Ways to Use Ribbon Series - Video #1

Hey Procraftinators!
Today, I am sharing 3 ways to use up that ribbon that you hoard! Or is that just me that hoards ALLLLL the ribbon? Please tell me I am not alone! Recently, I had a conversation with another YouTuber about how she had gotten rid of all her ribbon and no longer goes to local craft stores so she can avoid buying things that she doesn't really need or use just because it's on sale or on clearance. I am a sucker for clearance deals and one of my super weaknesses is those small rolls of ribbon at Hobby Lobby for like 33 cents. I will admit, I don't use them as much as I really should. So, this got me to thinking. I should challenge myself to use them and see what kind of creative ways I could use them. So, I plan to do a bit of a series on this. This is the first video with 3 ways. I don't know what sort of time frame this will span over since it is the holiday season right now and I am trying to do a Christmas card series. However, I shot this video several weeks ago and thought I should edit it and get it up before I forgot all the details. 


So, as you can see, the first way is the use your ribbon as a background. I applied a double sided adhesive to my card front. I used my Xyron for this, but any strong double sided adhesive would work here. I then started laying down my ribbon. It's a pretty easy process. Just make sure you lay your pieces right up next to each other so that there are no gaps in between them or you will have exposed adhesive and a sticky card front. No one wants a sticky card front. Once you have covered the card front, just cut off the excess ribbon hanging off the end of your card front.

Next, I took the Simon Says Stamp Birthday Mix 1 Stamp Set and stamped it out in Momento Tuxedo Black ink. Then cut it out with the coordinating dies. I just have to say that this stamp set and others like it are just brilliant! I picked out 3 of the small sentiments from this set - "Happy Birthday," "One Year Older," and "Make a Wish" and sandwiched 2 strands of the skinny yellow ribbon that I used on the card front in between the sentiment pieces and a piece of foam tape. Then I adhered them to the front of my card. I wrapped the excess ribbon around to the back of my card front. I thought that this way of adhering my sentiments added a nice touch of interest to an already fun card! To finish the card, I used Scor tape to adhere my card front to my card base.

For my second card, I am showing how to accent an embossing folder with ribbon. I used one of the We R Memory Keepers Geometric 6x6 Embossing Folders. This comes in a set of 2. I then used Broken China Distress Ink to lightly ink over the card front panel to give it a little bit of color. However, it didn't show up on camera very well. Next, I cut pieces of ribbon just slightly longer than I needed and applied 1/8" score tape to the back of them. I had tried a few different methods of adhering the strips of ribbon and this of the best method. I think the lattice effect on this card turned out so beautiful. 

Once done applying the ribbon to the card front panel, I applied several strips of 1/2" scor tape to the back of the panel and then adhered it to my card base. The panel buckled a little under the pressure of the ribbon. I probably should've used heavier cardstock or maybe I shouldn't have pulled so tight. Not sure which or maybe it was a combo of both. Either way, the score tape and applying it to the Neenah 110lb card base fixed that right up.

I stamped a butterfly from Gina K's Butterfly Kisses Stamp & Die set with the Foil Mates coordinating add on. I used Stampin' Up's Tempting Turquoise to stamp the butterfly and then foiled it in Silver DecoFoil. I also stamped "Thinking of You" from the same stamp set and die cut it with Spellbinders Vintage Pierced Banner Die Set. I inked the banner piece in Salty Ocean & Black Soot Distress Inks. I popped both the Butterfly & the banner up on foam tape.

Lastly, to finish this card off, I had to add some bling. I may have went a bit overboard, but once I got started, I just couldn't stop! I don't usually add this much bling to a card, I promise! What do you think, is it too much? Or are you the type that thinks there is NEVER too much bling? Let me know!

For the 3rd and final card for this video, I am using the ribbon as a focal element in conjunction with dies. I had these fun Graceful Brackets dies from Spellbinders. I thought they would make a fun corset type card. I wasn't really going for a realistic looking corset here, just the hint or an idea of a corset. I made my first cuts a 1/2" from each edge of my card panel and then the second cuts were 1 1/2" from each edge. I made marks on my panel with a pencil before I started die cutting so everything would be even. 

