Sunday, February 21, 2010

Ribbon Border Tutorial by Erika Taylor

Hi Everyone, I'm Erika Taylor and I am thrilled to bring you a tutorial today featuring ribbons used for borders. I am a ribbon fanatic and I'm constantly trying to find different ways to use and showcase it. So today I bring you a picture heavy tutorial on different ways I use my ribbon.

First I made a 6 card set using these wonderful 20's Ladies stamps from Artistic Stamper. I absolutely love the feminine flair these bring to any project. Here are the cards before the ribbon treatments


The first card I am just using a satin ribbon to create a simple bow, then trimming the edges.


The second card has a Dior bow attached and this is how you make it.

First cut 4 pieces of ribbon, the longest 3 should be cut at 1" increments. The forth ribbon is 2" max.


Take the longest piece and attach a glue dot to one end, then make a loop. Repeat this for the next two pieces.



Now layer the ribbons on top of one another and pinch together


With the final piece of ribbon,(attach adhesive tape to entire back) wrap around the ribbons you have layered together.


Your final ribbon will then look like this


Now to finish the second card.Such an easy bow that has serious impact.


Third card up and ready. This is one of the funnest borders to do and is so versatile. I call it a loop border. First you will need a few small ribbon pieces and one longer piece for finishing. Start off by applying tape adhesive to the card.


Then adhere each strip of small ribbon


Once all the small pieces are attached, apply another piece of tape adhesive across the top of the ribbons.

 


Fold each ribbon piece over creating a loop


Once all ribbons are folded over, apply strip of adhesive to last piece of ribbon and adhere  to finish edge.


Three cards down, three to go. hope you are all still with me.

For the next card you are going to need a stapler. This is a super easy way to create great ruffles without getting the sewing machine out.
First adhere the edge of the ribbon to your card.


Now take the stapler and staple your first pleat.


Continue stapling then folding


I used two colors of silk ribbon, so half way through, started from step one. and this is the final card.


The last two borders are super easy. First we have the ribbon knot finished with a pearl embellishment. I truly love the simplicity of this one. Try creating different edges to the ends of your ribbon by using decorative scissors.


And the final card of the six pack is a layered border. I started out with a 1 1/4" silk, then added satin and felt.


Start by putting tape adhesive onto the satin piece of ribbon first. Then adhere it to the Silk. Less wrinkles this way. Then add the felt on top.


Now flip the ribbon over and apply adhesive to the center. and add it onto your card.


That's 6 and this is the final results.

What a difference ribbon can make to any project. try your hand at a few of these simple techniques and let us see what you come up with. All the ribbon used in my cards today are from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

I just wanted to take a moment and thank everyone here at Gingersnap Creations. My term is almost over and I wanted to let each and every one of you know how much I've enjoyed being a part of such a great challenge site. Ali and Shar, you have been fantastic to work with. I've gained so much inspiration from each and every one of the Design Team members and have made some great friends along the way. Thank you so much for all of your kind words and encouragement. I've enjoyed being a part of Gingersnap Creations and I've been truly blessed to be a part of your creative journeys.

Toodles
Erika Taylor

40 comments:

  1. Fantastic!!!
    Thanx for sharing :o)x

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  2. Erika, thank you so much this was a fantastic tutorial and it looks so easy! The cards look fab.

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  3. Fantastic tutorial. I would never have thought of using ribbons in some of these ways. Very helpful.

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  4. some great ways to use ribbon and such easy to follow instructions , I specially love the loop border

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  5. Fabulous tutorial, Erika! I love all the different looks and thanks for demystifying the Dior bow for me!

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  6. Wow, ribbon really does make a difference. Thanks for the tutorial, Erika!

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  7. Lovely Ideas and a nice refresh course for me too! thank you and the cards are delish!

    Love Dawn xx

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  8. Wow I have never used ribbons on my cards but your tutorial has really inspired me to have a go. Jaqui x

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  9. Beautiful job. Thank you so much for the tutorials, I am adding a link on my blog for others. I also love ribbon and I now have new ways to use them.
    TTFN
    Jaci

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  10. They are all so gorgeous. Thanks for sharing the tutorials. I too so love ribbon.

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  11. This is one of the best tutorials I have seen on these techniques...really! Clear photos and instructions...very well done!

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  12. great ideas! Love all your samples!

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  13. Thank you so much for the tutorial. I love ribbons. The variety you show in using the ribbons is fantastic, thank you so much, Petra.x

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  14. Oh my goodness, Erika! That is just soo amazing! Thanks so much for sharing with us! =)

    Nina

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  15. Gorgeous examples...thanks for the how to as I'm going to give a few of these a try.

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  16. Thanks so much for all these ideas for ribbon use.

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  17. So elegant. Thanks for the ideas!

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  18. Fabulous cards, and great tutorial, Erika!! Thanks for all the wonderful ideas!

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  19. great tutorial!! loved the ribbon inspiration :)

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  20. Thanks for the easy to follow tutorial.

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  21. Hi Erika, beautiful cards, gorgeous colours and images, thank you for the tutorial, the loop border was a new one to me, take careX:)

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  22. Awesome tutorial! I love the effect of the third one!

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  23. I am ribbon crazy and what a wonderful tutorial. Thanks for all the cool ideas.

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  24. This is an awesome tutorial! Great job Erika.

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  25. Thanks for the great tutorial - love all the different ways you used ribbon :)

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  26. This is a brill tutorial, thank you so so much, i just adore this blog, its really inspired me and made me realise that i actualy prefer vintage cardmaking to the cute and cuddly !! thanks xx

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  27. Just beautiful, thank you for all the directions, can't wait to try some of them.

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  28. The ribbon tutorial is wonderful, so clearly written and the cards are so lovely! Thank you!

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  29. I love that there was more than one trick !!!! great tutorial!!

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  30. I'm horrible with ribbons SO thank-you!

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  31. What a lot of wonderful ribbon ideas! Thanks so much for the inspiration!

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  32. Awesome....thanks so much for sharing!

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  33. super gorgeous Erika!!! love it!!!

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  34. Erika thank you so much for this tutorial. I adore ribbons and this will be useful for me. Lynne Moncrieff

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  35. Thanks so much for the tutorial - I am inspired! Can't wait to try a few of these techniques. I agree, what a difference a little ribbon makes - love all of them.

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  36. These cards are absolutely gorgeous! I'll be trying some of these wonderful ribbon techniques!

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  37. Wonderful tutorial. I have so much trouble with bows but not anymore, thanks to you.

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