Monday, 25 June 2012

Woven Ribbon - My first tutorial!

Remember this card I did a while back?  Well Debbie from Designing with DebbieMark's Finest Papers, and Friends of Speedy TV liked it so much she asked me to do a tutorial on how I created the background for the tutorial section of Friends of Speedy TV.  How exciting is that?!

I asked Debbie if it was ok if I posted my tutorial here, and since she was ok with that here it is!  I was thinking of starting a tutorial section on my blog anyway, so this will be post #1.  Thanks Debbie!  :)

Supplies needed:

Ribbon – Various shades of 3/8” width ribbon.  10 lengths cut to 5 ½” and 13 lengths cut to 4 ¼”.
Cardstock – Card base cut to standard A2 size – 5 ½” by 4 ¼”. Piece for card front cut to 5 ¼” by 4”, die cut with a circle or oval die.  Piece for woven panel cut to 4 7/8” by 3 5/8”
Adhesive – Sticky double sided adhesive.  I used Sticky Strip from Stampin’ Up!, but there are other brands that work just as well.  It is also a good idea to have some glue dots on hand when finishing.

Step 1:  Apply the sticky adhesive to all four sides of the smallest piece of cardstock.

Step 2:  Remove the adhesive liner from one short end of the panel.  Start adhering the longer pieces of ribbon making sure they are as close together as possible without overlapping.

Step 3:  Remove the adhesive liner from one long side of the panel and start adhering the shorter pieces of ribbon in the same manner as the previous step.  Make sure the first piece is up against the edge of the panel.  It may be necessary to overlap one of the pieces from the first side.

This is how your project should look so far:

Step 3:  Flip the panel over.  At the top of the panel weave the first short piece with the longer pieces of ribbon.  Stick the end to the adhesive on the backside of the card.  The easiest way to do this is to remove the liner as you go so that the panel doesn’t get stuck to anything you don’t want it to.

Step 4:  Continue with the remaining pieces of ribbon, alternating how each row is woven.

This how the back of the piece should look so far:

Step 5:  When you get to the bottom pull the ends of the long ribbons to help flatten the fabric you’ve created.  The ribbons may pucker a bit but this will add interest.

Step 6:  Flip over your piece and adhere the remaining ends.  If there are any pieces lifting from the adhesive that won’t stay stuck, you may wish to glue these down with glue dots.

This is how the back should look:

This is how the front should look:

Step 7:  Assemble your card.  Since the piece will be heavier than usual make sure you use a strong adhesive to adhere the panel to the card front.  Adhere the die-cut piece to the ribbon panel  with foam tape.

Step 8:  Decorate according to your preference.  Here is a close up of the finished panel assembled:

You can find my finished card here!!

By the way, if you haven't seen Friends of Speedy TV tutorial section, it is a great resource with tons of great techniques.  The site is free to join, and you may learn something you didn't already know!   I already linked to the site above but if you don't want to scroll back up you can find it here.  :)

1 comment:

mariangel said...

thank you for the tutorial i am goingo to try it