In the meantime, this week at DYSU we are encouraging you to use your Ribbon stash. I'm one of those guilty ones that loves buying it and then I forget to use them in cards. So I went all out and picked out the pretty reds and pinks to use on a Valentine's card. I hope it tickles!
The stamps for the background are from my favorite company Waltzingmouse Stamps
Stamps: (Dainty Doilies, Seasons of Love - Tags) Waltzingmouse Stamps
Paper: (Paper Basics Card Stock - Vintage Creme) Papertrey Ink
Ink: (Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Antique Linen) Ranger; (Versamark) Tsukineko
Embellishments: (Nestabilities - Classic Hearts) Spellbinders; (Perfect Pearls - Perfect Gold) Ranger; (Ribbon 'O Spool - Red) Offray; (Basic Basic - Red) Celebrate It; (Trim - Pink with Hearts) Recollections; (5/8" Swiss Dot Satin Ribbon - Pure Poppy) Papertrey Ink
This took me a couple of tries to figure the ribbon weaving out, because I'm a neat freak. I need everything to be nicely glued down and aligned. My first step was to pick out ribbon with fun textures and designs; then test them next to each other to see how it looks. Then I cut out the window on my card with the heart; traced the heart onto a scrap card stock that would become the backing to my window. The good thing about tracing the heart is that every inch of that part should be covered with ribbon. I started cutting strips to size and glueing one end of the ribbon down.
Then I played around with different kinds of ribbon to weave. I didn't like the look of weaving the 5/8" ribbon in, so I pulled out some 1/8" pink ribbon. I like how it segments the ribbon into many different parts, so I stuck with this look. With care, I wove in the ribbon and made sure to glue down each top and bottom of my 1/8" ribbon as I went. Weaving is significantly easier if you only glue down one side of the ribbon, allowing me to lift the bigger ribbons and scoot the 1/8" band into position. Surprisingly, it still looks like an ugly duckling, but once the heart window is positioned over it, no one has to know ;)
Here is what it looks like after you cover it up and and glue the window into place. Nifty, right?
If I had enough foresight I would have added the distress ink and the perfect pearls before glueing the top part on. But I often find myself "done" and then wondering what else is missing and whipping out another round of supplies...Anyone else craft like that?
After a round of watermarked doilies and perfect pearls to dust on and another round of careful sponging around the edges with Antique Linen, I call it done.
What nifty ideas do you have for your ribbon? If you need more inspiration make sure to check out the DTs samples.
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