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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Bows Made Easy... Really!

My mother recently showed me the easiest way I have ever seen to tie a bow so I thought I would share it with you!
I used this technique for the bow on this card. This card uses the Asian Artistry hostess stamp set with Very Vanilla and Bordering Blue cardstock. It also uses the vanilla satin ribbon and the wide oval punch.
Here is how to tie your easy bow:

You want to tie a double knot in your string around an object. You first have to make sure that the object is big enough that once the ribbon is tied around it, it will fit the length of your paper that you are using once it is flattened out. I found if I tied the ribbon around the in-color marker box for the 6 markers this was perfect to go around the card the long way. Does this make sense? If your card is smaller, you can tie the ribbon around your Stamp cleaner spray bottle or something else.

Wrap your ribbon around the box and tie your double knot and trim the ends of your ribbon so your bow is how you want it to look on your card.

Then turn the box over and cut the ribbon down the center in the back.

This is what you will have now.

Just center this over your card and use some Snail adhesive to stick the ends under your paper. Now you don't waste all the ribbon to go around the entire back of the paper and you don't have to worry about your knot being too loose or too tight or not centered. So easy!
This is a great technique to show at workshops where people have trouble tying the ribbon around their cards and getting it perfectly centered!


Renee Ondrajka said...

I remember this technique from years ago, but had forgotten about it. Thanks for the reminder.

Lori B said...

Love this tip!

Laura said...

TFS! I have also seen this done using one of our clear blocks that works out to be a perfect size, but I cannot remember which one. Guess I'll have to experiment-lol.

Giselle said...

that's awesome, thanks for sharing
BTW I'm one of those people having a hard time with ribbons lol

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