I rummaged through my stash of unusual papers and found this bark paper that has languished, unused, for YEARS. So I pulled it out, tried stamping on it (that was a bust), and finally paired it with a lighter inclusion paper to make this card/book.
If you've never done Japanese stab binding before, it's quite easy, but you need to have an awl or large needle, embroidery-type thread, bee's wax, and a sewing needle with a large enough eye for the thread. I punched the holes an inch apart with the awl, ran the embroidery floss through the bee's wax to make it stiff and sticky (easier to work with), and threaded the needle. Going in through the back of the top hole, I left a tail loose behind, looped around the top and side of the first hole, then went to the second hole, looped around the side, and on to the next hole, etc. At the bottom, I looped around the side and then bottom, and then headed back up the binding until I came out the back through the second hole. I tied the two ends of thread so the knot was over the top hole, snipped the excess thread off, and it was done!
I had already stamped the inside paper with a birthday sentiment before binding, and for the last step, I added the punched stars to the cover with a glue stick.
The result: a perfect guy birthday card!
Thanks, Audrie, for sharing this cool Etsy shop with us. Lots of great inspiration as usual!
Date: Saturday, January 14, 2017 GMT Views: 161