String Flower Technique

Instagram and Facebook have blown up with this technique over the past week. Literally, everyone has tried or wants to try this whether that be for card making, crafts, art journaling or just on a scrap piece of paper. I decided to jump right on that bandwagon and try it myself turning the end result into a thank you card.

Firstly I cut my card to:

  • Cardbase – 4.1″ x 5.8″ (148mm x 105mm)
  • Top layer – 5 1/4″ x 3 3/4″ (133mm x 95mm)

Initially, I tried to run the string through the ink pad but that didn’t transfer enough ink for my liking and only left a faint pattern on the page, even though that would have been fine for a more subtle look subtle was not the result I was going for on this occasion.


So I took out my reinker and squeezed a few drops onto a laminate pouch (any plastic surface would have worked just as well). My first attempt ended with too much ink on the design which made it look more of an ink blob than a flower. So rather than squeezing the ink onto the string, I ran the string through the drops on the laminate pouch and that transferred just enough ink for my desired effect.

I swirled the string onto my whisper white cardstock and looped it over itself, I then used a glossy magazine on top, with a firm pressure, and pulled the string from the bottom. That’s it, easy as pie! I added a sentiment to my punched shape and cut the same shape, punched from melon mambo, in half to create a shadow effect behind the white.

Lastly, I adhered everything together and added an enamel heart under the sentiment. It’s a simple yet very effective technique to create an unusual card.

Have you tried it yet? I’d love to see if you have!

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