Monday, June 24, 2013

30 Ideas of using Bakers Twine

Hello Everyone,

It’s Poornima  here. Hope you are having fun playing with our first challenge- “ New Beginning and Use Bakers Twine”. I am here to share some ideas of using bakers twine.  Before going further, I would like to share some basic information about Bakers Twine.

The eye-catching  Bakers  Twine , manufactured in USA  is 100% cotton cord that comes twisted  against a bright white hue. It is now also available in solid colors.Traditionally it was used by bakers to decoratively wrap paper around loaves, for tying up the standard white cake box or pastries. Baker's twine is sometimes known as butcher's twine, such as in Australia. Few years ago it gained popularity in crafting industry. Baker’s twine is a big hit with scrapbookers as well.

There are numerous ways to use Bakers twine. So let’s see the different ways of adding that extra touch to your projects through Bakers Twine.

(1) Wrap it around diecuts to make frame for sentiments.

(2) Wrap it around cardstock . See how our DT  Rajni Chawla wrapped it beautifully around the envelope.

(3) Outline diecuts like clouds, kite, balloons, callouts, frames ..etc  to add more dimension to them. You can outline stamped images if they are bold enough. You can even outline scrapbook pages or for journaling lines. I have hand drawn a kite on pattern paper and outlined it with twine.

(4) Fill the entire diecut  or fussy cut paper  with bakers twine  like filling a circle with single or multicolor bakers twine can turn a plain circle into lollipop , flower, rainbow etc. Make a Christmas tree by filling  a triangular cut out with green twine.
(5) Wrap it around  paper clips.
(6) Create tassels, window curtains. See how our  DT Tanvi created a complete scene with it.

(7) Sew  it through buttons. Simply tie a knot or make a bow.

(8) Fill areas behind window / die negatives. Saumya’s  card shows how it can be done. One the best way to use die negatives.

(9) Use Baker’s Twine to make trails / strings of objects like butterflies, airplane,kites, balloons, laundry line. Here are few examples from our DT members Khushboo & Priya.

(10) Use Bakers Twine to create party streamers. Check party streamers made by our Guest Designer Pratiksha. 
(11) Create flowers like crochet flower, rolled roses, pompoms. To check bakers twine flower tutorial by Priya Sivaraj, click here. Wrap transparent wire around Baker Twine to create flower of any shape.This is one I made. I glued twine with jewelry wire using glue gun and then created four separate petals.Then assembled petals in flower and added a sequence in the center.

(12) Create butterflies, grass with it. 

Card by Priya Sivaraj

(13) Create Banners. I have made two different banners. 

(14) Run them around or between the letters, numbers. You can also use stamped alphas / numerals

(15) Write complete text with them. For this first write or print text on paper and then glue BT over it.
(16) Use it to hang objects like hearts, stars, swing..etc.

(17) Tie it on tags.
(18) Make spirelli and use them as embellishments.
Image Courtesy : Beate Blog
(19) Pass it through holes of doilies or diecuts to add some cool effect.

(20) Make holes on cardstock & pass Bakers Twine through it to make chevron or crisscross (like shoe laces) or any other pattern.
(21)You can do hand stitching with  Bakers Twine.
(22) Make starburst rays.
(23) Use it in gift packaging.
Image Courtesy : Elli Blog
(24) Wrap it around old jars and transform them into trendy gift containers. 

Made by Saumya Mohanty
(25) Sew some beads and make jewelry or charms.
(26) Take a paper clip and alter it's shape. Wrap bakers twine around it. I have made earring using this method. Isn't it cool and trendy ?

(27) Create leaves with twine. Take a piece of wire. Cut small pieces of twine of similar size .Attach a small piece of twine vertically on wire. This will become the leaf stem (pic 2). Now glue other pieces horizontally (pic 3). Using sharp scissor cut it into shape of leaf (pic 4). The advantage is that you can curve the leaf as it is glued on wire.

(28) Make cupcake toppers. I have made a funny monster cupcake topper.

(29) Create Trellis. Here is one that I created.

(30) Make tendrils or curls with Bakers Twine. For this, wrap twine around a pencil. Secure ends with tape. Dip in into starch solution or apply a coat of mod podge. Allow it to dry after which remove twine from pencil. You will be amazed to see the result.

The curling can also be done by gluing twine with wire and then twisting it around pencil. Refer to point 11.
Combining leaf, tendril and flower (one paper & one BT ). The leaf in first image is curved a bit.

The possibilities are endless. Imagine and try. I hope these ideas have inspired you to create something interesting with Baker’s Twine. We would love to see how you use it. Few days still left to play along our first challenge - New Beginning + Use Bakers Twine.

Thanks for stopping by. :)

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Make Flowers using Bakers Twine and a Tutorial


           Priya here to show you the ways of creating flowers using Bakers Twine!! Our challenge this month is  to make something using Bakers Twine.