I also want to address this before we get too far. Some of you are probably wondering what the deal is with the anniversary card, as many of you know my anniversary was in October and I already made my husband a card for that. When I started making this card, I realized that it was starting to look a lot like my wedding dress. The colors were our wedding colors. Our theme was Damask. I had a corset dress. I made this before I made my husband's card, but I felt this card was too girly to give to him. So, I told him that I made my own anniversary card this year. BUT the catch was he had to stamp the inside. I pulled out a bunch of lovey dovey type stamps. I don't have many anniversary themed stamps and I left him alone in my craft room. I know, scary, right?! At the end of this post, I will show you how well he did. I was quite proud of him!

Ok, back to the making of the card. I used Antique Linen Distress Oxide to ink blend on these panels. I covered them completely. I dried them thoroughly with my heat tool and then I used my anti-static powder tool generously all over them. It's important to make sure they are dry for the next step, since Oxides have that pigment property of them and are slow drying. I stuck my panels a Sizzix Sticky Grid sheet so they didn't shift around on me and they stayed perfecting aligned. I placed a piece of post it note tape over my fingers as I place my panels on the sticky grid. I did this because I had already applied the anti-static powder tool to my panels and I did not want to get the oils from my fingers on the panels at this point. ok, back to the card.  I used a Stampendous stamp called Ornate Border to stamp in Versamark ink and clear heat emboss over it in Ranger Clear Embossing powder. I removed my panels from the sticky grid before applying the embossing powder. This may be obvious, but if you have never heard of the sticky grid sheets before, they are exactly like what they sound like - a re-useable sticky sheet with grid lines. So, the embossing powder would've stuck to it. I usually use this sheet when I am using my wreath builder, but it's handy for other things too, as you can see.  I, then, finished off the emboss resist technique with ink blending the entire panel with Aged Mahogany Distress Oxide. 

After I finished with my panels, I decided it would be fun to dig out a scrap paper from our wedding invites to use as a panel behind these 3 ink blending panels. The idea was that it would show behind the ribbon in the "corset" pieces. It didn't really work out this way though as my ribbon was too thick and my corset pieces were not spaced out far enough. Live and learn, right?

I struggled with exactly HOW I was going to lace these corset pieces. Do I do it on the card? Can I do it without it being on the card? I finally settled with it having to be attached to the card first, but that certainly did not make it easy to do. You have to have tweezers and more deleterious hands than I have. I was kind of a hot mess with hands that tremor a bit like mine, but I got it done.  After that I cut a black card panel to place behind it and then attached all of that to my Neenah Solar White 110lb card base.

To finish off the front of the card, I cut a heart out of pearlized vellum from the Spellbinders Vines of Passion Die set. It has a gorgeous vine heart, but I only needed a solid heart and I didn't have any solid heart dies. I could've cut one on my Cricut, but I didn't feel like dealing with all that at the time. I also cut several of the "On Your" and "Anniversary" sentiments from Tonic Craft Kit 17. However, for the "On Your" I chopped off the "Y" to make it "On Our." I layered both sentiments up to give them some nice dimension and then carefully adhered them to the vellum heart. To attach the heart to the card front, I carefully and strategically placed itty bitty bits of foam adhesive only behind the letters of my sentiments. To add the final finishing touch, I used a Nuvo Aqua Shimmer pen in gloss to the sentiment.

Here is my husband's stamping artwork. I will cherish it forever! What do you think? Have you ever let your husband's or significant other's loose in your craft room? I'd love to hear how that went if you did!

I hope this inspires you to use up some of that ribbon that may be collecting dust. Don't forget that I always enjoy hearing from you in the comments. Have a great day!

Birthday Ribbon Card
Various Colors and patterns of ribbon
Momento Tuxedo Black Ink

Thinking of You Geometric Embossing Folder with Ribbon Card
Aqua Feather Edge Satin Ribbon from Offray Designer Ribbon
Distress Ink - Broken China, Salty Ocean, & Black Soot
Stampin Up Ink - Tempting Turquoise
Gina K Designs - Butterfly Kisses Stamp & Die Set with Foil Mates
ArtSkills Self-Stick Gemstone Variety Pack
65lb White Cardstock for card panel - unknown brand from stash

Corset Anniversary with Ribbon Card
Spellbinders Vines of Passion
Spellbinders Graceful Brackets (cut 1/2in & 1.5in from each edge)
Tonic Craft Kit 17 - Spring Frame Kit
Distress Oxide in Antique Linen & Aged Mahogany
3/8in Ribbon in Wine color
Pearl Vellum
110lb Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Card Base


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