Thursday, May 12, 2011

Folded Ribbon Tutorial

How DID you do that?

Last week, I had a workshop w/ a bunch of really nice ladies.  They liked this card, but a lot of them were confused on how to make the folded ribbon on the front of the card. 

Today, I thought I would share w/ you how to do it. It's quick, easy and relatively painless. Just kidding--it is completely painless.  LOL  

The Basic Black satin ribbon  I used for this card measures about 7 1/2" long. The card is 4 1/2" square.
Doesn't the ribbon along w/ a vintage brad really fancy up the card?

On my card, I layered Basic Black on Basic Black.  I started w/ a Basic Black piece just an 1/8" bigger than my dsp.  I wanted something to punch my brad through and attach my ribbon without being seen on the inside of my cards.  I like my insides clean.  :)

Using plain old scotch tape, I taped the ribbon to the back of the cardstock.  I like scotch tape for this in case you need to adjust the ribbon.

Add sticky strip to your ribbon, I used about 4" on my card. It's hard to see in my picture, but there's sticky strip on there.


I do a double check to make sure that I have sticky strip right where I want my folds.  If not, I adjust my ribbon.

Now just fold your ribbon back and forth making your folds.  The sticky strip will hold it in place.  I typically do 3 folds. 

There they are.  :) If you don't like how they look you can pull the folds back apart and try again.  Sticky strip is so sticky can adjust the ribbon quite a few times before it loses it's stick.

Using my crop-a-dile (I love this tool!), punch a hole for your brad.  Trim the end of your ribbon.

Add to your card base.  See no dirty insides!  LOL

 I watercolored my roses from the Elements of Style set using Aqua Painters and reinkers. My palette is the top of my ink pad.  It works wonderful so that when you want to watercolor again, you know where your palette is and what color it is.  :)

Do my aqua painters look different than yours?   Inside my aqua painters I added a piece of sponge to work as a bladder.  It keeps the water from coming out too fast and washing out my color.  It is great for a new watercolorer or someone like me that is watercolor challenged.  :) 

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  1. Thank you for the great tutorial!! Love the card and love the techniques!!

  2. Gorgeous card, Wendy! I love your ribbon treatment and can't wait to do it. Hugs,

  3. Wendy, I got here through Kim's Paper Punch Addiction, WOW... I love the ribbon treatment, but the hint on using a sponge in the aqua painter blew me away... Thank you so much for sharing that!!!


  4. thank you so much for the sponge in the aqua painter idea. I have been so frustrated with mine that I have reverted to using a normal paint brush & water. Now I will get them all out and pop sponges in them. Love the ribbon tutorial as well.

  5. thanks for your tip with the sponge in the aqua marker...I find some times too much water comes out..what a genious U R!!

  6. I know I'm VERY late posting this, but....THANK YOU SO MUCH for the sponge in the aquapainter idea!! I am DEFINITELY going to try this!! I ALWAYS have too much water on my projects, so I hate watercoloring!


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