Guess what our theme is over at SU Only Challenges this week??!!! RIBBONS AND BOWS!!!!! Sorry to shout but I think we can agree that ribbon is one of the best ever accessories from Stampin’ Up!! I love them all. So then I was presented with a dilemma. How do I choose which ribbon??!! After much debate I simply went with the newest ribbon to my “collection”…Early Espresso Quilted Satin Ribbon.
I made the bow here using the same method as some previous cards and I will give you all the details further down in the post. The card started with the new-to-me set French Foliage. It was first introduced in last year’s Holiday Mini and when it made the big catalog went on my first order. I looked to the Well Worn DSP and found this wood print. Perfect background for the leaves! The Early Espresso lines on the bottom of the DSP are part of the print and I created a matching top by running the edge of my ink pad along the DSP. The leaves were inked in Cajun Craze, River Rock and Soft Suede with a bit of Early Espresso added to the edges with a sponge dauber. Now to the bow…
You saw my previous tutorial on the fork bow and this is another variation using a potato masher. It happens to make just the right size bow!! The bow I made today is a triple bow but you can also use this for a single or double version. Since it is so similar to the fork bow, the picture above shows it wrapped three times, one tail pulled down and the other pulled over (if you need to see the first steps better, click to the fork bow tutorial).
Tie the first half of a know and position the tails of your bow to hang correctly. Make any adjustments to your wrap-around piece before further tightening (this is especially important with Seam Binding). Tighten knot as much as you can then pull off the tines of the masher. Hold the sides of the bow as you do any final tightening.
Here is your final bow. If it is a triple version, pull one of the inner loops to the top and one to the bottom to make it look like this. I used a double version of this on the Always Artichoke Bright Hopes Card from the SA Blog Hop. I do recommend that you try this with Seam Binding first and get the feel of the technique. The Quilted Satin Ribbon is a bit thicker and you have to work a little bit to get the knot tight. It is definitely worth the effort though!!
This is part of my continuing search for the “perfect” bow. I love how consistent these are and the more you do, the faster they get! I can’t wait to see what you make with the Stampin’ Up ribbons this week. Make sure you get right over and see what the rest of the design team has made…I’m in love with the ribbon flowers, the poofy bows, the scrunching…well, all of them!
Thanks for stopping in today. I hope you had a wonderful weekend!!
Stamps: French Foliage, Always Thankful; Paper: Well Worn DSP, Early Espresso, Naturals Ivory; Ink: Cajun Craze, River Rock, Soft Suede, Early Espresso; Accessories: Espresso Quilted Satin Ribbon, Color Spritzer Tool, Sponge Daubers
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