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Monday, May 30, 2011

Learning as I go: Part 3, making ruffled ribbons with a stapler

When I started this blog, I had all the good intentions to share my cardmaking sucesses and errors, but didn't go very far. I am now restarting the tutorials.

While I haven't progressed much as far as my colouring is concerned, I have some other techniques that I'd like to share, some are "crafty", some are digital  (that is, things that can be done in Photoshop elements).

Today, I'll start with ruffled ribbons. A few days ago, a member of the Cara Craft Supplies forum posted a card with ruffled ribbons. I never made one but it was one of the things I've meaning to try since I saw a tutorial on how to make one using Tim Holtz's tiny attacher. Now I don't have a tiny attacher but I have a regular stapler.

Ribbon, stapler and double sided tape.
The narrow stapler is best suited for this, as the width of the staple has to be smaller than the width of the ribbon. Mine is quite wide so I had to use a wider ribbon.

1. The idea is to staple the ribbon, back to back, at regular intervals.

2. Like so

3. You will end up with something like that. I said regular intervals, do as I say, not as I do...

4. Turn it the other way round. That's basically it.

5. Stick the double sided tape where you want to place the ribbon. Remove the backing of the ribbon.

6. To form the ruffles you'll have to join the peaks together, this way. 1 indicates the first staple, 2 the second.

7. Carefully stick the ribbon over the double sided tape, first the start of the ribbon, then one ruffle at a time.

8. Final product.

Thanks for the inspiration, Di!!!!


  1. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [30 May 02:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  2. What a great tutorial Elisa!! I'm looking forward to more inspiration :)

  3. Elisa - superb tutorial! this takes out the mystery of ruffled ribbons! thanks a mil.



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