Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Ribbon Flowers

At convention, I was inspired to use ribbon in a different way. You may remember this post, which uses the flower we actually made during the make-and-takes at convention, only I left off the glitz and brought it home plain to make my own card. That card uses the new 1-1/4" Pink Pirouette Grosgrain ribbon, which is super simple to use when making flowers like that! Well, since I'm still waiting on my new ribbon to arrive (Mr. Brown should be bringing it TODAY!), I decided to try it with the 5/8" Wide Grosgrain. And it works! The flower is obviously smaller, but still just as cute! Here's the first card I made - and this is also in honor of Skool Teacher (whom I've still not heard from... who would leave a comment for blog candy and then never return to see if they've won?!), who stated that she has a hard time using More Mustard.

And here's a close-up of the flower. To attach mine to the card, I punched two small 1/16" circles into the card front and then threaded the Linen Thread through those holes, up through the center of the flower, through the button, and tied a knot. Holds it nice and secure without any chance of falling off!

Here's another little card I made with a ribbon flower - this was one of the little projects we completed at my Team Meeting this past weekend. It's a 4"x4" card - perfect for tucking into a gift bag. To get the three poinsettias red, I inked up the entire stamp with Kiwi Kiss, then used a Q-tip to wipe off the flowers and then used a Real Red Stampin' Write marker to color them.

The full recipes for both of these cards is below, including instructions on how to make a ribbon flower of your own! Have fun!

To make a ribbon flower:
Take a length of ribbon (about 5-6" for the 5/8" Grosgrain, or 10-11" for the 1-1/4" Grosgrain) and do a simple running stitch along the length of it about 1/8" away from the edge using the needle from the Crafter's Toolkit and some Linen Thread. Be sure you start and end on the same side of the ribbon. Holding one end of the thread so it doesn't pull out, scrunch the ribbon onto the thread to make it gather. Bring the ends of the thread around to meet each other and tie a knot. (8/21/08 - edited the wording to make more clear)

1st Card Recipe:
Stamp Sets: En Francais background, Sincere Salutations
Ink: More Mustard, Chocolate Chip
Cardstock: More Mustard, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla
Accessories: Chocolate Chip wide grosgrain ribbon, Button, Linen Thread
Tools: Crafter's Tool Kit

2nd Card Recipe:
Stamp Set: Season of Joy
Ink: Kiwi Kiss, Real Red
Cardstock: Kiwi Kiss, Real Red, Whisper White
Accessories: Real Red wide grosgrain ribbon, Real Red button, Linen Thread
Tools: Crafter's Tool Kit


patty w said...

Great cards! Love the ribbon flowers alot, will have to give it a go!

I'll take the blog candy, it was yummy :))

Lisa H. said...

two wonderful cards. I love that ribbon flower and need to give another go (gave me some fits at convention). Love the mustard card, very cool.