Thursday, February 11, 2010

Custom Ribbon...Do it Yourself

Have you ever wished for just the right color of ribbon, only to come up empty handed?  Me too!  I have a quick and easy solution for you today.  Make your own!  Since I happen to love polka dots, I wanted to show you how you can make your own custom polka dotted ribbon like the ribbon I used in the card below.

Step 1.  Cut your ribbon to the approximate length that you'll need it.  I wrapped mine around my card, tied it how I thought I'd want it and then cut.  I made sure to leave a few extra inches so that I could easily tie the bow when I was ready.

Step 2.  Choose your ink and stamp.  Clear stamps are going to work the best because you'll be able to see exactly where you are stamping.  I chose to use PTI's Polka Dot Basics stamp set and their Hibiscus Burst Pigment ink. 

Step 3.  Stamp the image repeatedly on the ribbon. 

Step 4.  When you are finished, turn the ribbon over and stamp in the same spot you stamped on the front. If it doesn't match up perfectly, that's ok. It will still work great.

That's all there is to it!  Now, it's ready to put on your card!

Here's another example of where I used this same custom ribbon technique.  This time I only made a small piece to use as an accent.

Here's a closeup of the ribbon.  Isn't that cool?

Wouldn't it be fun to make ribbon with hearts or stripes or stars, etc?  You could make it in any color you'd like to match your project!  The possibilities are endless.

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope I got you inspired to make your own custom ribbon.  If you decide to use this idea on a card, I'd LOVE to see it!  Be sure to let me know in the comments section and leave a link to your card!  Have a great day!

Sunshine Card
Stamps:  PTI Baby Button Bits, Blooming Button Bits, Polka Dot Basics
Ink:  VersaMark Champagne, Noir Palette, PTI Hibiscus Burst Pigment
Paper:  PTI Hibiscus Burst, PTI White, TAC Black
Other:  Ribbon, Silver Rhinestones

For You Card
Stamps: Baby Button Bits PTI, TAC Savvy Sayings
Ink:  Noir Palette, Champagne VersaMark
Paper:  TAC Black, PTI Aqua Mist & Melon Berry
Other:  White Ribbon, Jewel, Pop Dots, Fiskars Border Punch


Chris said...

fantastic idea = thanks for sharing. And, lovely cards!!

Barb said...

Beautiful cards, Jen! And I think I'm going to start calling you Dottie :)

Anonymous said...

What a great idea. I've stamped on fabric but have never tried it on ribbon! rita w

Diane Jaquay said...

Love these, and I REALLY love your polka dot ribbon!

Heather P. said...

These are gorgeous! Love the combination stamping of polka dots and graphic images! :)

Taheerah said...

These cards are *breathtaking* - love the colours and the custom ribbon!!

Sherry said...

Brilliant! Darling cards too!

Cathy Weber said...

I really love the way you made your background paper using the baby button bits stamp with the polka dots. I am going to try your ribbon stamping technique. Never tried that before. Thanks for the tutorial!

Heidi said...

Great idea! Thanks for sharing it with us! Your cards are beautiful!!

BethieJ said...

FABULOUS!! the cards and the ribbon.. I so want to try this and havent yet.. you have inspired me to stop waiting! LOL!! :)
Have a GREAT day!

Stacy said...

Great tutorial Jen! I was just complaining to myself about not having enough variety of ribbon. Thanks for solving my problem! LOL

Amy Kolling said...

Great ribbon idea!! I see you gave in and bought that Fiskars punch!! Isn't it cool? It looks great! More polka dots, more polka dots!!

Laurie said...

This is such a good idea! How cute!!

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