Here's another card that I made at a recent shoebox swap with the other members of my Stampin' Up! group. One of the reasons I love shoebox swaps is that you get to make cards with stamps or other supplies that you don't have. Another reason is that sometimes you pick up a gem of a new-to-you technique. That's the case with this card designed by Sue Bedinsky! This is a fun, springy card. I liked how she used square punches and the Sweet Stems stamp set (#113726). But the best part was the cool new technique for attaching a ribbon. No unsightly ends, no bulky knots - love it! Sue didn't 'invent' this technique, but I'm so happy she shared it with us! First,I'll share the card. Stay with me though, because I created a card of my own to show you this ribbon tying technique!
You can click for a closer view of the knot - it's just a simple knot: there's no need for a bulky double knot with this technique. Here's a shot of the simple and neat inside:
The trick to this technique is to make a hole where you want the knot to be. I used my Crop-A-Dile at the 3/16" setting, but you could use an eyelet setting tool as well.
You'll need an 18" length of ribbon. After you've punched the hole, lay the ribbon flat against the front of the card, and place the card face down. Wrap one end of the ribbon around to the inside of the card and push it through the hole to the front. Here's a shot of the ribbon being pulled through from the front:
Smooth the ribbon flat and place the card face down again. Take the other end of the ribbon wrap it around to the inside of the card. Push this ribbon into the hole as well, and pull it through. As you are pulling the ribbon, make sure that the ribbon is not twisted on the front or the inside of the card. Pull it snugly, but not enough to buckle the card stock. Now the front of the card should look like this:
The two short ends of ribbon should be underneath the ribbon that's horizontally placed on the front of the card. Now, when you tie the knot, the short ends will tie around the horizontal ribbon and everything will be secured - no adhesive and no unsightly cut ends!
Trim the ends of your ribbon and finish your card! Here's mine all completed:
A quick note about the flowers: I used the Big Shot and the Stampin' Up! Simple Flower embosslit die (this die is exclusive to Stampin' Up! - it's not in stores). These embosslits are great because they cut and emboss at the same time! I used a Sponge Dauber and Brocade Blue ink. Starting from the center of the flower, I lightly swiped the dauber out to the edges - this got ink on all the raised areas, with a slight concentration towards the center of the flower. I made sure to catch the outer edges for a little extra definition.
And that's it! Go try your own ribbon now. Thanks, Sue, for teaching me that handy dandy technique!
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Recipe: (all supplies Stampin' Up!; images copyright Stampin' Up! 1990-2009)
Paper: Pretty in Pink, Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Black pad, Certainly Celery, Regal Rose, Pretty in Pink & Bashful Blue markers
Stamps: Sweet Stems, Heard from the Heart
Accessories: 1 1/4" & ! 3/8" square punches, Crop-A-Dile, 1/4" Certainly Celery grosgrain ribbon
Paper: Brocade Blue, Very Vanilla
Ink: Night of Navy, Brocade Blue
Stamps: Heard from the Heart
Accessories: Crop-a-Dile, Big Shot, Simple Flower embosslit die, sponge dauber, silver brad