I was gazing idly at my ribbon stash yesterday, when my glance fell on the 4 rolls of striped grosgrain ribbon. I realized that, as much as I loved it, I had barely used it. I just didn't have the occasion to get it out. But sometimes I think that you have to create the occasion, and when I saw the Pals Paper Arts Challenge 224 for this week, I knew that it was the perfect opportunity!
Whenever I have a sketch that calls for narrow panels, I try to think of new ways to create them besides using just paper. You can stamp border designs on them, you can dry emboss them, or you can use ribbon. And that's what I did. It started out pretty plain. Just the ribbons, the tag and the bow:
- I used the Cherry Cobbler and the Crumb Cake Striped Grosgrain Ribbons for the narrow panel on the sketch. Fast Fuse adhesive is really helpful in adhering the ribbon to the cardstock.
- The sentiment/main image from the Mingle All the Way stamp set, was inked up using Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler, and Old Olive Stampin' Write markers. It took a while to get it all coloured, so you might think that some of the ink would dry while waiting for the other to be applied. It does but it's not a problem. All you need to do when you're finished is "HUFF" on it. That's right, "HUFF"! You know, breath on it with your mouth. The moist, warm air remoistens the ink and it stamps perfectly!
- I used the Scallop Tag Topper punch to get the tag shape for the sentiment panel.
- I layered some Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding ribbon with some Venetian crochet trim and tied a bow. I used a glue dot to stick it to the top of the tag.
- I liked what I had done, but had a vague sense that it was incomplete, so hunted around for a way to complete it. I decided to add a matte to the tag, cut from Old Olive cardstock.
- I tried Candy Dots, large Designer Buttons with a Linen Thread bow, but nothing was working for me. I finally settled on a medium sized Designer Button in Old Olive at the bottom right of the tag with a large Rhinestone Basic Jewel in the middle.
What do you think? Which version do you like the best?
And it is Tuesday, so it's time for the....(drum roll please)...
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