First up is a scallop circle flower.I  ran the twine over all the edges of the scallop circle.This alone can be used as a flower The Center of the flower is made by applying glue got and rolling bakers twine over it. or even the flower centers can be used a separate flower in a different card

Supplies used: Distress Ink Spiced Marmalade, Worn Lipstick,Broken China Spellbinder Label 4 ,Hero Arts  Flourishes BG

Next up is another flower, in  Tag. Take a long twine and cut it to 12 equal parts.Apply glue dot on a paper, Bend the twine in half and stick it at the center,,Do it for first 6 twine.Now place another glue dot and Do the same.. You will get 2 layered flower, Placed a button and candy mini at the center!! Is nt it cute?

Supplies Used: Distress ink Peeled paint,Mustard Seed, Hero Arts Flourish BG(stamped with water)

Next is another flower, I traced with pencil and stuck bakers twine over it.. so simple.

Supplies Used: Distress ink Worn Lipstick, Broken China, Hero arts Flourish Background(Crayon resist)

This one is another flower, take ur scallop circle and punch out the center circle. Now you will be left with a frame.cover it with Bakers twine, going from in to out. stick the ends backside.You could do this with a smaller scallop circle .Since I wanted it for the sentiment, I took a bigger one.
Supplies used:Distress ink Spiced Marmalade, Mustard seed, Peeled Paint, Broken China, Hero arts Flourish Bg(Emboss Resist)

Crocheting Flower taken from,since I did not know this art. Another way of making Twine flower. :)

Next one is called a pom pom flower, looks gorgeous. But it isnt that difficult to make!Below is the tutorial

Supplies needed - A scissor, Fork and Twine.

Cut a small piece of twine and place it in centre of the fork.With the long twine,Tie a knot 
Start rolling the twine around the fork.the more the flower looks dense
One you think u have done sufficiently, tie a know using the small piece, we left in the center.
Now take your scissors and cut 2 sides of the flower and excess thread
You should get something like this

Take your fork and run over the twines.. this will release the strands of thread from twine and spread to make a circle.Place any button or other emb to cover the center.

If you have any doubts, pls leave in the comments. Hope you enjoyed the ideas of creating flowers using bakers twine.Do participate in our this month challenge - A New Beginning and use Bakers Twine.

Thanks for stopping by

Wednesday, June 19, 2013


Good Morning!!

This is Tanvi once again with another post on distress paints. If you have missed the introductory post please click here. Hope you are all having fun creating BGs with stencils as suggested by Saumya in her post.

Before I move on with the post its time to announce the winner of the blog hop - MEGHA JAIN. Megha wins a Making Memories 5th Avenue Elizabeth Die Cuts 112 pieces pack. CONGRATULATIONS!!!! Please email within 24 hours to claim your prize.

Today I will share with you some ways to use distress paints. I had a blast playing around with the colors, they blend so well, making it really easy to create gorgeous BGs.

Following are some ways to use your paints:

  • Simple stamping on CS with distress paints, perfect for a soft BG. (Dab the paint directly on the stamp......swipe with your fingers & stamp. Make sure to clean the stamp immediately............remember this paint is permanent when dry). Have also painted the edge of the CS with the dabber.

  • I simply loved the effect the paint (tarnished brass) created on embossed acetate. Just add a sentiment or embellish or tie a ribbon & viola your card is ready.

  • In the next tag I created a ombre effect  on embossed CS by dabbing picket fence & mowed lawn paints on the CS, spritzing with water & blending with my fingers. My fingers were rather messy but I loved the result!!! I even went ahead & colored a die cut butterfly, a few strokes with a brush & a beautiful butterfly to co-ordinate the BG is ready.

  • This is again a marbled BG. The image is stamped with tarnished brass paint to get a metallic finish.

  • This is another tag I loved.................marbling with distress paints, then distressing with inks (please refer to Rajni's post here to know more about distress inks) followed by stamping with  distress paint. Stamping with the paint gives a nice soft hazy finish to the BG.

  • Here is another tag - distress paint BG on water color paper, stamping, washi tapes...........edges distressed with the distress tool.

  • In this tag I added another layer of paint over the marbled BG using a stencil. Stamped a couple of images too with ink to create multiple layers. The pretty blue ribbon is actually a seam binding ribbon colored with salty ocean paint & stamped!! Now you can coordinate the color & pattern on the ribbon with your card too!!

  • Does this not look like a piece of linen with a batik print??? I loved the amazing cloth like finish on this can refer to this tutorial to create this with your distress paints. 

Have a closer look at is simply stunning in real.

  • Used the same technique for this one also.........just stamped the same pattern over.

  • Now this is yet another effect I loved on acetate............a colorful abstract BG (in my daughter's opinion this BG resembles Ganesha!! )

These are a few results of playing around with distress paints............the scope is vast. The more explore with these colors, the more ideas I get!! So go ahead grab a few colors & do share your work with us...........The Craft Shop has the entire range of these paints.

Thanks for stopping by!!