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Old 01-02-2008, 02:19 PM   #1
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I love the look of having ribbon on a card, but I have absolutely NO idea how to use it! How do you guys make it look so easy? I try to make a pretty bow and have to settle for something much less . Can some of you please help a girl out and give me some pointers? I would really like to use all of this ribbon that is just gathering dust!


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Old 01-02-2008, 02:25 PM   #2
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....I tie knots!! I find them less bulky than bows. Sorry I can't be of more help....but I've seen tutorials on tying bows....maybe search for one on google?! Good Luck!!
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I don't make very good bows, and stopped trying along time ago. I use knots. If I want the ribbon on the whole lenght of the card, with a knot in it, I take the piece of ribbon, and tie the ends in a knot, pull it tight but don't pull it down. This is what gets adhered to the front of the card. Then, I make a cut in the loops where I want to tape to the back of my card. It'd eaisier to show then to type it. And I don't have the ability to make a "tutorial" since I'm at work, sorry!
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Old 01-02-2008, 02:30 PM   #4
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i am NO good at bows!

i put a length of ribbon across the card base and tie a seperate piece to it to make what looks like a knot...

here is a peek it you like...

http:////www.splitcoaststampers.com/...0&ppuser=65331

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sometimes i just tie a knot in the ribbon and put it on that way. (you just see a knot- no tails)

good luck!
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I was going to say exactly the same! Forget bows, go for knots. You can also do ribbon "flags" by folding the ribbon in two and leaving the ends poking out. Hmmm, bad explanation. Okay, shameless plug coming: The top five cards on my blog (link in siggy) use ribbon in different ways:

The top one (beer glass) uses a simple strip of ribbon
The next one down (martini) uses a small loop (my favourite way to use ribbon scraps)
The next two tree cards are the same card so both use knots
And the oak tree one below uses ribbon as a flag.

Sorry about that shameless plug but it was quicker than going through my favourites!
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Old 01-02-2008, 02:46 PM   #6
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oh, i love ribbon too. so many ways to use it. i gave up on making bows! lol! you can criss cross the ribbon on a card, that's always fun. if you check out my gallery or my blog you can see various ways that i have used ribbon. the link below is one of my favs, and you can see what bagpuss was talking about!
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Ribbon. I *Love* to use it on my cards.

Sometimes I take ribbon and knot it on both ends and then glue it onto the card.

and sometimes. I just wrap it around a piece of cardstock & Dp for another layer.

If you want you can look at my gallery and see just how I've used Ribbon on my cards.

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Try looking at some of the cards in the gallery for ideas on how to use it.

Here is a link for you: Ribbon Ideas for Cards

You can also wrap ribbon around the card it's self and then just tie it.
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I love to do a long strip of ribbon on my card and then tie three small knots in a row on it. Looks really cute. You can also do a punch on the side of your main matted image and tie a couple different ribbon colors in knots. Looks really cute.
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Old 01-02-2008, 05:29 PM   #9
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I would say just keep trying and looking for different idea's. I think ribbon adds so much to a card.
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do you like to alter clip boards? you can use up lots of ribbon with a project like that.
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I use ribbon in different ways too! You don't have to make a bow. But when I do make a bow I use an idea I got from here, I hope I can explain it as well as the person I got it from did.

When you first cross the ribbon and pull it tight, form the first loop from the piece that is visually at the bottom. Then I wrap the top piece counter-clockwise and pull it through. Usually needs some adjusting, but this way the loops are at the top and the tails on the bottom like they are supposed to be.

Another bow idea is to take a scrap piece of ribbon, form a circle and squish it in the middle, then adhere that way. Take a smaller scrap piece and wrap it around the middle, squished part, and adhere. Then you can adhere the whole thing on ribbon that is already wrapped around the card. This is a bow with no tails. Here is an example of this idea:
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I also love knots and ribbon slides/buckles!
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I love my SU Slot Punch for tying ribbon thru!
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....I tie knots!! I find them less bulky than bows. Sorry I can't be of more help....but I've seen tutorials on tying bows....maybe search for one on google?! Good Luck!!
Ha! Me too. I've had my demo show me abot 5 times and I get it....um for about 5 minutes and then I lose it. I am so bow disabled it's pathetic.

