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Old 08-28-2009, 06:50 PM   #1
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Default I need some examples of FLAT ribbon techniques

For easy mailing. Besides just wrapping it around like a belt, what else could I do that still uses ribbon, but keeps it flat?

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Old 08-28-2009, 08:30 PM   #2
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If you just fold a ribbon once upon itself, it's pretty flat still. You can fasten it under the edge of a layer and cut the ends at angles for a cute little embellishment.
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Old 08-28-2009, 08:36 PM   #3
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there is a tutorial on here somewhere that shows how to tie a flat knot. I know how to do it but the video really is a good one (I'll try to find it!) but the basic idea is that you start to tie a regular knot. To keep it flat when you loop the second tie you hold the ribbon still on the left and just pull the right side ..heck I'm not describing it right! I'll go see if I can find it now.
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Old 08-28-2009, 08:39 PM   #4
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yup I was describing it wrong.. here's the link!
the key is practice. It's awkward at first but once you get the hang of it they are easy and fast.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dNjNeg36vc
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Old 08-28-2009, 09:06 PM   #5
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I also like loops like in these cards - which mail easily too.

http:////www.splitcoaststampers.com/.../photo/1346341

http:////www.splitcoaststampers.com/...&ppuser=206626

IMO sometimes it's the material of the bow or knot that contributes to how flat it can sit, or how nice it can look being set flat.

Like this one isn't flat (yet it's very thin) - and it flattens out well in the envelop and pops back up on open.

http:////www.splitcoaststampers.com/...&ppuser=206626
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Old 08-28-2009, 11:15 PM   #6
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How about something like this http:////www.splitcoaststampers.com/...&ppuser=156733
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Old 08-29-2009, 07:41 AM   #7
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Great ideas here!

What Elaine was talking about sounds kind of like this:
http:////www.splitcoaststampers.com/...&ppuser=102274

I use that a lot, just a folded snip of ribbon like a little flag.

And here is another one that I have done that would be flat if you used ribbon instead of the rope:
http:////www.splitcoaststampers.com/...&ppuser=102274

And this is my favorite ribbon technique that I 'stole' from Cindy Haffner:
http:////www.splitcoaststampers.com/...&ppuser=102274

If you use thread to tie the snips it would lay nearly flat.

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How about weaving? i found a good example here:

http:////www.splitcoaststampers.com/...ribbon%20weave
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I love making a flat bow like this
http:////www.splitcoaststampers.com/...0&ppuser=60169
There's a tutorial on Nichole Heady's blog for this using paper - I just subbed ribbon.

Also lately I love pleating ribbon like this
http:////www.splitcoaststampers.com/...0&ppuser=60169
Amy Scheffer wrote a great tutorial for ribbon pleating - even some not using a sewing machine.

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Old 08-29-2009, 03:11 PM   #10
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Oh I love the flat ribbon pleats by kerryj106 ! What a beautiful card! I don't have a sewing machine, but want to try it w/ staples. I think that would be nice too.

Look at the Butterfly Friends card (2nd one) by Julia Stainton
http://bellepapier.blogs.splitcoasts...ds-one-sketch/
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Old 08-29-2009, 05:01 PM   #11
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These are some of my favourites for cards that have to be mailed:

http:////www.splitcoaststampers.com/...?photo=1366090
http:////www.splitcoaststampers.com/...?photo=1357954
http:////www.splitcoaststampers.com/...?photo=1439060
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Okay, I know the first one is NOT ribbon, but I have done that with ribbon instead of CS.
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What great resources, thanks!!
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I looked at some links above, but not all...

Sometimes I just leave both ends sticking out behind the panel with my main image and cut them at angles. I've done it vertically, horizontally and with one or three ribbons...

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