Ribbon....wow...where do I start? Well, I love ribbon, as I am sure many of you do. We all make bows to add to our projects. I decided that I would share some ideas on how I use ribbon and share tips and supply suggestions along the way.
Ribbon comes in all kinds of materials these days. Satin, sheer, lace, crochet, grosgrain, burlap, felt....it's amazing.
They have an incredible selection of ribbons for incredibly low prices. You might want to see if there is one located near you. It's worth investigating. Take a friend who can drag you out of the store.
2. Costco/Sam's Club
You would be amazed at the variety of ribbon you can get here. Most of this is 2 inches + wide and wired BUT there is amazing variety of color, material and texture. Get a group together and share the cost and split the rolls. Think about using this extra wide ribbon to use for die cuts and mats.
3. Online! These are my three favorite places.
www.franticstamper.com has a large selection of ribbons from May Arts (my FAVORITE - check out the crochet trim) and Maya Road. She also carries bakers twine. Again, have a friend who can push the off button on your computer after the first couple of hours.
- What makes this site so great is that Fran carries pretty much all the different colors of each style so that I'm not limited to a single color. Also, if I really really want a lot, I can get a quote for a whole roll which is great.
- Also where I got my cameos.
www.reallyreasonableribbon.com has a great variety of ribbon and has a ribbon club. You get a monthly assortment of ribbons in this club. It's great to be able to try out new ribbons without a big commitment.
There are all kinds of supplies in our stashes that can be used for ribbon. Paper strips, tissue or washi tape, suede paper, scotch tape (put it on some paper, pull it off and voila - ribbon!), fabric strips, even paper towels (dyed of course) - I could go on and on.
Let's get to some projects with ribbons!
Scrapbook Page with lattice ribbon:
I love the butterflies and flowers as embellishments on this ribbon. For a different look, you could weave leaf ribbon through the lattice (or just attach with hot glue or glue dots) on a card. Wouldn't ladybugs look cute?
Note: I broke a cardinal scrapbooking rule making this page as the ribbon is not acid free. I will use only photos after 1980 on this page.
Rose Ribbon Card:
This card is made entirely out of ribbon. The card base is kraft cardstock. To make my card I coated the cover of my card in xyron glue.
- The rose ribbon I'm using is 3 inches wide. I cut the wire edges off and laid the ribbon down, trimming as needed. The rose ribbon is very satiny feeling so my card will have a neat feel to it.
- I added
- 3/4 inch red line tape about midway on the card.
- the lace ribbon to the lower half of the red line tape.
- the mauve ribbon to the upper half, creating a fold as I went.
- I chose to fold the end to the back but trimming at the edge would work too.
To make the bow:
You will need:
- 1/2 inch and 1/4 inch ribbon
- 1 x 6 inch length of the 1/4 inch ribbon
- 1 x 12 inches of each 1/2 and 1/4 inch ribbons
- 1. Take a length of 1/2 inch ribbon, leave a tail about 3 inches long pointing toward the floor. Wind the ribbon about 3 times around three fingers (I used my right hand) and allow the second tail to point up to the ceiling. Now here's the trick - you have to set it down so that you can make the second part of the bow - so set something on it heavy to hold it, use a clip or a husband.
- Follow the same procedure with the 1/4 inch ribbon.
- Put the thinner ribbon on top of the thicker ribbon.
- Tie them together with the piece of 6 inch thin ribbon.
- Fluff and arrange as needed.
Love the red on black faux cameo (I'm in a cameo phase...)
Cards with Embossed Ribbon
Yes, you read right, embossed ribbon. First let me take you through the steps to this very easy way to "decorate" your ribbons.
1. Get an embossing folder.
2. Put your ribbon in the folder (remember the Tim Holtz trick of cutting the top middle out? You can do this and feed the ribbon through embossing lengths of it if you need more tha the length of the folder itself.)
3. You will need probably 2 pieces of cardstock as shims.
4. When you are turning your crank and sending your sandwich through your machine, turn the crank slowly and make sure to go through twice (I go up and back).
5. You will end up with some really pretty embossed ribbon.
I tried this with a thicker ribbon, organza, and a cheap (really cheap) thin (and cheap) ribbon I got (you guessed it) CHEAP.
Here are the amazing results.
I used a clock embossing folder here. Its easy to see the difference between the unembossed left side and the middle ribbon. The right side - organza ribbon is also embossed with the same pattern. It was hard to get a good picture so that you could see the embossing. It is there, I promise you. I really didnt think that the organza would work because its so thin. I'm glad that I tried it!
This is another pic of the organza far right not embossed and the organza 2nd from the right embossed.
Here is another pic of the embossed organza. You can pick out details of the embossed clocks.
This was a plastic ribbon. The right one is embossed with swirls.
This is the SO CHEAP ribbon (It's in the Guinness Book!). The middle ribbon is the unembossed piece. The ribbon turned out beautifully.
1. Le Chat Elegant (the elegant cat) (The cat was punched out of black glitter cardstock.) The embossed ribbon just makes this card.
2. 23 Degrees West (How I love steampunk) I used the same embossing folder for my card as for the ribbon. (I colored my brass charms with Vintaj Patina Paints - Ranger)
Well, there you have it. My take on ribbon. I've only just scratched the surface. I hope that I've inspired you to try your own ribbon style!