I have also seen wonderful cards made with tying knots... I can dig that!
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I can't tie a bow to save my life so I just tie a knot and if I need it to look fancy I add a second coordinating ribbon to the knot.
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Bows are hard unless you have tiny fingers! I love to use ribbon. I too use knots. There are so many good suggestions here. Thanks for the question and all the great responses. Now I have to try some new things!
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One other way to tie a bow is the rabbit ear method - the way some kids learn to tie a shoe. I make two loops close together on the ribbon (I don't cut until I'm completely done in case I get too much or too little the first time through). Then I tie a knot with the two loops - wrap one around the other and bring it through. Pictures would be a lot better, sorry. Maybe someone else can explain it better.
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Two things to try: turn the project upside-down before you tie, because sometimes that's all it takes to make bows look right -- and use self-closing craft tweezers to hold the knot while you manipulate the loops. Good luck - it does take practice!
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Two things to try: turn the project upside-down before you tie, because sometimes that's all it takes to make bows look right -- and use self-closing craft tweezers to hold the knot while you manipulate the loops. Good luck - it does take practice!
If I'm tying a bow it comes out MUCH better upside down!
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A lot of times, I just put a strip of ribbon across the card without a bow OR a knot!
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i am NO good at bows!

i put a length of ribbon across the card base and tie a seperate piece to it to make what looks like a knot...

here is a peek it you like...

http:////www.splitcoaststampers.com/...0&ppuser=65331

http:////www.splitcoaststampers.com/...0&ppuser=65331

sometimes i just tie a knot in the ribbon and put it on that way. (you just see a knot- no tails)

good luck!

You are my new ribbon hero! I love the way you used ribbon in the first link, it looks like a bow but seems so much easier. Thank you!
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I love the look of having ribbon on a card, but I have absolutely NO idea how to use it! How do you guys make it look so easy? I try to make a pretty bow and have to settle for something much less . Can some of you please help a girl out and give me some pointers? I would really like to use all of this ribbon that is just gathering dust!


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1st of all dont let your poor ribbon go to waste, send it all to me!! LOL

Ribbon is my favorite accessory.
I dont do anything fancy with it and never use bows, they just arent me, you know? I just lay it over whatever piece of cardstock or paper I want it on and adhere the ends on the underside of the cardstock with glue dots and then take a smaller piece of ribbon and tie the knot where I want it.

Here are a few different ways I use it:
http:////www.splitcoaststampers.com/...0&ppuser=71474

http:////www.splitcoaststampers.com/...0&ppuser=71474

http:////www.splitcoaststampers.com/...0&ppuser=71474

Hope this helps
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One other way to tie a bow is the rabbit ear method - the way some kids learn to tie a shoe. I make two loops close together on the ribbon (I don't cut until I'm completely done in case I get too much or too little the first time through). Then I tie a knot with the two loops - wrap one around the other and bring it through. Pictures would be a lot better, sorry. Maybe someone else can explain it better.
This is what I do to make bows as well. The loops just need a bit of pulling tight or loosening to get them even. This is how I did the bow on this card: http://splitcoaststampers.com/galler...&ppuser=136304

I've also used it by wrapping it round the corners of an image to give it a bit of an accent like on this card: http://splitcoaststampers.com/galler...&ppuser=136304

I also use it a lot to cover joins between different papers and/or cardstock if I'm only using paper on half a card like on this one: http://splitcoaststampers.com/galler...&ppuser=136304

I use ribbon all the time and have been really addicted to just collecting it - not always using it up though - some of it is too nice to use!!

Enjoy however you choose to use it!

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Try this link.....I subscribed to it and there is a lot of info! Good luck, remember sometimes we are our own worst critic!! Practice practice practice!! Good luck

http:////www.splitcoaststampers.com/...0&goto=newpost

Hmmm I hope this works for you.
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I have a ribbon tutorial on my blog. You can find it here.
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OMG--I went to her blog and that is one simple, efficient, accurate and thrifty idea!! She's the smartest girl! Love this technique and thanks for sharing it!
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