Tuesday, 22 January 2008

Using ribbon - part 1

I thought I'd start an occasional look at ribbon. I love ribbon - another U-turn, naturally! I particularly love grosgrain ribbon, which has "ribbed" effect... oh, and gingham ribbon, love that too!

There are countless ways to use ribbon on your projects so I'll feature a few at a time, starting with some really simple ways which are so obvious I'm almost embarrassed to post them. Almost... but not quite!

A simple strip
The first photo features a simple strip of ribbon. To add interest I cut a V from the end of the ribbon. It's 5/8" grosgrain (p86) but if you're using narrower ribbon you could cut the end at an angle instead.

I attached it with SNAIL adhesive (p81) - my new favourite thing! You can see the full card by clicking here.


Get knotted!
In the second photo I wrapped the ribbon around the panel. Obviously not ALL the way - no point in having ribbon you can't see! I do like to make my ribbon go a LONG way so, wherever possible, I'll design the card to make as economical use of the ribbon as possible. I don't like to see cut ends inside my cards so will wrap my ribbon around a layer and attach the ends underneath. I'll even cut lengths as short as an inch from behind layers to use again on future projects! Well, a penny saved... as they say!

I could have left this plain but thought a knot would be interesting. This is just a simple knot - nothing fancy. See the full card here.


Using those leftovers
The third photo shows you what I do with all those tiny scraps of ribbon. I fold them over and attach them behind a layer to create a tab. Click here for the full card.









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9 comments:

  1. Love the idea of the ribbon tab!kxshi

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  2. my fav is the "leftover" ribbon -- too clever!

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  3. oh this is great it reminded me those scraps can be used sometimes...

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  4. What a great reminder for ribbon usage! I'm terrible at hoarding my ribbon. I need to let loose and use it more! LOL

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  5. You're very clever and frugal to use every bit of ribbon you can! I save all my ribbon scraps too. BTW, love the knotted ribbon.

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  6. Very informative! I hoard my ribbon but I am trying real hard to use it. It doesn't do anybody any good sitting on my shelf.

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  7. What a great idea for a post!! My favorite is the wide with the v cut. I need to use the various ways more! I have a whole jar of scraps....

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  8. You blog is full of great tips for beginning card makers! Great ideas!

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