is sure to make my family and friends wow about my cards. Thank you so much for your video with these awesome techniques.

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