Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Tuesday Tutorial: Ribbon Toppers

Here's a card I made a few years back, for a magazine article:


(Apologies for dodgy photo. I've learnt a lot about photography since then...)

The basic idea is to make a card 'topper' using cardstock and ribbon scraps, and then mount it onto the base card together with any other embellishment you may want to add. In the example above I printed out the outline of the number '1' in a stencil font and hand-cut it but it also works with die-cuts or punches that leave enough empty space for the ribbons to show through, and have enough cardstock around the edge of the shape (does that make sense?!) For these next examples I've used the Crop It alphabet dies for the Big Shot:


(A card for a girl whose name begins with 'B' and who loves green)


(A Father's Day card for The Doctor)

And for the example in the step by steps, I just hand-cut a heart shape using a die-cut as a rough guide. So there are lots of different ways of getting the initial shape!

Take the cut-out piece you want to use, and a scrap of white card slightly smaller. Sort out some little pieces of ribbon in co-ordinating colours (a variety of different textures works best). Cover the scrap with ribbon, using double-sided tape to secure and leaving a small overlap at either side:


Then turn the piece over and use more double-sided tape to stick those ends down. Alternatively, I realised that I really liked the look of all the loose ends above, so you could just trim them neatly - or roughly - and leave them sticking out! Then turn the piece with the aperture over, and apply double-sided tape all around the cut-out:


Carefully line up the aperture over the ribbons till you like the look and then stick together. Finally, fix the topper to the front of your card blank! I usually use foam pads for extra dimension, but this time I just used double-sided tape as the sticky-outy ribbons added extra interest anyway:


And, of course, you can also add any greeting you like. After taking these pics I added a message to my card using white rub-ons, but as it's now too dark to get a decent photo of that here's the nearly-finished card again:

18 comments:

Deb said...

Oh I love this! Great way to use up those little scraps of ribbon that I never like to throw away. Adorable idea. xo

Maria Ontiveros said...

I love this Mel, and I have a whole box of chipboard stencils (including the negative).
Thanks for posting,
Rinda

Lizzie said...

Love it, love it, love it!!!
I have done a similar technique before, but not to make card toppers like these. They are fab!
Thanks for sharing your great idea.

Scrappi Sandi said...

This is fabulous....I don't make many cards these days but I can certainly use that idea on a LO!! Thanks for sharing!

debs14 said...

I just KNEW I shouldn't have thrown those tiny little scraps of ribbon away! Oh well, will just have to buy some more .....
What a great idea, so effective.

SarahLP said...

Brilliant idea.. love it!!!
Thanks so much for the tutorial.

K said...

I have GOT to give this a go, love love love it!! Thanks for the tutorial chick-a-roo!

Clair said...

This is such a great idea for using up all those teeny tiny bits of ribbon that would otherwise be binned. Love it! x

sharyncarlson said...

So much fun! I actually think I like the one with the ribbons sticking out the best :)

Karen said...

I love this too! I tried doing a search for those fabulous alpha dies, but couldn't come up with anything. Do you have any idea if they are still available?

Cheri said...

Love this Mel! Thanks for sharing!

Rachel B said...

Thanks for sharing Mel, I love this cute idea!

Cheryl said...

love it mel I have done similar with scraps of paper but never using ribbon x

Sian said...

Lovely idea! I've done it with scraps of paper but I love the texture the ribbon gives. Nice one :)

Jane said...

Gorgeous!!!

Gemma* said...

great idea, woulcnt have though of using ribbopn in the hole but it looks really cool :)

Isabelle @ the Craft Barn said...

Hi Mel,
I thought you had been quick!! lol
No , you are right, this cannot qualify for the challenge, but it was really nice of you to show us.
Hope you make another one for the challenge this week.
Take care
Isa

coKo said...

These are all beautiful ! I think we could try it with lines of punched paper scraps too, isn't it ? (sorry, I am french, I hope you understand my english !).
Thanks for sharing your work. coKo