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3 February 2015

You and Me -- a Ribbon Tutorial

Happy Tuesday, everyone!  Julie here today from Muddy Paws & Inky Fingers.  I have a tutorial for you all today.  I'm guest designing for the next 6 months (yes, SIX!)  I'm very excited to be here! This is my first post, and my first tutorial.  I'm showing you how to take ordinary white ribbon and make it extraordinary!

But first, your image.  I loved this Crafty Sentiments rubber stamp  from the 2014 Romance Collection called "You've Got Heart." 
Here's the stamped, uncolored image

I generally color my images with the papers that I want to use in front of me, like this. I colored this image with Copic Markers. 

That way, I know everything will match when I'm finished.
Now, for the ribbon fun.  
Cut a piece of white ribbon.  I used 1/4 inch silk ribbon, but any white ribbon will work. My ribbon is about 14 inches long.  Then, pick out inks that match your papers.  You can see, I'm using 3 shades of Distress Ink here, but other inks work also.  I've got sponge daubers, but I've used makeup sponges, too.

Now, for the fun.  Dab ink on the ribbon, covering it completely, alternating colors about every inch or so. Here's the ribbon, partly done.

Once your ribbon is done, it's time to assemble your card.  I used a couple of dies on this, but a paper trimmer would achieve the same effect.
Here's all my supplies, including the sentiment -- cut out from the edge of a 12x12 piece of paper.

And, once again, the finished card.  Notice the inked ribbon running length-wise, and tied in a bow.  Isn't it a neat affect?

Now, wasn't that easy?  OK, get going!  And, once you get your own pretty ribbon made, don't forget to enter it in the Crafty Sentiments Challenge. Make this blog a part of your regular routine.  There's tons of great inspiration here! Don't forget the Crafty Sentiments Facebook Page for even more fun and inspiration.

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