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Friday, June 26, 2009

Another great tutorial on adding ribbon to your cards

Debbie, the ribbon lady shares another fantastic way to incorporate ribbons into your card making!

Ribbon and a Button

Step #1: Stamp a random background and a primary image on white cardstock. I used two different colors. Cut the background to 4" by 5 1/4". Cut the focus image into a diamond shape.

(Leaf image from Hearts In Touch: http://www.heartsintouch.com/, background image from Jennifer Obertin)

2. Cut a matching ribbon (I used white organza) into three pieces. One piece will become your tie, so make it about 5-6" long. The other two pieces measure approximately 2 1/2" and 3 1/2" (see below). Use a matching button (I actually used a clear button).

3. Thread the ends of the tie through the holes in the ribbon (I use a dental floss threader) to create a loop. Slip the cut pieces into the loop and cinch them down by pulling the ribbon ends and making a knot on the other side of the button.

If you look closely you can see that the knot and tie ends are on the opposite side of the button than the cut pieces. I realized when I was finished that the knot could have been on the OTHER side of the button too; on the SAME side as the "wings" of the bow. Either way is fine.

4. Adhere the background card to a black background, and put a black matte on the back of the focus image. Glue or tape the focus image to the background, then use some strong glue (I use E6000) to adhere the ribbon/button beneath the focus element. Add an appropriate sentiment.

You're done and you've only taken a few minutes to add a fun ribbon embellishment! Give it a try and post what you create for us to see!

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